Friday, 04 December 2020


Fishing Report - Issue 907

The fishing has been outstanding in recent weeks although the fresh water and silt that poured into the Bay at the end of last week will have affected the fishing inside Centre Island.

The timing of our Snapper Tournament earlier in July was excellent with a great spell of weather for the day and plenty of fish caught. All three prize-winning fish were over 8kg and there was $4,340 in prize money dished out, which raised a few smiles from the recipients.

Straylining with live or dead baits was very popular, and people also did well with softbaits. All the popular spots around the Mercury Islands fished well as did the area of foul out from Otama Bay. We got good reports a couple of weeks ago from people fishing in the river mouth, but that tap seems to have been turned off with fishers really struggling there in the last week or so.

There have been a few boats heading wide in search of southern bluefin tuna, but so far we haven’t weighed any of these at our club. There have been quite a few caught at Waihau Bay, several by members of our club and one of which is a pending ladies club and New Zealand record at 135.6kg - a tremendous catch that shattered the existing New Zealand record by almost 50 per cent and was only a few kilograms short of the world record for this species.

There has also been a run of good size albacore that people are catching while trolling for southern bluefin tuna. This has seen a couple more of our club records fall and it’s great to see a good number of people out fishing in what has previously been recognised as our “off season.”

With good size tuna being caught off Waihau Bay and the commercial fishermen having moved north of us now, these fish must have transited through the knolls out from here, so hopefully in the next year or two with a bit more fishing effort, we will start to see this fishery as a viable option for us here in Whitianga.

With growing interest in daytime swordfishing thrown into the mix, it would be great to see the big gamefish season last pretty much all year with big tuna, marlin and broadbill swordfish all playing a part.

Tight lines,

Alan Proctor
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club


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