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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.


  • 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.


    Melvin Wee
    JAS Sushi, Perth

  • 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

  • Hi Daphne ,

    Please thank Brett for a great trip the other day

    We didn’t get on to the Kingi’s on this occasion but we do appreciate the conditions were against us and we know Brett did everything possible . Still, everyone got plenty of fillets to take home and we thoroughly enjoyed the day

    You will see us again and we will recommend you

    Kerry Allan
    Sales Manager Corporate

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