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

On and Off Fishing
14 January 2014
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We’ve had another  week  of average fishing, with pretty well all areas being similar, with short bite times meaning if you weren’t onto it when the fish were going, there wouldn’t be another chance. Town Pt and Middle ground  were slow, although we got 2 legal kingies, first for some time. Saturday was an exception though, heaps of S.E. current outside Motiti, so we tried the Western edge and had a really good day on the tarakihi. Things were looking up!

Naturally we went there on Sunday, but wind and current  had changed again and fishing was a lot slower, although everyone still got a few, so ok given the conditions

Inexperience and being unwilling to adapt to local conditions are some of the problem.  It’s not Auckland or Coromandel, and we’re not fishing in 10-15m of water for starters. Little sinkers, big hooks, big baits and winding the sinkers off the bottom are the main issues, and it’s more common now than it used to be.

We’re generally targeting tarakihi in 30 – 60m, sometimes deeper if necessary. They’re cunning, finicky fish, and you have to go to them, they won’t come to you, unlike snapper, trevally, kahawai and the like. All of which we catch, they’re just not as predominate, especially at this time of year. They generally show up more in Feb/March

Tarakihi also have small mouths so smaller baits and hooks, around 3/0 or #17 longline hooks [my preference as they lip hook and hardly ever get swallowed, effectively killing the fish] are more effective.

Other advantage of the longline hooks are: they’ve got a big eye so you can run a 24kg trace which is much less likely to break, especially if a bigger fish is hooked,  they’re strong and they’re cheap.

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 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

  • 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.

    THANK YOU AGAIN!!

    Have an awesome and happy year.

    Kind Regards,
    Dawn A. Whare

  •  

    Hi,
    Just to say thank you Brett and Des for making our fishing trip last Sunday so enjoyable. You were both so helpful.We all had a great day and have been eating fish all week!

    Thanks again
    Jacquie and Cornelia

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