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Latest fishing Report

May 2014

The fishing has been pretty good lately. As soon as this bad weather goes away, look out fish.

South coast - The 30-40mtr mark on the edge of foul has been the go for bluecod and tarakihi with larger specimen in the 50-70mtr mark. XOS teris are also good in the 80-100mtr mark. Some good gurnard and trevs are still getting on the sand in Fitzroy and Lyall bay. A few kingis are still cruising the 100mtr mark. We scored a rare John Dory at Sinclair head last week too. They are not that common on the south coast. Try and fish the edge of a reef area. Both sides of the marine reserve can be good for cod and teris. Baring head is good for cod and teris but is hard fishing with big tides. Turakerei is good for teris (50 – 90mtr) and Karori is good for bluecod (30 – 60mtrs).

The Trench - The bluenose are back form the spawn and some big ones have been caught over 20kg recently. There are still good numbers of hoki too with a few ling in the deeper water. We lost a real stonker of a bass the other day and caught a small one. As usual the outgoing tide has been best for bluenose with the turn of tide best for puka and bass. The main bluenose spot off Baring Head also produced on the incoming tide. The 200mtr Turakerei spot is still producing a few nice puka.
Harbour - There's been a good run of snapper off Point Gordon to Kau bay recently. We caught 45 in 3 trips on the Daniel last week which is the best fishing I’ve seen on the boat. We were fishing 20mtrs on the edge of a little bit foul ground. Falcon Shoal is still the place for tarakihi and bluecod with the odd elephant fish, warehou, trevally and gurnard. Ward Island is still pretty good fishing too at times. The snapper there and along the Eastbourne coastline are still worth chasing. Gurnard fishing is still good from Ward Island along the coast to Pencarrow. For best results try and get the wind with the tide when fishing the harbour
West coast - Snapper fishing has been going off all up and down the coast. If you havnt been catching them I’m happy to email you some spots and info to help you out. The Mana bridge, Pukerua Bay, Plimmerton, sth end of Mana, 50mtr hole, Makara fenceline and Oahu - Tecam points have all been producing. Kingis are still around too with the usual haunts like hunters Boom, north end of Mana, Pukerua on the sand and Wairaka Rise. The Puka out at Fishermans have been coming back as well as the Makara staircase, out wide from Mana and the 4 bumps north of Fishermans. I hear Verns was been great for teris with some good trevs have been caught at Hunters, Pukerua, Tecam and the Mana Bridge.


Surfcasting – Carl Angst caught a 7.5 and 8.5kg snapper off the west coast recently. These are my 4 best areas for snaps on the west – south end of Opau bay on the rocks, south of Titahi bay, Wiraka rock at Pukerua bay, Paikakariki and Te-horo beaches. Some good moki have been caught at Oteranga, Long beach and Fitzroy lately. Don’t discount places like Wainui, Corner creek, Windy, batch beach and Cape Palliser. There’s been a good run of large kahawai in the harbour and on the local south coast. Miramar, White rock and Castlepoint are the gurnard hotspots. Spotty sharks have been best at White rock with a few at Corner Creek, Whangamoana and Wainui. Harbour snapper have been around Eastborne, Miramar and Point Gordan. A late season kingi could be taken at Tecam, Boom or Castlepoint   


Photo: Bluenose on an eggbeater!



Pete Lamb Wellington Fishing Comp

in association with Southern Bait

10, 11, 12 June 2016

$10,000 + worth of prizes

Area - Otaki to Wellington to Castlepoint

Sections - boat, shore, kids, kayak, ladies, juniors



Boat $25pp

Shore $15pp

Junior (up to 15yrs) $7.50pp

Ladies $7.50pp

Kids (1-11yr) $5pp

Kayak $10pp

If you want to fish the main shore or boat prizes you have to pay the $15 or $25 otherwise you can just enter as a kid, a junior, a lady or a kayak fisher and fish that particular section. 


What fish can you catch? (1st 2nd and 3rd prizes)

- boat - bluecod, tarakihi, gurnard, hapuku, bass, bluenose, elephantfish,

- Shore - Blue moki, spotty shark, kahawai, redcod, barracouta

- boat or shore - kingfish, snapper, trevally

- kids - spotty, herring, parrotfish

Junior, kayak, ladies sections are judged on best scale fish



Southern Bait, Penn Rods and Reels, Tasline braid, The Double Glazing Guys

Kilwell, Wgtn Canoe & Kayak, Nacsan, Daiwa, Shimano, Decoro, Bite Fishing, Alana Estate, Baseline printing, Hyabusa, Kiwi Sizzler, Southern Ocean, Bite Fishing, Gillies Jigs & Lures, Black Magic, Penn, NZ Fishing News



1. The Competition will run 5am Friday 10 June to 3pm Sunday 12th June 2016. All fish must be caught on rod and reel, or hand line. No unattended lines permitted. 2 hooks per rig and 2 rods per angler permitted to be fished at any one time. Anglers must bring there own fish to the shore/boat un-aided unless in the kids section.

2. Juniors, kayaks, kids and ladies must enter the shore or boat section to be eligible for the main prizes.

3. Fishing may be done off the shore, rocks, boat or kayak.

4. Fishing area – Castlepoint to Cape Palliser and along the south coast to Cape Terawhiti, inside Wellington harbour and up to 10 miles offshore. Cape Terawhiti up to Otaki river (on the west). Excluding the cook strait cable zone and marine reserves

5. Skippers of boats must check in with Pete Lamb Fishing prior to starting fishing, and must check out upon returning from the days fishing. As a mandatory requirement all boats must carry an operable VHF radio, 1 flare and lifejacket per person, first aid kit and cellphone. VHF radio in kayak is optional.

6. Weighins - Friday 4-5pm, Saturday 4-5pm, Sunday 3-4pm @ Pete's Shops. All fish must be left whole (no gutting) and be in good condition (kept on ice).

7. The Competition briefing and updates will be posted on and on Pete Lamb Fishing's Facebook page

8. Boating can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. Skippers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their own boats, crew and boating equipment. All entrants, boat owners and spectators participate at their own risk. Pete Lamb Fishing Ltd, its employees, sponsors and volunteers (together "the organizers") accept no responsibility in any respect for personal injury, loss or damage to property arising out of or in connection with the Competition, regardless of cause. Each entrant releases the organizers to the fullest extent permitted by law from all claims or demands of any kind and from all liability which may arise in respect of any incident associated with the Competition. Each entrant also agrees not to bring any action, claim or demand against the organizers in respect of the Competition and agrees to indemnify the organizers for all the costs, claims, demands, expenses (including full legal expenses) arising in respect of their participation in the Competition. The holding of the Competition does not constitute an endorsement by the organizers that the weather or sea conditions are suitable for the boats and/or entrants.

9. The Competition is held in the spirit of amateur fishing and fair competition. If, in the opinion of the Fishing Competition Committee, competitors have breached the spirit of the Competition then the  Committee reserves the right to exclude competitor(s). The Fishing Competition Committee's decision is final.

10. Prize list may change on the Fishing Committee's decision.

11. The Fishing Competition Committee reserves the right to designate a restricted fishing area should the weather deem it necessary to do so. The Fishing Competition Committee's decision is final in all matters to do with this fishing competition. It would pay to check prior to the days fishing if there are any restrictions in place.

12. Cancellation of fishing will be on and on Newstalk ZB (1035AM). If all days are cancelled then the competition will be rescheduled to the next available weekend.

13. Any prizes not struck will be drawn out of the hat.

14. Anglers may only weighin one fish per specie, per day

15. In the event of a tie the 1st angler weighing in wins

16. One fish is only eligible for one prize