Fishing Reports

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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

  • 24.02.2014

    Good Morning

    Just a quick note saying thanks you for a great days fishing on Saturday all the guys said it was great trip

    Thanking You

    Tony Thompson
    Rotorua Club

  • Hi, Brett,

    Just wanted to say, on behalf of the House of Travel Boys , a big thanks to you and your deckie for such a great time.  The boys loved every minute of it, oh, I guess, apart from the few chunderers the first nite.  I know we’ll certainly recommend your charters to others who are interested in a great day out.  The boys got 2 bags of fish each to take home, which was a bonus.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers

    Paul

  • Good afternoon Brett,

    Thanks for the memorable trip on Tuesday. This was a great experience once again and i have picked up some more tips which i can carry forward, your knowledge is extensive and you don\'t mind passing this on. Not only was the fishing great but i meet new people and have been lucky to share this experience with them. Even Kent the visitor from Australia enjoyed himself and the chilly bins were full of beautiful Terakihi which all the families have enjoyed eating.

    I look forward to joining you again very soon on the boat on another trip.

    Thanks again till then. Theo

    Theo Janssen

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