Wednesday, 27 January 2021


Fishing Report - Issue 932

The recent snapper fishing has been fairly typical for this time of year with a real lack of consistency. There are some good snapper being caught, including a few fish between 15lb and 20lb, which is nothing to scoff at, but there are also a number of people not catching much at all. Most of the fish are being caught on the change of light or within an hour or two of that, although there have been some exceptions.

Soft baits, jigs and even longlines seem to be getting the best results. There have been plenty of snapper caught in The Puddle and up towards Cuvier and I’ve also heard that there are a lot of snapper just east of Great Barrier Island for anyone wanting to head up that way.

Further out things have been a lot more positive and we’ve had a lot of fish caught during our Suzuki Marine Top Ten Tuna Tournament. Fish caught while this tournament was running included yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, striped marlin, blue marlin and shortbill spearfish. In the last week or so we’ve either weighed or tagged more than 20 marlin which is excellent this early in the season. Not only are there a few big fish in our area, we’ve also had a tremendous spell of weather, which has given everyone who wanted to a chance to get out wide for a troll. The fish being caught are reasonably well spread out within our area, but the best grids at this stage are The Harbour House Café, Mercury Bay Marine, Whitianga Electrical, Havard Logging, EWP Technical Solutions and Walker Electrotec.

For the previous two seasons, our club didn’t have any junior members tag and release a marlin and the sponsor of the Pinnacle Marine Junior Tagging Club has generously agreed to jackpot the cash prizes of $500 per season to $1,500 for this year. The good news is that we already have three junior members who have tagged a marlin and they will each be in the draw to win this fantastic prize along with any other juniors who manage to achieve this feat in our local waters.

Tight lines,


The Informer Fishing Report
By Alan Proctor of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club
Sponsored by Mercury Bay Marine - Tel (07) 867 1280


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