Spring is not that far away, get prepared for what’s to come!

Believe it or not, spring is not that far away which means spring snapper!

Looking back over the past few years of fishing reports, the first influx of Spring snapper occurs early to mid October. That’s only a matter of weeks away. Until then making use of various, sometimes fleeting, weather windows means keeping an eye on the ever-changing nature of wind forecasts. Preparation and a bit of flexibility goes a long way to getting a solid fishing fix at the moment.

The full moon has just passed and there’s a possibility of a drop in wind speed on Sunday (from the west). It could be a good time to head out into the middle ground area. Hunt down some of those wonderful workups, albeit they can be a little fleeting at the moment. Or find a more sheltered area and bring the fish to you. Either way, snapper in particular are in hibernation mode now. The water temperature has dropped to 12°C in many places. Using smaller offerings with slower more easily attacked movement to lures and soft baits certainly helps catch more fish at this time of year.

If you can get out fishing, best of luck. If not, get into servicing that winterised tackle in preparation for what’s to come!



Get “SMART” at the Great De’Bait

Great De'Bait

Learn the secrets of lure fishing from Grant “Espresso” Bittle

Learn the secrets of lure fishing for snapper, kingfish and other species with from one of NZ’s most experienced anglers, Grant Bittle, aka (Captain) Espresso. He will explain why lures are a better strategy to use over traditional bait when targeting bigger fish, the science behind a variety of different lures available in the NZ market,  and how to apply this knowledge to catch bigger fish.

We will also introduce our HOT new lures, “Baby Boss” which is made from zinc, New BetaBugs with Serious Skirts, and give you a sneak peek at some of our soon to be released new lures such as, “Double Trouble” and “Giant Squidwings” It will be a fun night with lots of opportunity to ask questions, and lots of prizes to be won.

About Espresso

From the typically NZ humble beginnings of wharf fishing catching sprats as a toddler, to landing double strikes of marlin solo and every fish in between, Grant specializes in ultra light tackle fishing and is obsessed with hunting down workups for all the thrills and spills of action fishing for snapper and kingfish. Testing and developing new and improved lure fishing tackle for catching fish is his obsession. Grant is a Wave Dancer captain and a partner in Catch fishing tackle.

Where & When:

Tuesday August 8th 6:15pm – Smart Marine Hamilton. 3 Maui St, Hamilton, To book please email Hamilton@smartmarine.co.nz or call 0800805040 ext. 4

Wednesday August 9th 6:15pm – Smart Marine Mt. Wellington. 72 Lunn Ave, Mt. Wellington. To book please emaillunnave@smartmarine.co.nz or call 0800805040 ext. 2

Thursday August 10th 6:15pm – Smart Marine Glenfield. 128 Target Road, Glenfield, Auckland 0627. To book please email glenfield@smartmarine.co.nz or call 0800805040 ext. 5

Bookings Essential