Offshore Adventures March fishing report
Well I am looking out the window of the lodge here in Mangawhai Heads and its been blowing from the NE for 6 days! The last day out we left the marlins biting out the back of the Hen and Chicks and have not been able to get back to them due to strong winds.
For the end of February and start of March saw some stunning kingfish action, for 3 weeks we were averaging 40 plus fish a day and best day going 90 kingfish with over 95% of the fish being over 80cm. Jigs, live baits and topwater all working well. The fish looked to be in pre spawn mode, fat healthy and full of roe. The bite however has slowed down in the last 10 days and my prediction is after this NE blow these fish should be back on the bite and feeding up hard on the mass schools of jack mackerel in the Mokohinau area and putting on condition after spawning and also putting on condition for winter.
A few very nice snapper have hit the decks in the last few weeks, these fish have fallen victim to deep dropped live baits.
Marlin, Marlin, Marlin! well what an amazing last few weeks we have had. On the way to the kingfish grounds we have seen free jumpers, striped marlin feeding on the surface and even had a slow trolled live bait destined for a kingfish hit by a marlin. As you could imagine by the time our marlin charters started in early March we were getting rather excited to get the big Talica 50W’s out and ready. First day out was a stunner and we hooked 7 fish and managed to tag and release a marlin for each of our 4 anglers. One morning while running to the fishing grounds we saw gannets and marlin feeding on the surface, dropped a live bait down on the Stella 20000/jig rod combo and hooked up to a great striped marlin, 25 mins letter we tag and released the fish and carried on our way to the target kingi for the rest of the day.
Predictions for the next 4 weeks:
Kingfish will move out to the deeper pins and also a great time to start targeting the big fish in the shallow areas on topwater and slow trolled live bait.
Marlin, once this wind drops and we find where the fish are holding I think we are in for a great bite, there are huge schools of bait around and I think we are in for a great end of season bite. These fish should be moving into more shallow water chasing the bait as it moves closer in.
Live bait, its been hard catching good numbers of jac mackeral in the last few weeks but once the water starts dropping in temp these bait schools should move back into the bays and foul areas on the coast, offshore there are massive schools of them and also full of roe.
Wind you can go away as we are ready to get back into it!
Good luck out there