Hapuka Fishing

Plan your next fishing charter aboard the MV Manutere out of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ.

Hapuka Fishing for the dwellers of the deep

Hapuka fishing for the deep water species is a very interesting form of fishing, with many different species available to be caught. The deep water knolls out of Tauranga have caught many trophy fish over the years, and are continuing to produce these beautiful eating, hard fighting monsters of the deep.

The main target species when hapuka fishing are hapuka, bass, bluenose and gemfish. These are the most common species caught but the by catch consists of a very interesting mix of species. rays brim, ling, frostfish, tarakihi, and spotted gurnard are just some of the weird and wonderful creatures to be caught out of Tauranga.

Hapuka and bass have a similar looks and colouration with the Hapuka tending to be slightly longer, with a more distinct colour separation on the fishes skin. Hapuka don’t grow to the same size as bass and therefore a 35kg Hapuka is a big fish. Bass however, can grow well over this weight, with the current world record sitting at around 80kg.

Winter is generally the time of year fisherman start readying their gear for some serious hapuka fishing. Though there is good hapuka fishing year round, winter time can often provide cold but settled periods of weather which allow us to get out to the deeper grounds where the bigger fish tend to congregate. The fish tend to come into shallower water to spawn over the summer months.

Most of our hapuka fishing takes place between 180m-450m. Often the bigger fish are caught in the deeper water, but this is certainly a trend rather than a rule, as there have been some big fish pulled up recently from under 200m.

The tackle generally used for hapuka fishing is a 15kg - 37kg rod and reel, with a kidney harness and gimbal to ease the pressure of fishing such deep water. Ledger rigs with 32oz sinkers, and circle hooks are the main rigs used when targeting the deep water fish.

Hapuka fishing can be hard work, but is an extremely rewarding form of fishing and can produce some of the finest eating fish New Zealand has to offer. Quite possibly the most enjoyable aspect of the fishing is never knowing what is going to come up next! Get out there and give it a shot. Hapuka, bass, bluenose and gemfish are all likely targets when fishing the deep water knolls around Tauranga.

What You Need

+ Lunch
+ Drinks
+ Chilly Bin
+ Ice
+ Rod and reel (optional)
+ 32oz Hapuka Bombs, cirle hooks, 200-300lb trace
+ Gimbal (optional)
+ Bait (optional)

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 10.3.2009

    Brett, just a note to thank you and Wade for looking after us and helping with the filleting (well.... doing most of the fish).

    Every one passes on thier thanks, and wishes you the best for the season.

    Shane

  • 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

  • 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

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