Hey fellow fishos. I know you will be getting excited with the big pilchard workups happening now (and for the next month or so)! We have been heading straight to an area east and nor east of Anchorite that is absolutely full of raining gannets, mammals and of course big snapper. The aerial displays and friendly mammals makes the awesome fishing just so much better, as it gets the Adrenalin pumping just before you drop on a solid fighting fish in the exhaust of this mayhem! These workups are going all day but get more intense in the afternoons I am told (usually when we have left with full bins and happy clients);.
The snapper are often up the water column and and my clients often get the better fish on the drop (the competitive ones getting to them first). We are fishing slow jigs in these conditions and I find the larger 140gr Kaburas and Inchiku work best getting into the zone quicker and staying there longer! Whilst the Bruised banana (yes once again) seems to be the most consistent catcher the other colours like orange pink and green are also working. I hear Paul has some new Bruised Banana Jitterbugs and can’t wait to test them.
There have also been good size kingfish and trevs under the workups so that is a great by-catch to happen upon. I really hope that the pilchard workups hang around until August and even September (with consistent fishing through June/July) this year as they did last year? It already looks like it is going to be a great winter season and you should make the most of this seasonal bonanza (I will be)! The bait will only get pushed in further now and the workups will be on our doorstep again soon off the inner islands and east coast bays, Tiri Matangi, Kauwau etc!
So I look forward to seeing you out there. Or come out with me and enjoy my playground and learn a few tricks I have gained over the years!
Nik Key is a tutor, guide, lure tester and charter skipper
Cheers Capt. Snap (Nik)
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