Fishing generally around the area has been Phenomenal! I could end this report right here as it kind of sums it up, but…The Harbour has it’s usual run of early snapper through it, try areas like the Nook or Takahiwai with a stray lined bait in a well set Berley trail. Kingfish can also be seen smashing up the bait around the Manganese point area so well worth a shot at live baiting or throwing poppers/sticks around the poles and current lies. While you are in the harbour you might as well slip over the side and grab a feed of scollies!
The hen and chicks has been a little hot and cold, some nice Kings around and snapper when they can be located falling to bait, soft bait and jigs. Battle ground area seems a little slow from all the reports I’ve heard to date but a good scout around the general area and you will come up trumps.Bream bay… What a horrible place this is at the moment eh? Snapper, kingfish and Gurnard in numbers I’ve not seen in a long time on the east coast, accompanied by Whales and dolphins that have been the highlight for many kids over the school holidays.Most have been fishing deep.
30-45m mark which is where the lions share of the bait schools are currently holding. When it turns on it is something special to behold, whales and dolphins smashing through big workups with snapper and kings feeding hard out all around, when the bite slows off it’s an appropriate time to pour a coffee, pull out some lunch and build the energy back up for the next wave of fish attack.
We were out over the weekend for 2 days and had great fun with the kids, A lot of fish fell to sliders, early in the day lumo was working well but from about 11am on orange definitely caught the lions share, Softbaits and the good ol 6” New penny grub did the damage. Gurnard while we caught them on everything definitely liked the Orange slider the best.
TBH if you haven’t yet got out there, you NEED to DO IT !!!!!