One of the better months
  |  First Published: June 2012

Finally, we have some good weather so we can get offshore and experience the great fishing on offer.

The fishing has picked up over the last few months and it’s shaping up to be a cracker winter fishing season.

The pearl perch have started to ball up already and we have seen the first of our boat bag-outs for the season. We haven't had to travel too far to get stuck into great pearlies around the 2kg mark, with bigger specimens most likely turning up at the end of the month. 7” soft plastics are working the best.

Snapper are on the improve with good schools feeding around the full moon. Other species on the chew include Spanish mackerel, Maori cod and bucket loads of Moses perch.

The Moses perch are an easy target if the other fish are having a slow bite. The trick is to use a standard dropper rig with two hooks and 20lb fluorocarbon line. You only need 3/0 hooks and small pieces of pilchard. This will improve your catch by 100% as the Moses perch are experts at stealing baits off too heavy gear.


Dart have been the main species caught off the beach lately, with the odd tailor landed amongst them. The Oaks at Inskip Point has been the best spot on the beach.


Mud crabs are still being potted in good numbers and even though the water temperature has taken a bit of a dive, the good rainfall has kept them active.

I have had reports of good catches of whiting down towards Tin Can Bay. Although nothing too big, anglers seem to be getting enough for a decent feed.

June is one of my favourite months. With good weather conditions and plenty of fish on the bite, anglers will rustle up a feed quite easily.

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