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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

  • 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

  • What more can I say but once again simply magic mate, The Northpower Rotorua boy’s head back inland with a bounty of fresh fish and memories worthy of a book.

    We have utilised your services on a few occasions and each time has been memorable taking home more than our fair share of fish, but this trip was exceptional.

    I have been charter fishing with various parties and skippers but never have I been on an overnighter to Mayor and been home by 1130am with six plus hours of fishing left and chilly bins full of Snapper and Tarakihi, needless to say you had 10 very happy Northpower fisho's.

    Cheers to Ben and Wade for their assistance, and for creating a little healthy competition amongst us, and for putting up with Les and his goofy photo poses all good fun mate, what a fantastic trip.

    In fishing terms Brett you’re all keepers that more than measure up, look forward to the next trip or ten.

    Kindest Regards
    The Northpower Rotorua Boys

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