A local lad Deane and his neighbour who is also called Dean, have been making a habit of targeting snapper out off the East Coast Bays.
They both went out for an hour during the week, in the middle of the day and managed two 5lb snapper and a couple of pan-sized snapper each.
Again these fish were taken in less than 4 metres of water, so the fish appear to be in very close.
The 5lb fish were both caught on Target Snapper Hooks so the neighbour is now convinced to try out Target Hooks himself.
Out by Crusoe Rock there are a lot of school snapper, and good catches are being reported close to the Rangitoto Lighthouse.
Sharks don't seem to be in plague proportions as they were a few weeks ago but there are still plenty of small eagle rays about.
The snapper are fattening up for winter and they are now in prime condition.
I caught some myself during the week and they had so much fat in them even the gut cavity is loaded with fat, you can even feel it on the fillets.
This other good sign is the water temperature is on the decline and the smaller fish will soon be moving out and the average size will increase.