Even though the days are obviously shorter and the water is significantly cooler as we head into autumn fishing, there are still reasonable numbers of snapper and kingfish around.
Live baiting has started to overtake jig fishing as a successful way to fish for kingies, along with slow jigging proving popular and successful for snapper. Slow jigging off Pipinui Point, Rocky Point and the Ledges up to Raumati are proving to be very fruitful for snapper. Pictured is Steve Reed with a nice autumn snapper.
Tarakihi fishing has been very good on both the South and the West Coasts, particularly Verns on the West Coast and the outside edges off 5 Mile on the South Coast. Probably what has been of the biggest surprise has been the number of snapper being caught by the beach fishermen.
We have had a truly great run of Autumn snapper fishing. Fishing the West Coast during the hours of darkness has produced some prolific catches of snapper. Proven baits are fresh paddle crabs, strips of tuna along with strips of pilchards cottoned on to your hooks. For those who find tuna and pilchards hard to cotton on, use a strip of squid and then cotton your strips of tuna / pilchard onto the strips of squid to firm up your bait.
We still have lots of enjoyable late season fishing to enjoy, so get out there, get your lines in the water and catch some fish!
Cheers, from the team at Steve’s Fishing Shop.