(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