Fishing Report - Issue 948

04 May 2021

Favourable weather conditions caused many anglers to try their luck out on the water last week and they weren’t disappointed. “The fishing was very good,” says John Ellwood, skipper of charter boat, MV Whai. “Snapper, kingfish and trevally were all keen to bite. The inside of Great Mercury Island and Korapuki Island fished very well. The Black Rocks also delivered good results on the outgoing tide in approximately 20m of water. Most of the anglers I took out used squid as bait, which seemed to do the trick just fine. 

“There’s some good crayfish around at the moment too, some divers have done very well.”

Those onboard the Whai on Friday last week were in for an additional treat when they spotted a large group of dolphins playing in the water at Korapuki Island. “It was spectacular,” says John.

Further down the coast towards Tairua, seasoned angler, Peter Maxwell, says the Alderman Islands have also delivered very good results. “There were lots of snapper of a beautiful size,” he says. “There are still some large kahawai schools around, so catching some bait wasn’t a problem. A good berley trail also helped.

“For those fishing from the shore, dusk was still the best time of day for a few good catches. The anglers I’ve spoken to most certainly wasn’t disappointed.”

On the game fishing front, last week was nothing short of memorable for Tairua-Pauanui Sports Fishing Club member, Kevin Robinson, who had success with three marlin. He tagged the first two and landed the third, a fish of 122.35kg.

In Whitianga, angler Darryll Williams weighed a broadbill of 97.40kg on Friday last week.