Welcome to our May 2013 Megabites Fishing Charter Newsletter.
April has been a great month fishingwise and it certainly has ended the drought. Literally to do with the rain and also with the slow fishing season. With the water temperature colling down ,better sized snapper and various other species have headed in close and we are having very successful days out on the water.I would cover more of this under the titles below so;
Lets see what we have in this newsletter for you.
What’s happening with the fishing?
As I said earlier April has been a great month where the fishing is concerned and the cooler water has brought in some nice fish. After the strange Summer and on the whole a different fishing season, the fish are certainly on the bite and are feeding up hard and fast for the winter before they head out again. We are having a very successful end of season result and that has brough back the prospective of upholding the great conceptions of the abundance of fish that the Hauraki Gulf has to offer.
The Autumn weather is still holding up and even though we are experiencing a few runs of unsettled weather, it still is giving us small windows to head out and enjoy the outdoors.
Nobody can complain with the great summer we have had except the farmers ofcourse and we feel sorry for them with this natutral occurrance. The good rain that April has delivered will surely bring back the lost smiles.
Getting back to telling you where the fish are moving at the moment: Let's start with the Rangitoto channel where the fishing is slow except for the evening when the Sun is going down and the fish get on the bite. Some nice snapper is still being caught during this time. The Motuihe channels are good if you have a Northerly wind with the tide coming in or a southerly wind if the tide is going out. Mind you there will still be a lot of current if you are sitting in the channels during the heavy tidal movement hours.
The top of Waiheke and the Noises are still holding some good fish and so is the Rakino channel and the worm beds. Stray lineing in the foul has been very successful along with some burley.Out wide in the middle ground there are still some good workups and some very good fish being caught in the edges of these workups. Getting there is a challenge with the weather being unpredictable at this time of the year.
Out wider, at the Barrier and the Mokes and Simpsons - The fish are still holding and some fine snapper and kingfish are being brought in.
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 !