Winter rock fishing can be a good time to get out, especially since many people are planning to watch the action on TV, instead of going and finding some of their own. Less pressure because of fewer people or worse weather, means fish will often quietly take up residence in places that have been rested for a while.
This is especially true of areas that have good natural sources of cover and food. A spot I fish around the Tawharanui Peninsula will give up nice sized snapper when it’s had a bit of peace and quiet. My wife’s first cast one day ended in a chunky fish that proved quite the highlight.
In summer time, I will be busy running out of bait as the smaller snapper voraciously tear everything apart with the occasional larger fish coming along. With the quieter pace of winter, it can get boring with just one rod out and this is when a bit of cunning can pay off in the form of multiple rods being deployed with different rigs and strategies in mind.
Having a couple of live bait rigs in the water, as well as a large bait for a big snapper and a lighter outfit with cut baits can be a good way of maximising your chances of encountering something that will put a curve in the rod and some fish on the table.
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