Coromandel : Whitianga report
New Zealand fishing charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)
Over the last couple of months the weather has been absolutely up and down and has had us stuck on land more than we would like to be. In saying this with the days that we have been getting out the bait has been easy pickings to get a good start on the day. As we come into September we should really see the fish starting to get a little more active and a little higher in the water column. As over the last month or two the fish have been sitting low and are a little stubborn on the bite, but with a little patience more often than not it will end in good results.
Looking ahead with October in sight we should be seeing some absolute mayhem on the deeper pins with kings and snaps on the chew. So fingers crossed for the weather to hold together and we will see you out there.
What an insane month August has been for Mad Max and all the anglers lucky enough to fish aboard her over this period!
Where do we start well plenty of absolutely show stopping Kingfish with words like donkey, pig and horse being used on a regular basis aboard Mad Max over this month the photos speak for themselves…
Hapuka have been on the chew bigtime aboard Mad Max as well as some epic hauls of Sea Bass and Bluenose! Please let us know when booking your trip aboard Mad Max if you would like to target these tasty beasts…
The snapper straylining has been fantastic in the shallow kelpy areas around the Mercury Islands with endless amounts of pristine conditioned fish while the offshore pins have consistently held pan sized schooling fish…
John Dory have been a very welcomed by catch while targeting Kingfish on the offshore pins these tasty critters are here in huge numbers at the moment…
Bait stays to play!
With Some awesome bait schools in the bay it’s made it an easy start to the day with the odd king in among them making it a great by-catch to kick things Off!
The kings have been fairly active for this time of the year most of the action has been south of red mercs through to the Aldys, averaging around the 13- 15kg size range with a few solid fish up to the 25kg Mark.
Along with kingfish the Aldy pins have been holding some awesome snapper, being a regular and welcome by-catch!
With winter coming to an end and spring well and truly in the air we should see the kings starting to turn up in real numbers and size, hopefully this wind we keep getting drops off and we manage to get out a bit more often!
Bring on spring !
Cheers Capt Chase
Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay
The fishing in the gulf and around the northern parts of the peninsula has stepped up to another gear. The gannet workups are firing out wide, closer to Waiheke. Fishing shallow water is still working good with straylines and Kahawai are in good numbers as well, you just have to try get past the sharks.
Last week saw an abundance of boats out in the gulf, with people diving and dredging for scallops.
Daylight savings beings at the end of Sept and if fishing continues as it is, spring fishing will be epic.