The cold weather is definetly here, but don't let that stop you getting out there and enjoying the great winter fishing! I have been fishing close to home and have been finding some nice sized Snapper in 15 to 30 metres of water. Three weeks in a row, I have caught plenty of fish at the bottom end of Waiheke Island and I expect the area to fish well for at least another month. Each trip I have had plenty of action on the New Penny Nemesis and because it is a larger bait, the average fish has been around 50cm, some really nice size eating.
The main factor which gives me the extra edge to my 'catching' is the quality electronics. I locate the structure, scouting the drop offs, using the extra detailed Navionics Platinum Fish Data. I like to fish in the strongest area of current and use the sounder to hunt the fish in these areas. Since turning on the zoom feature on my Raymarine ES78 the anticipation of fish sign has added some extra success and further excitement with my soft baiting.
Here is the general route I have been heading for my latest adventures from Bucklands Beach, the map is downloaded from my on board tracker. Another option to shorten the ride, is to launch from Kawakawa Bay. If you join their club you can make use of the members ramp and facilities.
Enjoy some video action of how easy the soft baiting is of late, don't give up on softbaits, as it is worth persisting.
There are plenty of bait fish in the area too and be sure to be ready for any Kingfish! Check out another of my recent videos.
Join in with the exciting Jetskifishing events coming up over the next few months. Our last social trip for the year is in September, don't miss out on one of the remaining spots.
Cheers, Andrew Hill