Saturday, 26 September 2020


Fishing Report - Issue 915

With a marked improvement in our weather, fishing is picking up and good numbers of boats are getting out. Snapper catches are improving, the tarakihi really are starting to come on in both size and number, and large trevally are back in our harbour, with some very good fish observed foraging under the main Tairua jetty in the evenings.

No further southern bluefin tuna catches to report despite quite a few of the larger boats out searching. So, I guess they have moved on further north. Two very large whales were observed frolicking out behind Shoe Island last week and they provided a visual treat for those able to get to the top of Mount Paku before they moved on.

Whitebait have been slow to start running this season and the westerly winds have made fishing difficult, but a few schools have begun to make their way up our river in the past few days.

Our AGM and prizegiving were held on Saturday, 5 September and both were well attended (albeit within social distancing restrictions).  The soat with most points for the year was Evil Angel, skippered by Matt Robinson, with a total of 1,255 points, and heaviest snapper of the year at 9.465kg was won by Simon Hayward.

Our Gull Classic competition will be held on Saturday 3rd October, check out the Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club website for more information about this popular competition.

Our Fish of the Month for August was john dory and the winning fish of 1.600kg was caught by Ron Cross, who wins 1l of Black Heart Rum sponsored by Independent Liquor. Our Fish of the Month for September is tarakihi.

Tight lines, 

Wayne Barnes

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