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August 21, 2020
We’ve had to do a lot of running around to catch fish out there at the moment to be fair. The sounder has been running pretty barren, and with folks on boards expecting some results the only option often enough is just to keep looking! Thankfully they are usually there eventually, and we have seen some reasonable snapper and nice terakihi in the 80 metre mark between Motiti and Schooner.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

July 17, 2020
It’s been one of the better southern bluefin tuna seasons off Cape Runaway this year, with some really good barrels ranging from 70 to up around 150 kilos being caught, and more than the odd occasion where multiple hook-ups have been landed. It seems that if you give it a decent effort, you have every chance of getting a fish this year, and they are something quite spectacular. The fish are slowly migrating their way north now, and the season will still have a few weeks in it before the bluefin school out of reach of the trailer boat fleet travelling up the east coast to the top of the north island.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

August 21, 2020
Around about now many of you will be thinking about a trip over to Waihau Bay to chase the southern bluefin tuna annual run. This year has seen some big barrels landed already, with fish up to 100 plus kilos making it on board.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

June 19, 2020
Now is the best time of year for targeting the deepwater species, and we have had some nice gemfish and bluenose come on board lately. Top area naturally, the Mayor Knolls, that can easily be found on any of the popular sonar charts south east of Mayor Island. We’ve been fishing 250 to 300 metres off the ‘hills’, and I’m sure some people must be wondering ‘oh what’s he DOING going round and round’! Well, it’s really important to find a decent fish mark before you go to all the trouble of setting up a drift and its worth investing the time to get set up right to actually hit the mark. Often fish are also well up off the bottom so not only getting the right place is important, but getting the right depth counting your coloured/metred braid is key too.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

May 22, 2020
Well Covid – 19 doesn’t seem to have infected the snapper fishery here in the Bay! It’s been great to get back out on the water and you don’t have to go too far to get a good feed lately either. The harbour has had an unbelievable season and it’s still going strong. Snapper up to five kgs are still being caught and there are also some nice trevally mixed in with the bag. Good fishing is between Rangiwaea and Motuhoa, and around the Te Puna channel area. I’ve been fishing here for fifty years and never known the harbour to fish so well for so long.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

March 6, 2020
Sunday looks to be a pearla of an opportunity to get out fishing, but thankfully we are getting a few settled spells making life good while the last few weeks of summer are still in full swing. The harbour is still fishing very well for nice pan sized snapper, the most popular method still being a long running trace with a 6 – 12 oz ball sinker getting the business down into the current.

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