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April Fools Day, sees snapper regulations change
4 February 2014
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February seems to have started positively, even though we cancelled Saturday because of a strong wind warning.

Sunday continued the trend we’d seen earlier in the week with  more snapper and a few more tarakihi showing up, albeit still with short bite times.

Not bad size either, pretty well all over the future new limit [1st of April]  of 30cm.

Seems appropriate to start it on April Fools Day, it’s pretty pathetic.

Even the MPI  fisheries report  states the  recruitment rate  has been “above average” in Area 1, just not as quick as the scientific xspurts would like. Given that about half of the country’s amateur  fishers  [politically correct as always] are in Area 1, and a whole new snapper fishery has developed in the north of the South Island since 2007, the whole debacle’s been a bit of a sad joke.

The logical thing to do would be to take some of the commercial snapper quota from Area 1, make it available to amateurs and give the commercials equivalent quota from any of the other areas that don’t have the population base of Area 1, which spans from East Northland to East Cape

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • Good afternoon Brett,

    Thanks for the memorable trip on Tuesday. This was a great experience once again and i have picked up some more tips which i can carry forward, your knowledge is extensive and you don\'t mind passing this on. Not only was the fishing great but i meet new people and have been lucky to share this experience with them. Even Kent the visitor from Australia enjoyed himself and the chilly bins were full of beautiful Terakihi which all the families have enjoyed eating.

    I look forward to joining you again very soon on the boat on another trip.

    Thanks again till then. Theo

    Theo Janssen

  • Thanks for a fabulous day on the water. Just ate some great fish and washed it down with nz Pinot.

    Ross the Aussie

  • 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

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