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

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.


  • 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

  • Dear Daphne and Brett.

    I wanted to write to you to acknowledge what a great fishing charter you are running on board  the manutere. We have been on numerous  trips with you lately, and always returned home with fish,after having a great day out with Brett. We have found Brett to be very knowledgeable,friendly and always keen for a laugh. we have been on many different charters over the years, and the manutere rates very highly.

    Ironically, I own my own boat, yet love a day out on the manutere. 

    Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing you next time!

    Kind regards,

    Shane Janssen

  • Thanks Brett for taking us out yesterday, most had a great day especially Peter who caught the big king fish.

    Di Watts

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