Wednesday, 25 November 2020


Fishing Report - Issue 924

With warmer water closer to shore and 18°C at the Aldermen Islands, fishing is improving with large schools of kahawai and trevally on the surface behind Slipper Island in the vicinity of South Reef. Crayfish are also about in good numbers.

Whitebaiting has finished and this season has been the most disappointing in many years. Average catches having been made by those using set nets, but very poor results for those using white “sighting” boards and hand-held scoop nets. The problem this year being you can’t catch whitebait if you can’t see them and a combination of wind and suspended sediment (of unknown origin) in the Tairua River on both the ebb and flow tides has made visibility of the schools of bait pretty much impossible.

Congratulations to Brett Sample for landing a slender tuna of 6.35 kg on 15kg tackle, a new adult male club record.

Due to the recent inclement weather, our 40th Anniversary Grand Slam Tournament has now been extended to conclude at 4:30 pm on Saturday, 19 December.

Our junior members are eagerly looking forward to our “Coromandel Hobbies- Kids Day at The Wharf” competition on Saturday, 2 January. Full details about this great event will be provided next month.

Our Fish of the Month for October winner was Johnny Mason with a yellowtail kingfish of 17.15kg. Johnny wins a bottle of Black Heart Rum sponsored by Independent Liquor. Our Fish of the Month for November is blue cod.

Tight lines,  

Wayne Barnes


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