GAME ON IN NEW ZEALAND!
Well, it seems the earlier predictions were right as the first game fish of the season have been taken to herald the start of an early season.
Yellowfin Tuna have arrived and early reports put the fish in the 80-130lb bracket.
Very few boats have put in any serious effort as yet, though this news is sure to get a few more boats firing up the engines in the marinas.
A commercial fisherman reported a good size school of Yellowfin in relatively shallow water in the Bay of Islands and general reports indicate widespread shoals of Skipjack.
Just out of reach of most recreational anglers, some larger commercial vessels have seen numbers of Mahi Mahi and Marlin out wide.
The current La Nina weather pattern from the North East can only help push the warm water closer, so it shouldn’t be long before these species also hit the headlines.
The presence of Mahi Mahi so close already means a sea temperature peak of a couple of degrees higher than usual is likely for us this summer.
The bonus is higher Blue Marlin numbers are likely plus possibly more of the less frequent visitors as well, such as Wahoo.
Time to dust off my reels and get out there!
I was under the impression that it was a "El Nino", not la Nina pattern being experienced in the South Pacific....have I misunderstood the weather patterns?
I don't what they call it across the date line, but here it's an El Nino!
Capt. Abe Quasuittuq
F/V Ozimo II
Resolute 74°43'N ~ 94°59'W