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October 8, 2021
Well, it’s been a Topsy-Turvey last couple of months, with the Covid restrictions, and some less than friendly spring weather seemingly conspiring to stop any fishing at all from happening. Finally, we seem to be feeling the results of the spring temperatures coming up a bit, and that is being reflected in the fishing once you do finally get out there. The last trip we managed saw a warming water temp of 14 degrees, which is going in the right direction but not yet warm enough to be bringing in game fish, and it was refreshing to have some pretty good results. Just out by A Beacon and then the Karewa Island areas, we picked up some nice 40 cm plus blue cod, john dory, snapper and a few nice terakihi.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

June 11, 2021
We’ve done well recently at the Penguin Shoals, with some really good fishing for trevally, terakihi, pink maomao and snapper. The fishing there has been pretty thick and fast, with good enough hauls to be heading back early and getting the lawns done. Trevally season is here, with big fish and good numbers of them appearing in most of the common fishing areas around the Bay. The great thing about trevs is that you can catch them anywhere, off the sand, the reefs, the harbour and in just about any depth of inshore water. They fight like hell, are amazing to eat as sashimi or smoked, make great bait, and take a variety of terminal gear.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

May 7, 2021
We’ve been out a bit in the beautiful weather, which has been very nice for being on the water, and took advantage of the opportunity to get out deep off the Mayor Knolls. Targeting puka and bass, we fished the Knolls in around 250 metres and ended up with plenty of gemfish, big ones! We managed a nice bass, but no sign of puka and bluenose. The bluenose have spawned, so they may be recovering a bit from that and looking to put back on some condition soon though.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

April 15, 2021
I have not been out too much lately, but there looks to be a good couple of days weather this Sunday and Monday, so I’m sure many will be as keen as I am to get out into the last of the warm weather. The sea temps are still pretty good at 19 degrees, so there is any chance of good gamefish and other action too.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

April 1, 2021
Being able to get out on the water has been challenging at the moment for us, however, not as challenging as this time last year! April is traditionally a great month for fishing in the Bay, and we have had some really good results on most species at this time over previous years. The water is still warm at 20 degrees, and the days are nice and short, meaning you can fish both changes of light without extreme wake up times or big hours at sea. We have caught, or at least hooked, marlin around Astrolabe as late as May, and with good reports of gamefish still coming in, the next few weeks will still be well worth targeting the big pelagic species.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

March 11, 2021
Just an update to last report, as not much has really changed since then. The water is still quite warm at 20 degrees, so gamefishing is still very much on the table. Just last week a friend of ours bagged a 79.8kg yellowfin out of Whitianga, and there are definitely plenty of marlin around, and not necessarily too far out. Kingis are hitting jigs aggressively at the moment, so plenty of fun to be had at your favourite reef. Tarakihi are spawning, so there are some good sized specimens around, but do be aware this is a good time to only take what you need if we are thinking about the future. Snapper and trevs are firing well in the harbour and off Matakana, and Bowentown fishing is still good for snapper too.

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