We headed outside Motiti for our last couple of trips and did well on the tarakihi, with a nice selection of other species, including several legal kingfish.
We had a period when the speed jigging first got popular when we were catching a lot, then they tapered off for a few seasons, but conditions in the last couple of seasons have seen a big influx of them again. There’s been heaps of small ones caught on lures, to the point where we now don’t put them out until we’re a couple of miles outside the entrance.
In the past few months we’ve caught a lot of legal ones around Mayor, twice catching 4 legal ones just bottom fishing on 24hr trips, and all around the 12/15kg mark.
Which tends to prove 2 things, you don’t need heavy gear to catch them if your technique is good, and fish in general come and go depending on weather conditions, primarily the ocean currents, which in turn are dictated by the global weather patterns.