There really is no reason for tucking the boat into the back of the shed this winter as not only is the weather pretty mild the fishing is outstanding. I can’t recall previously having a winter period that has fished this good before. Sub-30 metres of water from down off Ruapuke Beach right up to the Black Rocks is performing on a consistent basis. The average size of the snapper we’re seeing is good – I haven’t heard of much in the way of trophy fish but certainly nice fish up to about fifteen pound. The bycatch of gurnard in the shallower water has been real good with a real nice average size, and what’s better is the shark catch has been minimal. On the Sunday just gone we steamed up to Crayfish Point and set the anchor in 15 metres of water. The fish came on after about 10 minutes and we never moved, we pulled the pin and headed for home after three hours of easy fishing with a great feed of gurnard and nice snapper to 10 pound. Interestingly we passed quite a few boats on the way up the coast who were anchored in closer than us so that is probably where we should be concentrating our efforts. Out deeper the local charter fleet is putting their clients onto some good fishing at the moment from anywhere between 50 to 65 metres and there have been some serious snapper landed. If you’re not too concerned about wading through your fair share of spiny dogs then the deeper waters are worth a shot. It’s hard to believe that we are already at the start of August, only about another six weeks or so and we will be back into another spring run of large West Coast snapper, best you book your boat in for a service so you aren’t stuck at home on a variable weekend forecast! Good luck, see you out there!