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Outside Motiti fishing well for Tarakihi
8 July 2014
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We headed outside Motiti for our last couple of trips and did well on the tarakihi, with a nice selection of other species, including several legal kingfish.

We had a period when the speed jigging first got popular when we were catching a lot, then they tapered off for a few seasons, but conditions in the last couple of seasons have seen a big influx of them again. There’s been heaps of small ones caught on lures, to the point where we now don’t put them out until we’re a couple of miles outside the entrance.

In the past few months we’ve caught a lot of legal ones around Mayor, twice catching 4 legal ones just bottom fishing on 24hr trips, and all around the 12/15kg mark.

Which tends to prove 2 things, you don’t need heavy gear to catch them if your technique is good, and fish in general come and go depending on weather conditions, primarily the ocean currents, which in turn are dictated by the global weather patterns.


  • 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

  • 10.3.2009

    Brett, just a note to thank you and Wade for looking after us and helping with the filleting (well.... doing most of the fish).

    Every one passes on thier thanks, and wishes you the best for the season.


  • 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.



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