Snapper and Kingfish in full spawn mode
December 06, 2019 Russell 3 Photos
Fishing Report From The Bay Of Islands! The water has warmed up considerably in the last few days and the snapper are in full in spawn mode. The snapper fishing is on and off with some days just full on and the next day they shut down. Very typical for the spawning season. Kingies are plentiful both out on the deeper reefs and in the Bay around the bait schools. They are a little on the skinny side though as they have spawned and lost condition however they are feeding hard and it won’t be too long before they fatten up again. The game season is off to a start with yellowfin, shortbilled spear fish and mahi- mahi being caught in the past week or so. Only a short matter of time before the first marlin is recorded. The weather has been great and the water is up over the 20 degrees. Bring on summer. Tight lines Hamish
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Other reports from this captain
Other reports from this captain
HUGE SCHOOLS AND BIG GAME SEASON COMING
November 27, 2020
Summer is almost here. Warmer weather and water has seen plenty of fishos getting out there amongst the snapper that are schooling in the bay. Snapper have been full on as per usual at this time of the year. Kingies have become a little more consistent with a few being caught in the bay around the bait schools and plenty on the outer reefs as well. Still a few Hapuku around in the deep though they have finished spawning. We are starting to keep an eye on the big game scene. There have been numerous yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi taken already and the first stripey has been weighed in. Also a blue marlin tagged though this was a long way off the coast. With a strong La Ninia pattern happing this summer we should be expecting warmer than average water temperatures so hopefully and great game season. There are still some squid about and these are a good size on average. Bring on summer. Tight lines!
Great hapuka,rewarding kingis...
July 10, 2020
... and plenty of snapper! So the weather has not been great to say the least, however we are still managing to get out there amongst it and the fishing has been generally quite good. Kingies have been a little tricky lately with no spots being consistent. We have been picking up fish of various sizes and in various places. Some days the nice 15kg ones have been in close, but not every day though, and when we have been able to go out deep, they are normally there on various depth, fat and beautiful! But so are the sharks! As a reward landing a half kingi or losing some gear we have got quite a few mako-shows, which is not a bad scenery! The rats are entertaining us and our guests around on the snapper spots close in, lots of fun! Snapper have been good in the shallows still but have slowed down and become a little more challenging to catch. We have got a few 10+lb last week and plenty of the pan size plus, like the 40cm+. Typical winter fishing for them now. Hapuku has been good and getting better in the last month or so. Recently having fat pukas with fat roes coming on board puts a smile on the dial. Also gemfish, frost fish, bass and tarakihi coming out of the deep. We are blessed! The good fishing is supported by a little more prolific bait fish than they had been. Makes it easier and we can get out there quicker! Thank you for that! Squid have been a little slow lately though a few seals and bad weather has not helped. But it will change, still fun to try! Tight lines SpotX Fishing Charters
Plenty of options when fishing in the Ba
March 20, 2020
So the world environment has changed a lot in the last month or so and so has our weather. We have finally had some rain and with it some wind. The hot calm summer weather pattern has changed to the Autumn weather and with it the fishing is changing as well. Snapper is now on up in the estuaries. Fishing in the harbours and estuaries is at its best at the moment and will be for the next couple of months. And don't forget about the flounder when you are in these areas, they are getting nice and big now! So why not have some excitement with your family and friends and some flounder gear! Take a low tide evening together and have fun! Kingies are much the same as they have been all summer being spread out. They are both on the deeper reefs and throughout the bay around bait schools or patrolling the shallows. The sharks are having a high jump competition around which is quite amazing to watch, but you might have to move now and then if you want the fish by your self! Big game fishing is having a fairly slow season, though some very nice marlin of all three species are being caught, numbers seems down. Good to see reasonable numbers of yellowfin around though. Still plenty of season left to go and striped marlin fishing only gets better as the season gets on. We can not wait to seeing you on board! Tight lines, Katarina SpotX
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