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New Zealand - Tairua & the Coromandel Peninsula

Carl Muir
August 13, 2007
Coromandel - Saltwater Fishing Report


Well, we are well and truly in the middle of winter here in New Zealand, but is hasn't stopped the fish from biting.We had a great day on Sunday, with three hardy souls braving some average conditions with us, but determined to get out there and catch a 'kingi.'

We worked a patch of water where gannets had been diving all week, and a dive earlier on in the week had us surrounded by hundreds of nice sized kingfish.

The livies took a while to catch but it was well worth the effort, not sooner had our live slimey mackeral been deployed on the bottom than the rod bent over on a nice fish. Our angler, Steven Avery did a great job keeping the fish out of the rough (only 8m of water) and 15 mins later we had a solid 14 kg kingfish boatside.

The kingi's aren't the only ones in on the action, as where there are baitfish being hounded, invariably there will be snapper feeding on the leftovers. We ended up with a nice line of snapper, drifting and casting softbaits ahead of the drift.

From here on in the weather gets better and better, and...well the fishing is always great.

Hopefully next report the weather will have allowed is to get a bit wider and into some big kingfish and hapuka on the outer pins.

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