Northland Still Firing
Snapper are still in close in the far north of the country.
Alison from Stephens Sportsworld in Kaikohe reports the east coast fishing has been good for snapper. There have been very few fishing opportunities on the west coast due to the weather recently.
Home Point and Matai Bay are two places Stephen from Stirling Sports has been fishing recently. Stephen is a keen kayak fisherman and has been landing his bag limit of snapper easily.
After fishing for an hour and a half at Matai Bay, Stephen and his friends had to stop fishing, as they could not find any room in their kayaks to fit anymore fish.
Fishing from the shore is still good around the Whangarei area. Stephen reports snapper up to 6kg have been landed off the rocks on the east coast.
Kingfish have also been around in abundance, the best fish landed lately weighed in at 26kg.
The snapper seem to have moved out on the west coast but there have been very few chances for the fishermen to get out recently.
Lots of snapper, gurnard and trevally are in close just behind the breakers off Ruakaka beach according to Warren from Dargaville Marine.
This could be a good place for all those wanting to go kitefishing this weekend.
Surfcasting from Grahams Beach has been producing good gurnard and kahawai for the past few weeks.
Pat from Auckland Fishing Tackle has been out there the last two weekends and has had no problem bringing in a bag of fish. The trevally in the Manukau have finally moved out.
Having a few hours out in the dinghy last weekend produced only one trevally. We will probably give the fishing a miss for a few weeks; at least until the scallop season starts in July.
Fishing around the Coromandel is going well.
Mike from Fish City Hamilton advises the snapper are on both sides of the peninsula. Barracuda are more of a problem on the Bay of Plenty side but straylining seems to be the most effective way to target the big fish.
Further down the country fishing has been difficult. According to our reports the Whakatane area is not producing many fish.