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Ap­proach­ing the work-up It’s been said many times be­fore but it’s so im­por­tant not to drive your boat right through the work-up.

This will al­most cer­tainly kill the ac­tion as you will scare the bait­fish down deep ru­in­ing all the good work done by our friends the dol­phins who’ve spent ages round­ing their prey up.

Try to re­sist the urge to speed in and get fish­ing right away. As you ap­proach the work-up, slow right down and take a mo­ment to see which way the workup is mov­ing. From a dis­tance it may look like the ac­tion is sta­tion­ary but on fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion you’ll no­tice that it will be trav­el­ling.

Once you’ve worked out which way, drive around the work-up – not through it – and set your drift in a po­si­tion so that it is mov­ing to­wards you.

This way, you can cap­i­tal­ize on the ac­tion. You must also bear in mind that fall­ing scraps from the bait­ball will drift some way so it’s un­likely that snap­per will be sit­ting di­rectly un­der the work-up. Shal­low hunt­ing Not ev­ery­one has the boat to go out wide chas­ing work-ups but that shouldn’t be a prob­lem dur­ing sum­mer.

The spawn­ing sea­son means that snap­per can be tar­geted right in close in the shal­lows and, in fact, many an­glers have a lot of suc­cess fish­ing in chan­nels that wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily spring to mind as ar­eas that would hold fish.

Shal­low waters lend them­selves to two meth­ods in par­tic­u­lar – straylin­ing big baits and soft­bait­ing. Th­ese are two very dif­fer­ent ways to fish but both can de­liver ex­cel­lent re­sults.

Shal­low wa­ter fish­ing re­quires stealth. If you move around at full tilt ev­ery­where, then your chances of suc­cess in shal­low wa­ter is slim. Ap­proach shal­low bays with the mind­set that there’s one big moocher in there and you’ll do all you can to make sure you don’t spook him.

Cut the en­gine and drift into the spot. Slowly and qui­etly drop the an­chor, avoid the chain scrap­ing on the boat if you can and get that berley pot out and work­ing its magic. Cut baits like pilchards and bonito cast out the stern can be sim­ply too hard for snap­per to re­sist. Con­di­tions and times are big­ger fac­tors in th­ese con­di­tions than most oth­ers.

Con­sider that you’re fish­ing in waters of per­haps four me­tres or shal­lower. Bright sun­shine and boat traf­fic can put paid to good fish­ing in th­ese spots.

Time of day isn’t talked about as much in salt­wa­ter fish­ing as it is in lake and river fish­ing but in the shal­lows, it can play a big part. Slid­ing into a quiet, shal­low bay at dawn, just as the day’s first light starts to pierce through is a glo­ri­ous way to fish, re­gard­less of the re­sults.

But it can also be hugely re­ward­ing. Snap­per in th­ese ar­eas won’t be spooked quite as eas­ily at this time of day and your stealthy ac­tions could just be the key to a suc­cess­ful trip.

The same can be said for dusk fish­ing, just be sure you have all the equip­ment aboard for fish­ing and nav­i­gat­ing in the dark.

By fol­low­ing some ba­sic point­ers, the fisho can avoid those ag­o­niz­ing days in the sun when you re­turn home to an ex­pec­tant whanau with lit­tle or noth­ing in the bin.

Softly, softly

If you pre­fer to cast lures in the shal­lows, then soft­bait­ing can be a great way to tempt spooky fish into the bite.

Smaller soft­baits, around four inch, are usu­ally the go in th­ese con­di­tions and go as light as you pos­si­bly can with your

jig­head – half ounce or lighter if you can get a rea­son­able cast. Snap­per will usu­ally hit quick and hard and im­me­di­ately go for ground in th­ese con­di­tions.

If you’re fish­ing over a sandy bay, then no wor­ries. You can let that snap­per run and run, safe in the knowl­edge he has noth­ing to bust you off on.

It’s a dif­fer­ent story if you’re fish­ing near reef though. When that snap­per hits, you have to do your best to get him away from that sharp rock right at the start.

Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. Off the rocks Sum­mer is a stun­ning time to en­joy land-based fish­ing. It can also be ex­tremely pro­duc­tive as snap­per move in close to spawn and heaps of wor­ried bait­fish hug the coast­lines in a fu­tile at­tempt to avoid preda­tors.

The seas are nor­mally calmer with smaller swells so those hard-to-reach ledges be­come a re­al­is­tic lo­ca­tion to fish from.

One of the best things about fish­ing off the bricks in sum­mer is the abun­dance of prime live­bait op­tions.

Fish like piper are nu­mer­ous and, if you’ve ever thought about flick­ing a live­bait out to snare a king­fish, then piper would have to be the ul­ti­mate bait.

Of course, there’s some se­ri­ous snap­per to be had at this time of year and in the real shal­low wa­ter, your live­bait could be snaf­fled by an XOS moocher.

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