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One of our favourite lures, the White Warrior Catch BetaBug fools another Northland snapper www.catchfishing.pro
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One of our favourite lures, the White Warrior  Catch BetaBug fools another Northland snapper                                 www.catchfishing.pro
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16 hours ago

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GT Fishing Report - September 19th, 2018.

The west coast is fishing very well when conditions allow and anglers using torpedo long-lines set from the beach are doing well all the way up the coast, particularly in the evening. This usually happens as spring sets in and water temperatures start to rise and it should only improve as Christmas approaches, then, as happens on both coasts, the fishing becomes hard over January. For boats heading out over the bar off the Manukau or Kaipara Harbours there are plenty of snapper at 40-50 metres, provided sharks don’t turn up.

There is usually a run of large snapper up the coast from Taranaki northwards in October, and the beaches at Mokau, Kariotahi, the top end of Muriwai and Baylys Beach can produce some great fishing during the spring. Torpedoes are also producing good catches on Bay of Plenty beaches, also in the evening.

After months of miserable weather and patchy fishing, the snapper fishing has picked up. It is not yet like mid-summer when only a cupful of petrol is needed, but the big fish are lurking and they are not far away.

Massive work-ups out in the Firth of Thames have produced the hottest fishing recently, with dolphins, gannets and whales churning the water and snapper up to 9kg taken. This sort of action can’t always be found easily, and a pair of binoculars are handy for spotting the circling white dots in the sky. Large work-ups an also be found north of The Noises and east of Tiritiri Matangi Island where birds and other predators bail up schools of bait fish and while snapper are not always thick underneath the activity they can be found without too much trouble.

The best approach is to drift, employing a drogue to slow the drift if there is any wind. Lures like the kabura slow jig and flutter jigs work well, and some anglers also use the older style silver jigs effectively. The key is to get the lure quickly to the sea bed by casting ahead of the boat’s drift then working it by jigging, or a very slow wind for a kabura. Work the lower few metres then drop it back down, repeating the action until the lure is well back behind the boat when it is retrieved and cast again.

Big snapper are also coming from the shallows around Rangitoto Island, but they can be harder to locate. The lighthouse is always a beacon for good fishing in the surrounding reefs, and it is a question of working the tides. Big tides produce the strongest currents but this weekend brings the smallest tides of the month so the better flows will be found in the channels. The alternative is to drift, so baits and lures are moving across the sea bed. Other good spots around Auckland are off Park Point, on Waiheke Island, and off Rothesay and Murrays Bays.

Snapper are schooling prior to spawning and in aggressive feeding mode before getting serious about the reproduction business, which is why the first congregations can produce hot fishing.

The fishing has picked up in Bream Bay with snapper up to 9kg in water up to 20 metres, and drifting with lures can be productive although a lot of local anglers like to drift with half a pilchard bouncing along the bottom.

In the Bay of Islands the Centre Foul and Ninepin are holding snapper, and straylining in the shallows around Tapeka Rock is producing at dawn and dusk.

Another feature of this particular time of year is the incidence of big snapper forcing their way into the small opening in crayfish pots. The predatory fish are attracted by the trapped crays and the smelly bait, and commercial crayfishermen operating around the coast often find large snapper in their pots. They also catch a lot of snapper when they lift their pots, as the snapper have learned to associate the noise of the boat and the pot being hauled through the water with dinner. The snapper will follow a pot to the surface, waiting for under-sized crayfish to be thrown back into the water.

Freshwater
Lake Taupo rivers are clear and fishable, with a mixture of kelts returning downstream and some nice fish being caught. Wading the shallows around the lake and fishing for smelting fish in the early morning can be enjoyable and rewarding. Harling the shallows and along the drop-off should pick up over the next month.

Bite times
Bite times are 9.45am and 10.10pm tomorrow and 10.30am and 10.55pm on Sunday.

Tip of the week
On the west coast the most popular rig for snapper is the ledger or dropper rig, but just like when fishing work-ups in the Hauraki Gulf the biggest fish can be targeted with a whole jack mackerel (yellowtail). It is easily hooked with a 6/0 or 7/0 octopus hook (to match the size of bait) inserted under the pectoral fin on one side and out through the gill plate, reversed so the point is facing backwards, which will hold the bait firmly as it is the toughest part of the anatomy. A half hitch round the tail with the trace and a ball sinker running freely down on to it completes the bait. The sinker can be incorporated in the half hitch, so it sinks as part of the bait. If using such a rig on harbour with strong currents, like the Manukau and Kaipara Harbours, a very long trace below a heavy sinker is the best approach. More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.

Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas
Long-lines set with torpedoes off west coast beaches are producing good catches of snapper like this one.
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GT Fishing Report - September 19th, 2018.  The west coast is fishing very well when conditions allow and anglers using torpedo long-lines set from the beach are doing well all the way up the coast, particularly in the evening. This usually happens as spring sets in and water temperatures start to rise and it should only improve as Christmas approaches, then, as happens on both coasts, the fishing becomes hard over January. For boats heading out over the bar off the Manukau or Kaipara Harbours there are plenty of snapper at 40-50 metres, provided sharks don’t turn up.  There is usually a run of large snapper up the coast from Taranaki northwards in October, and the beaches at Mokau, Kariotahi, the top end of Muriwai and Baylys Beach can produce some great fishing during the spring. Torpedoes are also producing good catches on Bay of Plenty beaches, also in the evening.  After months of miserable weather and patchy fishing, the snapper fishing has picked up. It is not yet like mid-summer when only a cupful of petrol is needed, but the big fish are lurking and they are not far away.  Massive work-ups out in the Firth of Thames have produced the hottest fishing recently, with dolphins, gannets and whales  churning the water and snapper up to 9kg taken. This sort of action can’t always be found easily, and a pair of binoculars are handy for spotting the circling white dots in the sky. Large work-ups an also be found north of The Noises and east of Tiritiri Matangi Island where birds and other predators bail up schools of bait fish and while snapper are not always thick underneath the activity they can be found without too much trouble.  The best approach is to drift, employing a drogue to slow the drift if there is any wind. Lures like the kabura slow jig and flutter jigs work well, and some anglers also use the older style silver jigs effectively. The key is to get the lure quickly to the sea bed by casting ahead of the boat’s drift then working it by jigging, or a very slow wind for a kabura. Work the lower few metres then drop it back down, repeating the action until the lure is well back behind the boat when it is retrieved and cast again.  Big snapper are also coming from the shallows around Rangitoto Island, but they can be harder to locate. The lighthouse is always a beacon for good fishing in the surrounding reefs, and it is a question of working the tides. Big tides produce the strongest currents but this weekend brings the smallest tides of the month so the better flows will be found in the channels. The alternative is to drift, so baits and lures are moving across the sea bed. Other good spots around Auckland are off Park Point, on Waiheke Island, and off Rothesay and Murrays Bays.  Snapper are schooling prior to spawning and in aggressive feeding mode before getting serious about the reproduction business, which is why the first congregations can produce hot fishing.  The fishing has picked up in Bream Bay with snapper up to 9kg in water up to 20 metres, and drifting with lures can be productive although a lot of local anglers like to drift with half a pilchard bouncing along the bottom.  In the Bay of Islands the Centre Foul and Ninepin are holding snapper, and straylining in the shallows around Tapeka Rock is producing at dawn and dusk.  Another feature of this particular time of year is the incidence of big snapper forcing their way into the small opening in crayfish pots. The predatory fish are attracted by the trapped crays and the smelly bait, and commercial crayfishermen operating around the coast often find large snapper in their pots. They also catch a lot of snapper when they lift their pots, as the snapper have learned to associate the noise of the boat and the pot being hauled through the water with dinner. The snapper will follow a pot to the surface, waiting for under-sized crayfish to be thrown back into the water.  Freshwater
Lake Taupo rivers are clear and fishable, with a mixture of kelts returning downstream and some nice fish being caught. Wading the shallows around the lake and fishing for smelting fish in the early morning can be enjoyable and rewarding. Harling the shallows and along the drop-off should pick up over the next month.  Bite times
Bite times are 9.45am and 10.10pm tomorrow and 10.30am and 10.55pm on Sunday.  Tip of the week
On the west coast the most popular rig for snapper is the ledger or dropper rig, but just like when fishing work-ups in the Hauraki Gulf the biggest fish can be targeted with a whole jack mackerel (yellowtail). It is easily hooked with a 6/0 or 7/0 octopus hook (to match the size of bait) inserted under the pectoral fin on one side and out through the gill plate, reversed so the point is facing backwards, which will hold the bait firmly as it is the toughest part of the anatomy. A half hitch round the tail with the trace and a ball sinker running freely down on to it completes the bait. The sinker can be incorporated in the half hitch, so it sinks as part of the bait. If using such a rig on  harbour with strong currents, like the Manukau and Kaipara Harbours, a very long trace below a heavy sinker is the best approach. More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.  Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas
Long-lines set with torpedoes off west coast beaches are producing good catches of snapper like this one.

23 hours ago

Catch Fishing

Bananas on boats? 🤔
Ultralight day, 4lb line, Kensei 150gm Catch rod.
Espresso ☕🎣
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Bananas on boats? 🤔 
Ultralight day, 4lb line, Kensei 150gm Catch rod.
Espresso ☕🎣

 

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Old fish wives tale? If they biting they be biting

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Darren Zentveld remember catching that snapper with a banana skin 😂

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1 day ago

Catch Fishing

The Espresso Report. September 18th, 2018.

And we’re off! An early kick off – Spring snapper workups.

These early spring snapper workups are currently accompanied by inshore waves of snapper, kahawai, mackerel, and pilchards. All pointed out by the gannets and terns working frantically around various shorelines. They’re ‘here ‘n over there’, along with sea life of all sorts teeming over vast areas. Tiritiri Matangi, Flat Rock, Kawau Island, the Mid Ground, North Waiheke – some days the area of activity is covering so many square miles of sea, above, on and under the sea surface. And then … even nature has to rest.

Kingfish
Very typically kingfish indicators are when workups are fast moving. With no or momentary white water concentrations because the various combatants are jockeying for position. Baitfish flee and consequently kingfish chase them down as fast as they can. Great scenarios for getting that kingie hookup. Jigs work well, whether speed jigs or simply fluttering jigs like a good slow pitch or inchiku. Of course if you have a calm day, a 1oz jighead taking a softbait down, natural shape of curly tail Livie on a Stingaz jighead works an absolute treat. Even when the bite has stopped…they get nailed on their way down, as that’s exactly what a kingie is hunting for, a weakened live-bait or better still, an artificial one. Kingfish are tough and if handled well they are good to go back to breed and feed for another day if you so choose. Most of the gulf has little structure for kingfish to cut your line, therefore much lighter tackle can be used effectively.

Snapper
Snapper are well in to roe, spawning almost seems to be underway (?), incredible and exciting this is only October! Perhaps they will breed more for the future fishermen.

John Dory
Dory are being welcomed by a some of the inshore kayakers along the North Shore Bays for instance – of note because even during windy days, the morning can provide an ideal couple of hours of productive fishing, even before a standard work day commences. If you’re late – blame the motorway traffic, easy.

It’s so much fun for the small boats and kayakers who can travel to where the hot spots are, launch easily and be into madness and mayhem style fishing within a hundred metres off shore. Like south Whangaparaoa, Manly for two days, Orewa last week and probably again next week for at least a day, Waiheke shallows (North side doing well at the moment).

Bite Times
Fast and furious feeding times can catch you out, check the bite times here www.catchfishing.pro/bite-times/ to make the most of your day. There will be a day or three in a row when it’s a mad bite out there, then a rest day or two. Stay in touch with us and you can be at the right place, at the right time, on the right day. And the fishing is easy.

Maximise your day’s fishing
Keep an eye out for our upcoming seminars covering the latest tackle releases, more in depth info on the Why and How. Why a particular method works well (or not). And how to use that method to maximise your fishing days adventures.

The snapper and kingfish season is off to an amazing start, straight out of the blocks. If you haven’t already prepared yourself for your next fishing adventures, don’t wait. The time is right now, right here. No matter what your fish wishes are this season, from mackerel to marlin and all fish in between, Replace old gear, treat yourself and make this summer the one full of memories. Big fish, big smiles…and many tall tales to be told amongst mates around a summer evenings BBQ. Getting the right gear to better suit exactly where YOU fish is key to successful fishing adventures every time. Knowing what to use, how to use it and why.

I look forward to either seeing you in person or catching up with you online sharing our fish photo’s. Enjoyment of our fishing is what we are all into this for. Food, fun adventure – and so much more. Time to enjoy it together this summer.

Cheers, Espresso.

Catch Fishing / Wave Dancer / Extreme Boats / Honda Marine New Zealand / Isuzu Utes New Zealand Ltd / Oakley / Musto Australasia

John Donald / Grant Bittle / Arnie Mears / Jason Kemp Re-loaded / Jeff Strang / Naomi Peterson / Ben Pinniger / Bryce Kerkhof / Callum Millar / Carl Jackson / Daniel Morris / David Shin / Delicia Catalina Romani / Dion Goodhue / Glen Cox / Isaac Aplin / Jason Legg / Joon Park / Katie Legg / Leah Phillips / Lee Kennedy / Lemeul Wallace / Mark Cotton / Martyn Gittens / Mate Bitunjac / Mohammed Ali / Rob Tongotea / Rudee Lim / Shane Elverd / Shannon Neho / Sol Stone / Steve Rabarts / Tawhana Terry / Terry Vernon / Tim Fairhurst / Tim Mitchell / Tobias Hurst / Tommy Ho / Travis Godden / Uhai Edward Lee
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The Espresso Report. September 18th, 2018.  And we’re off! An early kick off – Spring snapper workups.  These early spring snapper workups are currently accompanied by inshore waves of snapper, kahawai, mackerel, and pilchards. All pointed out by the gannets and terns working frantically around various shorelines. They’re ‘here ‘n over there’, along with sea life of all sorts teeming over vast areas. Tiritiri Matangi, Flat Rock, Kawau Island, the Mid Ground, North Waiheke – some days the area of activity is covering so many square miles of sea, above, on and under the sea surface. And then … even nature has to rest.  Kingfish
Very typically kingfish indicators are when workups are fast moving.  With no or momentary white water concentrations because the various combatants are jockeying for position.  Baitfish flee and consequently kingfish chase them down as fast as they can. Great scenarios for getting that kingie hookup. Jigs work well, whether speed jigs or simply fluttering jigs like a good slow pitch or inchiku. Of course if you have a calm day, a 1oz jighead taking a softbait down, natural shape of curly tail Livie on a Stingaz jighead works an absolute treat. Even when the bite has stopped…they get nailed on their way down, as that’s exactly what a kingie is hunting for, a weakened live-bait or better still, an artificial one. Kingfish are tough and if handled well they are good to go back to breed and feed for another day if you so choose. Most of the gulf has little structure for kingfish to cut your line, therefore much lighter tackle can be used effectively.  Snapper
Snapper are well in to roe, spawning almost seems to be underway (?), incredible and exciting this is only October! Perhaps they will breed more for the future fishermen.  John Dory
Dory are being welcomed by a some of the inshore kayakers along the North Shore Bays for instance – of note because even during windy days, the morning can provide an ideal couple of hours of productive fishing, even before a standard work day commences. If you’re late – blame the motorway traffic, easy.  It’s so much fun for the small boats and kayakers who can travel to where the hot spots are, launch easily and be into madness and mayhem style fishing within a hundred metres off shore. Like south Whangaparaoa, Manly for two days, Orewa last week and probably again next week for at least a day, Waiheke shallows (North side doing well at the moment).  Bite Times
Fast and furious feeding times can catch you out, check the bite times here https://www.catchfishing.pro/bite-times/ to make the most of your day. There will be a day or three in a row when it’s a mad bite out there, then a rest day or two. Stay in touch with us and you can be at the right place, at the right time, on the right day. And the fishing is easy.  Maximise your day’s fishing
Keep an eye out for our upcoming seminars covering the latest tackle releases, more in depth info on the Why and How. Why a particular method works well (or not). And how to use that method to maximise your fishing days adventures.  The snapper and kingfish season is off to an amazing start, straight out of the blocks. If you haven’t already prepared yourself for your next fishing adventures, don’t wait. The time is right now, right here. No matter what your fish wishes are this season, from mackerel to marlin and all fish in between, Replace old gear, treat yourself and make this summer the one full of memories. Big fish, big smiles…and many tall tales to be told amongst mates around a summer evenings BBQ. Getting the right gear to better suit exactly where YOU fish is key to successful fishing adventures every time. Knowing what to use, how to use it and why.  I look forward to either seeing you in person or catching up with you online sharing our fish photo’s. Enjoyment of our fishing is what we are all into this for. Food, fun adventure – and so much more. Time to enjoy it together this summer.  Cheers, Espresso.  Catch Fishing / Wave Dancer / Extreme Boats / Honda Marine New Zealand / Isuzu Utes New Zealand Ltd / Oakley / Musto Australasia  John Donald / Grant Bittle / Arnie Mears / Jason Kemp Re-loaded / Jeff Strang / Naomi Peterson / Ben Pinniger / Bryce Kerkhof / Callum Millar / Carl Jackson / Daniel Morris / David Shin / Delicia Catalina Romani / Dion Goodhue / Glen Cox / Isaac Aplin / Jason Legg / Joon Park / Katie Legg / Leah Phillips / Lee Kennedy / Lemeul Wallace / Mark Cotton / Martyn Gittens / Mate Bitunjac / Mohammed Ali / Rob Tongotea / Rudee Lim / Shane Elverd / Shannon Neho / Sol Stone / Steve Rabarts / Tawhana Terry / Terry Vernon / Tim Fairhurst / Tim Mitchell / Tobias Hurst / Tommy Ho / Travis Godden / Uhai Edward Lee

 

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Squid wings Davo Burger!!

2 days ago

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Catch 3-piece 8’ PE 4-6 Toray Carbon Topwater Rod, 35kg Rarotongan GT, and 1 happy angler.

Thanks for the photos Grant Foster
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Catch 3-piece 8’ PE 4-6 Toray Carbon Topwater Rod, 35kg Rarotongan GT, and 1 happy angler.  Thanks for the photos Grant Foster 
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@catchfishingtackle 3pc 8’ PE 4-6 Toray carbon topwater Rod. Now in stock and perfect for GT’s as @grant.foster.75098 can attest to! ... See MoreSee Less

@catchfishingtackle 3pc 8’ PE 4-6 Toray carbon topwater Rod. Now in stock and perfect for GT’s as @grant.foster.75098 can attest to!Image attachment

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Pretty in pink 2, Double Trouble, IRT300, Catch150jigspin. Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty in pink 2, Double Trouble, IRT300, Catch150jigspin. Espresso ☕🎣

2 days ago

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Double Trouble at it again, prime snapper, IRT300 reel Catch150jig rod. Fun fishing bait free, looking forward to cleanup :) Espresso ☕🎣. ... See MoreSee Less

Double Trouble at it again, prime snapper, IRT300 reel Catch150jig rod. Fun fishing bait free, looking forward to cleanup :) Espresso ☕🎣.