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Exceptional weather, with more great fishing
1 April 2014
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The fishing was back good again, and the weather has been exceptional.

A Tuesday trip to the Pinns was slow starting but finished well and a couple of Mayor Is. o/nighters were also excellent, great weather and fishing, with lots of tarakihi and a good mix of snapper, trevally, red snapper, and pink maomao in the mix.

There’s been heaps of skippies around and we’ve seen 4 marlin around the boat on the way out to Mayor in the last 3 trips. And we had one even try to grab a kahawai off a guy’s line as he wound it on board, when we were fishing off Mayor.

Pretty funny. Definitely a high point for the 3 that saw it, they were blown away, it was all lit up just under the boat as he wound it on board and something I’ve never experienced before.

Saturday we had the Cheers Social Club and a reasonably full boat, so we tried around the Okaparus and Motiti in the shallower water. Had a good day catching mainly snapper, but with the usual assortment of species as well. We had a look on the outside of Motiti, but there was a lot of current from the East and the fishing was no good as a result, although I heard it eased off overnight and the Sunday fishing was ok.

We had the Powerco/Tenex crew up next up with one of their regular overnighters, and as we’d caught nothing but some flying fish at night around Mayor on the previous trip we tried a mark on the way out on Saturday evening and got a few nice snapper. They stopped soon after dark, so on to Mayor.

Generally we’ve found the night fishing is best when there’s some moon, and with it at its darkest, this was the case again.

They’d caught plenty of tarakihi etc by 11am on Sunday, so we went looking for Hapuku, bluenose or whatever.

The drift fishing was a different story though, with only a couple of sharks, a small Hapuku and a gemfish coming up, oh, and a couple of tarakihi from 200+m. They certainly cover some range of depths. Good guys, and yet another good trip.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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