Saturday, December 13, 2008

Snapper Fishing in Auckland Harbour

Snapper fishing in close has also been brilliant, all reefs are holding fish while we start Auckland harbour cruises. However, snapper fishing in the spawning season (November to January) off the Bay of Islands has resulted in catches each weighing up to 14kg. You will find spectacular beaches and, and as often as not, there will only be a handful of people on them… and did we mention that we have some of the best snapper fishing in Northland.

Fishing depends on the seasonand the distance required to get specific species of fish. Fishing was excellent with a mix of inshore fishing action for a wide variety of species – Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Almaco Jack, Dorado, Tuna, Snapper. Fishing out of gear enables the angler to entice timid fish that are easily spooked by resistance. Fishing depends on the seasonand the distance required to get specific species of fish.

Snapper are a grazing feeder; they feed on anything that is easy prey. Snapper like to move into the Bay behind the cover of a murky discharge of rain water through the Heads. Snapper are adaptable and opportunistic feeders if they are hungry they will eat most quarry. Snapper will venture into shallower water under the cover of darkness or murky water to feed. Snapper anglers should have two quality landing nets as it is quite common to have one fish tangled in a net and another fish hooked and about to be landed.

Baits of pilchards are just too soft and are generally destroyed by flathead. You can get these by the dozen at nearby bait store or you can make your own. You can buy these by the dozen at bait shops or you can catch your own. When free spooling for Snapper let the fish swim with the bait for about 2 seconds before striking. Snapper baits may sit on the sea bed for up to an hour before you move them, it is at this time that your line may come into contact with harsh objects such as Oysters or reef.

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