Gurnard are going off all over the place currently, and providing a tasty feed for both boaties and surfcasters alike.
They’re easily accessible from within the harbour and the top spot is Greta Point.
If there is not too much swell running, and you can get yourself off the east coast and fish from White Rock, Castlepoint and Ocean Beach, there are some absolute monsters to be caught. Big gurnard make for a really good feed and are awesome cooked just about any way you like.
Palliser Bay has been really hammered by big swells recently, good for the surfies but not so much for the fishing. Luckily the swell has timed dropping out to coincide with the local surfcasting club having an open day at Ocean Beach this weekend. If you want to know a bit more about surfcasting take a walk down the beach and talk to a few people about rigs and so on.
If you have the ability to get out to the Trench, which has been pretty character building lately, the bluenose fishing is going well. Not massive sizes but really good consistent numbers.
Best spot appears to be just straight out from Wainui Beach as per the maps above, looking for sign when you hit the steep banks or structure. If you have not already got the Navionics app, it’s well worth getting so you can really see the bottom contours and find your most likely looking ground.
Puka fishing has really tailed off, in particular off the rugged south coast.
We are not sure why, as fishing pressure is nothing out of the normal, perhaps an effect of the earthquake movements or something of that nature, as the cod fishing which was always reliable has also gone from there.
This has been a bumper year for big snapper in Wellington, with a 28 pounder caught off Plimmerton Point recently.
It’s great to see more and more big fish about, and also good to see more being put back.
We have found the fishing around the west coast, Mana and either ends of the Bridge to be pretty good, and expect it to get a lot better as the weather and water temp warms up. Fishing the contours, the foul, and the sand have all produced good fish. Spots off north and nor-west Mana, and the reef structure off the south coast are always worth a try with some nice stray lines or even flasher rigs.
Terakihi and cod fishing is as good as always to be expected too.
Further out, Fisherman’s has gone dead quiet lately. Nothing much happening there for a bit now so I’d be trying other places.
We gave Hunter’s Bank a good go last week and apart from a few terakihi got not much at all for the effort, where just two weeks previously there were kingies galore in the deeper 70 metre reef areas.
The 78 metre rise between Hunter’s and Fisherman’s which is easy to find on nav charts is a spot that will often produce good fish, including the biggest scarpies you’ve ever seen, which may not sound very exciting but they make brilliant eating. We have had Japanese customers specifically wanting to target this type of fish over all else for their eating quality.
If you can take a bit of time off late next week there looks to be a bit of a weather window coming at this stage.
Surfcasting - the South coast has had limited opportunities with swelly conditions but as soon as the swell goes try these spots - White rock, the Spit & Wainui beach. Inside the harbour there's been a few gurnard off Greta point, a few moki from Kaiwharawhara and Point Howard and kahawai appearing on and off around the traps. West coast - try Otaki and Tehoro for early season snapper or Opau bay for trevally & bluecod