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.