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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.

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 5.9.2009

    Hi Brett,
     
    I enjoyed my fishing during my last trip to Tauranga. The fishes caught was really delicious...Taratiki. I couldn't wait to eat them, so, I cooked a few fillets at the Bay Palm Motel where I stayed. I brought the rest back to Perth and my family just loved them.
     
    Just a note that you should be aware of so that you can advise all future Australians who fish with you and want to bring the fishes home. The fishes MUST be headless, gilled and gutted. Remember, must not have heads. I decleared my fishes and the first questions asked was whether I removed the head (which I did) and since my fishes were also gutted and gilled, I could bring in ALL(including the fillets).
     
    Best wishes for the season and happy fishing.

    Regards,


    Melvin Wee
    JAS Sushi, Perth

  • 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
    Aaron

  • 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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