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As I write this we have just dropped a really nice blue marlin. Nothing like that feeling which is the exact opposite of hooking up, the moment your heart sinks. Ah well, that’s fishing, but great to see such magnificent fish in the Bay.

I guess we can’t complain about this weather, even though she feels pretty hot out there in the middle of the day.

we have been thinking of all that rain in the South Island and how much we could do with some up this way.

Last month the water temp was struggling to get past 18 degrees, now the water is getting up there 22.4 in the harbour and a very respectable 22 degrees out at the 240 metre line.

We went for a look and stumbled upon that nice blue that released himself  after about 15 minutes.

That  was enough to get the pulse up, and I will get back out there as soon as I can but at the moment work charters are keeping us nice and busy in close chasiong snapper and kings.

Things have slowed down a little bit, and with a lot of summer boat traffic the snapper are still showing up but a little patience is needed.

With our main spawn just about done for the season, the fish will start to head out  a little bit deeper but a large majority of the  fish will take up resident on the reefs and inner islands.

These are the ones we catch over the later months.

The new savage squid soft baits have been working a treat on the centre foul area and change of light, huge bait schools are over towards the Kemp passage and off Russell point with good numbers of kingfish in them.  Unfortunately they are often accompanied by large and hungry  bronze whalers.

This week I’ll start to head out a little deeper and try the 40 to 50 mtr areas so will keep you posted on how we do out there.

Tight lines

Regards Darren

PS: Feel free to ring me if you are out on the water and havin a hard day 😉😉🎣🎣🎣🎣🎣


Snapper charter prices are $135 per person, five hours morning or afternoon kick off.

Kingfish charters start at $285 per person for seven hours.

Private charters: $1300 snapper (8 max)

Private charters: $1600 kingfish (6 max)

All day  snapper kingfish $2400  (10 max)

We look forward to seeing you on board!



Darren Knapping - Days Out Fishing 0210 860 4019

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