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Lovely labour weekend, productive drift fishing
30 October 2013
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We actually got all of Labour weekend in this year. A bonus weatherwise, although the Friday was snottier than expected. We started inside Motiti and things fairly slow. We went outside and got  some nice tarakihi, but the wind and current picked up enough to force us back in, so not great, although the tarakihi we got were good size and we saw quite a few  just undersize snapper

Saturday was lovely and we gave Town Pt a try and after a slow start we ended up with good tallies all round. Things started well, but eased off until the last stop, when they came on quite hard till it was time to go.

Our overnighter was a mixed bag, with a quiet evening fish, some tarakihi and a few snapper, but a lot different to our last overnighter, when the snapper went really hard. The next morning was frustrating, with wind over current moving us off the mark, and slow fishing  as well.

We headed out to the ‘puku knolls early, and just as well, because we had an excellent few hours of driftfishing with  a good haul of bluenose being caught. It was all over by the 4th drift though and we tried various spots without another fish of any sort.

Stopped on the Penquins for some bottom fishing, but the current was roaring, so that was that. Hometime.

Monday we were back outside Motiti, with another good amount of mainly tarakihi caught in the 55 to 80m depths.

Yet again seeing the not quite snapper, but they look like they’re not far away from firing, so the next few weeks will be interesting.





  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.


    Have an awesome and happy year.

    Kind Regards,
    Dawn A. Whare

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