Given that the weather is not all that amazing, at least we’ve managed to get out a bit recently and made the most of the short windows. There’s another one coming up this weekend too, looking pretty good both Saturday and Sunday. The two-metre southerly swell will probably mean west coast and harbour are the places to fish for most comfortable conditions.
There’s plenty of snapper, gurnard, trevs to be found at the usual hunting grounds and this time of year fish are in their best condition for eating, so it’s nice to put a few in the bin.
If your rig is equipped to get over to D’Urville the puka and kingy fishing there is peaking and there are some real donkeys of both species being landed.
For whatever reason we seem to be getting summer fishing right through winter now, with steady snapper action, but far be it from a complaint.
It’s great to see more people out there doing it, and discovering there’s plenty of action if you actually get a line in the water.
Snapper fishing from boat and shore has been as good as you could ever expect at times.
There’s been plenty of big reds caught off the beaches up towards Kapiti, and Palliser bay is still providing some exciting fishing for land based anglers also.
With the southerly swell it might be a bit marginal for a bit now, but once it clears up expect the good fishing to continue.
Puka are a core target species mid-winter, and that’s probably what I’ll be having a crack at this weekend.
Depending how we go on the puka, the deeper reef systems are holding nice big terakihi, big mackerel, snaps and trevs etc, so it’s a good plan while you’re all the way out there to limit the catch of hapuka (which the slack tide window kind of forces you to anyway) and try for some other species out wider offshore.
When the southerly allows access to the Trench it’s been going pretty good for puka, bass and big bluenose.
A real go-to spot for turn of the tide is the ‘bass patch’ around 260 to 280 metres on the far side of the Trench.
The fish move about a bit so spend some time prospecting with the sounder and try to get down on top of them when you pick up sign.
There’s some really big fish about out there which is good to see.
Inshore the winter months often require a good bit of berley and patience to get the bite going, so come and pick up your supplies at our Rongotai shop and have a bit more of a chat about the fishing while you’re here.
Fishing report - 24.4.22
Shore - Evans bay has been producing some good snapper this week. Kapiti coast and Palliser bay have been quiet but don’t write them off. Theres still a good chance of numbers and the odd big snapper at this time of year.
Boom rock produced a nice kingi this week.
Makara and Otaki beach are both worth a crack for a kingi as well.
Boat - pretty much everywhere is firing good fish at the moment.
A friend got a nice 20lb snap at paikak last week which he released.
Some big kingis have been caught at hunters, kapiti and boom plus out in the 100 mtr marks on the sth coast.
Rays bream are prolific out west (midwater) on the 70-200mtr reef areas up and down the coast.
Snapper fishing has been good at depths of 15mtrs down to 50 mtrs up and down the west coast and in the harbour from 6-25 mtrs.
Hapuku fishing has been a bit hit and miss but well worth a crack as they are starting to fatten up prior to the winter spawning run.
Its been a real mixed bag lately of trevs, blue mack, gurnard, snapps, JD and the odd kingi inshore fishing around wgtn.
I'm primarily chartering on the west coast out from Mana Marina at present
There are three types of trips we commonly book.
Four hour trips targeting snapper, kingfish, trevally, gurnard, bluecod and tarakihi in sheltered water. $150pp (share cost) or $1500 for the boat. Tackle hire is $20pp
Six hour trips which can go a bit further and generally have more consistent fishing. We can also have a shot at some deepwater fishing if you want.
cost $190pp or $1900 for the boat plus $30pp tackle hire
Eight/Nine hour trips (full day)
are a mixture of deepwater and inshore fishing.
Cost $2400 for the boat. Tackle hire is $40pp.
Share cost trips are $240pp
We also travel to the Marlborough Sounds and Durville Island on overnight trips which start at $500pp. We can do a package deal with accomodation, meals and fishing gear if required or you can bring/organize your own.
One on one tuition (on your boat or at my shop) - knots, rigs, tackle, bait, spots, techniques - $75/hr
One on one tuition - (at the beach or at shop) - knots, rigs, tackle, bait, spots, techniques - $75/hr
4hr trip - Area - local south coast (30 min drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark. Cost - $100pp, tackle hire - $20pp
6 hour - Area - extended trip to south coast (30 - 75 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark. Cost - $150pp, tackle hire - $30pp
10hr trip Area - extended trip to south coast or Wairarapa (60 - 100 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark, snapper. Cost - $200pp, tackle hire - $40pp
Overnight Trip We normally fish both the evening and morning turn of light, if you are keen. Area - extended trip to south coast or Wairarapa (60 - 100 minute drive). Target fish - blue moki, blue cod, kahawai, tarakihi, spotty shark, snapper. Cost - $350pp includes accommodation, tackle hire - $40pp, food $35 (dinner and breakfast)