Land Based In Winter

Winter rock fishing – is it worth it? I’m not sure if I’m the best person to ask because any time that is safe to fish is a good time (for me) to go fishing. The weather becomes more unsettled and the southerly wind can make head to toe covering mandatory, however there can be extraordinarily calm days that make it easier to access surge swept ledges not normally safe to fish.

Having said that, I do prefer some surge to lift the kelp up and down to mix the berley around the place to help draw the fish in.

By Scott Cushman

The colder weather doesn’t put me off, nor does the possibility of fewer fish. Big snapper still lurk and kingfish still come past. The smaller sized fish aren’t as prevalent, however there are still plenty of fish to be caught and if you are prepared to travel further your chances increase.

We all know there are fewer fish around and that they tend to bite less often than the warmer months. Winter slows down the metabolism but fish still need to feed and the bite times can be shorter. Sometimes the bite times increase in intensity and then suddenly stop, however that hour or half hour of activity can make up for the rest of the day of glacial paced activity. I have still caught my limit of fish in the Far North and Coromandel in winter.

Check out the latest issue to read Scott’s winter approach….