Boating Reports

West Coast report January 2018

by Jason Clark – Top Catch Hamilton

With the mad rush of Christmas and New Year done we can get back to some serious fishing and the timing couldn’t be better. Post-Christmas the snapper fishing became very hard with some crews coming home with only half-a-dozen snapper for a day’s effort and the charter fleet wasn’t too much better. However, in the last fortnight the snapper fishing has really improved, and good quality fish are being caught again. Normally, at this time of year I favour the area around Crayfish Point and in quite close but this year it has not been as productive as back out around 47 metres depth. We fished off the back of Reef 21 last week in 47 metres and ended up with a bin of nice snapper and gurnard. The fishing certainly wasn’t fast and furious but it was consistent enough to warrant not moving on elsewhere. A friend of mine fished this same depth yesterday off the back of The Mountain and got a bin of snapper up to 6kg.

If you are into setting a few cray-pots then Jackson’s Reef is fishing very well at present. Also the currents have brought in that nice blue water we all like so the visibility for the divers makes it a very nice dive. By all reports lately there is some exceptional flounder fishing in Aotea at the moment, so if a feed of flatties is your style then now is the time according to some I know who have been netting. Even better, grab a couple of kids and get some spears and some flounder lights and make a night of it.

If Game Fishing is your thing then it’s time to get out there, the Raglan Sport Fishing Club has just weighed or tagged 15 marlin for one day. A lot of crews experienced double hook-ups and the crew on Albatross, fishing out of Kawhia, had a treble hook-up and tagged all three, plus another single, giving them four for the day! The most consistent area is between 10-120 metres from west of the bar to the 124 area. Time to get out there, folks.

Good luck and see you out there.

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