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Plan your next fishing charter aboard the MV Manutere out of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ.

2015 has started with some great, settled weather
6 January 2015
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2015 has started with some great, settled weather and the light N./N.E winds have been bringing in the warmer water along with the skippies and billfish, which have been mainly caught outside Mayor and the Penguin Shoals.

The bottom fishing remains unpredictable, with some good catches in both the deep and shallower water, but no consistency. We’ve had good days at the Pinns, Maketu and even the Middle Ground, followed next day by very slow fishing.

Mainly tarakihi being caught, with the odd legal snapper, a lot at present around the 28/29cm mark, a bit frustrating at times. The tarakihi have been very  good size generally, just a bit on the shy side.

Early days though.


  • What more can I say but once again simply magic mate, The Northpower Rotorua boy’s head back inland with a bounty of fresh fish and memories worthy of a book.

    We have utilised your services on a few occasions and each time has been memorable taking home more than our fair share of fish, but this trip was exceptional.

    I have been charter fishing with various parties and skippers but never have I been on an overnighter to Mayor and been home by 1130am with six plus hours of fishing left and chilly bins full of Snapper and Tarakihi, needless to say you had 10 very happy Northpower fisho's.

    Cheers to Ben and Wade for their assistance, and for creating a little healthy competition amongst us, and for putting up with Les and his goofy photo poses all good fun mate, what a fantastic trip.

    In fishing terms Brett you’re all keepers that more than measure up, look forward to the next trip or ten.

    Kindest Regards
    The Northpower Rotorua Boys

  • 19.8.2009

    Brett & the Manutere, well i must say that over the last 8 years or more i have been out on day & overnight trips plus the TGA game fishing one base & charter tournaments  with Brett, you would be hard pushed to find a better skipper who will do his upmost to put you on the fish !!! & i mean go the extra mile !! literally, always good for a yarn, (fishing, politics, rugby etc etc,) & not forgetting the overnight trips tradditional continental breakfast, beans, eggs, bacon, toast, & a wicked coffee !

    The Manutere is a solid fishing platform of which i have spent many enjoyable hours aboard, and hope to spend many more !!!!

    Cheers Brett, till next time ! (soon)

    Tony Shores

  • 10.3.2009

    Brett, just a note to thank you and Wade for looking after us and helping with the filleting (well.... doing most of the fish).

    Every one passes on thier thanks, and wishes you the best for the season.


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