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November Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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With the spring winds been and gone and the settled weather patterns upon us as we have right now it makes for an easier day on the water.

Over the past month the bait fishing has been better than normal for this time of the year as generally it can be a little tough.  As far as the kings throughout October they have been phenomenal as early in October the kings kicked in strong coming up in the water column and feeding aggressively with plenty of days hitting the 30 to 50+ fish with some bruises among them.
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We’ve been trying out the new range of Catch jigs this month…. they have been getting smashed! 

As for the snapper they have died off at the Alderman pins and picking up on the Cuvier reefs.

As we wind down to the end of the year we will start fishing the more northern regions such as Cuvier, Cracker Jack and Barrier.  We recently had some nice puka come aboard too.

The water temp of recent has jumped up considerably which is looking good for the upcoming season for the blue water fans.

So gear up and get ready and jump on as she looks like it is going to be good going into the new year.

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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What a November! This past month has been full of laughs, tears and solid kings! The alderman island pins have been our go to for the last few weeks with crazy kingfish days, not uncommon to see  30+ kings averaging 15kg+ making it a hard day on the arms. As we move towards the start of summer we’ll be starting to push towards cuvier Island as the fishing starts to come alive with high numbers of snapper and kingfish.

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Bait hasn’t been to much of a problem with the bay starting to hold good bait balls and should improve as we move into summer, Weather wise it’s been pretty sweet with some primo days out on the water ! Anyway I look forward to what December has to offer and with the water temps heating up hopefully hopefully a few beakys to! Cheers Capt Chase.

Cheers Capt Chase


 

CHURCH

with Capt. Ryan
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For the first month on the tools for me fishing has been pretty great when you can get away from the easterlies that have been hammering the coast lately! We have been picking up some good fish over the Aldie pins and now starting to venture out further north to check out what it has to offer.

Bait has been coming into the bay now with some days easier to collect them than others. Had some really good days dropping jigs down with some really solid fish taking these but you still can’t beat the good old livie!
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With the great weather that is forecast in front of us as I’m writing this I cannot wait to get back out there and have a crack at these awesome Coromandel King

 

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Whitianga Fishing Charters Nice Coromandel fish!

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Coromandel kingfish charters

Cheers Capt Ryan


Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

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Hi all,

Fishing out of Anglers Lodge has been epic through October and early November. The snapper were heading in to the gulf and were hungry.
Straylining the 20m+ of water was just amazing as we fulled bins of average sized snapper and then went on to catch people the trophy fish they all are hunting for.
Birds are working out wide, wide as in Flat rock off Kawau Island.

Baitfish are in good numbers around the islands out from Anglers Lodge, which made catching the trophy snapper, Dory and kings a breeze.
Last week more effort has gone in to finding the big fish, but going wide seems to be the way to go, Kings are not plentiful so we still have to go to the top of the Coromandel or even Cuvier, coming weeks will see the fish following the warmer water coming in to the gulf now.

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Coromandel fishing charters

Cheers Cptn Chris

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September Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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Spring fishing is well and truly upon us. Its that time of year when multiple hook ups are not uncommon and can create chaos! Well its has been all go out here across the boats Epic boats as the kings have really kicked out of winter mode and have come on the bite big time! A classic sign of this is the fish moving up higher in the water column feeding more aggressively and frequently. Barracuda have showed their ugly faces over the last four weeks which has seemed to be an endless battle but with a little relief they seem to have dropped off that past few days! Jigs have been working really well, getting smashed left right and centre at times. Nothing more exhilarating than a big king hitting the jig and peeling off a heap of line wondering if you are ever going to stop it and more often than not with the big ones you won’t!

Bait fish continues to be the challenge. A few left in the bay, but generally found further down the coast. We are still focused on the Aldie pins at present, but with warmer waters and bigger bites, other areas are starting to turn it up as well!

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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it’s been a pretty sweet start to spring with this past month bringing an awesome time on the kings! Plenty of fish smashing both jigs and livies.

Although the constant southwest winds have managed to put a few trips off, we’ve had a very busy lead up to October. On the terms of by catch, customer’s have been able to secure a plenty full amount of snapper up to 22lb. With fishing this exciting I’m looking forward to what October and November has to offer !


 
 

Cheers Capt Chase


Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Hi all,

September was a month of wind and rain, it was difficult to get out on the water for the trip that were booked.
But in saying that the fishing was just like every skipper likes, insane.
Snapper are in big numbers and in great condition in the gulf through September and as for size they are just stonkers..
Bait fish and bird activity is crazy out wide and also kingfish are lerking under the workups.
October is one of our better months for huge snapper so get booking now.

 
 

Cheers

Capt. Chris.

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Coromandel : Whitianga report
New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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Over the last couple of months the weather has been absolutely up and down and has had us stuck on land more than we would like to be. In saying this with the days that we have been getting out the bait has been easy pickings to get a good start on the day. As we come into September we should really see the fish starting to get a little more active and a little higher in the water column. As over the last month or two the fish have been sitting low and are a little stubborn on the bite, but with a little patience more often than not it will end in good results.

Looking ahead with October in sight we should be seeing some absolute mayhem on the deeper pins with kings and snaps on the chew. So fingers crossed for the weather to hold together and we will see you out there.

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


Madmax

with Capt. Tom
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What an insane month August has been for Mad Max and all the anglers lucky enough to fish aboard her over this period!

Where do we start well plenty of absolutely show stopping Kingfish with words like donkey, pig and horse being used on a regular basis aboard Mad Max over this month the photos speak for themselves…

Hapuka have been on the chew bigtime aboard Mad Max as well as some epic hauls of Sea Bass and Bluenose! Please let us know when booking your trip aboard Mad Max if you would like to target these tasty beasts…

The snapper straylining has been fantastic in the shallow kelpy areas around the Mercury Islands with endless amounts of pristine conditioned fish while the offshore pins have consistently held pan sized schooling fish…

John Dory have been a very welcomed by catch while targeting Kingfish on the offshore pins these tasty critters are here in huge numbers at the moment…

Cheers
Capt Tom


 

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Bait stays to play!
With Some awesome bait schools in the bay it’s made it an easy start to the day with the odd king in among them making it a great by-catch to kick things Off!

The kings have been fairly active for this time of the year most of the action has been south of red mercs through to the Aldys, averaging around the 13- 15kg size range with a few solid fish up to the 25kg Mark.



Along with kingfish the Aldy pins have been holding some awesome snapper, being a regular and welcome by-catch!

With winter coming to an end and spring well and truly in the air we should see the kings starting to turn up in real numbers and size, hopefully this wind we keep getting drops off and we manage to get out a bit more often!


Bring on spring !

Cheers Capt Chase


Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Hi all,

The fishing in the gulf and around the northern parts of the peninsula has stepped up to another gear. The gannet workups are firing out wide, closer to Waiheke. Fishing shallow water is still working good with straylines and Kahawai are in good numbers as well, you just have to try get past the sharks.


Last week saw an abundance of boats out in the gulf, with people diving and dredging for scallops.


Daylight savings beings at the end of Sept and if fishing continues as it is, spring fishing will be epic.

Cheers

Capt. Chris.

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June & July Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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Typing this it is blowing 30 knots outside and raining hard but yesterday was something completely different with beautiful flat seas and fish on the bite. When you time it right for these beautiful winters days there is nothing better. Finally we have seen the end to what have seemed to be an endless issue with sharks out on the deeper pins and some beautiful kings are starting to show up. As far as the bait, it has been holding strong in the bay and easy pickings most days out which can make a massive difference to a days fishing.

Some of you may have seen this video of a great fight in the shallows.

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And the result!

Looking into the months ahead as spring is approaching there should be some good times on the kingi front with the snapper starting to show up in numbers on the outer pins and the bigger fish on the inshore reefs. It is a great time to target big snappers in close and the bigger kings on the off shore pins, but as spring approaches we will have both on the outer pins. So a lot of good fishing ahead as the temperature of the water trends up and the bite comes on.

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


Madmax

with Capt. Tom
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Capt Tom is enjoying a well earned break by going fishing of course! He is currently smashing big fish somewhere between here and Tonga.

Below are a selection of fish from the last month on Madmax.

 


 

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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With the weather having its good and bad days I’ve been doing a fair bit of fishing in close around the islands from castle through to Whale island and the likes, The kings are in fat winter condition and in good size up to around the 25kg Mark, Snapper have also been a welcome by catch nailing some of the “slower ” livies.

Towards the end of this month there’s been a couple of gnarley storms come through which has cooled the water temperature right down and pushed the kings out of the shallows, and the pins have started to fire up! That’s for July and we’ll see what august has in store for us.

Cheers

Capt Chase.


Coromandel Report : Omedo Bay

Anglers Lodge

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Half way into the year and winter is not holding back from wild weather or epic fishing.

The shallows or rock fishing is where it’s at this time of year.
We have been smashing some nice snapper in 5 to 7 metres of water and getting plagued by Kahawai.
The water temp is still up in the mid teens, so fishing is at it best.
Berley is the key to hot fishing.

Cheers

Capt. Chris.

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May Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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As always a crisp clear winter’s day is something that you just cant beat on the Coromandel kings. May is always a producer of good quality kings with some of the better fish coming from within the shallows, with the Bay producing a share of its own on the bait schools.

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The bait fishing out of Whitianga has been awesome what is always a good start to the day. The Alderman pins are fishing well and it is good to see the sharks dropping off. The other few places which have been holding their own were the Red Mercs, Crackerjack and Cuvier.
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Snapper are starting to hold in the shallow reefs around the Mercury Island at the top of the Coromandel so if anybody is interested in targeting large specimens it is not a bad time to be doing so. As we look into the next month or so there is nothing much better than being out on the water on a beautiful winters day with the kings on the chew.

 

Coroking is now supporting a new look with a new shiny BF250 Honda. With only a few hours on the new motor it is noticeably quieter and very fuel efficient which makes it a more pleasant environment to fish From. So if you are interested in a Honda come jump on and check it out.

Chur

 

Cheers all
Capt. Owen


Madmax

with Capt. Tom
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May has been a great month on Mad Max for large sized Kingfish in shallow water with many trophy greenbacks plucked out slow trolling livebaits. There have been some mental bites out on the deeper pinnacles however at times the taxman has made it difficult to get the larger fish to the boat.

The bottom fishing has been fantastic throughout May with the highlight being the big fat bluenose that have been full of roe and on the chew big time!

 

There has been large numbers of pan sized snapper available on the deep pins and picking up a good feed at the end of a day targeting kingfish has been relatively easy. We are now coming into prime shallow water straylining time around the Mercury Islands as the crayfish pots go back in the water so watch this space for trophy winter snaps!


 

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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With the brisker frosty mornings we’ve been putting the gloves and beanies on and getting into it, livies have been fairly steady in the bay making it for a pretty quick start with the odd few kings in among them. Weather has been reasonably primo meaning we can cover a lot more ground during the day. I’ve been finding the bigger winter kings in close around the Mercs and Whale rock area, Slow trolling Macs being my favorite way of targeting greenbacks at this time of the year. Start of June should see the temperature starting drop right off as we head deep into winter so chuck on those winter woolies and get out on-board Epic.

Cheers

Capt.Chase


Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

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May has been just fish, fish, FISH….
The fishing has been firing in the gulf during May and the weather has been good as well.
Kingies are still on the bite and snapper are just in massive numbers, fulling our bag limit easy.
Mussel farm fishing is still hot and we are getting the odd king there too.
Kahawai and bait fish are now in big numbers.

May has been more exceptional than previous years and the water temperature is still up in the mid teens.

Cheers

Capt. Chris.

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April Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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April/May/June being one of my favorite times of the year to target big kings all round especially inshore shallows which can produce some epic fishing at times as we encountered in an unbelievable bite on big fish on a recent three boater trip. Fishing that good that you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. So looking ahead into the rest of May and June should see us with some awesome winter fishing. As they do this time of year the sharks become a bit of a problem trying to get fish to the boat so with the water temperatures dropping we hope to see these predators of the deep move on.

Snapper are starting to show up in better numbers on the Alderman pins and still firing on the Cuvier pins as it has been over the last couple of months. So we are looking forward to May/June as the kings haven’t been hard to find.

Cheers all
Capt. Owen


Madmax

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April has been a hectic month onboard Mad Max and as usual the fishery here in Whitianga has really turned it on for our punters!

The bottom fishing has been going off with multiple hookups becoming the norm every single drift!

The offshore seamounts  have been holding large numbers of snapper which have been a welcomed bycatch on livebaits when targeting Kingfish!

The Kingfish have been very consistent on the offshore seamounts however staying away from the dreaded taxman has been challenging at times! A few good inshore sessions in the shallows have also produced fantastic results!

 


 

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Some pretty sweet fishing in the shallows”, with the presence of bronzies on almost every pin  we’ve been sticking to the targeting kings in the shallows, livies just working a treat in close, managing to land some pretty solid fish in close in less than 20 metres makes for some pretty cool Rod action, snapper are in close too which is handy to add to  quickly add to the bin…

Cheers

Capt.Chase


Coromandel Report : Omedo Bay

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Well, Apirl started off with a bang.
Had a few days at Great Barrier Island fishing the pins out the back of Cuvier. We smashed kings and big reds all day. It was a trip remember.

As far as the gulf goes, bait fish are in abundance and kahawai work ups are on the rise.
Snapper are still in big numbers around the mussel farms. Straylining the shallows north of Colville is working well using whole pillies or live mackies.

Kingis are still making a lively appearance taking everything, even little snapper when you are winding up. They are even taking dead baits too.
Aprils water temp was above average.

 

Cheers
Capt. Chris.


Great Barrier Island Report

Gamechaser

with Capt. Scott
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Snapper.
April has been providing consistent catches of a big reds in the shallows, soft baits and micro jigs in 10-20 meters.
The biggest specimens have been taken at the Cuvier pins on livebaits while targeting Kings with many fish taken over 8 kilos.
Bronze whaler sharks  have been prolific on the eastern side of Great Barrier, once a fish is taken the chances of landing the next are slim as they home in on the boat.


Kings.
Cape Barrier has just started to fire with large schools of kingies, there are daily workups at Sunken Rock and Cecilia Sutton bay.
Channel Island has worked well though the Sharks have taxed some big fish. Recently a large pod of False killer whales moved in and cleaned up the kings in a frenzied attack, spectacular to watch.
Trevs and Dory have been readily taking grub style softbaits, a delicious addition to a day’s catch.
Bill our resident fish smoker has been doing a great job , the secret brine and method produces the best results possible.

The next month will be all about big kings and snapper at the Broken Islands, May is one of the best times so long as the weather holds.

Tight lines

Cheers

Capt. Scott

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March Fishing Report

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Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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Well its been all go aboard Coroking. As predicted earlier in the last newsletter the alderman pins are starting to fish well for numbers and size of kingfish besides a slight problem with sharks. As far as snapper and kingfish the northern regions Cuvier etc are still fishing well to.

We have been encountering some crazy sessions where the customers are struggling to flick over the bail arms on the stellas as the kingi tears off to the reef before they know of whats going on. As we look into next month or two we should be looking at similar sort of action on the kingi front so it is time to get out and get a wind on.

Cheers all
Capt. Owen

 

 


Madmax

with Capt. Tom
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What a month onboard Mad Max! Where do we start we have had an amazing run on trophy size snapper with these fish falling victim to livebaits at Cuvier and Alderman Islands.

 

The bottom fishing has been extremely easy and any calm day has seen us fill the bins in no time!

As always the Kingfish have been consistent and live mackies/yakas have been out fishing the lures as usual however we have had a handful of amazing days on top water stickbaits and jigs including a hectic 80 fish day at Red Mercury Island!

 


 

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Fishing has been pretty hot along with the awesome weather we have been having… in between the storms… bait in the bay has been super easy loading up within 20mins of getting out there along with a couple of kings to start the day off, it’s been a fantastic summer and is looking great for some Epic Winter fishing this year!

Cheers

Capt.Chase

 

 


Coromandel Report : Omedo Bay

Anglers Lodge

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Hi all, Fishing in late February and through march has stepped up considerably, as water temps are on the raise. Bait fish and kahawai are very easy to catch and are schooling in close, which means good fishing off the rocks for good sized snapper. Snapper have done their spawn so are heading out of the firth and are hungry. We’ve started to get good sized snapper on livebaits and are filling the bins. Kingies are still on the bite and at times schooling under the boat which makes it easy for us to catch.

Cheers
Capt. Chris.

 


Great Barrier Island Report

Gamechaser

with Capt. Scott
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Great Barrier has provided consistent catches of big snapper in the shallows over the month of March on livebaits with bonus species of John Dory and the odd decent kingfish. Anchoring in foul ground presents challenges, with larger fish tending  to head for the anchor warp provides a few tense moments at the bow.
Several Snapper have been released up to the magic 20 pound mark with a handful approaching 25.

Cuvier on the more clement days saw many 20-40 kings released with some terrific Snapper catches. Livebaits where scoffed by some big school reds from 17-20 pounds.
Softbaits have provided epic results around the inner reefs? Trevs from 3-5 kg and one fish that went over 6.
Slots available  for the Autumn moochers, see you out there!

Cheers

Capt. Scott

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February Fishing Report

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Great Barrier Island Report

GAMECHASER

with Capt. Scott
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Great barrier has been producing some outstanding shallow water light tackle results.
With strong winds limiting the offshore grounds Great Barrier has many sheltered areas that are holding large numbers of resident fish.
Cape Barrier, Sunken Rock and Blind bay have been action packed.
Drifting live baits in the 30 meter marks and stray lining fresh mackerel has worked consistently on the kings and Snapper.
Sort baiting in 10-15 meters has worked very well in the evenings with fish up to 7kg ripping line off our light sets.

Our Shimano Terez matched with 6500 baitrunners are being put through their paces, perfect for 8kg mono in shallow water.

With the weather looking good Game Chaser is set to explore the eastern side of the island.

Tight lines!


Coromandel Report

CoroKing

with Capt. Owen
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With the bait turning up in the bay unseasonably late in decent numbers we have been seeing some awesome catches of kingfish amongst the bait at times. This time of the year up north around Cuvier Island seems to produce a number of nice snapper as a by-catch while targeting kings.

We have had recent stray lining sessions for snapper which have produced the goods close around the islands

The Kingies at Curvier have been big, fat and hungry.

As we look forward into March as the Aldermens should start producing kings in number of good size and this will be the go to area. Shot below is of a nice fish in the shallows of Mercury bay.


Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Late January was hard fishing when it came to catching snapper. Big berley trails worked well but still brought around loads of small snapper.

Kingfish on the other hand have been in good numbers as we are catching them when getting livies.
Going in to Feb has been good as we are getting good sized snapper, especially around the barges at work, harvesting mussels.

Fishing shallow has also produced some good numbers of snapper and livies.


Madmax

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Capt. Tom on Maxmax has been doing what he does best and putting customers onto good fish.

These lady fisho’s bagging two nice kingies.

Outwide with some decent bottom fish
A couple of nice snapps onboard madmax.

EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Capt Chase on Epic has been flat out as always and has been producing the goods.
Below are shots from a fun day out with Chase.

Great to see this young fisho so stoked with his catch

Not to be outdone.

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January Fishing Report

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

Coromandel Report
Its been a windy start to the year but our big Senator boats, powered by #YamahaMarineNZ, have handled the conditions well and our team of expert skippers Owen, Chase, Tom, Scott and Chris have all been putting customers on some big fish!

The bite has been hot and the catch varied. A good supply of live baits has been the key to a good day out.

EPIC

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Capt. Chasa on the EPIC boat has had a crazy month with customers landing some big Kingies, huge Puka and even a Marlin joined the show.
While drifting livies for Kingies at the Alderman pins in 120m, a lucky customer hooked up with an awesome early black marlin!
Well done Jonty!
Big PukaAnother day and another Capt Chase success story on board EPIC with this massive Puka coming up from just 100m.

 

COROKING – CaptO

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Capt Owen has been doing what he does best, getting customers onto the big Kings and Puka. The Alderman pins have been producing good fat fish! While we limit the catch to one per customer per day, some boats have been catching 30+ kingies on a mixture of live Jack mac baits and Shimano jigs. All Epic boats run top of line Shimano Rods and Reels that get the job done!

 

 

MADMAX

Call 0800 EPICNZ or +64 21 886 223 today and ask to fish on MADMAX with Capt. Tom.
Check availability here. http://www.epicadventures.co.nzThe MADMAX boat has been slaying it of late! Capt. Tom has been delivering some tasty deep water beasts out wide. We’ve seen EPIC catches of Bluenose, Bass and Puka all coming up.
 
Dive trips have been popular with plenty of crays for this time of year! The best we’ve seen in the area for the time of year, while scallops and kina are as plentiful as always!
    Tom ran the Australia v NZ cricket challenge with blackcaps, Dean Brownlie on-board and coming out on top with the biggest kingi of the day!

Mid December saw a good run of trophy size snapper on livebaits north of Whitianga. Alec Mackay joins the 20 pound club! Well done mate!
  
Some massive Hapuka, Bluenose and Bass were landed with young Tim’s record breaking sea bass the highlight!!
 And of course…. The Kingi fishing is as consistent as ever! Get out there!

Amodeo Bay – ANGLERS LODGE

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Fishing in the gulf in December and January has been up and down with the water temperature below average.
Weather has stopped us heading out from times as the southwesterly has been our provaling wind.
We are still getting good snapper in the gulf especially around the island and in 10 meters of water.
The schools of kahawai have started to turn up with big work ups out wide. They are taking anything you throw at them and are of good ocean going size.
Bait fish have been considerably harder to get at times for livies but when we do, it’s Dory on.
The kingies are in good numbers but again, below the average size. But still good fun.Cheers
Cptn Chris

EPIC Game Chaser on Great Barrier Island!

Following a truly successful 2016 season, EPIC will have the awesome Game Chaser boat permanently based on Great Barrier island for the next 3-4 months. This will be really EPIC, but limited spots left!  Epics Game Chaser will be based at Tryphena on Great Barrier island for the game season and there is great fishing to be had! Check out some shots from last season! Putting Game Chaser back on GBI was the Epic thing to do!
The Barrier is within striking distance of the outer gulf hot spots including Cuvier island Mokohinaus and the Bluewater trolling grounds.Fully catered packages are available at Epic HQs base at Tryphena, bed breakfast lunch and dinner are included  in the package price.Call 0800 EPICNZ or +64 21 886 223 today and ask to fish Great Barrier Island on Game Chaser
Check availability here. http://www.epicadventures.co.nz

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Well, a lot has been happening in the Epic camp over the last month or so starting with a visit from Mark Berg’s Fishing Addiction TV show.

BROUGHT TEARS TO EYES!

9.9kg Snapper (Soon to star on TV in Fishing Addiction)

Bergie, came to our shores to film with Epic Adventures for a week. He brought with him his latest candidate, Brad. The aim was to make 2 EPIC/Fishing Addiction TV shows that will go to air early next year. The challenge for Brad was to catch a variety of fish, of certain weights, competing for a $5000 prize.Over the week Mark and Brad fished with Owen on Coro King out of Coromandel and Whitianga, with Chris and myself out of Amodeo Bay on the Anglers Lodge boat and with Scott on Game Chaser out of Waiheke Island.I won’t spoil the show, but you must see it!  When he was leaving to catch his flight Bergie said to me:

“The week I’ve spent with Epic Adventures has been one of the best, if not the best, in 8 years of filming”.

NOW IN COMMAND

Captain Chase

Full time, that is, on the EPIC boat out of Whitianga.  He never really left as he was skipper/relief skipper.  But now it’s official.If you’ve been out with Captain Chase Wotten-Hunt you’ll know his expertise for putting customers onto those MASSIVE yellow tail kingfish and making sure you get them onboard!Welcome back to the full time team Chase!

BEAUTY & A WHOPPER KINGI

11.02kg on 6kg line

Is Captain Tom Maxwell on Mad Max 2 a lucky man or what!  He took his beautiful lady, Alana, out for a fish recently and she ended up with a new woman’s record at the Whitianga Game Fishing Club.  Well done Alana and Tom.

HOGS ON CORO KING

Caught on SHIMANO Talica TAC 12 Reel with Anarchy rod

Caught on SHIMANO Stella 10000 Spin Reel on Anarchy Rod

Captain Owen Wills continues a remarkable run! What can I say.  This man is a legend. A customer recently described him as an “energiser bunny on speed”! He’s everywhere at once and always does the business.

WIN SOME…

Caught on SHIMANO Ocea Jigger Reel with on Anarchy Rod

LOOSE SOME…

The young guns from Penrith had a blast on Mad Max 2 with Captain Tom Maxwell.  40+ kingi’s over 3 days!  Tom amazed them with his expertise and they are already planning the next trip.

ANGLERS LODGE HAPPY CUSTOMERS

Caught on SHIMANO Bait Runner with Elite Spin Rod

Caught on SHIMANO Ocea Jigger with Anarchy Rod

Captain Chris Dabb from Anglers Lodge at Amodeo Bay
pulled in on one day

  • 3 snapper over 7Kg
  • Bin full of pan-sized snapper

The waters upon the west coast of the Coromandel have been unusually warm so the kingfish have stayed around for longer than normal.

Remember too that you can stay at Anglers Lodge at Amodeo Bay in really lovely cabins that are directly across the road from the ramp.  Once back in from fishing, Chris the skipper will assist in filleting your catch while sharing a beer with you, then sit on the deck while the fish is smoked or chuck them on the BBQ.

MOOCHER FROM WAIHEKE SHALLOWS

Taken on SHIMANO Baitrunner with Elite Spin Rod

Captain Scott Lloyd-Jones on Game Chaser out of Waiheke Island has been slaying some of the biggest snapper, trevally and kahawai the Auckland area can produce.In the last couple of weeks:

  • snapper 4-7kg
  • trevally 3-4kg
  • kahawai 2-4kg

With winter approaching Scott has many favourite spots he can take you to where you will be stray lining close to shore hunting out those resident mooching snapper that hide amongst the kelp in 6-10 metres of water.

GREAT BARRIER RED

Taken on SHIMANO Baitrunner & Released By Ali from Sydney

Scott and EPIC Adventures have put together a special deal to get people out to theSPECTACULAR FISHING at Great Barrier Island, the jewel in the crown of the Hauraki Gulf.$500 p/p per day (min 2 days/ 4 persons)
Includes

  • Charter
  • Transfers on Game Chaser boat from Auckland, (Waiheke Island or Pine Harbour)
  • Accommodation at Great Barrier Lodge
  • Breakfast

If you are interested call the Epic office on +64 21 886 223 for more info as dates are filling up quickly.

TIPS & TRICKS

Personal best or trophy kingfish…

Get your own using EPIC methods
OR
Book a trip with EPIC Adventures +64 21 886 223

Tip 1
Catch some live bait

This might sound easy (or not) but it is one of the secrets that we at EPIC always have first in mind to make the day a success.  Put the time in and don’t give up too early. It will make the difference between success or possible failure.

Jack Mackerel are our preferred option but beggars can’t be choosers so just take what you can find.  Using sabikis sizes 12 or 14 with small baits attached is the way to go.

Try areas where you might see birds working and then use your sounder to try and find the bait schools. Check out the locals to find the areas that may be working that week or give us a call at EPIC.

Tip 2
Go heavy or go home

You need to use at least 80lb braid, 100-130lb leader, and trace to try and stop these yellow tail monsters of the deep.  In winter, the Kingfish are XXOS in size. You may only hook once in the day and you don’t want to loose it.

Tip 3
Head out wide

Head out to areas well marked on charts showing under water mounts/pins that are around 60-120 meters deep.  Look for signs of bait fish and other activity on your sounder.  At this time of year you will find the fish are deeper than normal and almost on the bottom, which makes it harder to see Kingi sign.  You will also be able to catch super size snapper down deep where the kingfish are lurking.

Tip 4
Attach live bait to circle hook

Attach a live bait to your standard Kingfishing rig.  We use Shimano rods and reels like the Stella 10000 reels, Ocea jigger and Talica 12 reels on rods like the Anarchy PE8. Pass the hook (8-9/0 circle hook) through the nose of the mackerel or other bait.

Present the live bait to the same depth as the sign on the sounder using rainbow braid and count the colours to judge depth. Usually, one colour =10 meters but check as some are from the USA and one colour can be 7 meters!

Tip 5
Don’t strike

Be aware that the colder waters have slowed the metabolism of the Kingfish considerably. They will look and play with the bait presented and may not gulp it immediately. You will feel them nibbling at it but whatever you do don’t strike as you will loose the fish. Wait until the kingi has swallowed the bait and taken off with it. How will you know this?  Because the reel will be screaming and you will be struggling to hold on!

Tip 6
Jigging

It is always a good idea to use jigs as well as live bait due to the fact that you will then use all the water column, top to bottom searching for the illusive green back Kingi.  Our skippers at Epic will often have two fishing at once, one on live bait and one on jig.  This gives you more of a chance on some days depending on many factors, which are too many to mention at this time.

Plus… if you have not managed to find any live bait then at least you’ll have the next weapon at your disposal.  If only jigging follow tips 2 & 3.

Tip 7
Call EPIC Adventures

If the above sounds a bit hard to manage on your own then the last tip of the day is to book a trip with EPIC Adventures. Our skippers are out there most days and can certainly show you our tried and true methods of catching these monster kingfish, snapper and trevally. The hapuku in winter will also show up in the shallower pins after coming in from the deep.  Don’t be shy of the cold and get into it. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Cheers Guys & Gals!
Roy Veal and the EPIC Team