Snapper and kingfish, kahawai and pilchards, orcas and dolphins. The gulf is full of action at the moment.

Turquoise water colours are being whipped into shape by the high wind squalls, then blindingly bright sunshine with that feeling of irradiation before a touch of hail, all in a single day – but the fish don’t seem to mind! The consistent annual weather fluctuations never cease to surprise us. However there’s lots of fishing action to be had at the moment, with or without the current full moon’s influence. This is true whether you prefer the shallows or deeper water for your fishing fix. It’s always a good day out on the water, whether the fish are aggressively hungry or somewhat disinterested. Orca displays and those big bottle nose dolphins all add to the daily tally of possible attractions to see while out there bobbing around.

Spring signals the beginning of spawning which means hungry fish and birds.

Spring is the time of spawning and so many species of fish come into shallower waters. Gurnard are in roe, male snapper are under starters orders. The mighty kingfish are hounding pilchard schools relentlessly in 40m. Even marlin will have turned their heads in our direction.

Sudden bursts of aerial bombardment are popping up almost randomly around the gulf’s inner coastlines. Terns, gannets, petrels, shearwaters dive-bomb hapless baitfish, along with kahawai and kings and no doubt many more fish underneath. Further out in the 35-40m depths from northern Tiritiri sou’east across to the top of the Firth of Thames the workups are spectacular to watch. Kahawai are in full-on feeding mode. Gannets mate for life and are laying their annual single pale blue egg sometime between now and Christmas. This means their appetite for fresh fish is high on their agenda. Consequently a lot of workup activity can be expected with these birds pointing the way to baitschools nearer the surface.

Solid snapper are sparked into aggressive feeding mode by the workups passing overhead. However more often than not right now it’s better to simply drift the very general area. When you are targeting snapper and trying to avoid the ravenous kahawai above them, drift well away from the diving birds.  More so the case especially when the workups are in the No Fishing/Cable Zones. There’s plenty of snapper and kingfish elsewhere.



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