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Deeper water and had better and more consistent catches
2 May 2017
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We started last week with another short day on Tuesday, so worked around the 9 mile, inside Motiti .

We had no sign at all until about 7 miles out, due to a big swell running, then had heaps on the sounder, big clouds of fish, which turned out to be sweep, or grey maomao.

Hadn’t seen many of them for years, but they came up in quantity this day. After a while, I thought we could try around  the Okaparus, as we’d done well there on the Sunday on snapper. Bad move, we barely caught a thing for the rest of the trip, a day [or 2] can be a very long time when fishing.

The next couple of days, we headed back to the deeper water and had better and more consistent catches. Good variety too.


  • 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

  • Thanks Brett for taking us out yesterday, most had a great day especially Peter who caught the big king fish.

    Di Watts


    Just to say thank you Brett and Des for making our fishing trip last Sunday so enjoyable. You were both so helpful.We all had a great day and have been eating fish all week!

    Thanks again
    Jacquie and Cornelia

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