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Inconsistent Drift Still Produces the Goods
12 November 2013
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After the on and off fishing around Motiti and Town Pt, somewhere different seemed like a good idea, so on Monday we headed out to the Pinnacles, about 4 n.miles inside Mayor.

The first spot  we tried was initially mainly sea perch, however, the tarakihi came on after a little while, and we had  good fishing.

The barracuda showed up eventually, but we lost them by moving regularly and ended  up with a good lot of tarakihi and a few snapper.

Saturday was an overnighter to Mayor, a slow night fish, but we got a few tarakihi  at the first spot, a couple of snapper at the next, then anchored outside Crater Bay where the nightowls hooked a couple of just undersize kingies, got busted off by a big one and caught enough snapper and flying fish to  keep them happy.

Sunday we got a few  bluenose on our 1st drifts, tried another one for  2 small bass and lost a couple of  Hapuku/bass, one due to a shark  taking a hook on the way up but biting through the trace with the fish on underneath. A pity, but the day was nice enough to almost make up for it. We also lost a bluenose that came off a hook at the surface thanks to the albatrosses chomping a hole in it and  its air bladder, also part of the game What was hard work were the constantly changing drifts, nearly every one was a different direction, SE to NW, Nth to Sth, Sth to Nth, back to Nth to Sth, all in the space of a couple of hours. Quite unusual, the drifts will often change with wind shifts, but there was next to no wind, so just fluctuating currents Just another head scratcher, we still caught bluenose though, even though we were getting quite a few tangles with the changing conditions. And that's the main thing, so a good trip.

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  • Hi, Brett,

    Just wanted to say, on behalf of the House of Travel Boys , a big thanks to you and your deckie for such a great time.  The boys loved every minute of it, oh, I guess, apart from the few chunderers the first nite.  I know we’ll certainly recommend your charters to others who are interested in a great day out.  The boys got 2 bags of fish each to take home, which was a bonus.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers

    Paul

  • 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

  • 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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