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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.

 

 

 

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 6.12.2012

    Hi there my name is Phil,

    you took a group of  my best mates and I out on Saturday 24th of November 2012 for my stag do.

    I couldnt thank Brett and the deckhand enough for such a fun and memorable experience. Even though fishing was supposed to be slow then and some of the guys werent keen fishermen everyone pulled in a few and had an awesome time.

    Would highly recommend TMC to my friends and family and will be booking for future trips with you.  

    Big THANKS from Phillip, Kaye and the boys from Pukekohe.

  • 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

  • 5.9.2009

    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.

    Regards,


    Melvin Wee
    JAS Sushi, Perth

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