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.