FISHING IS GOOD!
October 22, 2019 Russell 4 Photos
Spring Fishing is challenging and you need to know what you are doing! Some luck might be good too! The Fish is here and the Fishing is good on the various depths and for plenty of species. So get out there, it looks like we have a luck with the weather over coming weekend! Starting Deep Out, the Hapuku fishing has been good for the last months when the weather has allowed. They seems to be stable around 200 meter 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 shallow, the Snapper have been moving into the bay as the water has begun warming up. Good 5-10 kilos on 10-30 meter 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. Captain Hamish SpotX Fishing Charters, Bay of Islands
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Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
WORKUPS ON THE RADAR...
November 12, 2020
After some windy period, the snapper in the northern Coromandel and surroundings are hungry and aggressive! We have plenty of fish hooked on, both beautiful eating pannies as well as the monsters. The 20pounders are amazing to play and look at, but often best released! Jack macks have been the preferred bait for the big reds! The kingfish up around the bottom of Barrier and Channel Island are now in big numbers but seem to be slow around the island out from Amodeo Bay and Angers Lodge. Typical spring mode! The action and life out there is amazing, don't miss out! The water is warning up and we have birds’ workups on the radar… Tight lines SpotX Fishing Charters
The temperature has risen!
October 31, 2020
The weather has really turned it on here in the Bay of Islands recently so there has been plenty of activity out on the water. The water temperature has risen over 3 degrees in the last 2 weeks and the fishing has livened up. Huge schools of anchovies and mackerel, both jacks and blue (slimeys) have taken up residence in the middle of the bay. Snapper have moved into the bay in huge numbers so there are plenty around for those chasing these guys. Kingies are still inconsistent with some days absolutely on fire and other days very quiet. Sometimes hot on the bait schools and sometimes completely absent or just no one hungry. Still some nice fish on the deeper reefs though. Hapuku have spawned and have spread back out. Still there to be caught however it is a bit slower than the previous couple of months. Not long now for the game fishing to begin and with water temperatures the way they are it could be an early start to the season. However, we have seen warm water like this before at this time of the year and it often cools again before coming back up at a later stage. Stay tuned! To sum it up, it is a great time of the year to get out there! Tight lines Hamish SpotX Fishing Charters
Quality snapper and kingies getting fat
May 31, 2020
Welcome back from lockdown. It is lovely to be out there again since level 2, even though the weather could have been more like during lockdown! So we have been a bit limited on what we can target. Snapper fishing is good. There are plenty of quality snapper about in the shallows. Most sessions we have all we want in an hour or so of fishing using stray lines. Another option is out on the deeper 45-50m marks where we have caught some really nice 6-10 pound snapper.They are moving around though..., but, as always there is a good variety of fish on the reefs! Kingies have been a little more tricky with bait fishing being a little hard at the moment and not being able to get on to the deeper reefs due to weather. When we have managed to get there the kingies have been there with a variety of sizes coming over the side. Still a few sharks around as well but not as many as before the lockdown. Looking forward to some decent weather to get out amongst the Hapuku in the coming months as these will be getting fat. The squid fishing has been great with some good numbers around. Some are still small but mostly good eaters and the odd big one among them. Yummm! Hopefully more to report next time. Tight lines/SpotX Fishing Charters
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