July fishing report
Our last report (see below) still stands as pretty much all the fishing is affected by the weather conditions which have prevented us getting out much of late.
We are hearing from customers reports of good warehou fishing returning, with one fish of 8kg landed off the south coast inshore along the airport reef.
The airport reef, as the name suggests found on the southern coast off the airport, can be a great place to fish all year round, if you concentrate efforts along the southern end in around the nooks and crannies in the 40 – 45 metre mark.
Stay away from anything too shallow as the 20 – 40 metre zone will often host nothing but parrotfish and varies other rock – nasties.
This south coast spot is very handy to small boats launched from in the harbour or off Moa Point ramp and is less than a couple of kms offshore.
Snapper in late summer can be found in good numbers, as can some big blue cod, terakihi, warehau, and trevs. Head out a bit wider and there are good gurnard off the sand
As this reef is in nice and close it is not too badly affected by the straight’s tidal flows.
WARNING! The biggest ‘hazard’ as such is from the ferries piling past and they can get quite close and be pretty intimidating. If you expect them, respect their size and be aware to move if you need to it’s not an issue.
The reef is quite extensive and is mecca for crayfish, as it is unsafe to dive due to the ferries, and cray pot lines get cut off by the ferries also. If you set out some pots, expect to lose a few to the big ships. However, wherever there are crayfish there is usually good fishing.
Also be aware of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve marked out from shore (see map) which is a no fishing zone.
Our Fishing comp is on next weekend and if it’s not good weather we will postpone, so stay tuned for details mid next week.
This comp is a measure only and we hope to see as many of you taking part as we can J. All details on our website as Facebook page
Thankfully, we have had some pretty good fishing, with weather smiling upon us in some good spells, with a bit to come in the week ahead.
Pretty much everywhere has been producing fish of one sort or another, with snapper, Hapuka, kingies, gurnard, and tarakihi leading the charge in most of the usual haunts.
West coast around Mana and Makara has been fishing particularly well recently, and in quite close right up into only 15 metres of water.
This time of year you will find big snapper mooching right in amongst the shallower foul, but they also move out quite deep.
Many people don’t realise that snapper can be readily caught in up to 100metres of water plus. Quite often you’ll get the big ones where you might not have otherwise expected.
You can also try fishing big heavy (150 gram plus) Inchiku jigs and kabura style lures for snapper and kingfish with good success. In fast currents these lures jet straight to the bottom well but you will want to be drifting over a likely passage.
If the fish are not firing on lures double your chances by dropping some good old flasher rigs down loaded with a bit of kahawai, skippy or half pilchards.
The harbour is going ok too, with a stack of gurnard coming in around Eastbourne.
Surfcasting has been up and down with the swells.
We’ve had some good trips and some dry ones out around Red Rocks.
The warehou seemed to come and go pretty quickly as we have not had many reports of good catches this week. They will still be out there though, so be ready with the net as they do have soft mouths.
It’s been great puka fishing though, with one of the charters boating a fish over the magic 100lb mark down south. We know there have also been good specimens of 50 – 60lb caught out by Fisherman’s in the last few days.
If you make it as far down as Durville at this time of year big double figure snapper are around in good numbers around 90 metres in the channels.
John dory are popping up a lot as by catch recently, just on normal baits, not their usual favourite livies. We’ve soaked a lot of live baits but they seem to prefer the plain old bait at the moment.
With these awesome table fish appearing to come on in good numbers, it could be worth targeting their preferred areas with live baits or slow moving soft baits though. JD’s like a lot of cover so fish for them around weed lines or broken rock zones, and if you are using livies there’s always a chance of a good snapper or kingfish.
The trench reports have been pretty quiet mostly because of the swells more than anything.
What has been really noteworthy is reports from the Wairarapa guys who have been smashing some really good puka right in shallow and out deep.
Areas like Riversdale, Ngawi, and Castlepoint has been just the place for good puka fishing and a few trumpeter.
Puka go really well in the shallow so not only are they great eating but good sport if you get onto a nice one.
It’s all firing and the weather is not too bad even though it’s a bit cold. Those that can harden up and tough out the temperatures are being treated to some awesome fishing, so don’t be afraid to set that alarm early and give it a go