The Marlborough Recreational Fishers Association June newsletter can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Of special note is the following article on Winter Snapper fishing
Don’t neglect winter snapper fishing.
Snapper can still be in the Sounds, particularly the Pelorus and outer Sounds in deeper water. In winter snapper forsake the shallow mud flats and bays and generally stick to deeper water about 30 metres or deeper. Go well down the Pelorus Sound, past the Kenepuru entrance.
Don’t expect large numbers but they’ll be bigger, quality fish, not quantity. This applies equally to kingfish as it does to snapper.
Straylining is a good tactic for big snapper. Use heavier tackle to match the stronger currents and the baits should go up a notch too. A heavy trace is needed, at least 40kg and even more. It can be a short trace for ease of casting and if it’s a strong current a small ball sinker can be added above the bait to help get it down.
Rods need to have power in the middle, and a bait-feeder reel is ideal so the fish can run a short distance before tightening. Line should be at least 10kg. Baits should be big such as a whole pilchard. A small kahawai or yellow eyed mullet are good. A handy tip – pushing the ball sinker into the hook’s eye socket gives you one weight to cast, rather than having the sinker sliding down as you cast. Have the boat sit straight in the current and wind direction is important, to avoid pushing the boat sideways.
Berley is vital – take plenty and put it down while you set up for fishing. Pick broken ground- kelp, channels and rocks with current. Incoming or outgoing tide? Some places fish better on one or the other. A deep reef off a spur or a point is preferable to a bay. Current is a key factor,- within reason, the more the better. Cast well away from the boat as big fish are wary. Spiny dogs will be around but be patient. Tolerate them if you can!
The next bite may be a snapper!