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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.
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

February 26, 2021
Tarakihi fishing has been pretty good in our usual areas. We are still getting some really good sized tarakihi around the Astrolabe and particularly good fish up to 2 kgs out of the middle ground halfway between the Mount and Motiti in around 85 metres. We had a couple of old fellas including a 91 year old on board last week, and the teri’s in 85 metres had him stuffed by 11.00am, lucky there were no kings out that way 😊
Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

February 5, 2021
We’ve been doing pretty well lately on the good old terakihi. After fishing the middle ground for a bit there seems to be a plague of juvenile snapper there greedily cleaning up the baits, so moving out a bit deeper to around 60 metres is producing some better results.

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