Win this boat with the shimano last man standing comp

sept 15

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.

Sept 10th
The trench - Bluenose galore with the odd bass and puka.
best spots - bluenose heaven off Wanui, the bass patch on the far side.
Wellington harbour - heaps of gurnard, a few snapper and a mixed bag of trevally, kahawai and other species.
Best spots - point Jenningham, Seatoun light & point Gordan
West coast - There continues to be big snapper coming in up and down the coast with the odd kingfish, plenty of tarakihi, gurnard and bluecod with the odd JD, trevally, porae and warehou 
Best spots - Ohau point, Makara fenceline, Hunters bank

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 

great days fishing - 24 August

great days fishing - 24 August

There were plenty of snapper, kingfish, trevally and other stuff caught out west for the keen anglers who braved the elements. The day just got better and better weather and fish wise with 2 snapper around the 20lb mark taken around Mana Island plus snapper, kingis and trevs caught south of Makara. It was a real mixed bag for us just south of the bridge with bluecod, tarakihi, trevally, snapper, kingfish, gurnard, butterfly perch, kahawai and assorted lesser species 

August 2019

August 2019

16th august

Wintery weather has made it fairly challenging to get out much, but that in turn is what protects our fishery so it is good when the weather gods inevitably smile.

We’re noticing the puka have dropped away at the moment, and may be welcoming a break from anglers around their spawning time.

There are plenty of bluenose to take their place in the fish bin at the moment so it’s better to target them when you get the opportunity.

Snapper are, as expected, not too prolific at this time of year, and when you do find them they are usually out a bit deeper in 50 – 70 metres.

We have been doing really well on extra heavy weight Jarvis Walker sabiki rigs lately. Everything from gurnard to snapper grab these, and the line is 30 lb with number 4 or 6 hooks, so capable of landing a decent fish.

Give it a go when the fishing is tough, sometimes downsizing a bit works when things are quiet.

Next week looks pretty awful on the weather front as well, so we will be welcoming the opportunity to get our Rongotai store in order with all the stock shipped across from Seaview (10-50% of everything).

Now we are consolidating into one location we have a lot of gear and some really good clearance specials to make some room so feel free to come and have a look while the weather is better for talking about fishing rather than actually doing it.

Harbour fishing might be the go this week and there are plenty of fish around the usual haunts including some decent sized gurnard. Seatoun is my fav place at the moment using crab as bait



Boat - The snapper and kingfish are still around in good numbers at the 70-80 mtr mark. Out deep its still good fishing for hapuku (out west) and puka, bass and bluenose on the south and east. Tarakihi and bluecod, gurnard and trevally are also regular catches inshore with the occasional warehou, john dory and blue mackerel. If it was warmer you may be fooled into believing it was still summer with the good fishing at the moment.

Hot spots - Hunters bank, Boom, Turakerei, Falcon Shoal, Tora

Shore - good kahawai on the south coast with spotty sharks, gurnard and the odd moki and trevally. Perfect time for nice bluecod when the water is clean. Out west its warehou & tarakihi time from Makara to Titahi bay (especially Boom). In the harbour its gurnard time with kahwai at queens wharf and the hutt river entrance.

Hotspots - Queens wharf, Greta point, Hutt river mouth (harbour), White rock (east), Longbeach and Wainui (south) 

1st august

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with amazing snapper and kingis our west, bluenose at the trench and good inshore fishing pretty much everywhere. The snapper and kingis have been around the 70 mtrs marks off makara and hunters bank. Further north at foxton the snaps and kings have been good on the 40ntr mark as well as kingis st Tora on the east coast. I was out on the harbour yesterday and the gurnard weee in the bite off seatoun in 10mtrs and I even caught a couple of snapper as well. I’ve heard point Howard wharf car park has been quite good for moki recently. As soon as the weather comes right I strongly suggest you go and give your favourite haunts a go because the fish are biting well. The hapuku should still be having a final feed before the September spawning run. 

July fishing report

July fishing report

Boat Fishing report -29.7.19

great fishing, great weather!

The fishing has really been firing lately, due mainly to the 6 days of flat calm weather and that there's been excellent snapper, kingfish, hapuku & bluenose getting caught in numbers.

Out west I've had numerous reports of multiple kingfish hooked/caught/released. Hunters and nth end of Kapiti have been mentioned but i'm sure places like Boom, Makara, the 78mtr rise, Fishermans and other places will have kingis hanging about. Definitely try deeper at this time of the year 60-80mtrs is a good depth but fish will be down to 150mtr. Longjigs have been great but for a real monster I would favour a big kahawai livebait put down to the bottom on 200lb trace and 130lb braid.

Snapper have been caught up and down the coast but again deep is better, try the 60-80mtr tarakihi reefs from Makara - Pukerua bay, Try 'sliding' slow jigs like kaburas and ocean assason. You may need 120-150gm to get down. the good thing is about the lures is the spiney dogs don't like them so much. I've had good reports of fish in 20-40mtrs too but there are bigger numbers in the deeper stuff.

Bluenose fishing in the trench has gone BOOM. limit bags have been common last week with alot of small fish off Wainui 'bluenose heaven' in 180mtrs - 3-6kgs. If you go deeper there will be some much bigger ones around. Some people have been fishing 300-350mtr with good success.

Tarakihi, bluecod (on the reef), trevs and gurnard on the sand) have been pretty good at most 15-40mtr spots up and down the south and west coast. The airport ree and Turakerei on the sth coast and Verns, sth end Mana, Tecam reef have had good fishing on the west.

more to come..........


July 13

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   

July 3rd

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

fishing report 24 may 2019

fishing report 24 may 2019

Well we have a week of heavy wind from the north west ahead of us, so getting out in the boat is going to be for those not faint of heart.

It will be better for the land based crew or boaties that are happy to stick to the inner harbour.

When you can get out the fishing is going pretty well for snapper, kingfish, trevs and of course cod and terakihi.

The harbour is fishing well, and west and south coast are ok in the right conditions.

Ward Island, Point Gordon, and Point Halswell still top spots.

Last weekend a mate managed 30 snapper, and a couple of kingies out at Kapiti.

South end of Kapiti up to Aeroplane Island is the zone.  Nothing too adventurous in the technique, just good old squid and pillies with a good berley trail, ledger rigs and the odd strayline when current allows.

We like 3/0 to 5/0 flasher rigs on the charter.  The circle hook versions that hook fish in the corner of the mouth are great for releasing unwanted fish unharmed.

They may not last that long but they are worth it, and it pays to have a quality one as kingies are often happy to grab a piece of squid on a flasher at any time.

If you are keen on trying some of the new lures available for fishing deeper, our friends up north have been having great success on the new Shimano Tiger Baku Baku lure in jet black.

The big performer though, is for deeper water targeting kings, puka and bluenose, which is the Catch Fishing Giant Squidwings.  We sell a few in the shop here, and they have been working really well up north according to my Editor, so no reason not to give them a crack down here.

Mana is going ok, with good snapper south of mana on the pins and foul there.

South end is good but there are a lot of kahawai around there that can be an issue if you don’t want them.

Surf casting and targeting moki off Palliser Bay, Rock Point, and White Rock should be ok in the Nor-wester.

We like to use mainly crab and mussel baits on a smaller recurved hook for moki.  And these are also good for snapper.  Generally, take the legs off or cut the crab in half and secure to the hook with a binding thread. 

Two hooks on a ledger rig with an upside-down pyramid sinker usually holds nicely.

It’s a good time of the year for moki, and you don’t have to cast too far. What you’re looking for is shingle beach meeting weedy rock, so if you can get a bait to sit in the right zone it can be better than hurling out as far as you can cast.

Where all the dead weed is floating around after a bit of a blow is a good place to target fish, as they are often there foraging amongst the fresh nutrients.

Moki hit pretty hard so it can be a good wake-up call if you’re drifting off J

The Trench has produced some awesome bass lately, 25 – 30kg for the boats that have been able to fish it, but west coast has been the talk for big puka.

Out a bit deeper than usual both north and south of Fisherman’s around 300 metres rather than 200 has been good for really nice sized fish, up in the 30 – 40kg+ mark sometimes.

It will probably be a week or so before it’s very fishable out there, but once the wind clears out it could be all on.

Good luck


Fishing reports

Fishing reports

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.

Good luck




There have been a lot of exotic and often untargeted fish turning up this year.

Sometimes we all think within our box and don’t actually set out to target fish that would really be something special.

The fish are there, so why not have a dedicated go.  Broadbill are a good example.  The only way you’ll catch one is to set out to do so.

Here are a couple of videos to help you get set up,

next move is up to you to find a good area on a good day, and have a drop or two.

We have several reports of broadbill in anything from 30 – 40 metres of water off the south coast, several off Fitzroy Bay, and out past the 100metre mark towards the trench, all on the surface during day. 

If you are really up for a challenge, these fish are there to be hooked, but it won’t happen by accident, you need to commit.

Try targeting good knolls out in 400-500 metres with a daytime drop, there is always the chance of also hooking good bass or Hapuka as a by-catch on the type of big baits that attract broadies.

Another fish to target at the moment is albacore tuna.  We are getting a really great summer run of these fish out areas such as 100metre mark around Hunters bank, back of Mana all the way to Kapiti, and out the back side of Kapiti.  These fish are fun to chase and catch, spectacular eating and are a real summer treat that you can target for a change of pace.

They are brilliant fun on light gear and are not that hard to pursue.  Simply get some small 4 – 5 inch tuna or skippy lures and tow them at around 6.5 knots heading for any birds, tide or current lines, water temperature change zones etc. 

Have some run right in close only 5 – 10 metres behing the boat and another further back and you are in business.

Palliser Bay been hard to fish due to weather but good spell coming up this week, so there could be a good opportunity to get out there soon enough. 

There’s been a few good kings, big terakihi, and Hapuka off Turakerei head fishing around 220 metres.

Baring Head and the inner harbour is still fishing really well.

The good hauls of snapper are coming off the Eastbourne side .  Most consistent results more north of the Eastbourne bus shelter towards Rhona wharf being the good place for shore based snapper.

Surf casters are doing well off Evens bay, with really good kahawai, trevally and a few snapper too.

This has really been the year of the trevally. 

Last year it seemed to be more gurnard being commonly caught, but this year the trevs are around in greater numbers and size.

There are good fish off the sand around Ward island and other areas in the harbour.

These fish are premium sashimi and great smoked, particularly the bigger ones that can be a bit tougher raw.

The kahawai are on steroids at the moment.  It is the best fishing we have seen for ages for these fish, thick with roe and often going 4kg plus,we are seeing absolute barrels in amazing condition.

This makes them great sport and great eating, particularly if you are limited to being land based.

The humble kahawai is still the staple of the surf caster, and it’s great to see them in such good nick.

Try kahawai sashimi, or fresh cooked just cut the dark meat out and you might be surprised how good they are fresh.

In the freak-catch bag, we caught a couple of really good crayfish the other day on dropper rigs off Wairaka point in Pukerua Bay, which usually only happens about once a year, so to get two in a day was highly unusual.

Snapper fishing pretty good, especially west coast places like Pukerua Bay.

When it’s too rough to get further out top sea, we like Rocky Point, a good spot to fish close to shore out of the tide protected from the current.

Kapiti is fishing well off all coasts with good mixed bags of all the species from cod to puka, so just target wherever is the most sheltered.  There’s good consistent snapper fishing off all the reef structures around the island at the moment..

There’s a great spell of weather coming up which should open up the fishing doors for some nice opportunities, whether you choose to stay in close or head right out wide.

Cheers, Pete

latest catches (below)

Fishing Report

Fishing Report

Jan 11th

We've been lucky to enjoy such a great spell of weather, and at the moment west is best.

There are now plenty of snapper and good kingfish being caught consistently off the west coast.

Hapuka are also good to target as they have moved back in to full feeding up mode.  Out wide searching the contour lines with you sounder or just targeting Fisherman's Rock and it's surrounding structure would be the way to go.

The Trench has sparked in to life a bit when you can get out there, with bass, bluenose and hapuka all being caught recently.

Really good snapper are being caught by surfcasters in Evans Bay.  I'd be going for a very early start or fishing in to darkness as the tide is moving.

The challenge at the moment is that the bite is all on one day, and then dead as a doughnut the next, with no particular rhyme or reason.  The only answer really, is to have a line in the water and hope for the best.  

The southern end of Mana seems to be very reliable lately, with good catches of terakihi, trevally, and kingies.

If you are hunting snapper, we've been getting the best results by trying a likely spot in 25 metres for about half an hour, then slowly move out to 35 and then 45 etc until you can actually locate where they are holding.

Sometimes you have to move around a lot, but we have seen the best fishing result from moving around as necessary between Mana, Pukerua Bay, Boom Rock, and Makara.


January 3rd 2019

The fishings been pretty good lately, I've had a couple of very busy charter periods over the last three weeks. Weve been lucky with some pretty good weather out west. The snapper have been a bit flighty - sometimes we get em, sometimes we dont. Kingfish, gurnard and trevally have been a bit more consistent to catch, even if we're sheltering up behind Mana Island. Hapuku fishing has at its most consistent at Fisherman's Rock but im sure there are other places firing as well.

December 2018

For snapper try 40 metres mark off Pukerua Bay off the sand.

We have had a great run of weather providing the opportunity for some fantastic fishing when the bite is on.  Happily, the forecast looks good for the next while too.

West is best currently, and fishing from Ohau right up north to Kapiti is where we have been concentrating our efforts.

The hapuka fishing continues to produce really good results - Hunters, Fishermans, out from Mana still seems to be the best and most productive area. 

The snapper fishing has started to pick up with some really good fish, in both size and numbers. The best fishing has been from 15 - 50 metres depending on where you are.  Good fish have been caught off the sand, the mud, and in close in the structure, so there is no real silver bullet to finding them.  This is a key point really, with fish moving about you have two options.

Either invest a lot of time slowly and quietly prospecting with your sounder to identify fish, and then get baits and lures down fast when you do.  Or, locate a good area and try to keep fish around or attract them with a good berley trail and just be patient.

As good as the fishing can be, the fish will only bite for a certain time, so there are never any guarantees, you just have a line in the water.

The outgoing tide on the west coast has proven best for snapper. They can be quite widespread so searching or drift fishing is a solid option.  Make sure you have a drift chute on board of course, as you'll need to slow a drift down to keep your gear moving naturally across the seafloor.

Also fishing the later hours and evening has worked well if you can manage to stay out a bit longer or just want an afternoon fish.

Kingies are still around in good numbers for boaties and land based anglers, so targeting this species specifically will mean you are always in with a good chance.  Nothing beats livies for kingfish, so try slow trolling a small kahawai or jack mackerel inshore, or using a running rig to get down around the structure out deeper.

We have seen some awesome fishing when it is on fire.  A surf caster got 9 snapper in the harbour last week, another got 15 or so moki and broke the all time points record for the Wellington club, so what better time to get out there and get into it.


here are a few snapper, kingis and hapuku around now, but it has been very hard to get out with the southerlies. Thankfully the south coast is now flat as with minimal swell and is clean.

There are still good gurnard and kahawai in the harbour, and someone caught a 5kg moki surfcasting which is not a typical catch for inner harbour.

We caught an 18 pound snapper last week in Pukerua Bay (off Wairaka Point) that might have cracked the magic 20 mark if it had been in better condition. There have been a number of big snapper caught and a few smaller ones in good numbers north of Pukerua bay

Hunters has been producing some excellent kingfish so that is worth a jig or live bait session there now particularly early morning or on the turn of tide.

If you are keen on targeting snapper or kingfish, I would head to Mana or better yet Kapiti. It will have not had a lot of fishing pressure so the north. Fishing 30 – 45 metres seems to be the magic depth, and this would be the plan to target snapper. Berley up off the sand north of Kapiti in 30- 40 metres, or try the boulder bank for kingfish and terakihi. Gurnard have been numerous on the sand north of kapiti as well

Heading south off Makara around Boom rock would be worth a go for an early season kingfish or a late season warehou. It is also really consistent for blue cod and terakihi here so at least you should be guaranteed a good feed.

Fishing Ohau point is much the same story, a guaranteed good catch of cod and terakihi for the table plus the chance of hapuku out wide and the odd kingi and trevally.

There have been a few Hapuka starting to come back from spawning now, so with good weather it could be worth targeting any of the deep spots such as can be found off Hunters or out at the trench on or around slack tide. There should also be bluenose out at the trench now also.

Karori light is your guaranteed blue cod fishing, but Baring Head would be one of my favourite go-to places to head with great blue cod fishing in around about 50 metres. You might always pick up a school hapuka, warehou or good trevally out here and with good weather conditions the beauty of this spot is that you can head out to have a look at the trench as it approaches slack tide.

Taking the leading line out from the harbour (see map) it’s worth fishing the 100 metre mark for big terakihi and kingfish, and then out a bit deeper on the same line to target the deepwater species.

There seems to be a window of good weather this friday and next monday but the weekend looks a bit breezy from the north. perfect conditions for surfcasting the south coast particulary the Red Cod Classic comp at Lake Ferry this weekend


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.

fishing report 1 Sept

fishing report 1 Sept

Absolutely brilliant fishing for this time of year, especially the kingfish action we are getting both in the harbour and around the coast.

Not only are the kings around in good numbers but the size is good too.

You don't have to be too technical about using live baits and jigs, although these will work. We've been seeing stunning catches on strips of squid drifted down a berley trail.

Speaking of squid, one of our favourite fishing spots saw a giant squid wash up this week, just a little too far gone to use for bait but impressive to see such a crazy monster wash up.

The harbour has been producing good snapper, up to 10lb, surfcasting from Oriental and Kau Bay..

Fisherman's rock has been slow for a while now. You may want to chance your arm, but from our experience it's just not happening out there. Hunters on the other hand is really firing.

Kingfish, trevally, john dory, and a few other species are munching out a bit deeper off the pin in 70 - 80 metres. For good results, get yourself anchored up so that you can drift a berley trail and fish down into where the weed and foul turns to sand. Use your sounder to invest in a bit of time spent getting your position right, this will make a big difference to results.

Turn of the tide is best here.

Mana is fishing well off the south coast at the moment, especially for trevally in good sizes.

Wainui Beach has been good for surfcasting. We've seen really nice trevs and moki being caught on shellfish baits. Mussels are reasonable economical baits, but crayfish or crab is better if you can get your hands on it (without eating it first maybe use the stuff that is just past human consumption grade eh?)

For city bound land based guys, there's a nice early run of gurnard off Greta Point.

Bluenose fishing is fantastic. Still consistently producing from all the usual spots like Nicholsons Trench in around 150 - 200 metres. The outgoing tide has been producing the best bites recently.

Follow the shipping line directly out to this mark and you should find yourself in the money. Hapuka fishing has slowed off and they may have even moved on now.

august report

august report

It was a great spell of weather last week with some great fish getting caught too. I got out to Fishermans (tough going) and Hunters (plenty of fish) and there were boats at all over the place.

West coast
Kingis, trevs, snapper, JD's, warehou, big teris and cod
Pretty much up and down the coast from Pukerua down to Ohau. Kapiti is also going well for inshore species and snapper a bit further north.

Bluenose still going well at the trench

Harbour fishing - elephants around Somes and Ward Islands.
Kahawai everywhere one daqy gone the next.

Surfcasting. Still more moki and trevs getting caught at wanui, kahawai and bluecod at longbeach, sharks, reddies and kahawai at Whangamoana.

Rosie the dog caught this crusty old spiney dogfish at Whangamoana recently

June fishing reports

June fishing reports


Overall the fishing is as good as can be expected this time of year, with some really good catches of hapuka being a welcome feature.  The tricky part is that the fishing can be quite sporadic, with an area fishing very well, then not at all next time around.

It's peak hapuka season, with fish in their best condition.  The trick is to not thrash away at areas that are just not producing.  Move around and track contour lines looking for where the fish are on the sounder.  Time and patience spent looking can easily be worth it when you eventually come across the fish.

For hapuka the most consistent areas are around Fishermans rock at the moment, with the trench being both difficult to access in inclement weather, and fishing is quite hit and miss when you do get there. Karori light and Turakerei 200mtr marsk are also worth a crack at present.

Probing areas with a combination of baits and big hapuka jigs such as the Catch giant squidwing and Diamond eye can give some rewarding results at the moment.

As can be expected for The colder temperatures the snapper fishing has become much harder.  Big winter resident fish can still be found, but they are fewer in numbers so harder to target.

Some really good fishing off the last three bays of the west coast - Ohau/Opau etc. 

Fishing for cod and tarakihi is good in all the usual coastal haunts.

Now is prime season for trevally, and surfcasters can reap some great rewards targeting these fish as well as boaties.  Boaties might want to try some small soft baits or flasher rigs to score some of the best sashimi on offer. Off the shore they come in close after dark at beaches like Pencarrow and Makara and can be caught during the day at places like Boom rock, Castlepoint, Cobham Drive and Point Gordon.

Elephantfish have been a common catch for boaties at Ward island and Eastbourne and around the sandy areas off Seatoun. 

Warehou are present off most tarakihi reefs around Wgtn at the mo and can be taken on the same gear that teris like. At deeper reefs like hunters, 5 mile, fishermans and at Ohau and Karori, they school up well off the bottom and can be caught in numbers on jigs, flasher rigs and squid baits. The kahawai are plentiful as usual, but there have been some seriously big fish landed upwards of three kilos.  Kahawai of this size give a really good account of themselves and provide some great fillets for the smoker, or sashimi platter.

The large amount of rain recently has made harbour and river mouth areas very muddy which tends to put off the more quality table fish, so best steer clear of those areas until they wash through a bit.

Dont write off the kingfish at this time of the year. Places like Point Gordon in the harbour, Hunters bank and the 78mtr rise can produce big fish as Steve Brown found in the harbour recently with his 17.3kg fish.


Good to see some nice weather over Queens birthday weekend after a couple of weeks of cold and sometimes strong southerlies. Overall the fishing was pretty good but certainly the numbers of snapper and kingfish were down a bit. Hapuku and bluenose fishing was pretty good as were the bluecod and tarakihi.

West coast - some good snapper have been caught from Ohau to Opau bays, Plimmerton Reef and north of Kapiti. Ive heard of good gurnard fishing at Makara and some good puka fishing at Ohau and fishermans rock. Theres been a few puka at verns mixed in with the tarakihi there. The best snapper was 24lb caught at Plimmerton at the weekend.

South coast - Prior to the southerlies there were some great snapper getting caught off the airport reef and east of Sinclair head. Im not sure if there are many left now. blue cod and teris have been good at most locations as well as a few warehou and gurnard. Breaker bay has produced some nice gurnard over the weekend.

Harbour - good snapper fishing at Seatoun recently with an 8kg fish the biggest reported. fishing 20mtrs depth of point gordan and 15mtrs west of ward are traditionally good snapper places at this time of the year. Ive heard the elephantfish have made a comeback with good catches reported off ward and Seatoun recently. The kahawai have been there one day gone the next - evans bay has been good along with point Hallwell and Jenningham.

The trench - some good bluenose were caught on the weekend along with a few puka as well. 

Surfcasting - spotty sharks, moki at white rockl. Bluecod, kahawai and the odd moki at longbeach and batch beach. Wainui is certainly worth a crack for a big moki and spottyb shark this time of the year. There maybe a snapper or two lurking at Ocean beach as well. Don't write off the kingfish. There is a real chance of a biggie off the beach or rocks at this time of year.   

May fishing reports

May fishing reports

West coast

The snapper and kingis continue to be in good numbers up and down the coast as well as hapuku out wide. A few warehou are getting caught as well. We got a nice one around 4-5kgs off the north end of mana yesterday. Havnt heard of any tuna. The water temp is around 16/17 degrees but that can change from day to day up and down the coast. The last southerlys which came through were more from the east and didn't plummet the water temps the previous one did.

Snapper spots - 30 to 40mtrs depth south of the bridge, 30 mtrs off the plimmerton quarry, south end of Kapiti

Puka spots - fishermans, eastern side in 200mtrs

trevally spots - hunters in 30-50mtrs, on the edge of the mana bridge in 20mtrs

cod and teri - makara fenceline 25mtrs, tecam reef  - 40-60mtrs

South coast

Some good kingis have been getting caught of homes, turakerei and into pallsier. the trench has been a little quiet but a few bluenose and gemfish are around. havnt hear of any bass or puka. its perfect time for puka at karori when the weathers good. Weve had alot of swells on the coast recently which given the fish a bit of a break

Wgtn Harbour

Ive heard of quite a few snapper caught around Ward island , Pt Gordan and sth end of Somes. Some good trevally have been caughgt in amoungst the gurnard at Ward and at Steeple Rock. Elephantfish have made a bit of a comeback recently around Ward and at Seatoune.

Its coming up to a pretty good time in the harbour for snapper and kingis as they move out or go into hibernation.


Theres been some really good  Blue moki fishing of late. These places have fired - White rock, Batch beach, Oteranga. Otgher places worth a crack are Pencarrow/Fitzroy, Wanui, Cape Palliiser and Long beach.

If the swells stay away there should be some good fishing over the next month. Ocean beach can be good for spotty sharks, gurnard, moki and snapper

Before and after shelly bay in the harbour has produced quite a few snapper in the last 2 weeks. a few at eastbourne and greta pioint as well. Mahanga bay has been good for teris after dark. Sunshine bay has been producing a few snapper the odd kingi and trevally as well. 

Theres still a few kingis around. May has traditionally bee a time to catch a real biggie off the shore in wgtn.

March/April reports

March/April reports

April 15

There's plenty of blue moki getting caught by surfcasters on the sth coast at the moment. Places like Batch beach, Longbeach, White rock, Cape Palliser, Cave and Windy bay as well as karori light are all worth a crack. Flat rock in the harbours been a good landbased spot for snapper recently with good numbers caught there last weekend after dark. Greta has been good for gurnard and Sunshine bays been producing a few snapper, trevally and the odd kingi. The kahawai were working up there yesterday when I was delivering bait to Sunshine Service Station. Eastbourne, Makara, Pukerua bay, Paikak and Tehoro have all producing snapper recently when the conditions have been good.
Blue mackerel have been in good numbers in the harbour. Nice small bait size ones with bigger eating size ones as well.
We had a good day on the snapper at the Makara fenceline last weekend with good cod and tarakihi off Opau Bay. Generally the snapper and kingi were a bit harder to catch last week after the southerly plummeted the temps down about 3-5 degrees but hopefully after the latest northerlies the temp has gone back up again. Puka fishing out wide on the west is still pretty good but I hear the Trench has been quiet. We are coming into the best hapuku time over the next 2-3 months when the fish are in top condition and the big ones move into the local deepwater reefs around wellington.
South coast cod and teri have been good when the conditions have been good but unfortunately the swells lately have made fishing tough recently.

April 1st

Still plenty of albacore and skipjack tuna getting caught off the back of mana and kapiti

Plimmerton reef and points have been great for snapper and trevally recently, a friend got a 24 and 30lb (released) snapper there.

Hunters has been amazing for kingis of late. livebaits and jigs going well

The mana bridge and nth end have been great for snapper and trevally. we picked up a 22lber there the other day   


March 15

Snapper and kingfish are still fishing well particularly on the west coast.  

In the harbour - some great snapper fishing off the south end of Somes island recently, the south seas wreck and around ward island have been producing kingis of good size too.

Many surf casters have been doing well off Oriental Bay catching kahawai, with a few nice kingis as well on slidebaiting rigs.

Eastbourne has been a good night fishing spot for land based fishers too.

Out west places like Hunters, Pukerua, Mana bridge, Boom Rock and Kapiti have all head there fair share of kingfish and the snapper have been good up and down the coast.

I've heard of a few bluenose getting caught at the trench but that's about it from the south coast. The usual cod and teris from baring head to turakerei in 50-70 meters are worth a crack and also homes rock for kingis



February reports

February reports


Its good to see plenty of albacore getting caught from mana to kapiti recently, some skipjack as well. There's been rumors of some bigger tuna getting hooked but lost and a chance of a billfish this season seeing the waters so warm. New Plymouth caught 10 marlin the week before the king tides.
Snapper and kingi fishing out west has picked up recently. A 26kg and 22kg kingi were caught recently amongst many others.
Surfcasters in the harbour and out west have been doing alright too with fish up to 4.5kgs caught last weekend with one angler catching 7 legal snapper off the shore.

Albacore have been caught out wide from the trench so i wouldnt be surprized if they are caught on the south coast soon, its certainly the time of the year for it

Good luck if your fishing the WSAC shore fishing comp or the Petone workingmans club boat comp this weekend

january reports

january reports


What an epic month for weather and fishing. The albacore tuna have started to come on now with a few skipjack tuna as well. There are plenty of kingfish and snapper around the deepwater fishing has been firing as well. surfcasters have been doing well on snapper in the harbour and on the west coast with a few in pallsier bay as well. moki fishing fired recently with white rock being the hot spot. gurnard fishing in the harbour has been quite good bt not to the same levels as last season. tarakihi and bluecod continue to dominate the southcoast fishing and when the waters clean and not to tidal the fishing has been great. I had the last charter on the daniel on the 17th of Jan and we finished on a high. 2 x monster bass 22 and 28kg with gemfish, bluenose, cod and tarakihi as well as frostfish, a blueshark with dolphin galore and a couple of sperm whale sightings.


Prior to the bug southerly things were going pretty well in the wgtn fishing scene. deepwater fishig has been very good out west for hapuku and reasonable at the trench with a mixed bag of puka, bass, bluenose, gemfish ling and hoki.

We played with a pod of orca off baring head the other day which was a real highlight. the dolphins have turned up recently in good numbers as well. wont be too far away before the sperm whales make an appearance.

snapper fishing out west has been a bit harder but if you wrk for them you'll get them.

kingis in the harbour havnt slowed down but the fish were hard to find yesterday maybe because of the earthquake the day before, who knows?

pictured here is richard chambers with his dad al and inga in background - xmas day in breaker bay

December reports

December reports

west - good numbers of puka out wide, snapper and kingfish have been a little harder to get onto with slightly colder temps after the southerlies, they shold be back in full swing after these strong northerlies psuh the warm water back in.
john dory, trevs and gurnard are around if you target them. not much to report from the shore

south - the cod a teris have been hit and miss. the 50mtr wreck has been pretty good i hear. theres been a number of kingis and a few snapper around on the inshore and deeper tarakihi reefs.

the trench - theres been some excellent bass fishing at the trench with patches of good bluenose and a few puka as well. trumpeter and puka have been caught from sinclair to karori recently.

surfcasting/rock - the return of the kingis have got the oriental slidebaiting brigade out there doing it again. some good snapper have been caught at great point, pt gordan and in evans bay. a few over at eastbourne too.
Some nice moki have been caught around the harbour and on the south coast along with some good gurnard a few trevally and spotty sharks as well


What a great spell of weather we're having

 The trench - plenty of gemfish around at the moment with the odd good catch of bass as well

West deepwater - good puka fishing continues off most known haunts

West inshore - snapper continue to fire up and down the coast but not as consistent as previous summers

Surfcasting - moki have started to fire in good numbers  White rock has been the best spot although they are all around the east and south coast at present. a few snapper are getting caught in the harbour and up past Paikak. kahawai have been good one day gone the next.

LBG - the kingis have been firing well off oriental bay and in evans bay

Harbour - a good mixed bag of teri, cod, gurnard, snaper, kingi, trevs and elephants. the entrance in around lambton harbour have been good fishing as well as point gordan occaisionally. ward island has been a bit tougher fishing


Probably one of the best decembers for fishing and weather that i can remember. Although the weather wasnt quite as good for the last week, overall it was a good month. 

All places produced good fishing but sometimes you really had to work for it. I suppose when the tides were big and the water was dirty it was harder fishing, 

the snapper fishing out west has been a little tougher of late but the puka are still firing out wide

water temp has been 18-20 around alot of the coast with albacore seen but not caught




November reports

November reports


a crack. There's been the odd large moki getting caught there as well. We're now in the heart of moki season so its worth giving places like White rock, Cape pallsier, Ocean beach, Wainui, Pencarrow, Long beach and Karori light beach a bash with mussel, crab and paua gut. Its also prime time for some large blue cod in the same areas. Gurnard,spotty sharks and the odd elephantfish are also getting taken from White rock through to ocean beach and along to Wainui and at eastbourne.
Good luck for the moki 1000 at Ngawi on the 25/26 Nov.
The trench - its been great fishing on the outgong tide for hoki and bluenose. on the turn some nice puka and bass have been caught. Incoming tide has been harder fishing.
West coast - Some good hapuku have been caught in numbers off the back of hunters - 130mtrs. Fishermans is also producing the odd stash and north of fishermans as well - 200mtrs. Snapper fishing continues to get better spreading further south by the week. Theres been some excellent fish over 20lb caught and plenty of smaller ones. I wouldnt mind betting the surfcasters have been catching a few too but they are keeping schtung. Some beut kingis are getting caught too at hunters, kapiti and further south down to boom rock.
South coast - the usual cod and teris around the 40mtr marks from lyall bay down to sinclair head and 60 - 80mtrs off baring head to turakerei. theres been more trevs and gurnard around the harbour entrance and fitzroy bay although the gunard have eased back a bit may due to spawning,
East - some good solid trumpeter, cod and teri with a few puka and bluenose are getting caught at cape palliser, snapper are becoming more comonplace out there too which is a good sign.
Its prime time to pot some crays, they are in good numbers on the south coast anyway. Come and see us for a range of craypots and tips and tricks to set them.
October Reports

October Reports


Its been a good week of variety. On thursday I got out with my mate Roscoe for a snapper fish in his 4.7mtr surteese centre console. although the tide wasnt favourable until the afternoon when i had bait deliveries on we did manage some good snapper, gurnard and kahawai. we fished the 35mtr south of bears head. On friday werer out to the trench for a mixed bag of bass, bluenose and hoki. the fishing in the deep has been good particularly with the outgoing tide. bluenose and hoki are around in good numbers with basss and puka on the turn of the tide. On saturday we caught our first two kingis for the season at west ledge, unfortunatelly they were fraction undersize so were released for another day. Trevs, gurnard, bluecod and tarakihi made up the rest of the catch. The harbour was a bit quieter than normal, as was breaker bay but all in all it was a good four days on the water

It was a tough weekend out for us with the weather.
We had a good catch of gurnard at Kaiwharawhara on Friday afternoon, A mate of mine Tane, caught a good stash of gurnard off cobham drive on sunday morning *surfcasting"
Saturday was rather more blustery than expected. We managed a nice hapuku at the trench before the tide turned and a stash of big tarakihi on the 100mtr mark just inside Palliser bay. Once the gale northerley got up it was off to breaker bay for bin or kahawai a few large gurnard.
I hear some elephantfish, kahawai and gurnard were caught in the harbour on sunday but the sth coast was virtually unfishable with the 20-30knot southerly which hit about 8am.
Surfcasters had a good weekend on the bluemoki on the stgh coast with about 15 being weighed in the the WSAC comp.


We got a couple of bass and ling at the Trench on Sunday and a dozen teris on the way home at the Wreck and West ledge. There's been a number of big snapper caught on the west coast recently, looks like an early season out there.
The Harbours been going well for gurnard, kahawai, trevally and elephantfish (boat). One surfcaster did well on the gurnard in Evans bay last week as well.
Some good whitebait catches have been reported from the Hutt river mouth.

September 2017

September 2017



Harbour - plenty of kahawai have turned up this week

South coast - bluecod fishing seemed to be good around the 30, 50 and 80 metre marks but the tarakihi were off the bite on the weekend (for us anyway). Ive heard of a few trevs and warehou caught

Trench - it was pretty tough on the weekend. good reports of ling and the odd bass and blulenose prior to the weekend

West - no reports

Surfcasting - a few spotty sharks and a trev caught at Ocean beach on Sunday along with the usual spineys, reddys and kahawai. Theres been a few trevs getting caught off the shore recently in the harbour and on the coast. Makara point, White rock and Pencarrow have all produced good trevs in the past and are worth a crack now. Boom rock is another good winter spot for tarakihi, warehou and the odd trev off the rocks.

Harbour - we did reasonably well on the gurnard on sunday off point Halswell and Jenningham along with a few nice tarakihi and kahawai
White bait - ive heard theres a few been caught at the Ferry and at waikanae but the Hutt is a bit quiet
Surfcasting - Some big kahawai at Wanui with the occasional legal bluecod as well. this is a goood time oof the year for legal bluecod off places like pencarrrow, longbeach, red rocks, the batch and waireek beaches.

Theres been a resurgence of gurnard for boaties on the sth coast and harbour  

Some good bass and bluenose have been caught recently at the trench, good size but not heaps. Ive just had a report of a heap of hapuku caught at the top of the Sounds recently by a commercial fishermen.
The teris and cod on the south coast have been pretty good with a few trevally mixed in as well.
Inside the harbour its been gurnard fever once again. The western side has been better than the east. We picked up a stash of tarakihi off point Gordan the other day. Ward island and Falcon were quiet,
There was a nice trumpeter, bluecod and moki caught at the beach beach surfcasting the other day. Those beaches west of Sinclair can produce the goods at this time of the year if your a keen surfcaster


It was good to get a few trips out over the weekend. The south coast produced some very good bluecod from Lyall bay down to Sinclair head mainly around the 40mtr mark.
Breaker bay has been the bomb on the kahawai with more gurnard around than in previous years too. Most trips have produced a trevally or two on the sth coast.

harbour - heard of a good john dory caught in Evans Bay recently. Bluecod, gurnard, tarakihi and kahawai have been biting well on most harbour trips for us particularly in the western spots more than the east. We also caught a good size spotty shark at Kaiwhara yesterday. I have heard of a few reasonable whitebait catches on the Hutt river this week.

surfcasting - a few moki and trevs have been caught on the Sth coast and Wairarapa along with the occasional elephant fish and number of spotty sharks, gurnard and bluecod

Deepwater - some good bass and bluenose were caught recently in the trench

West coast - a few snapper are starting to show kapiti northwards, good teris, trevally and cod around makara

august reports

august reports

Looks like a good Saturday coming up this weekend - 10 knots variable, hopefully that wont change,
We had a day at the trench on Monday. It showed signs of improvement from the previous trip which was really tough going. We lost a bluenose close to the boat, got a bass and some big ling. A commercial friend of mine caught a 32kg bass (headed and gutted) and a recreational mate got a 35kger out there too recently. I hear the puka have been biting west of Sinclair, fishermans and makara.
Inshore fishing has been consistent when the the waters been clean for cod, teri, trevs, gurnard, warehou and the odd snapper and kingi


Harbour - plenty of kahawai have turned up this week

South coast - bluecod fishing seemed to be good around the 30, 50 and 80 metre marks but the tarakihi were off the bite on the weekend (for us anyway). Ive heard of a few trevs and warehou caught

Trench - it was pretty tough on the weekend. good reports of ling and the odd bass and bluenose prior to the weekend

West - no reports

Surfcasting - a few spotty sharks and a trev caught at Ocean beach on Sunday along with the usual spineys, reddys and kahawai. Theres been a few trevs getting caught off the shore recently in the harbour and on the coast. Makara point, White rock and Pencarrow have all produced good trevs in the past and are worth a crack now. Boom rock is another good winter spot for tarakihi, warehou and the odd trev off the rocks.

fishing report 30.7.17

fishing report 30.7.17

Fishing report form the weekend

It was ling city out at the Trench on Sunday. One of my mates got a nice bluenose and bass after we left the far side.
The tarakihi were biting at the back of 5 mile on the 100mtr mark and some good mackerel, orange perch and big scarpies helped fill the bin.
Out west theres been some nice puka taken out wide and some good gurnard and snapper in close.
Kahawai have been good on the south coast for surfcasters and theres a few elephantfish, gurnard and trevally at Seatoun. When the harbours been dirty the fishings been good at Halwell and in Evans bay

This trumpeter was caught in August a few years back by Craig Henderson our charter boat Melicent (now owned by John Fargher). It was 42lbs and caught on a Penn gti330 with 3/o hooks in 50mtrs while tarakihi fishing

We've got our classic ''dehookers" back in stock if anyones interested - they are the best fish dehooker on the market. as used on our charters.

see the knoves and tools section of the buy products page

11 july

11 july

West coast still producing good fish ie Kingies and Snaps,Warehou have shown up around the traps as well with one boaties taking 12 in half an hour.

Blue cod,Tarakihi fishing is abundant around the south coast currently.

The red cod and spiny dogs should be loading their suitcases and leaving for their winter holidays in the Wellington waters this week,as our first real polar rodent blows into town.

Some very good catches of mature Blue Mackerel(slimies) still continue to plague the local waters.

Big Trevally and good sized Barking carrots are still making an appearance also,shell fish baits is a good option for these two species.

Puka,Bass and Bluenose are thin on the ground with the odd report of 'ones' and 'twosies' being taken.

It's mid July and still very good fishing despite the incoming forecast,thermals on and stay warm,spring and its wind are not far away.

fishing report 27 june 2017

fishing report 27 june 2017

Fishing report

West coast - Theres been some good fish been coming in over the last week. I had some blokes in the shop the other day who caught 4 john dory, 3 kingis and some good cod off makara in their kayaks last week.
Theres been some nice hapuku getting caught out west at fishermans, makara and ohau.
Inshore the snapper have been biting well south of Makara but have gone a bit deeper further north.
Tarakihi fishing has been pretty consistent off Plimmerton, Mana and around north Makara.

South coast - theres been a real resurgence of bluenose out at the trench recently with nice fish coming in from both sides up to 12kgs. Fitzroy has been great for trevally, gurnard, kahawai and tarakihi. One boat landed 4 trevs there the other day.
The kahawai at the harbour entrance have been in plague proportions.

Harbour - We caught 12 snapper last sunday with a good amount of tarakihi, kahawai and gurnard too. Quite a surprize in a strong southerly. Some nice trevs are getting caught around the leading lights and off Seatoun.

Surfcasting - the return of the mighty red cod has all but the faint hearted shaking in their boots! Point Howard wharf has been seeing alot of gurnard caught on the good days with a mix of couta, kahawai and reddies as well.
Its warehou season - a berley bag off queens wharf should produce 500gm - 1kg warehou thistime of the year and if you want a big one Boom rock or Armchair point could the place to try over the next month.
Makara point is known to produce tarakihi and the odd trevally at this time of the year.
Ocean beach in Palliser bay is a good winter spot for a variety of sharks and scalefish. there may even be the odd snapper and elephantfish there too.
Spotty sharks are a worthwhile target at Wainui, most Wairarapa beaches and off Burdans gate in the harbour.

Its only 6 weeks away till whiebait season, We have nets, waders and screens in stock if ayone's keen

We also have Jimi the fish onsite at the Seaview shop who can do reel/rod maintenance and repairs sometimes on the spot or within a day or two.

Shimano Tld15's on special this week for $175

Wellington fishing is awesome!

Wellington fishing is awesome!

Theres plenty of fish out there, the snapper are still biting with the odd kingi too. The west has been red hot and the harbour is still producing the odd good fish. Definately fish a bit deepwater when the waters colder.
Deepwater fishing has been a little patchy but the puka are out there if you put the time in. The commercial guys have been getting some good bass and bluenose at the trench and puka on the west coast.
Out west its worth targetting warehou at places like Fishermans, Hunters, Boom, and the north and south end of Mana/Kapiti islands - fish up off the bottom with jigs and flasher rigs. We also count to 10, 15 or 20 seconds freespooling ourt lines to find what depth they are hanging out. We catch a few off Island bay, 5 mile, Sinclair and Baring head with smaller ones coming into the harbour.
Gurnard, tarakihi and bluecod fishing has been excellent on the sth and west coasts particularly when the waters been clean. Gurnard and kahawai are still in good numbers in the harbour with a few elephantfish and trevs too.
Surfcasters have been catching nice spotty sharks with a few gurnard and moki on the south and east coasts. Reddies and spineys have moved in with kahawai in good numbers at many spots.

fishing report 26.2.17

fishing report 26.2.17

Well there's certainly been a change in the weather in the last couple of weeks, summer has struck Wgtn WHICH IS GREAT.

WEST COAST - snapper are up and down the coast in most locations, some really big ones too which is promising, Theres been a few albacore tuna caught off the back of Kaipiti but they havn't really fired in good numbers yet and are hard to catch. Kingis are hanging in the usual haunts but are pretty much all over the place terrorizing unprepared anglers on most reefs up and down the coast.
The hapuku are getting caught of the back of hunters on the 130mtr patch
SOUTH COAST - cod and teris are pretty much all over the place and certainly biting well when the tides are too big and when the waters clean. Gurnard are being caught on the 30-40mtr mark out from the harbour entrance and in Fitzroy and Lyall bays. The kingis haven't been so good for us thiis year on the coast but the harbour has made up for it
HARBOUR - kingfish seem to be everywhere but the hotspot is definitely off Oriental bay and Point Jenningham. We had our best snapper catch off Ward Island this week and caught some nice elephants there too. Gurnard are all over the place (on the sand) .
THE TRENCH - its been a bit hit and miss out there recently. Good bluenose have been there one day gone the next. Lets hope it improves soon. Puka have been caught from Sinclair to Karori
SURFCASTING - some good snapper were caught at Whangamoana on the weekend. Moki have been caught on the south coast particularly at Caoe Palliser and around Karori light. Snapper fishing around the harbour has been pretty good as well as on the west coast. Overall its been one of the better landbased seasons in Wgtn. The Eastborne gate/bus shelter has been a good after dark spot for elephants, moki and snapper. Wire rock at Pukerua bay is well worth a berley up for a big snapper or kingfish now. Paikakariki and Tehoro are prime surfcasting spots after dark for snapper too!
If you want to see some kingi action then go down to Oriental and wait and see, There must have been around 50 kingis caught there this season up to abou 20kgs. Most have been caught slidebaiting livebaits. Most points around the harbour are worth livebaiting for the kingi now. If you want to catch one, this is the time and season to do it. Use 80lb braid and 130lb trace to maximize your opportunities



fishing report 4.2.17

fishing report 4.2.17

while the weather continues to play havoc in wgtn the good days are certainly producing the goods

out west - its snapper mayem with plenty of limit bags getting reported and fish generally bigger in size than last year. there has been a few albacore taken out wide from kapiti but nothing reported south of that. kingfish are all up and down the coast with reports of captures coming from the boulderbank, hunters and boom rock. hapuku have been caught in reas...onable nubers out wide from hunters and down ohau way. plenty of cod and teris from makara south

harbour - the snapper are getting caught in numbers from time to time but not as consistent as out west. gurnard are in excellent numbers with kahawai a bit more hit and miss. kingis have been caught all over the place but the best fishing has been off point jennningham and around ward island. theres still a mixture of cod, teri, trevally and elephants appearing in the catch around pt gordan, ward isl and seatoune.

south coast - inshore fishing is great with cod and teris, gurnard and a few kingis, trevs and snapper. the usual haunts of fitzroy bay, west ledge, baring head and the airport reef have been resonably consistent. for us the back of 5 mile has really turned it on with xos size cod and teris with the odd kingi too. homes rock and turakerei 100mtr marks are also pretty good for teris and kingis

the trench - after a couple of excellent days on the bass, bluenose and puka it was a bit quiet on the last trip. there was a a medium sized earthquake centered just out frm the trench the previous night so that spooked the fish a bit. One of the buenose was over 20kgs, most of the bass were under 10kgs and the hapuku was around 15kg. I hear karori has produced a few puka of late.

landbased - Pt Jenningham/Oriental bay has been a revelation for kingis this summer. they may be getting a little gunshy now but its still worth a visit. The suceessful anglers have been transporting in live macks caught overnight and slidebaiting them with great sucess. the biggest so far is around 18kgs and the best morning recently produced 6 fish with one angler catching 3 fish up to 16kgs.
snapper fishing out west is pretty good if you know where to go. north of paikak is certainly the most consistent. i heard a double figure snapper was caught at the raumati surfcasting comp last w.end.
moki and spotty sharks over the wairarapa have bee pretty good along with gurnard when the waters clean. havnt heard of any snapper at ocean beach yet but when the conditions are good its worth a crack, for sure. gurnard and snapper of greta point and round the eastburne coastline have been pretty good and flat rock has been another kingi place worth livebaiting. kingis have been smashing unprepared anglers all over the place recently.

fishing report 10.11.16

fishing report 10.11.16

west coast a few snapper getting caught. Titahi bay rocks, nth of makara, paikak and tehoro all worth a crack

sth and east coast spotty shark, gurnard and moki all getting caught but we havnt had perfect conditions yet to really get into them. large bluecod in close too on the shingle beaches. white rock/tora worth a crack. big kahawai getting caught at wainui/lake ferry. some good sea run browns have been caught at lake ferry recently.

harbour - big kahawai with a few gurnard the odd moki and small warehou. there have been kingis hooked and caught in evans bay recently. flat rock would be worth a crack and kau bay for a moki

south - inshore - nice clean water out there with cood cod, teri and gurnard in close. the crays are also worth potting in close as present.
the kingis were absent from homes last saturday although the big teris were abundant

south - deep - still good bluenose, puka and bass around. this is the time the trench really fires so hopefully the weather will improve enough for everyone to get a taste of it before xmas.

harbour - theres been a heap of plankton which has made fishing tougher than expected. plenty of kahawai around with a few cod, teri and gurnard. a nice big trev was caught at ward island on the w.end.

west - better snapper fishing with the water temp increasing. some good kingis have been caught in the last week or so up and down the coast - up to 50lb. the wiraka rise is worth a crack for snapps as well as the 35mtr bank in from verns. boom has produced good cod and teris recently

We had an awesome jam session out on the harbour before the fireworks on saturday

Fishing Reports

Its looking like a really good weather window this weekend so it should be good on all coasts. The southerley on friday may put a swellup for a time on saturday but its forcast to be a metre or less for the weekend.

Deepwater - We've only had one session in the deep this week and the fishing was a bit tough although we did manage a few bluenose, hoki and ling before cutting our losses and heading in for some cod and teris which were also a bit ellusive wth the big tides last week.
This weekend with small tides it should be very good fishing all round, fingers crossed.
Normally its good bluenose and puka fishing this time of the year so we'll give those a crack this Saturday.

Harbour - the gurnard fishing has been pretty good with kahawai a close 2nd.
Tarakihi have been in good numbers as well. I havnt heard of stray snaps or kings caught last week but  with the water temp is over 16 deg now so there should be a few lurking around. If your not too sure where to go try the edge of the shipping channel off ward island and falcon shoals and around the leading lights and seatoun light.

West coast - Its been pretty rough out there recently which is good for pushing the warm water back I havnt heard of much caught apart from the usual cod and tarakihi and a few snapper further north. It will be interesting to see the results from the weekend. There will alot of people out fishing. The Wairaka rise, Mana bridge, and Makara fencline will beplaces i would give a crack

Surfcasting - theres been a marked increase of kahawai around this week and some big gurnard getting caught off the back of the airport. One our our regulars got a nice moki off the rocks this week around 2kgs. Ocean beach is my pick for spotty shark, moki and elephantfish and even maybe an early snapper! Dont forget your crabs...

fishing report 6.10.16

fishing report 6.10.16
We've had a great spell on the weather with light easterlies mainly over the last week, although things have changed just in the last couple of days with the old norwester and gale southerly to remind us that its still Wellington.

Deepwater - the trench has started to be a bit more consistent with bluenose recently which is good, especially in the west. We expect the bluebnose will come back in good numbers soon as the water temp has shot up to 15.5 on the last trip. We got a nice 20kg puka the other day in amoungst the bluenose too. Hoki and ling can be prolific some days which is good to fill the fillet bags up. 

Inshore - A nice 18kg kingi was caught in 20mtrs just inside Palliser bay the other day. Hunters bank has been producing good numbers of trevally, The snapper have been there one day gopne the next up and down the west coast but more prolific north of Pukerua bay. Plenty of cod down Oahu way

Surfcasting - some excellent bluecod have been coming in at batch beach of late. Longbeach, waireek, waihui and pencarrow beaches are all worth a crack for bluecod as well. kahawai are becoming easier to catch and are fat (with whitebait)

White baiting has picked up with good catches reported from lake ferry and the Hutt river this week

Harbour - we've had some really good bluecod, gurnard and kahawai this week along the ferry terminal to Kaiwhara strectch

The puka should be returning soon and the water temp is up to 16 deg in the harbour so snaps and kingis should become more common in the near future (fingers crossed)

Latest fishing report

Latest fishing report


Great weather and fishing this week. There's been the odd time when the fish have gone off the bite but generally its been good. We had our best bluenose fishing at the trench on Saturday for the season plus a nice 20kg bass. Inshore for cod and teris is going well with gurnard and kahawai as well. The harbour has been producing excellent gurnard along the Halswell to Gordan stretch with the odd snapper, elephantfish and a few cod and teris. Out west the snapper have started to fire with good numbers and the odd biggie as well. Kapiti has been better than further south but I'll bet they will be everywhere very soon. The water temp is up to around 15 on the south coast and harbour and a bit more out west. Hav'nt heard of any kingis but its time to start looking. Surfcasters and whitebaiters have been quiet but they are a cunning bunch that's hard to extract catch info out of. No reports of quality fish from the shore but plenty of kahawai, redcod and spineys

15 Sept 2016

We've had great fishing and absolutely crap fishing lately
Its happened to us in the harbour on the south coast and at the trench. very unpredictable
Last sunday we caught a nice bag of bluenose, bass, ling and hoki at the Trench. Every drop of the day day produced fish with some nice bass and bluenose up around the 20kg mark. Yesterday we hit the same tide and water conditions but the fish were not there. Bugger

The harbours been similar with great gurnard fishing one day then tough the next. Theres been plenty of kahawai around the harbour entrance and gurnard around Point Hallswell.
I think it pays to move around this time of the year and not go back to a spot you did well at on a recent trip. Its hard because your gut instinct is to go back to where you did well last time but it can sure backfire on you. I suppose the opposite can also be correct. thats fishin!

Theres been one or two very nice snapper getting caught out west recently. It maybe the advance big fish which usually turn up once the water starts to warm, or it could be the hardy resident fish which have been around all winter.
Its probably spawning time for puka now. Bluenose are supposed to spawn at this time of the year but the ones we have been catching have had little or no spwan in them. Can anyone shed some light on this? I used to think march/april was bluenose spawning time.......

Surfcasters continue to be ellusive. It was the first shore comp for the local WSAC club last w.end. It as fishable on the south on sunday but too swelly on saturday. I have heard of a few spotty shakrs getting caught in the porirua/paremata area. It is a good time to surfcast makara for tarakihi, trevally and kahawai. If the south coast cleans up there could be some early season moki around for those who put the effort in. Nice bluecod come in close to shore this time of the year and get caught at longbeach, batch beach, pencarrow and cape palliser



20th august 2016

had one report of a good catch of bluenose at the trench but generally fishing out there has been tough with mainly ling around. some small puka  have been caught near ohau.

the best fishing has been anchoring up at places like west ledge and fitzroy. Tarakihi,  gurnard and kahawai have been going well. we got a big blue mack and a blindy in fitz the other day. quite unusual.

mainly kahawai and gurnard this week.
workups along the ngaranga stretch.

some nice spotty sharks at wainui and palliser bay.

cant complain about the weather but the fishing was a bit tough over the full moon

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fishing report 5.9.16

deepwater - plenty of ling but bass and bluenose have bee hard to find. no-ones really been giving the puka a hit either but there may be still a ferw around the usual haunts, particularly the fish under 8kgs

inshore southcoast - Fitzroys been the place with good fishing and shelter. Baring head for the turn of tide in 60-70mtrs for big teris and cod

harbour - some good elephantfish and kahawai around the edge of the shipping channel, but the gurnard have been harder to catch. Its trevally time at the entrance on the sand. Point Gordans also worth a bash if you get the wind with the tide.

westcoast inshore - no reports but Makara down to Ohau is always good at this time of the year for trevally, tarakhi, cod and the odd surprize

surfcasting - Good kahawai around most areas but here opne day, gone the next. Good time for a makara or pencarrow trevally. spotty sharks in Pallsier Bay.

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