Spring Fishing is challenging and you need to know what you are doing! Some luck might be good too! The Fish are here and the Fishing is good on the various depths and for plenty of species. So get out there!
Starting Deep Out, the Hapuku fishing has been good for the last few months when the weather has allowed. They seems to be stable around 200 metre and we have some good fish up to around the 30 kg coming aboard. Bass and Gemfish have also been welcomed on board.
In the shallows, the Snapper have been moving into the bay as the water has begun warming up. Good 5-10 kilos in 10-30 metre water. The next couple of months will be full on for the Snapper as they school up for breeding. The big ones are not the best eating so, think about tomorrow and release the breeding males and female, if they are in good condition! The pan size is still the best for eating and are in good numbers!
In the middle of the bay there are large schools of Slimey and Jack Mackerel with Kingies and Sharks in attendance. The Kingfish have been surprisingly good. They are both in very good shape and in good numbers. Still out on the deeper reefs around the bay.
Finally, do not miss out on the Squid fishing!The water is warming up and the time is now! The Squids has been amazingly good all October with the average sizes increasing all the time. Some personal records has been taken with some nice Squid up to 1 kilo. We heard it was yum!
The unsettled weather has made the fishing a little tricky at times so we are looking forward to the coming season as the weather warms and settles.
Good luck and tight lines.
SpotX Fishing Charters, Bay of Islands