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Astrolabe and its current exclusion zone....
8 July 2015
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Well, the fishing side of things is still pretty much a non event but I was talking to my mate Russ, who went out to dive on what’s left of the Rena.

It’s all pretty well covered with weed and marine life in all it’s variety now, not particularly amazing considering it’s been nearly 5 years since it hit the Astrolabe.

So hopefully we might see the 2NM exclusion zone removed before next season.

Certainly it’s well overdue, seeing as the whole reef is less than ½ a mile across, and the initial reason was the salvers needing the area to themselves, as much to prevent people seeing their glacial speed as much as for safety concerns, from what we observed anyway.

Here’s hoping.


  • 24.02.2014

    Good Morning

    Just a quick note saying thanks you for a great days fishing on Saturday all the guys said it was great trip

    Thanking You

    Tony Thompson
    Rotorua Club

  • Dear Daphne and Brett.

    I wanted to write to you to acknowledge what a great fishing charter you are running on board  the manutere. We have been on numerous  trips with you lately, and always returned home with fish,after having a great day out with Brett. We have found Brett to be very knowledgeable,friendly and always keen for a laugh. we have been on many different charters over the years, and the manutere rates very highly.

    Ironically, I own my own boat, yet love a day out on the manutere. 

    Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing you next time!

    Kind regards,

    Shane Janssen

  • 5.9.2009

    Hi Brett,
    I enjoyed my fishing during my last trip to Tauranga. The fishes caught was really delicious...Taratiki. I couldn't wait to eat them, so, I cooked a few fillets at the Bay Palm Motel where I stayed. I brought the rest back to Perth and my family just loved them.
    Just a note that you should be aware of so that you can advise all future Australians who fish with you and want to bring the fishes home. The fishes MUST be headless, gilled and gutted. Remember, must not have heads. I decleared my fishes and the first questions asked was whether I removed the head (which I did) and since my fishes were also gutted and gilled, I could bring in ALL(including the fillets).
    Best wishes for the season and happy fishing.


    Melvin Wee
    JAS Sushi, Perth

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