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

Christmas again and time to do some relaxing at sea
19 November 2013
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We're getting more settled weather lately, and suddenly it's nearly Christmas again and time to do some relaxing at sea.

The fishing in close has been a bit stopstart lately so we had a look at the Pinnacles on Tuesday.

Things started well, with tarakihi coming up in numbers for the first hour or so, then the SE picked up, slowing things down considerably. Still, ok catches though.

An overnighter on Friday was a bit bouncy at first as the NW swung SW, creating a steep little chop. A reasonable night fish helped mellow the crew out, me in particular,  with a good mix of snapper and tarakihi caught.

We went out to  a couple of deepwater knolls 1st thing Saturday, and had good catches of bluenose and gemfish initially, but as the day got nicer the fishing slowed, the sign and conditions were good, they just weren't all that hungry. The last few trips, the pattern's been similar, so worth not bottom fishing around Mayor as we normally would.

Sunday was another trip to the Pinns, good till after lunch, but the current picked up, the fish stopped feeding and hovered midwater and we started getting more barracuda and a couple of blind eels, everyone's favourite fish.  So we went in closer and finished another beautiful day with some more tarakihi to top things off.


  • Just a quick email to thank you for a nice fishing trip today. Very enjoyable. Weather was kind to us and everyone caught fish.

    Hopefully will return to the Mount again next year, in which case I will check you out for another trip.


    Alan Chamberlain


  • 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

  • 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

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