Reef Fishing

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

Reef Fishing for Tarakihi, Snapper, Trevally, Gurnard, John Dory, and Kingfish

A day reef fishing trip aboard the MV Manutere is a fantastic way to spend a day on the water, catch some fish, and experience what the ocean has to offer. Whether you’re a single person wanting a day out on the water, a family, or a workgroup, we can cater for you.

We depart Bridge Marina, (first left heading over the harbor bridge from Tauranga to the Mount) pier D34, at 7am and Salisbury Wharf, Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui at 7.30am.  We will return you to the Mount at around 4.30pm and Tauranga around 5pm.

We target the popular table species namely Tarakihi, Snapper, John Dory, Trevally and Kahawhai. Gurnard, Pink Mao Mao, Red Snapper, Porae are also regularly caught.

The destination varies depending on which areas are producing the most fish.  The outlying reefs are regular destinations, the Penguins, Astrolabe reef, the Pinnacles and the Okaparus, with the offshore islands of Motiti and Tuhua (Mayor) also being regular fishing areas.

The Tarakihi and Snapper tend so school around the edges of foul, and cross over’s between sand and mud. We have a range of different options at all of the areas we fish, and if we aren’t catching fish, we will keep moving until we find fish which are interested in feeding. Be assured that we make it our personal mission to put our clients onto the fish.

Reef fishing for Tarakihi and Snapper can vary dramatically in the technique and finesse required to catch them. Often they will be feeding so hard, it is almost impossible not to catch them! On other days however, when they are feeding more tentatively more finesse is required, and this is where the smaller hooks and baits come into their own. We generally recommend 3/0 hooks for all bottom fishing, as they are big enough to handle a good amount of pressure if a Hapuka or Kingfish eat the bait, bit are small enough to fit in the Tarakihi’s mouths. We recommend ledger rigs for bottom fishing as we will generally be fishing in anything between 30m – 90m depending on where the feeding fish are located. 10oz sinkers are a minimum with 12oz sinkers being more commonly used.

On the way back to Tauranga, you can fillet your fish, or have the deckhands assist, as they are more than happy to show you the ropes. Tarakihi and Snapper are fantastic eating fish, so make sure you bring some ice and a chilly bin in the warmer weather to keep the flesh in the best possible condition.

If you are looking for a fun day fishing on the water out of Tauranga, contact us today, and we will be happy to help you arrange a reef fishing trip to suit your needs.

Enjoy reef fishing for Tarakihi, Snapper, John Dory, Trevally, Kingfish, Kahawhai, Gurnard, Pink Mao Mao, Red Snapper, Porae. Reef fishing is a great way to catch new species of fish while catching dinner at the same time.

What You Need

+ Lunch
+ Drinks
+ Chilly Bin
+ Ice
+ Rod and reel (optional)
+ Bait (optional)

WHAT OUR FANTASTIC CLIENTS SAY

  • 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

  • Hi there Brett, just a quick thank you for the lovely fishing trip we had today.

    Myself my wife and parents had a fantastic time.

    It may have been a bit choppy today but luckily my family didn't supply any extra burley and really enjoyed the trip. We have about 2kgs of Terakihi filets in the fridge which we look forward to enjoying tomorrow.

    After trying different charter boats I have found Tauranga Marine Charters by far the best.

    We really appreciate you helping and guiding my wife and parents who are first time fishers to get set up and get onto some fish.

    Looking forward to doing it again sometime.

    Many thanks
    Aaron

  • 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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