Welcome to our April 2013 Megabites Fishing Charter Newsletter.
In this newsletter:
What’s happening with the fishing?
March has been an interesting month with the fishing, or should I say that this whole season has been a strange one. We have seen a very unusual summer in decades with little or no rain and the weather has certainly dictated the fishing as well. Though it was good in giving us great days out on the water, the fishing however has been quite patchy. Generally from December onwards the fishing would be superb in the channels and in the shallows of our harbours and estuaries. This year with the water remaining at 22 degrees for most of the time, it made it too hot for the regular moving pattern of larger fish.
The erratic fishing didn’t dampen our fishing expeditions and on most days we had a reasonable catch, some of them trophy fish.It was not as easy though and though the sounder showed good signs of life we always had to move around and find the better bites.
The juveniles still ruled the roost and they are everywhere. Even following us like voodoo to the barrier and the greater depths of the Hauraki Gulf.
In the latter part of March, there’s better fish being caught in the Rangitoto channel. Motuihe channel and the holes at Matiatia are still producing some good results on the outgoing tide. Out behind the Noises and the Haystack there’s some good Snapper and stray lining into the reef does work better. Shearers rock, Flat and Gannet rock also holds some good kingfish and live baiting has been a thriller.
Thanks to those that keep giving us your ideas and innovations, we do appreciate all your all thoughts. Please keep them coming in.
Great Fishing Deals:
From early June to the end of September we will be offering some great fishing deals where you could join in for a great fishing trip at a very subsidized price.
Fishing is a challenge in the colder months when the fish move to greater depths and some find hiding holes in the kelp or reefs to wade out the winter. Getting in the shallows with stray lines could bring out the kelpies. Please lookout for our great fishing Specials and grab that deal if you want to join a trip. Our website will have all the details of these deals. Do not miss out! Be in to book your spot. Check out our website.
These are amazing deals that you could look forward to. The fishing hours are also extended as it gives us enough time to get out into the gulf and target some nice snapper.
There are those brilliant weather days in winter as well that makes you want to get out for a fish. Some days in winter outmatch some of the summer days by far.
So if you are interested , here’ s an opportunity which is being offered first to my loyal customers who have stood by us and helped us provide the service we do.
What’s working at the moment?
Squid and Pilchards are the best bait when the larger snapper are around. If you get into a school of smaller snapper, the best is to get some yellow tail and use it as fresh bait. That keeps the juveniles away as well it is a delicacy for the larger snapper.
Remember that its always best to fish at the change of light, you have a better chance of hauling in that whopper.
Tide and wind in the same direction is also the key and good burley can keep them coming.
Three blondes are sitting by the side of a river holding fishing rods with the lines in the water. A Game Warden comes up behind them, taps them on the shoulder and says, "Excuse me, ladies, I'd like to see your fishing licenses."
"We don't have any." replied the first blonde.
"Well, if your going to fish, you need fishing licenses." said the Game Warden.
"But officer," replied the second blonde, “we aren't fishing. All we have are magnets at the end of our lines and we're collecting debris off the bottom of the river."
The Game Warden lifted up all the lines and, sure enough, there were horseshoe magnets tied on the end of each line. "Well, I know of no law against it," said the Game Warden, "take all the debris you want." And with that, the Game Warden left.
As soon as the Game Warden was out of sight, the three blondes started laughing hysterically. "What a dumb Fish Cop," the second blonde said to the other two, "doesn't he know that there are steelheads in this river?!"
Snapper with Orange and Thyme! Check out this mouth watering recipe !
- Place fish on a large piece of aluminum foil, big enough to wrap the fish.
- Mix a tsp of butter with salt to taste, spread in the stomach cavity and on the skin
- Mix together half a chopped onion and 1 pod of garlic, 1 tsp of orange rind and 1 tsp of juice and fresh thyme. Pack into the cavity of the fish.
- Wrap up fish, like a parcel and place in hot oven and bake at 180 deg C for 15-20 mins. Serve Hot with a little chopped thyme as garnish. Yummy.
Thankyou for your support !