Jewies come out to play
  |  First Published: May 2007

Back in the March report I mentioned that the spearfishing brigade was doing well on big jewfish but anglers weren't making the most of these reports. I am happy to confirm that this situation has been well and truly rectified with a rash of big jewfish being captured.

Phil and Bruno hit the beach on the full moon recently and found the chosen gutter to be well defined with an ideal moderate swell rolling in.

With only one tiny salmon captured for the evening's bait, things weren't looking good and it wasn't until they were down to their last strip of salmon fillet that Bruno had a decent rattling bite. The hook-up turned out to be of the serious kind and 25 minutes later Phil gilled 30kg of beastly jewfish from the suds.

The beaches have also yielded numerous other fish from 9kg up to 23kg. Big tailor have been a common by-catch for the nocturnal jewfish angler with fish averaging 2.5kg reasonably common but salmon numbers are down, thanks to water averaging 23°.

As the water cools this month, expect the salmon to come on the chew with gusto and the tailor numbers to gradually thin out.

Local angler Timmo Vauhkonen didn’t miss out on the jewie action when he opted to take a break from harassing the offshore kingfish population. He decided to chase some flathead closer to shore in 8m of water. For a bit of versatility he also had a live slimy mackerel out the back and at midday it went off in a big way, necessitating a decent chase with petrol power. The result was a stunning 23kg jewfish.

Offshore the temperature gauge has been often registering over 24°, resulting in lethargic kingfish, especially on days with little current. Freshly caught squid has been the key to overcoming their lack of hunger on the quieter days.

Much like the salmon, I'd be betting on a good late run of quality kingfish as the water cools.

Some decent bonito to 4.5kg have also shown up on the reefs and deeper points with the usual metal slugs and shallow-diving minnows being the lures of choice.

The LBG scene has been terrible with little action to report but I still think a good run of kingfish will occur soon. At least there are a few bonito to keep the interest up during those long hours between runs and there is always the possibility of a screaming run from a longtail tuna because the odd one has been sighted recently.

The shore-based snapper scene will be starting to fire up soon with many reds to 2kg being taken from a number of different rock ledges.

I predict the bulk of the bigger fish will show later this year if the prevailing ocean temperature continues to follow its current situation. June through to September will be the when I decide to get serious about reds off the rocks and on plastics from the boat.

Until then, it will be all about kings, jewies and longtails; Winter fishing will just have to wait for another month.

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