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September 3, 2020
Hi guys, the last week has been a bit hit and miss with some nice fish caught but a lot dropped. The shallows have been the go to for me, with a bit of berley. I prefer to cube rather than using a fine burly trail, trying to keep the smell and food close to the boat so we don't attract too many sharks. This often works well but you have to be conscious to keep a steady trail going, rather than just leaving a bomb or a chum bucket to do its thing with the natural water wash.
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

August 21, 2020
Hopefully, the alert levels will be dropped soon for our friends in Auckland, so the fishos can get back out there. If it makes you feel any better, the weather has been anything but nice up in the Bay here, with rain and strong winds in all directions. Typical of pre-spring weather. On the upside, when the weather allows, there are good fish both in close working the shallows, and fish also out in the deep.
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

August 7, 2020
With spring not too far away, fingers crossed, the fishing should start to improve, and the days will let us have a few more hours out on the water too. Fishing in close has been paying off, with some nice snapper on either the incoming tide or out-going.
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

July 24, 2020
Ed note: Here’s a nice shot of Dazza with a lesser spotted fairy Hapuka he picked up just off Cape Brett. Very rare in the Bay these days. Well Darren picked a good time to go on holiday, having a crack at the overgrown beasts down at the Tekapo canals. We think this may be a snap of his 22.8 pound trophy that he sneaked into the mix perhaps. This fish was caught on a piece of orange soft bait cut into an egg. Heading for the taxidermist by all accounts. Well done Darren, nice fish by any measure.
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

June 18, 2020
Not the target species, but incredible eating nonetheless. This granddaddy Hapuka (aka mother in law, aka poor man’s crayfish) went back, but our Japanese clients absolutely treasure these fish as a real delicacy. Just watch the spines! as their defense venom will make you dance, and not in a good way.
Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

June 4, 2020
The fishing situation has not changed much from last report, but there are a few noticeable differences brought on by the cold winds and dropping temperatures.

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