Wellington Fishing Report 5 April
It's a good time to be chasing tuna at the moment, as plenty of albacore have been caught between Mana and Kapiti.
The weather is not so cooperative for us this weekend, but there is a window on Monday/Tuesday (wouldn't you know it).
This is a good time of year for snapper fishing as they begin to really feed up before winter sets in, and you can expect to get good catches in the usual productive spots such as:
Kapiti Island - Off the northern reefs of Kurukohatu Point, west side Kaiwharawhara Point and West Point. There's good fishing in 20 metres so try stray lining or fishing soft baits on the drift.
Also right in close into 10 metres just north of Tareremango Point offers shelter in an easterly and good fishing.
Ohau Reef - You really want to fish the edges and often big snapper can be found where the foul finishes and turns to sand.
Boom rock - always worth a crack for both kings and snapper. Straylining is good, and if you can get a livie or two down even better.
Pukerua Bay - Fish the 20 - 30 metre mark just off the reef structure of Wairaka Point.
Mana - off the north reefs are fishing well at times. The upside is that you will usually get nice terakihi and blue cod here in closer, and if the weather permits you can head out north west to around the 100 metre mark and look for any small signs of structure appearing on the bottom which can produce hapuka, bass, warehou and even blue cod and terakihi. It's difficult to anchor in this depth and get right on the mark, so try and hold the boat over the spot and drop gear down to the action when you find it. Also mark anything immediately on your sounder as a good spot can be difficult to get back onto.
The south coast is also fishing well with another broadbill swordfish seen at the 100 metre mark chasing tuna around. It's all on to target both the tuna and the swords if you are looking to step up into a change of scenery while it's there!
In the harbour, it's still Ward Island that is the hotspot again if you are targeting snapper and kingfish. In the shallows, six to eight metres that is, just south of the Island. It's very important to be fishing here while wind is with the tide.
Out wider to the south we are still getting good reports from the Trench if you can get the conditions to make it out there.