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Steve's Fishing Report - Wellington - May 13, 2013


Shore Report

The Harbour

Harbour fishing has been exceptional. There have been schools of Mackerel and Kahawai everywhere, with good numbers of Snapper and Tarakihi being caught in the evening and at night after the feeding frenzies. Now is a great time to target Spotted Sharks in the Harbour using Prawn or Crab as bait, with a good chance of snagging an Elephant Fish too. A catch of note was a pup Hapuka caught by Lester Litchfield surfcasting off Breaker Bay Beach, very rare and an awesome catch! Lester Litchfield's Lapuka

West Coast

The fishing on the West Coast has been hard because of the weather; however there are still Snapper there for those that are prepared to do a midweek mission when the conditions are good. Huge numbers of Kahawai are around on this coast, but the Red Cod are slow making their way in along with Carpet Sharks and Spiny Dog Sharks.

South Coast

West of the Harbour entrance has been fishing very well for Moki with an average size of about 2.5kg, with fish nudging 3 kg not uncommon. Tarakihi have been caught in numbers too and are a delicious table fish and well worth targeting. East of the Harbour, Wainuiomata, Paliser Bay and White Rock have been producing huge numbers of Kahawai and a few Spotted Sharks with the odd Elephant Fish thrown in. Moki on this coast have been hit and miss with some anglers getting into numbers of fish one night and not the next. One fish of note which was released before capture was estimated at well over 10 kg and an absolute donkey that was lost right at the beach. Remember when fishing these beaches stand back from the wash and use it to your advantage when attempting to land a big fish.

Still a lot of big fish to be caught so get out there and get amongst it, try some light line on Kahawai for lots of fun.

Get out there and enjoy some great autumn fishing.

Felix


Boat Report

The Harbour

The Harbour has been, and still is, fishing really well with good reports of Snapper, Trevally and Elephant Fish being caught. The edges around Ward Island and the shallow banks over on the Eastbourne side of the harbour being popular places to try. As with all fishing, the fisho’s using berley are the ones catching most of the fish. When berleying in Wellington Harbour lift your berley pot well off the bottom so the berley trail will cover a wider area. Traces should be light, ie 20-20lb nylon and 2 x 5/0 hooks depending on what you are fishing for. Cube baits on the smaller hooks and whole Squid, Pilchard or even live baits on the larger hooks. Don’t be shy on the berley as it truly makes all the difference. Pictured is a lovely Wellington Harbour Trevally caught by Duncan McIntyre. Duncan's Trevally

South Coast

It’s been nice to hear of Bluenose being caught in better numbers now, than in the last few weeks, though Groper are still patchy at best, Ling and Hoki are starting to show as well, which is good for the deep water fisho’s. A good rig to catch Groper, Ling and Hoki is Steve’s Pro Angler 3 Hook Special Groper Rig with strip baits of Squid or Barracuda. For those of us with smaller boats, or just those who can’t be bothered with fishing out wide, the inshore reefs are still holding good numbers of Tarakihi and Blue Cod. Just like the Harbour , berley will improve your results but make sure that your berley pot is only 3 – 5 metres off the bottom. Large Blue Cod are suckers for berley, shake your pot every few minutes to get clouds of berley drifting back . Strip baits of Squid or firm Trevally works best here. Places worth trying are Arabella Rock, on the outside edges, or off Lyall Bay in 35 – 40 meters.

West Coast

Snapper and Kingfish are still around for those anglers hunting them out. Often this time of year these fish go a little deeper in our local waters, before they migrate to warmer waters around the end of May. For those keen Snapper hunters, there are still good numbers of fish being caught, though as the water gets cooler you may have to shift around and try a few different places to find them, and you will find that they will go to deeper water, and you will find them hanging around the deeper reefs. I have often found that when you go Tarakihi fishing at places like the Bumps, Northern end of Mana Island or eve Tcam Bank at South Makara you often pick up a few Snapper as a bonus.

Groper fishing has been a little patchy, but like the South Coast those fishos that hunt them out are doing well. So don’t put all your effort into one place. Plan you trip so you can move from one place to the other without having to travel all over the ocean. I.e. behind Mana at 80-90 metres, then 78 metre Rise then The Bumps, all within a short travel time from each other.

As the days get shorter and after work fishing is out, you really have to plan all your trips to maximise you opportunity whether it be off shore or inshore make the most of the tides, and the direction, as this will help make planning your fishing trip much easier. If you don’t make a plan, don’t go!

Tight lines, hot side plates and don’t forget your Thermos!

Steve.