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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



    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

  • Hi, Brett,

    Just wanted to say, on behalf of the House of Travel Boys , a big thanks to you and your deckie for such a great time.  The boys loved every minute of it, oh, I guess, apart from the few chunderers the first nite.  I know we’ll certainly recommend your charters to others who are interested in a great day out.  The boys got 2 bags of fish each to take home, which was a bonus.

    Thanks again.



  • 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

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