I’ve had some pretty good reports about the fishing out around the Mercury Islands this week. Once again there have been some big snapper and there’s also been kingfish and the odd john dory caught. I suspect most people will be trying to stay out of the wind and swell in the week ahead so that may limit your options as far as fishing spots go. Typically, the increased motor vessel traffic in the bay at this time of year reduces the number of fish caught close in, but if weather permits, head out to at least the Black Rocks or the Mercury Islands where most of the popular fishing spots seem to be holding good size snapper. Out wide, there have been a number of marlin caught, most of which have been tagged. There’s also been a constant stream of yellow fin tuna with a few shortbill spearfish and even a big eye tuna and a blue marlin. Most (but not all) have been caught in grid areas, H &M Pascoe Boatbuilders, Kubota NZ and Churchy Charters NZ.
Our congratulations to Hunter Nicholson, fishing on Vamos, for catching a 9.43kg snapper on a 3kg line - a pending New Zealand small fry record. Congratulations are also due to big brother Levi for a Club record (junior) with his 8.01kg snapper on a 4kg line. Dad, Mike Nicholson says the boys just love fishing and they listen carefully when they get a bite so that they can bring that fish in.”
Caption : The boys with their Dad, Mike Nicholson.
Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club