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Wonder if the warm water temps over winter have something to do with it?? Think the coldest temp in July was 13.2 water temp,6 yrs ago had a swim in july to free a rope and it only 11c
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In the short term if you are worried about the chance of some crook fish try the shallows up to about 20m and report your findings. The issue does seem to be more prevalent in the 25m plus depths but hopefully this will be scientifically looked into.

To me its not a bad thing leaving the deeper water snapper alone for a bit.

We fish the Bowentown harbour a lot over summer. We’ve had the problem of white mushy flesh on snapper for a number of years in the harbour. These fish are caught in depths of less than 3mtrs. Go outside the harbour to deeper water and we don’t get the problem as much. I initially put it down to warm water in the harbour but the problem is not as bad late in the season where the water temp is at its highest.
Have heard the handling, ice, spawning and many other theories. None stack up from my experience so very interested with what NIWA comes up with. Coms must have to deal with this issue so you would think the scientists would have an answer for it by now.
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White fillet snaps not so good, although still fry up ok. Likely poorly nourished fish. Seen same off here ECB and further north last weekend off Cape Rodney. Seems to be more of thing happening when catching fish off foul (kelpies) and where they are over open ground or schooling. Possibly a concern?
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fished out from Tauranga 17 July.. a handful of snapper caught, 1 fish a tad over 50cm has fairly well developed roe, i would have said probably 6-8 weeks from spawning. the other fish either had no signs of roe/milt or just visable.  1 fish had average flesh condtion the others were typical winter snapper with fat.  water temp was just under 15

out from Tauranga again this weekend just gone. all snapper 37-45cm, all had early roe/milt, none futher along than the others...  water temp early 15's  all fish had good fat content, nice and fatty feeling when filleting.
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mate at coro is catching 35-54cm snaps 200 mtres off the beach.its a good season by the look at it .early one i think. water temp up.
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