Kitefishing in the far north is getting better all the time.
Tenga from Kaitaia Air & Tackle reports one of the locals
bought a Nighthawk
Kite from his shop recently. On his first trip out
with his new kite he caught 18 fish, 17 of these were snapper.
This is good news for those of us living further south, it shouldn't
be long before the snapper are off our beaches.
Judy from Oakura Bait & Tackle reported last week there was
an algal bloom off the beach at Oakura. The water is a red colour
and is easily spotted. There have been a lot of sharks in the
Snapper fishing around Whangarei is going well. Stephen from
Stirling Sports has been out again in his kayak. He recently caught
three snapper over 10lb and quite a few others weighing between
five and ten pounds.
Stephen reports there is plenty of whitebait around and this
should mean good numbers of kahawai in the same vicinity. There
have been no reports from the west coast due to the prevailing
westerlies we have had lately.
Stephen has been trying out the Target Snapper Hooks and will
be reporting the results on his radio programme on Saturday mornings
on 1ZB, 1026AM.
The snapper fishing has been patchy off Mangawhai but it didn't
stop Brian from Mangawhai Tackle catching an 8 pounder from the
beach at Mangawhai Heads.
Brian reports he has also recently weighed in a 7kg snapper caught
from a rubber boat not far off the beach for one of his customers.
This weekend looks like a great weekend to head to Mangawhai for
a kitefishing trip.
Fishing has been patchy around Auckland. The big male snapper
are getting ready to spawn so the females shouldn't be too far
away. Drifting baits down the current seems to be the most successful
method for catching these snapper.
The good news is the trevally are back in the Manukau. We
haven't caught any big ones yet, but they cant be far away. The
fish are still fairly skinny but will obviously fatten up over
the next few weeks.
The trevally bites are variable, the fish are either smashing
into your baits or very tentative. Shellfish baits are still the
best for the trevally.
There are still some very good size gurnard in the harbour as
Paul from Matarangi Hire & Hardware reported a 26lb snapper
caught last week out off Whitianga. The angler, Frank, was using
Snapper Hooks and was very impressed with his catch
and the Target Snapper Hooks.
This is exciting news for anyone heading to the Coromandel for
a fish this weekend.