There's been a constant N.E. swell rolling in for the last week or so, which is normally a good thing, bringing in the warmer water and with it the skippies, game fish and generally more fishing action. The water temp. has gone from 17* to over 20* in a couple of days.
However, we've also had a consistent current from the West/SW, unusual because it's normally in line with the swell and it's made the fishing tougher. Bite times have been short and catches erratic. Outside Motiti last week, some caught their limit, some barely a feed, although most got around 10/12 tarakihi. The snapper we were catching in the deeper water have moved on, now just picking up the odd little one.
Saturday at Motiti was similar, although trying some different marks around 50m we did get some sizeable snapper along with the tarakihi.
Sunday we hit the Pinnacles, had a full on 1st hour or so, with tarakihi and, unfortunately, barracuda going hard out. Then, that was it, nothing but a few more barracuda. We moved steadily shallower, and got a few more in 50/60m but that was pretty well it.
There was no shortage of sign and conditions were good, so maybe it's nothing more than there's plenty of food in the water and they're just not that hungry.