How good is the fishing off the West Coast at the moment? It makes all of us look like good fishermen! Even though it is what we would expect during the spring run, it always impresses. And the beautiful thing at the moment is that it doesn't matter where you drop anchor, the snapper will come on the chew pretty hard at some stage of the tide.
Most crews are still heading wide of the 50-metre mark and doing very well, but the mid 40-metre zone is producing great fishing also. My son and his mate shot out on Sunday morning and dropped the pick in 45 metres and nailed a bin of quality pannies between 8 and 12 pound, so there really is no need to head over the horizon.
There aren’t a great deal of kahawai about at the moment but there are some respectable gurnard showing up in the catches. There’s still the odd shark and barracouta about but in light numbers so generally the fishing is pretty clean.
There are crayfish being caught on the inshore reefs at the moment and the water is starting to clean up as well, so it is worth putting the dive gear in the boat soon.
A handful of boats made the most of the settled weather lately and headed down to the Mokau Trench, where they did alright on hapuku and bass.
To be fair, there probably isn't any other area I would want to be fishing at the moment. There are so many quality fishing opportunities out west – the biggest issue is deciding what species to target!
Good luck and see you out there.