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All systems go for winter fishing
  |  First Published: May 2015



We have had a nice break in the weather lately, allowing for a few offshore trips and great fishing.

OFFSHORE

The offshore fishing has been very consistent. All of the bottom species have been biting well and we have had some outstanding catches of snapper, sweetlip, pearl perch, red and spangled emperor, and loads of hussar and parrot. This is a really good start to the cooler months.

On the pelagic side, we have had a couple of good hits on the mackerel, but it has been very hot and cold. There are still quite a few mahimahi around and we are picking up a few cobia as well.

ON THE BEACH

Whiting are biting well, but when too much traffic frequents the beach (such as the Easter break) they tend to slow down.

The odd tailor has shown up already and could signal a good year for them.

GREAT SANDY STRAITS

Flathead are in good numbers around Bullock Point and at the mouth of Kauri Creek, and soft plastics are working well.

Winter whiting are also schooling up and there have been some quality catches of them taken around Inskip Point and Big Mick Beacon.

Squid are another species that have made an early appearance, with good hauls for a few of the locals around Carlo Point.

May signals the beginning of some great fishing to be had in our waters. Pearl perch and coral trout seem to love this month, and in the past we have enjoyed a good run of snapper.

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