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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.

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • Thanks for a fabulous day on the water. Just ate some great fish and washed it down with nz Pinot.

    Ross the Aussie

  • 19.8.2009

    Brett & the Manutere, well i must say that over the last 8 years or more i have been out on day & overnight trips plus the TGA game fishing one base & charter tournaments  with Brett, you would be hard pushed to find a better skipper who will do his upmost to put you on the fish !!! & i mean go the extra mile !! literally, always good for a yarn, (fishing, politics, rugby etc etc,) & not forgetting the overnight trips tradditional continental breakfast, beans, eggs, bacon, toast, & a wicked coffee !

    The Manutere is a solid fishing platform of which i have spent many enjoyable hours aboard, and hope to spend many more !!!!

    Cheers Brett, till next time ! (soon)

    Tony Shores

  • 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

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