Hot snapper bite!

December 27, 2015 by Damian Clayton

Trip Info

The Catch
Shark (Mako)
Salmon (Australian)
Snapper (Pink)
John Dory

Happy holidays everyone!

We have been fishing out in the Hauraki Gulf and over the sand. Vast snapper schools have congregated to spawn in these areas. We have been fishing larger groups due to high demand and fishing on the anchor using bait (mostly NZ pilchards) on a dropper rig or our Flat Rock Special which is a modified dropper rig.

The bite times have been quite long and it is not unusual to have caught a limit bag by lunchtime! The conditions play a big part in our success and we have been blessed with calm seas and only light winds on most trips. There are are huge schools of bait balled up throughout the bay including jack mackerel, small kahawai, pilchards and English mackerel. e also use these as fresh cut baits and live baits.

Packs of juvenile kingfish are attacking the baits during the day and there have been a few better sized adult fish up to about 1 metre showing up. Often small bait fish caught on a dropper will be taken by a mako shark or kingfish as it is wound up too.

Most of our anglers are using overhead reels spooled with 6-10kg mono for this style of fishing. 6/0-7/0 circle hooks or J hooks work well and we need about 4-6oz of weight to get the gear down in 40m.

We have a few days off for the New Years holiday and then we back into it.

Happy New Year

Captain Damo

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