Well the weather has kept us land based a bit in the last few weeks, but when I did get out the fishing was great! We have been fishing in close and out wide and the fishing has been good in both areas. All of our fishing had been using the slow jigs and mainly the Kabura style.
In close we have been fishing inner harbour but the muddy water from the spring tides and rough weather have made it difficult again. Because of this I have been venturing out a little further and fishing areas like between Browns Is (Motukorea) and Motuihe. This area has been full of birds working the KY and smaller bait the KY are chasing. We are doing long drifts trough the 24-17mtr areas and finding hungry snapper underneath. These fish are feeding close to the bottom and are hooking up one or two winds up. We have been getting good bins of 35-55cm fish from here. Best colour/jigs have been Bruised banana 140g and Orange 100g (depending on wind and tide) with pink coming third (Bruised banana getting the biggest and Orange the most).
We have also been fishing in 14mtrs around Rough Rock just off North Head and having some spectacular fishing with lots of snapper in the 50-60cm range. Again, the yellow jigs have been doing the damage!
Out wide we have been fishing the 42mtrs mark just NE of gannet rock and over to the sunken barges of the top of Coromandel. These areas are still holding good size snapper and kingfish as a bycatch. The best lures we have been using out here have been similar to the in close fishing with yellow and orange doing the best but pink and red/green also working. The larger 140g jigs seem to catch the bigger fish.
A nice kingfish below caught on the Bender rod and Orange 140g slider!
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