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Good conditions, food abundant at Motiti
27 November 2013
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There's been a constant N.E. swell rolling in for the last week or so, which is normally a good thing, bringing in the warmer water and with it the skippies, game fish and generally more fishing action. The water temp. has gone from 17* to over 20* in a couple of days.

However, we've also had a consistent current from the West/SW, unusual because it's normally in line with the swell and it's made the fishing tougher. Bite times have been short and catches erratic. Outside Motiti last week, some caught their limit, some barely a feed, although most got around 10/12 tarakihi. The snapper we were catching in the deeper water have moved on, now just picking up the odd little one.

Saturday at Motiti was similar, although trying some different marks around 50m we did get some sizeable snapper along with the tarakihi.

Sunday we hit the Pinnacles, had a full on 1st hour or so, with tarakihi and, unfortunately, barracuda going hard out. Then, that was it, nothing but a few more barracuda. We moved steadily shallower, and got a few more in 50/60m but that was pretty well it.

There was no shortage of sign and conditions were good, so maybe it's nothing more than there's plenty of food in the water and they're just not that hungry.


  • Hi Daphne ,

    Please thank Brett for a great trip the other day

    We didn’t get on to the Kingi’s on this occasion but we do appreciate the conditions were against us and we know Brett did everything possible . Still, everyone got plenty of fillets to take home and we thoroughly enjoyed the day

    You will see us again and we will recommend you

    Kerry Allan
    Sales Manager Corporate


    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

  • 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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