Fishing Report October 2018
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.