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Epic Adventures Fishing Report

Coromandel : Whitianga report

KAOS

with Capt. Owen
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Nice conditions out there this week which makes a change from the cyclones and bad weather that has hampered us the past few months! Fortunately the fish are still holding well in the usual spots and are in great condition! 

Sharks have been a major player on the outer pins, putting the Maxel/Jigstar combos to the test with exceptionally fast retrievals to land the fish before the taxman turns up!

Bait fishing is a mixed bag as usual for this time of year. At times we have been able to load up at the wharf before the customers even turn up! Other days see us motoring down the coast to find pockets of bait but overall, not too bad.

With the water temperature still warm, we are getting some nice Snapper as a bycatch mixed in with the Kingies! We expect the sharks to hang around for a while yet so be prepared to move around a bit and when you get a fish on, get your wind on!!! 


Cheers all

Capt.Owen   


EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Well, where to start.

The weather has not been on our side in the last month which has held us up a bit with the fishing. Bait fishing has been up and down, some days nice and easy at the wharf, and others have had us doing the miles!

Of late, most of our king fishing has been in and around the islands producing plenty of awesomely conditioned fish.

The dirty bronzies have been keeping us away from a lot of the deeper pins – from Cuvier through to the Aldermans, but hopefully as the water starts to cool down, we'll see the tax man bugger off! Snapper have been an easy and plentiful by-catch on the livies and dead baits most days, which makes for a tasty feed !

Cheers Capt Chase
 


 

CHURCH

with Capt. Ryan
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Fishing Report for Church

With a good lot of consecutive days on the water this month the fishing has been awesome yet again! The bait has been a lot harder to find than just going in the bay and dropping the sabikis! We have been either staying at the wharf and trying to fill the tank or venturing around the coast to a few other local spots that hold nice amounts of bait fish! A bit of burley and baiting the sabikis has been helping a lot!

We have had some solid sessions on the kings lately whether we go north towards curvier or down towards the Aldermen’s, there has been consistent fishing most places. The sharks have still been around, does not seem quite as bad as last month but are still snatching the odd kingfish for a feed!  


Snapper are still around and very hungry with a few nice fish coming in as well. It is nice to be able to drop a few baits down where you are fishing for kings and grab a feed of snapper at the same time.

Lets see how the next few months go as we head into winter!

Cheers

 

Capt Ryan


 Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay  

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Hi all, 
Well Summer has come to an end but fishing has fired up!

This is the time of year when you can just drift around or anchor up anywhere and easily get your limit of decent sized Snapper. The Snapper are so hungry they are hitting anything you throw at them, and running a berley on the bottom has its benefits when out in the open. 

Kingies are in the best condition ive seen in years, and are still in big numbers in the Gulf.
Channel Island has been on fire this summer getting some big kings and heaps of them.

 
Also trolling the sunken rocks around the local islands outside Anglers Lodge has been epic coming into winter.
Kahawai are smashing everything, they put up a good fight but can be frustrating when trying to catch Snapper. 
Bait fish are in abundance in close along the coast line south of Colville bay and around the farm out from Amodeo bay.

Cheers Cptn Chris 


Bay of Islands : Russell/Paihia fishing report

KOROKING

with Capt. Kerry 'KIT'
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Fishing report from the Bay of Islands, for the Epic Adventures charter vessel, Koro King. Well autumn is here and the weather is still favourable. The baitfish are still readily available, xos mackerel and fat pilchards, perfect for our inshore  target species, kingi, snapper, trevally ,kahawai etc.  
 
The hapuku, bass and the bluenose are making their way into shallower waters, winters looking good for the keen anglers.  

As a footnote the Bay of Islands Sword fish Club is again hosting the annual week long Light tackle tournament in early June, fishing for kingfish on 8 and 6kg line.Hosting numerous Australian teams  along with some great Kiwi fishos, this is a must for the competent angler. I have competed in the competition over numerous years, and boated some great kingis for both senior and junior anglers. Love to have you (and your mates) on board. 

  
Sharpen those hooks, tight lines, from Kerry Gregory, skipper of Koro King, Russell, NZ, 

Cheers
Captain Kit Gregory, Russell – Bay of Islands

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Epic Adventures Fishing Report

Coromandel : Whitianga report

KAOS

with Capt. Owen
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It is that time of the year again when the kingfish just steps up a notch and so do the sharks, whats kept us a little shy of fishing the Alderman pins. So of late we have concentrated our efforts in the northern and the Mercury Island region with some great results in numbers and size at times.

Another happy fisherman on Epic Adventures
And as far as snapper are concerned they seem to be coming on stronger every week as they do this time of the year on the eastern coast of the Coromandel.

The blue water has been close in at times what can make for an awesome day seeing your fish come up from  20-30 metres below the boat with beautiful crystal clear water. As far as bait for us it has been awesome with the occasional cyclone coming through to keep you guessing your first day back on the water to find the little buggers.

Big Coromandel kingfish caught on a Epic Adventures charter

All in all the fishing has been consistent and it is not hard to find a kingi or two where ever you go. So here we go heading into my favourite time of the year for the next two-three months and we will be seeing some awesome fishing, fingers crossed the weather holds it together.

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


EPIC

with Capt. Chase
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Well it’s been a good summer out of Whitianga over these last few months, the weather has had its days but the fishing has made up for what we’ve missed! Bait has been plentiful in the bay which makes for plenty of time out wide.
Solid King caught on Epic with Capt Chase
The Cuvier pins have been our goto with kings and snapper playing the game well ! As we move into March we should see ourselves fishing back down towards the aldys as the bigger fish begin to turn up, I’m looking forward to it!
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Cheers Capt Chase


 

CHURCH

with Capt. Ryan
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Between dodging a few storms lately the fishing has been hot! With one exception… Sharks

Happy customers on a Epic Adventures charter

With a few fish being sharked we moved away from the areas and tried further north. The move was no loss as the fishing was just as good up there! Some good sized kings being landed and some very consistent fishing had most days we are out! There has also been good variety around with some nice snapper coming aboard and also the odd tasty Hapuku. Bait in the bay has also been good with a few kingfish in the mix as well.

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Kingfish caught on a Catch jig New Zealand fishing charters  with Epic

A great month has been had and I am looking forward to the month that follows with hopefully some great weather!!!

Cheers

Capt Ryan


  Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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Hi all,

The month of February has been a bit up and down on the snapper with days getting our limits and the next day finding it hard work, using berley still had no effect. Flasher rigs have been the best method this month. The best part is the snaps are in top condition.

 

Kings on the other hand are still in big numbers from the mussel farms and surrounding island to the Black rocks. We have also been getting some good sized trevally near the farms.
Channel Island has been on fire for the kings so far this season, getting some big kings and heaps of them, so book your trip now and lets get railed.
Cheers Cptn Chris


Bay of Islands : Russell/Paihia fishing report

KOROKING

with Capt. Kerry ‘KIT’
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Fishing report from the Bay of Islands   arm of Epic Adventures,
Well summer has almost gone and as we roll into March, I can say that inspite of the mixed weather, the fish have stuck around.  The target  species, namely snapper and kingfish, have kept our anglers smiling, with some fine catches (and releases).
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We have also caught other great eating table fish over the last month such as john dory, trevally and kahawai. I have enjoyed the company of many overseas visitors lately, and they marvel at the beauty of the Bay, and the relaxed and rewarding fishing  available to them on the Koro King. Can’t wait to get out there again.!

Epic Bay of Islands Snapper fishing Epic Bay of Islands Kingfish trip

Tight lines. P.S. the gamefish are still here, the water temperatures are still holding well..

Cheers
Captain Kit Gregory, Russell – Bay of Islands

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Epic Adventures Fishing Report

New Zealand fishing charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay) and The Bay of Islands (Russell/ Paihia).

Coromandel : Whitianga report

Vessel: KAOS

with Capt. Owen

Skipper of the RH770 Senator, providing kingfish charters out of Whitianga in the Coromandel.

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Well it has been a good run on the kingfish front there has been no trouble finding fish as they have seemed to be everywhere, with some real nice ones thrown in here and there. As per usual this time of the year the bait is pretty easy pickings with plenty of kings around them as well.

The new set up of Jigstar rods (battle royale and twisted sister) and maxel reels have been proving very popular and are handling the big hard charging Coromandel kingfish with ease.

As for Whitianga and me it was farewell to the vessel Coroking, what has recently been replaced with the Senator RH770 named “KAOS” a bigger boat decked out with the best electrics from SIMRAD and also the latest gear from Maxwell reels and Jigstar rods and all I can say is that fishing has just got that much easier with the SIMRAD NSS Evo3 finding the fish so easy.

Kingy’s mid water!
Easy as on the NSS Evo3

The silky smooth drags on the Maxel reels and the Jigstar rods soaking up all those knocks and bumps. With all this combined we are going to see more big fish landed. So as we look into the next month we should see more of the same trends carrying on with some pretty unreal fishing.

Cheers all

Capt.Owen


Vessel: EPIC

with Capt. Chase
Skipper of  another Senator 770 , providing New Zealand fishing charters out of Whitianga in the Coromandel.

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Well it’s been an awesome start to summer ! Bait as easy as can be along with plenty of healthy kings amongst. Cuvier has been the pick for December, with most pinnacles holding reasonable kingfish up into the 20kg+ bracket, along with the respectable snapper.

Fishing doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon, and with the weather starting to settle, I’m looking forward to what the rest of summer has to offer!

Cheers Capt Chase


Vessel: CHURCH

with Capt. Ryan
Skipper of a purpose built Bluefin 665 and providing fishing charters out of Whitianga in the Coromandel.

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With the water warming up and some great weather being had the fishing has been hot!

The bait has been thick in the bay with the kingfish coming into the schools and smashing the sabikis to bits!

There is some consistent fishing out wide with the odd big fella in the mix. The snapper are on the chew as well coming up off the bottom to get a taste for the good old livies giving a good mixed bag for the customers.


HORSE! This solid model went 30.6kg. One of the bigger fish caught on Church this month

Lets hope it only gets even better from here!!

Cheers Capt Ryan


 Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Vessel: Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris

Skipper of Anglers Lodge II, A steady, offshore 7.5 Aluminium monohull. Providing fishing charters out of Amodeo Bay in the Coromandel.
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Hi all,
Well what can I say.

The fishing in the gulf has just been firing in December and January, we have warmer waters and more baitfish then I’ve ever seen.

Big snapper are just smashing our livebaits and big dead baits, like jackmacks and blue slimys. We have fished out wide in the 35m-40m mark and filling bins with ease. This year flasher rigs have dominated the straylines.

As for the kings, I think its been one of the best years here at Anglers Lodge as we are loading the rods up where ever we go, from the close islands to channel island also out wide in the 40m.

So don’t be shy give us a call and we will make a day of it.

Cheers Cptn Chris


Bay of Islands : Russell/Paihia fishing report

Vessel: KOROKING

with Capt. Kerry ‘KIT’
Koroking a purpose built Senator 690, providing Bay of Islands fishing charters and based in Russell.
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Our Coroking boat has made the move North and has been renamed KoroKing. Kororareka being the maori name for her new home port of Russell.

Capt Kit is a long term resident and commercial fisherman, and he boasts several records and photos on the walls of the local swordfish fishing club. Read more about Kit here.

Kia ora guys, being the latest addition to the fleet, I’m rapt to part of the Epic team and emulating the standards set by my fellow skippers.

The last month we have been dogged by the wet and windy La Ninja weather patterns, but things are improving rapidly.

I look forward to getting out again into my backyard, the beautiful Bay and surrounding area, and catching some awesome fish with our guests.
Catch up in my next report.

Cheers
Captain Kit Gregory, Russell – Bay of Islands

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November Fishing Report

New Zealand fishing charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay) and The Bay of Islands (Russell/ Paihia).

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.

Solid NZ fish New Zealand fishing charters at its best!
Whitianga Kingfish Charters

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!

Whitianga kingfish charters
Coromandel kingfish charters

Cheers Capt Ryan


Coromandel Report : Amodeo Bay

Anglers Lodge

with Capt. Chris
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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.

Anglers Lodge fishing charters
Coromandel fishing charters

Cheers Cptn Chris

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September Fishing Report

New Zealand fishing charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)

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 charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)

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 charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)

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.

Click here or the image to view

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

with Capt. Chris
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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 charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)


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

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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

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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!

 


 

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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

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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

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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

New Zealand fishing charters as it should be. Commentary from our expert Skippers. Monthly reports are based on the months fishing activity from across the Coromandel (Whitianga and Amodeo Bay)

Coromandel : Whitianga report

CoroKing

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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

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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!

 


 

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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

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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