(Hauraki / Talkback & Newstalk ZB – 30th Sept)
The big swells last week have stirred up the inshore waters and brought the snapper on the chew along the coast and at Motiti.
Pick your weather carefully if you are heading out and there is no need to go far, with the small trailer boats this past week scratching a good feed of snapper, gurnard and kahawhai inside of 20m along the Omanu – Papamoa coast. Both softbaiting and strayling have been productive at Motiti with brighter colours such as pink and chartreuse softbaits doing the damage on the snapper. The usual winter baracoutta problems are still present, so be prepared to move a bit if they show up.
Now if the coast is a bit rough, bring that bait and berley back into the harbour and try straylining the channel edges and back into some of the harbour structure like marker poles, as there is still the odd snapper around also those big trevally who live in the harbour year round.
This weekend is of course Monster Trout weekend, where we have Tauranga Sport Fishing members descending on the Rotorua lakes for the opening of the new trout fishing season. We do accept late entries and all members are welcome. For details on this event and up and coming hit our events page at TSFC.co.nz