June - July 2020
july 17 2020
We’ve been out quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, making the most of our weather windows and picking up some good fish.
This snapper season has been undoubtedly one of the best the Wellington region has seen in recent years, and they are still being caught in good sizes and numbers.
Although there will always be big residential moochers in the shallows, sheltering in the weed and foul, it appears that most of the fish have moved out deeper now to around 70 metres.
In particular, Vern’s reef has been producing really good fish. Traditionally a good terakihi spot, it’s been turning up some very nice snapper and trevs lately, again in 70 to 80 metres.
In fact, most of the west coast has been returning some solid results, with the southerly swells rendering the south coast a bit lumpy and tough to get out to the Trench comfortably, the west coast has been a good option from Ohau right up past Kapiti.
Hunter’s has seen some great fishing, and the kayak boys have been pulling several double figure snaps out from Pukerua Bay.
The kingy fishing has also been good, and there are great specimens right in shallow at the moment. We recently put a young lad onto a king that pushed his limits, and with a bit of help from dad he pulled a 15kg fish out of 10 metres just in behind Mana Island.
We also got stuck into some blue mackerel fishing the likes of which I’ve never seen previously, with big fish up to 3 kgs taking most anything on offer. That’s a meaty sized mackerel for the smoker or to be thrown straight back over as live-bait for kingies.
Speaking of live bait, this method is the best ever for catching john dory, and the JD fishing has really started firing up now. Targeting john dory also gives you the chance of scoring a decent snapper or kingy, so it’s often worth the effort.
For a bit more detail on how to catch them check this video article: https://www.nzfishingworld.co.nz/posts/how-to-catch-john-dory-and-why
The other favourite eating fish that has been firing up is the old blue cod, and the cod fishing on the west coast recently has just been outstanding.
Perhaps it was the massive southerly activity that was bad enough to cancel the ferries, that has forced the blue cod around the corner to the west coast up as far as the Makara Fenceline. The big cod are turning up all over the place, including in the harbour. We had some absolutely epic cod fishing last week off the fenceline, with cod up to 3 kilos running like kahawai. Pelagic cod! Didn’t get a jump or tail-walk out of them but they were great in the old frypan.
Good luck over the weekend, tight lines and we look forward to seeing your photos in the comp.
inshore fishing is pretty good on the whole at the moment, and better than this time last year for snapper. Plenty of terakihi, trevs, snapper, and kingfish still around the local inshore fishery including the harbour. In fact, just last week out on my little Mac off Point Gordon it was fairly easy to get a good boat load of terakihi, snapper and gurnard in just 20 metres. West coast and harbour has been the place to be, with the southerly swell roughing up the south coast a bit much.
Out west snapper are still prevalent in shallow around the structure, out off the sand and even out deep. Brilliant season. Use a good bit of berley when you find a decent spot and that should get them on the chew usually, although drifting with lures such as soft baits or kabura style jigs is also well worth a crack.
The full moon last week made it a little tougher, but that has passed now and there should be some great fishing coming up over the next week or so.
Right now it’s puka ‘season’ so to speak as they are in roe and in prime condition.
This does raise the argument that we should be leaving them a bit to spawn for the future, but in reality if we all manage our take and don’t get too greedy there will be plenty of fish for the long term. A puka is a big unit and you don’t need more than one per person to make a bloody substantial feed, and have some left for the freezer.
Puka spots to explore are just north and just south of Fisherman’s. Just take some time to look for the fish and when it fires it really fires.
Just out behind Mana Island can also be good if you can spot some little features in about 135 metres. It doesn’t take much structure at all to hold fish, so spend a bit of time looking for the rewards and mark your spots for a quicker job next time.
Heading out wider you need to be looking in 200 -300 metres for your sign.
The Trench is starting to fish well for bluenose when you can get out, and a few guys that come into the shop are doing better pushing it a little bit deeper. Electric reels and decent braid means there are a lot of good spots yet to be found out there in all that bottom detail.
Sunday looks like a pretty good day to get out there at this stage, or give us a bell in the shop if you’re keen to join us on a charter to see how we go about it first-hand.
above) Peter Otis Yiannoutsos with an 'almost' 20lber caught at Paraparaumu in level 3.
I’ll tell you what! The snapper fishing here in Wellington is as good as I have ever seen it anytime, including the height of summer. They are everywhere. The surfcasters are getting them, the boaties are getting them off every coast, it’s a really exciting prospect for the fishery to see this popular fish in such decent numbers here. It’s incredible, no matter where we fish we are getting juvenile snapper, good pannies, and more than the occasional big banger.
One of the local surfcasters got his limit from the shore over the weekend, fishing the beaches from Paekakariki north, with fish up to 8.5 kilograms.
Night fishing is proving very successful, with at least two fish over the magic twenty-pound mark caught last week that we know of.
Out on the boat we have been exploring new spots in behind Mana Island with great results, by getting in close, as shallow as 20 metres sometimes, it’s surprising what good fish are in there when the conditions are favourable with not too much tide.
Even though all the common reefs and popular areas are fishing well, it just goes to show that sometimes it pays to try something new and take the gamble that a bit of patience will pay off.
The kingies are still around too, and land based anglers are commonly landing them on everything from lures, cut baits and livies.
The usual reefs are producing nice kings for the boaties as well. Check out this 31kg beast caught by John Crawford on the south end of Mana. The usual spots such as Hunter's and Fisherman's are also producing good results.
For the more adventurous, we have a customer Kev, from KP Marine, that landed a 60kg southern bluefin tuna out wide from Cape Palliser. If you are keen on a bit of that action, you could launch at Ngawi. Feel free to come in and have a chat if you want to know a bit more about fishing out that way. Kev reckons there are more out there and is heading out again for another go this weekend.
One thing we have found a bit harder is the puka fishing. Despite everything else going well we’ve had a lot of feedback that chasing bluenose and puka out at the trench has not been great. I’m sure they are there but it might take a bit more prospecting to find them.
Report provided by PETE LAMB FISHING
Shop - 15 Kingsford Smith St, Rongotai
PLACES TO FISH from the SHORE
(Photo above - an excellent snapper caught by Peter Otis Yiannoutsos at Kapiti 1st week of covid level 3)
- Oriental bay and Point Jenningham - kingfish, kahawai and most other species
Greta point (Niwa) - gurnard, kahawai, possible snaper or kingfish
- Flat rock (evans bay) - kahawai, snapper, kingfish
Petone Wharf - gurnard, red cod, trevally, kahawai
- Seatoune wharf and beach - gurnard, kahawai, kingfish
- Point Halswell - bluecod
- karaka bay wharf - kahawai, elepantfish
- Queens wharf - kahawai, tarakihi, gurnard
- carpark next to point Howard wharf - bluemoki, snapper, kahawai
- Sunshine bay - trevally, kahawai, snapper, kingfish
- Eastbourne - snapper, kahawai,
- mahanga bay - tarakihi
- Breaker Bay - kahawai, bluecod
- Wainui beach, spotty shark, blue moki, kahawai, bluecod, trevally
- Ocean beach - spottyshark, kahwai, snapper, redcod
- Lake Ferry - kahawai, redcod, spiney dog
- Just past Ngawi - bluecod, blue moki, kahawai
- beaches past Red Rocks - bluecod, kahawai, blue moki, tarakihi
- Lyall bay - gurnard, kahawai
- Makara beach - kahawai, tarakihi, snapper, trevally
- Plimmerton / Paremata - snapper, gurnard, kahawai
- Paikakariki - spotty shark, snapper, rays
- Raumati northwards - snaper, kahawai
- White Rock - gurnard, moki, spotty shark, kahawai, trevally
- Tora - spotty shark, moki, kahawai
- Riversdale - spotty shark, gurnard, kahawai
I have google maps of these spots if anyone's interested