Fishing Report 11 October
We’re in the transition between winter and summer and so the snapper fishing is yet to really kick in, although there is still a good chance of getting fish a bit further north from Makara, Pukerua Bay and out at Kapiti. Some real stonker snapper turn up at the begginning of our season in Wgtn and thats been the case recently. Ive heard of two or three 20lb+ fish caught already including one off the beach at tehoro.
Makara and other spots on the west coast such as Opau Bay, Ohau point and Cape Terawhiti are fishing really well for cod, trevally and terakihi, and there’s always the chance of a good snapper out that way. Fishing the edges of the reef with berley around the turn of the tide is a good way to overcome the tidal currents and catch the bite either side of the slack water.
Heading out to Kapiti there is good fishing around the south end for cod and terakihi.
The northern bank grounds are also good for terakihi and kingfish.
If you don’t want to head out that far you can just shoot out to the 30 metre mark off Waikanai and there’s good fishing off the sand for gurnard and snapper. Anchoring up and berleying will work, or you could get good results drifting with soft baits. Just make sure you have a drift chute to slow the drift speed and fish by casting ahead and working the lure back towards the boat.
Still good surfcasting around Greta Point for gurnard, cod and a few terakihi.
There have been a few bluenose caught at the trench, but the Hapuka fishing is likely to be dropping off due to spawning.
Palliser Bay is good for crayfish paua, and kina at the moment. It’s real tiger country of Ngawi out amonst the reefs for terakihi, kingfish and cod.
Cape Palliser is the Moki fishing hot spot, particularly off White rock It’s also really great for cod and kingies, and then if the weather allows it’s only a skip out to the trench to have a crack at the deepwater species.
Turakirae head can also offer up some of the best fishing on the south coast especially for big terakihi. Just drop the flasher rigs into 70 – 80 metres anad you could expect some really good results.
There are some really big kingfish around here too, so dropping livies on a running ball sinker you have a chance of hooking them.