Snapper spawning late

During a recent holiday to explore Northland we spent two days fishing with Murray from Arline Charters, on a 42 ft kauri boat that had lots of deck space and was very comfortable in sloppy conditions.
Murray was saying that there had been very little bait fish activity and gannet diving as the water temperature was very slow to rise this year due to the cold southwest winds that had dried Northland out.
The first day out ,about half tide the gannets really started to get into action all around the bay we were in ,then really went to town less than 10 meters from the boat for a few minutes .I must say you would not want to get hit by one.
Shortly after that work up the snapper were feeding well with a 12 lber landed by a chap from Wellington and shortly after a small Kingi.
Gill Landed a 3.75 lb snapper in prime condition , and when gutting the catch it was noted none of the fish had spawned.
The second day out was slow to start but a couple of slight shifts found snapper and I managed a 9.5 lb snapper with several others
around the 4 lb mark for all on board.
Thanks to Murray and Peter.

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