Friday, 30 October 2020


Fishing Report - Issue 919

Notwithstanding a beautiful start to last week, the weather and sea conditions deteriorated significantly in the last few days and kept most people off the water. Just a few very keen fishers tried their luck in the lee of the islands over the weekend.

On a positive note, the results were pretty good with no shortage of snapper, which is consistent with other reports for the last few weeks now. Those chasing kingfish are also having a good run with some good size fish being caught on live baits.

In addition to squid, which is often a good specied for bait at this time of year, the snapper are happy to take most types of bait and there were good reports from people using soft baits, live baits, dead baits and longlines. For fishers using smelly bait, the species didn’t seem to matter too much. When stray lining, a berley trail will almost certainly help.

There have been people successfully using soft baits on the sand and mud, particularly in the northern area of the Puddle. However, most positive reports came from people who were fishing around the rocks and reefs as these seem to be holding good numbers of snapper. As the water warms up a bit over the next month or so, we can expect larger numbers of snapper to head out onto the sand for spawning, but for now most of the popular spots around the islands and reefs are fishing well.

The news on the scallop front is not so bright with very few people spending the time trying to find them as most people appear to have given up for now due to the poor returns so far this season.

On the Saturday of Labour Weekend, we are having a snapper tournament which is a cash in-cash out competition. The entry fee is only $20 for members. This tournament doubles as an interclub competition between the Whangamata Ocean Sports Club, the Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club, the Matarangi Boat and Fishing Club and ourselves. There is a trophy up for grabs and as the current holders, we are very keen to hang on to it for another year.

If anyone is interesting in joining our club as a full member or wants to enquire about a day membership (for fishing in a tournament), please feel free to call us on (07) 866 4121 or pop in and see us in our club rooms opposite the Whitianga Wharf (daytime entry at the rear of the building).

Tight lines,


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