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)


  • 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.


    Have an awesome and happy year.

    Kind Regards,
    Dawn A. Whare

  • 19.8.2009

    Brett & the Manutere, well i must say that over the last 8 years or more i have been out on day & overnight trips plus the TGA game fishing one base & charter tournaments  with Brett, you would be hard pushed to find a better skipper who will do his upmost to put you on the fish !!! & i mean go the extra mile !! literally, always good for a yarn, (fishing, politics, rugby etc etc,) & not forgetting the overnight trips tradditional continental breakfast, beans, eggs, bacon, toast, & a wicked coffee !

    The Manutere is a solid fishing platform of which i have spent many enjoyable hours aboard, and hope to spend many more !!!!

    Cheers Brett, till next time ! (soon)

    Tony Shores


    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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