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Humpback whale, slapping and breaching
19 August 2014
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Good to see the days are lengthening and warming up after a few bleak weeks.

We went out on Saturday and found the wind[SW] was a bit stronger than predicted so checked some of our closer marks in the hope that the fish had moved in a bit shallower, which they often have by this time of year. No evidence of it yet, so we tried around the Okaparus, Brewis, then outside Motiti, where it was slightly better. Quite a lot of current from the NE though and that generally does slow things down.

Sunday we had another look around the Okaparus. The fishing was still slow, a few snapper, but we did see a small[6-8m] humpback whale, slapping and breaching for a good 30 minutes as we watched. It seemed a bit small to be a humpback, but the long pectoral fins, white underbelly and tail confirmed it after a Wikipedia visit.

The first one we’ve seen around here, so a bonus for all.

We then went deeper, 80m odd and did better with the tarakihi, less current and a calm clear day helped our cause here. Picked up a few snapper and red snapper also, an excellent day all in all.

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5.1.2010

    Well, we are all home from a wonderful day out. This is a thank you to all the crew from all of us.

    The whanau had a memorable and happy day out on the sea. Everyone caught a fish, so no household went without.

    Also, thank you for being so good to our kids - I hope they didn't get in your way too much. But they enjoyed their day and had their own thrills on the boat.

    It was a good day - and when our families do this again we’ll definitely be back.

    THANK YOU AGAIN!!

    Have an awesome and happy year.

    Kind Regards,
    Dawn A. Whare

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