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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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Cheers

    Paul

  • 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

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