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Astrolabe finally open, striped marlin popping up outside Motiti
12 April 2016
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The weather’s getting a bit cooler, but the fishing’s still going well.

We had to have a look around the Astrolabe seeing it’s finally open. We made a couple of stops on the way and got a selection of snapper, trevally and tarakihi.

A good start. The Lab was ok, but nothing exceptional.

Did a similar run on Saturday, with similar results, although the deeper water was  slower. Quite strange conditions, strong surface current but slow fishing even though no apparent bottom current. We ended up off Motiti in 40/50m where it was quite good.

Sunday was more of the same but slower, and we ended up doing best inside Motiti.

A bonus was a striped marlin  popping up beside us outside Motiti. Only the 2nd time I’ve seen one in that area.


  • Hi there Brett, just a quick thank you for the lovely fishing trip we had today.

    Myself my wife and parents had a fantastic time.

    It may have been a bit choppy today but luckily my family didn't supply any extra burley and really enjoyed the trip. We have about 2kgs of Terakihi filets in the fridge which we look forward to enjoying tomorrow.

    After trying different charter boats I have found Tauranga Marine Charters by far the best.

    We really appreciate you helping and guiding my wife and parents who are first time fishers to get set up and get onto some fish.

    Looking forward to doing it again sometime.

    Many thanks

  • 25.1.2013

    Hi Daphne

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks to Brett for the great day yesterday. Boys had a heap of fun, especially once over the touch of motion sickness, and were very thrilled to catch some fish. They are in the fridge for a feast tonight!

    Hope to get back before too long and do it all again.

    Kind Regards
    Jo Davis


    They had a great time and a special thanks to Brett for making the day so enjoyable for them!!! Jordan has not stopped talking about his day out fishing and has been proudly showing the photos of his day to everyone he comes into contact with!! They would love to go out again next year if we return to the BOP if Brett would have them on board again!!

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