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Steve's Fishing Report - Wellington - September 22, 2012

Shore Report

Fishing in the last two weeks has been good on the South and East Coasts due to the weather being perfect for the shore angler fishing these areas. With the strong Northerlies coming from behind making the beaches on these coasts easy to fish.

Palliser Bay through to White Rock on the East Coast is well worth fishing this time of year as is Wainuiomata Beach On The South Coast, a fishing destination within easy driving distance of Wellington City.

copper mokeYou can catch plenty of Spotty Sharks, Kahawai, Red Cod Spiny Dogfish, Moki and Gurnard on these coasts. This was evident in my own fishing mission on the weekend to the Wairarapa and also at the Wellington Surfcasting And Angling Clubs first shore competition of the season at the weigh in on Sunday 16 September.

At the weigh in there were heaps of Spotted Sharks, Red Cod and Kahawai, also a good number of Moki too, the highlights were a massive 7 Gill weighing in at 65 kgs caught by Gary Whittaker and also a very rare copper Moki caught by Zeb Livingston.

massive 7 gill sharkThe Harbour is fishing well again for Kahawai, Tarakihi and Red Cod. However despite good numbers of Gurnard being caught from the boat, Gurnard seem to be just out of reach for the shore fishers at present. Now is the time of year we look for Trevally in the Harbour and the Trev’s should be out there if you target them. A good rig to try is Kiwi Tackle 2/0 2 Hook Ledger Rig with squid bait tied on and a pyramid sinker.

The West Coast. Fishing has been almost impossible with the strong gusty Northerlies we have been having. Not much to report from the shore on this coast, though Snapper are moving down the coast as there have bee good fish caught up to 30, off the beach from Foxton and further north. Hot Spot to try for this report is targeting Trevally in the Harbour off Point Gordon, us the One Hook Dropper with squid bait tied on 50lb trace line and a pyramid sinker.

Trout Centre DayCongratulations to the Wellington Flyfishers Club for their successful first Capital Trout Centre Day of the new season. Several hundred kids had awsome fun catching their first ever Trout. For a gold coin donation on the day this is a fun and affordable outing for young families and is hugely popular here in Wellington. The Wellington Flyfishers put an enormous amount of time, effort and money into this event, buying in the Trout and supplying all the people and gear to run this fun day. Well done!

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Boat Report

Harbour. With the Whitebait now running in the Harbour, there is a hint of spring fishing starting to show up with good runs of Gurnard and Trevally being caught. Red Cod numbers are slowing down, but Tarakihi and Blue Cod numbers are hanging in there. With the Whitebait running, this is bringing in good numbers of Kahawai and it is only a short time away before the Kingfish start to show. Often this time of year the first of the Snapper start to show up, and these fish are usually bigger, 5 - 10kg in size, so don’t be shy in throwing out large stray line baits when fishing out there. Like all fishing, berley will improve your chances so don’t leave home with out it!

South Coast. The fishing has been ok, not great, just ok, the weather has made it hard to get out with strong northerly winds, or large southerly swells holding us back. Those lucky enough to get out have reported a mixed bag of Tarakihi, Blue Cod and Gurnard, along with a some small Groper on the inshore reefs, out wide Groper and Bluenose have been a bit patchy, those fisho’s hunting them out have been rewarded with a few fish but mostly the weather is making it too hard to fish out wide.

West Coast. Just like the South Coast strong winds have held most of us back. On a positive note, it’s these Northerly winds that warm up the water for our summer fishing, and with the odd Snapper and Kingfish already being caught, it is only time till the numbers of fish being caught improve.

In between the gales there are still good Tarakihi and Blue Cod to be caught on most inshore reefs. Groper have been caught in good numbers, mostly small fish up to 10 – 12 kg - but lots of them. South Makara, or wide off Verns Reef proving popular and successful places to fish.

Warehou are one of my favorite fish to catch on rod and reel, and these fish will now be starting to school up on reefs this time of year. Small Jigs and Flasher Rigs such as Steve’s Fishing Shop’s Gurnard Rig Pink 3/0 work well with the Jigs tied below the Flasher Rig and fished mid water works a treat. Hunters Bank is probably the most reliable place to fish for Warehou, along with Pipanui Point north of Makara worth a shot.

May the wind blow hard during the week and light and slow on the weekends - so we can all get out and enjoy springtime fishing!