The fishing was back good again, and the weather has been exceptional.
A Tuesday trip to the Pinns was slow starting but finished well and a couple of Mayor Is. o/nighters were also excellent, great weather and fishing, with lots of tarakihi and a good mix of snapper, trevally, red snapper, and pink maomao in the mix.
There’s been heaps of skippies around and we’ve seen 4 marlin around the boat on the way out to Mayor in the last 3 trips. And we had one even try to grab a kahawai off a guy’s line as he wound it on board, when we were fishing off Mayor.
Pretty funny. Definitely a high point for the 3 that saw it, they were blown away, it was all lit up just under the boat as he wound it on board and something I’ve never experienced before.
Saturday we had the Cheers Social Club and a reasonably full boat, so we tried around the Okaparus and Motiti in the shallower water. Had a good day catching mainly snapper, but with the usual assortment of species as well. We had a look on the outside of Motiti, but there was a lot of current from the East and the fishing was no good as a result, although I heard it eased off overnight and the Sunday fishing was ok.
We had the Powerco/Tenex crew up next up with one of their regular overnighters, and as we’d caught nothing but some flying fish at night around Mayor on the previous trip we tried a mark on the way out on Saturday evening and got a few nice snapper. They stopped soon after dark, so on to Mayor.
Generally we’ve found the night fishing is best when there’s some moon, and with it at its darkest, this was the case again.
They’d caught plenty of tarakihi etc by 11am on Sunday, so we went looking for Hapuku, bluenose or whatever.
The drift fishing was a different story though, with only a couple of sharks, a small Hapuku and a gemfish coming up, oh, and a couple of tarakihi from 200+m. They certainly cover some range of depths. Good guys, and yet another good trip.