There’s been a bit of a glitch in the weather recently, resulting in the cancellation of a few trips – but prior to that, we would have to say it has been the best summer for years.
A recent five-day charter had mixed conditions but managed to do a range of fishing from harbour fishing, inshore and offshore reef fishing – and everyone enjoyed a day bluenose fishing trip near Mayor Island as well. They caught 14 bluenose during a three-hour period plus five gemfish. The rest of the afternoon was spent at Mayor Island successfully fishing for snapper. The crew were from various places around New Zealand. Most of them have been doing this yearly trip together for the last 34 years and have experienced fishing all over the country.
Generally, we’ve had consistent fishing with good hauls of snapper and kahawai. Anchoring on the sand in about 25 metres of water has been working well. With the darker, cooler mornings we’ve also been going out further to Motiti, fishing on the edge of the kelp for snapper. The results have been nice size, excellent condition fish.
Trevally have been pan-sized in the 35cm-40cm range. They fight really well for their size and add some excitement to the day.
Kingfish have been caught as well – rats have been the norm up until recently when the size has increased. Lately, we’ve been getting some really good specimens. Barnaby Cooper had never been fishing before and even though he was feeling a bit seasick, he managed to catch a 10kg Kingfish and wind it in by himself!