Another good week, starting with our 1st Hapuku trip in a while. We ended up fairly deep before we found some ok sign and got some bluenose and a small bass on the 1st few drifts, then nothing after that.
Frustrating, we had good sign, good slow, straight drifts good selection of bait, including some fresh skippies we’d picked up on the way out, but no more fish. Except for a foul hooked tarakihi in 160m.
We had drifted depths from 400m to 150m with the same result, so safe to assume they were off the bite.
The bottom fishing’s been good in the deeper water, but an influx of barracuda meant going to Mayor has been the best option, extra steaming but a lot better fishing than the shallow water.
This could change with the continuing N. and N.E. winds, which are bringing in the game fish, and hopefully soon the bottom species too.