WRITER SCOTT CUSHMAN PROVIDES HIS ‘10 TOP TIPS’ FOR CASHING IN ON THOSE AWESOME SPRINGTIME FISH FEEDING FRENZIES!
1/ Start with good intelligence
Subscribing to publications , email newsletters or joining Facebook groups that have regular fishing reports or activity where you can get information on where the fish are biting helps point you in the right direction (e.g. Ocean Angler regularly post reports on their Facebook page for Hauraki Gulf fishers).
Local knowldege from charter operators can be gold too, so It can pay to scratch their back with help like promoting their business on social media with a shout out and politely asking for help on where you might find some fish when the time comes up. If you’re targeting snapper, they don’t usually travel too far from the last place they were encountered, so even if the report is a few days old, it can still be good.
2/ Take the binoculars and train your crew
Sharp eyes are essential to spotting a work-up in the far distance. Sometimes you will see several boats gunning it for the horizon and you can follow their trajectory and see some action they have spotted. Make sure all on board are scanning the horizon, not just talking trash about who will catch the biggest fish or who has the flashiest rod. Don’t forget to check BEHIND you as well, as work-ups can suddenly develop in a patch of water you have already passed by. I remember one trip catching the faintest white flash in the distance, it was almost as if my brain had registered it more than my eyes. We sped over and sure enough, a huge work-up eventually materialised. Another tip here is to look towards patches of land (like islands) for activity because you can often see the whites of the seabirds against a darker background in the distance far better than against light blue sky.
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