Fishing Report from Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club Due to the sun making a brief appearance, we managed to get one day of fishing in last week and quite a few people took the opportunity. A few people caught snapper and kingfish out around the Mercs and south of Ohinau. Out wide, there were about 10 yellowfin tuna caught – mostly around the Hook in H&M Pascoe Boatbuilders, but also in Kubota NZ, Churchy’s Charters NZ and New World Whitianga. The water out there was noticeably greener than it had been last time the weather allowed us out, but if definitely improved during the day. Fingers crossed for the next little weather window and hopefully there’ll be a few marlin lurking around.
Comparisons: Just a few comparisons with last year at this early stage. Remember that apart from last Sunday, we haven’t been able to get out on the water since Friday, 30 December because of the weather. There have been 13 Stripeys caught up to that day. At that stage last year, there had been three. So far this year, we’ve weighed 30 yellowfin tuna. At the same stage last year, there had been six and the average weight is also up about 16% to 38.3kg. There seems to be plenty of fish out there. All we need is the opportunity with the weather.
Alan proctor manager
Girls In The Bay Tournament This very popular MBGFC activity is scheduled for Saturday, 28 January. Please note that entries close a few days earlier on Monday 23 January.. 200 anglers and 71 boats have registered already. A lot of people are holding out to see what the weather is going to do before they commit and the time for registering is up until Tuesday 24, close of business.
The organisers have accumulated a huge array of prizes and there will be a DJ on the night so it will be a great event. Entry forms are available on the Mercury Bay Fishing Club website or at the office on the Esplanade, Whitianga. Caption for the photo
Caption: Angler, Lee Johnston brought in this marlin on Saturday.