Fishing Reports

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

  • 25.1.2013

    Hi Daphne

    Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks to Brett for the great day yesterday. Boys had a heap of fun, especially once over the touch of motion sickness, and were very thrilled to catch some fish. They are in the fridge for a feast tonight!

    Hope to get back before too long and do it all again.

    Kind Regards
    Jo Davis

  • 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

  • 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.

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