Manukau Harbour & West Coast fishing

Page  <1 284285286
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote BananaBoat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2024 at 5:08pm
BananaBoat View Drop Down
Platinum
Platinum
Avatar

Joined: 10 Jan 2003
Location: Westy Aucks
Status: Offline
Points: 1709
Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Our best snapper bait recently has bee Jack mackerel, frozen kahawai and fresh gurnard Embarrassed


How dare you use gurnard as bait when I can't even catch the bloody things

Saturday just gone, set out from Blockhouse bay. Was very slow going and almost zero sign on the sounder at my spot and also around no14 marker post in the Wairopa channel, the current was ripping thru there and no-one by the looks of it were catching anything
Saw an old dungger of a boat that had 6 chunky looking guys on it powered by a very under powered old Johnson outboard., looked like the stern wasn't that far above the surface and none of them wearing a life jacket going full tit around 8-10knots.... you heard before you saw it haha
Back to my spot off Lynfield, got snaps around 36cm and plenty of throwbacks around 30cm including a bloody frisbee, all on squid then it stopped an hr before high tide... couldn't catch any fresh macs
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote shaneg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Feb 2024 at 8:32pm
shaneg View Drop Down
Titanium
Titanium
Avatar

Joined: 12 Jul 2009
Location: New Zealand
Status: Offline
Points: 4735
Great tip, and no wonder we have odd big snap hanging around the gurnard schools off bays in winter.
I also love sweep and blue maomao. Cut cavity out and use rest like a big pillie or whole Jack mack.
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote gurnard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 1:39pm
gurnard View Drop Down
Gold
Gold
Avatar

Joined: 09 Jan 2007
Status: Offline
Points: 712
Got out on Wednesday. Fished Ropers during the incoming. Moved around a couple of times as was a lot of red weed around and current. Caught a hammerhead in the first spot.

Moved into 5m and started feeding the nursery. Finally caught a decent Kahawai which was destined for fresh bait as I was fast running out of Bonito. Didn't really change a thing. Caught a few smaller snapper around the 27cm mark but all went back thinking surely they'll get better and bigger from here....but they didn't.

Tried the Waiuku channel right on slack tide but it was dead, the wind finally came up and I was over it. Two trips in a row without anything decent to take home for dinner.

Ended up putting the boat in for a service yesterday and she's back in the driveway ready for redemption. Might have to venture out over the bar and try and redeem myself! Once conditions allow of course.


Question...anyone here net mullet in the harbour ? Looking at getting a net but can't decide between a mullet net or flounder net.
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote cirrus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 3:16pm
cirrus View Drop Down
Titanium
Titanium


Joined: 07 May 2011
Status: Offline
Points: 9760
unusual for this time of year. very unusual. Normally lots of good size snaps , lining up in rows waiting to take your bait. 
Something has changed . What has changed.?
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote gurnard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 4:33pm
gurnard View Drop Down
Gold
Gold
Avatar

Joined: 09 Jan 2007
Status: Offline
Points: 712
Usually I do well this time of year...I was using a Shimano bait runner 12000D though and usually I'll use a smaller spinning reel for snapper...wouldn't think this would change though..same rigs same spots.

Others have done wellin this area so probably just me.
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (1) Likes(1)   Quote FlawOne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Yesterday at 9:45pm
FlawOne View Drop Down
Platinum
Platinum
Avatar

Joined: 09 Dec 2008
Location: Tat South
Status: Offline
Points: 1050
@ Gurnard - if you can get out to the 50m hole by Paratutae Island on either slack water then you will find redemption this time of year. We did pretty well just drifting through with ledgers and heavy sinkers the other day.

@ Cirrus - nothing but everything has changed, it is the Mighty Manukau after all! Good to see you back




Apologies for the kill shot but it is a fishing site after all

Inner City Slayers.
Back to Top
Post Options Post Options   Likes (0) Likes(0)   Quote Schecter Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 7 hours 3 minutes ago at 3:51pm
Schecter View Drop Down
Silver
Silver
Avatar

Joined: 08 Jan 2016
Location: Auckland
Status: Offline
Points: 351

The conditions on Friday were beautiful. The water was dirty and murky, with a lot of debris floating around.  But the fishing was hard! I had to really look for the fish.  All my go to spots weren’t producing, so I paddled out wide to find the fish.  


There were large schools of bait fish in the harbour.  The birds were having a feast!  I caught some jack mackerel and small Kahawai which I used for live baits. Unfortunately, no kingfish.


When I finally found the fish, I anchored and prepared my strayline rig.  I set up my rig to catch Trevally, but all I caught were snapper.  The snapper have so much fat!  It was like lard.  Their stomachs were full of crab.    


Looking forward to the cooler months when the gurnard arrive in the harbour.  There are still plenty of stingrays lurking in the shallows.  The water is a balmy 22.5°C.


As I paddled for home, the dreaded south-west wind arrived, and the harbour quickly turned into a washing machine, but I arrived home safely. 


Good luck if you’re fishing this weekend.

Back to Top
Page  <1 284285286
Forum Jump
Forum Permissions View Drop Down


This page was generated in 0.453 seconds.

Fishing Reports Visit Reports

Freshwater Fishing Reports
Rotorua Fishing Report - 23/02/24

Experienced anglers can catch 50+ fish a day It would be fair to say the Rotorua... Read More >

23 Feb 2024
Saltwater Fishing Reports
Raglan Fishing Report - 22/02/24

Snapper and gamefish on the menu The usual areas both north and south around the... Read More >

22 Feb 2024
Saltwater Fishing Reports
Bay of Islands Fishing Report - 22/02/24

Softbaiting in the wash providing the goods The weather has been great but the fishing... Read More >

22 Feb 2024
Saltwater Fishing Reports
Hauraki Gulf Fishing Report - 22/02/24

Clouds of anchovies providing a feast Whether you love or loathe eating anchovies yourself, they... Read More >

22 Feb 2024
Fishing bite times Fishing bite times

Major Bites

Minor Bites

Major Bites

Minor Bites