Fishing Report August 2020

Hey ho Fish’O’s we’re back and the best thing to do is get out there and after some of those winter blues, Cod and Bluenose that is.
Wellington harbour has been a productive fishery well stocked with Kahawai, Tarakihi, some chunky Gurnard and the gnarly old Barracuda.
White strips of the freshest Squid you can find, laced to a 2/O flasher rig, will have’em on the chew or if you’re out there flicking softies around, using the lighter colours mimicking the whitebait that are starting to run will get results.
The hot spots in the harbor at the moment have been Falcons Shoal, the wreck off of Seatoun and the hole on the north end of Scorching Bay are holding good fish.
On the West Coast for the devoted few still noodling around with slow jigs at the 60-70-meter mark, there are still a few snapper around with the odd 20 pound plus trophy snapper. These big reds, resistant to the cold in the depths will not give themselves up easily as slow jigging during the winter is not for the faint of heart or lack of persistence.
It is also holding good Blue Cod, Tarakihi and Hapuka. If you're targeting any of these delicacies, strip baits, strip baits, strip baits! For the Cod and Terries strips of Trevally or Squid are working well. Again, as fresh as possible is best! Hot Tarakihi action has been experienced at Verns and out the back of Mana Island at the 35-50-meter mark is where the cod father can be found. If you're tracking the weather windows and looking to get wide to chase the Puka couta strips on a two/three-hook rig at the 160 – 220 meter mark targeting the tight contours will see you right!
The South coast has been fishing well with good numbers of Puka and Bluenose being retrieved from the briny depths of the trench. Strips of Barracuda, Kahawai or whole pillies and Squid have been doing the damage for the brave who venture into the strait in winter. For those of you targeting the delicious Bluenose, prospecting the contours at 120 – 170 meter mark this side of the trench is recommended. The Bluenose are on the smaller side of the ledger, although for the discerning these would be referred to as perfect eaters. And for the Puka, concentrating your efforts at the western end of the trench and beyond at 160 – 220 meter mark should provide just deserts for those deep drops and manual retrieves
(for those purest not yet persuaded into the electric revolution).
Tarakihi on the South Coast are a worthy mention in this month's report. Burley on the bottom and in the lower water column is the ticket for a successful harvest. The Terries have been held up at the 60 – 70 meter mark. This means dropping weighted burley to a fair depth which is not without its challenges. However, who dares – wins in this game and having Burley assisting a nicely presented 3/O Tarakihi ledger rig provides insurance for the “W”. Using this method, there have also been reports of the odd Kingi being snagged as a welcome bycatch.
For those hearty soles of the Land Based Fishing Fraternity we are slowly starting to get into the good old Wellington spring westerlies. The Kahawai have moved in chasing the white bait about the Harbour and Ocean Beach. Evans Bay still has respectable stocks of Gurnard if you are targeting the carrots of the sea.
For those of us looking to break up the routine, targeting Rig/Spotted Sharks can be an exciting reprieve from the regular. Using halved paddle crabs or prawns as bait has proved to be the most productive when targeting this inshore species.
If you are not sure about anything fishing give us a call or better still pop in and have a chat.
Cheers Felix