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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.

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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

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.

Hard charging string pulling Kingfish Epic Adventures

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.
Big New Zealand Kingfish Epic Adventures

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

with Capt. Chris
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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

with Capt. Tom
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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

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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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

with Capt. Chris
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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

New Zealand Fishing Reports by Epic Adventures expert skippers

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

with Capt. Tom
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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

Call 0800 EPICNZ or +64 21 886 223 today and ask to fish on EPIC with Capt. Chasa.
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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. https://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

Call 0800 EPICNZ or +64 21 886 223 today and ask to fish Amodeo bay on board 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. https://www.epicadventures.co.nz

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Below are some shots from last season on G.B.I
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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

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February proved to be a great month in the Hauraki Gulf. Large numbers of Skipjack Tuna and Kingies provided fantastic light tackle sessions in the 40 metre grounds.

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Anchovy meatballs have been a regular occurrence, which has attracted a mixed bag of species.

Snapper are in the shallows by the plenty and stray lining with pilchards’ last thing in the afternoon, at the bottom end of Waiheke, have been epic.

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Solid winter moochers will be moving into the shallows around the Hauraki Gulf Islands and will stay resident until late spring.

Game fishing has been very good; angler Peter Malcolm from Waiheke Island played a solid Blue Marlin for one hour on 60kg tackle. The fight was epic as the big blue stripped 650 metres off the reel in the initial run. The hooks pulled right at the boat but what a display.
Well done Team Waiheke on that effort.

 

EPIC COROMANDEL

As summer concludes and autumn begins we are filled with great anticipation, as for many of us this is our favourite part of the fishing calendar.
Book now for great winter fishing. Here’s what it was like out of Whitianga last August:

The entire epic fleet has been frantic over the last few months with single day and many multi-day trips. The easterlies have sadly been persistent but we’ve managed to bounce our way through most of them.

The fishing has been phenomenal with personal best kingies being achieved daily as seen below.

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This yellow tail King fish estimated at 20+Kg was caught on a Shimano Anarchy PE8 rod coupled with an Ocea Jigger reel.

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Another Shimano Anarchy and Ocea reel doing its best but this time on jigs not live bait.

 

GAME FISHING

On the game fishing front Tom, one of our Epic skippers, has put in the hours and managed some lovely marlin including a few off the West coast.

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The welcome arrival of yellowfin and the odd bigeye had the Mercury Bay Fishing Club members buzzing. This is the second year in a row they have made their presence known in such plentiful numbers. Acres and acres of mahi-mahi have also been found with some being of epic proportions. The Striped Marlins have been in nice and close with many being caught inside the 130 metre line. Pack attacks have been a frequent occurrence with both the middle ground and the hook offering very consistent fishing. The odd really nice blue Marlin showed up through March and there are a few stories of mammoth battles that didn’t end well! But that’s why its called “fishing” and not “catching” I guess

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Shimano Stella 10000 and Tcurve Ocea spin holding up well.

 

KINGFISH

Where do I start! These green-back beauties have really lived up to their reputation for being low down dirty fighters. All have been in prime fat Coromandel condition reminding us why we are so lucky to be able to offer one of the most desirable Kingfish fisheries in the world. Up north of Cuvier early December/January the sizes were down a little but with plenty of 60 fish days. We focused more on a few local reefs closer to home, producing multiple fish over the 20kg range daily.

March has blown us away with some of the best fishing we’ve seen. We’ve been letting 16 and 17 kg Kingfish go at the side of the boat because, on given days, they were merely rats as the average was in the mid 20’s.

The fishing was consistent right through March and we hope it continues into April. Every bit of structure shallow or deep appear to be holding great fish but the further north you go it does appear that a few smaller fish are still in abundance amongst the odd big boy.

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Nicely caught in the shallows while hunting for bait fish.

 

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Epic customers release most of the fish they catch.

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Also for the jiggers, it’s kind of become Barracuda central up past Cuvier. So many a quality jig has been lost to these toothy critters .The bay’s been graced with its morning kingies, whilst bait fishing, with many groups catching their fill before leaving the bait grounds for the day.

HAPUKU

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Hapuku have been very welcome over December /January with some mammoth fish being caught. There were many around the 15 to 20 kg bracket but one fish that stood out onboard the boat Epic was a Hapuku that weighed 35kg and was caught on a jig.

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SNAPPER

Many of the inshore reefs seem to be holding nice amounts of these tasty morsels. It’s really just the luck of the draw on the day as to whether we stumble across these bronzed beauties or not.

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Shimano Ocea Jigger strikes again.

All the pins have been holding amazing numbers of quality Snapper with several around the 8 kg bracket coming off live-baits. I did a few days on the Coromandel side and cracked some beauties on some 80 and 100 gram slow jigs.

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Nice John Dory by-catch.

BAIT FISH

Bait’s being pretty easy with fish at the wharf and in the bay so it’s helped us minimise the amount of jigging our guys have had to endure. Many days the tanks were full in a matter of minutes.

Predictions moving into April

With the days shortening through April I’m picking the kingies will hold in size and condition. As long as the rain doesn’t become too much of an issue the bait should be pretty easy at the wharf and in the bay. The gamefish will still be around but not in the abundance that the previous months have shown.  The Snapper fishing will hold its consistency on both sides of the Coromandel Peninsula and the Hapuku and others will make an appearance on the odd occasion, mixing the bag up nicely.
The weather should remain pretty settled so we are all set for some outstanding fishing to continue as it has previously over the last couple of months.

Cheers
Hadyn

 

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Fishing Report August 2015

As the wintery weather started to abate over August we were left with many a blue dome day and a calm sea a very welcome sight for both the epic skippers and our loyal epic clientele. The clothing layers were often shed and the sunscreen had been applied in copious quantities. So with the weather improving and the seas flat you must be wondering… how’s the fishing been?

Well I’ll give a wee bit of a rundown of what the epic crew have been up to over the last month and offer a few predictions for the upcoming months encase your contemplating a trip on board any one of our four top quality vessels.

Hapuka

Finally we have had a wee flurry of Hapuka gracing our inshore reef structures. Rumour has it they are spread around a little bit from the commercial long liners and the large concentrations of fish are yet to arrive but with only a couple of attempts at the bronzed demons of the deep from the epic crew the success has been great. The size hasn’t been outstanding but with lots of school fish it will only but improve. My bet is that anywhere from Cuvier to south of the alderman’s will be holding fish.

Bluenose

Bluenose have been a common capture for those travelling a little wider. It hasn’t been taking long to secure a really good bin full. Our very own Chase and his mate Sammy Clothier had a pretty cool session recently resulting in a nice bag of bluenose and a few bass.

Crayfish

Although the commercial boys are off to a slow start with their cray season the divers are doing well if they have the local knowledge and the guts to brave the elements. Thomas and Chase had a swim in the last week of August and looking at the pics there’s a few around. Visibility has been pretty good in most areas so although Crays aren’t something epic adventures focuses on it does show the diversity and wealth of knowledge our skipper’s have for the mercury bay/ coromandel areas.

John Dory

These little beauties are some of the finest eating fish you can get and are becoming a very frequent bycatch whilst targeting our kingies on the live baits. I’ve had a few days this month where we managed half a dozen as a bycatch. So they are becoming a very welcome treat for clients on board our vessels.

Mackie’s

Well these little fellas have made their presence known in the bay again. It hasn’t been too hard to get them but on the odd occasion we have been sweetening the offerings with a little squid or pilchard and even a bit of burley just to keep them frenzied. Patience really is the key when it comes to bait. I often see lots of boats follow us to the bait grounds and we are slaying Mackie’s and they are looking at us in complete confusion as to why were frenzied and they aren’t getting any. I think most of it is in trusting your equipment and not following the boats. If they aren’t balled up under your boat you could be 3 metre from the boat beside you catching them five at a time and you will catch nothing. There is still lots of resident bait around the weed edges on a lot of the islands. They like structure for safety but they will often be seen cruising around over the sand and if a predator is in pursuit they will seek refuge in amongst the weed etc. find with resident bait like this find the sign anchor up quietly and burley. But don’t feed the bait. I will pull my burley out and release small amounts as needed or they simply fill up and won’t take the wee baited sadiki’s that are on offer.

Snapper

Although during august our Skippers haven’t focused on snapper there have been lots around. I took a group in around the Alderman’s and had a wash session casting light weighted soft baits into the kelp with a very steady supply of snapper. Nothing of huge proportions but a lot of fun none the less. The Coromandel has been firing very well. It must be mentioned though that winter can make the snapper less likely to feed aggressively so it pays to keep things a little bit lighter. Baits smaller and the bites will be less aggressive. As I only soft bait I find winter is the time of year I pull my 3 inch soft baits out and I’ll run down to a 15 lb fluorocarbon leader versus my 30 lb for the summer. I find the snapper love the kelp and very shallow reef structures from June to September and extra stealth is the key component to your success.

Kingies

These green backed buetys have given us a very good month. They are hitting the jigs well on most occasions but to be honest you still can’t beat the live baits. Fish have been very fat and some have hit the low to mid 20s with an average of about 17 kg. The pins have been hit and miss and we have all burnt a lot of gas trying to ensure our customers a successful day filled with personal bests and high fives. The bite times have been a bit spasmodic so patience has been the key.

Looking ahead into September

September and October are two very exciting months for epic adventures. The fish are big and to be honest some fish of a lifetime will be caught through these months the options will be a little more diverse as bottom bouncing for Hapuka/bass and bluenose are all accessible if the weather permits. It does pay to let the booking office know however if this is your intention so the skippers can have the necessary bait and supply’s to offer you these options otherwise we are generally geared just for our kingies etc. If I was looking at a trip with epic. Id honestly be booking now. The next two months will blow everyone’s minds including the skippers. Spots are filling fast and you don’t want to be the guys or gals that miss out on the best of the best.

Cheers

Hadyn

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Winter Fishing Report June/July 2015

The Coromandel has definitely had a fiery temper the last few months. We’ve had the artic blows and the heavy rain and inbetween we’ve experienced some of the Coromandel’s calmness, producing huge fish and in plentiful supply. As is often the case with winter fishing it’s a bit of a treasure trove out there. The spots haven’t being seeing the regular boat pressure so numbers are high and often the species range varies considerably making it really exciting for the anglers. I’ll endeavour to outline what the Epic team have been up to over the June / July winter months and then I’ll present you with the exciting developments for the upcoming months also.

Kingfish
The mighty Kingfish have spread themselves out a fair bit over the last few months. I’ve struck plentiful numbers on all the inshore reefs as well as the usual haunt’s like the Alderman Pins and Cuvier Island. The most obvious thing has been the shift from the kingies congregating on top of the structure to more often than not settling on the drop offs or even out wide on the mud. It often pays to really explore any area you are targeting as you just never know what’s hiding out on the edges. The jigs have been finally getting slammed pretty frequently so that’s been a great relief as the bait supplies have at times been thin. I’m picking the average size of the kingies over June and July had hovered around 16kg with a few beauty’s hitting into the 20plus kg bracket.

Hapuka/bluenose/bass
Rumour has it the Hapuka have made a presence in as shallow as 40 metres in the last few weeks of July. The hook has had the odd fish but it’s a very late start for these beauties. Bluenose and bass are plentiful on the 450 mtr line if you have the fuel budget to carry you there. Guys have been dropping sword baits as well whilst in these vicinity’s but it’s been slow on that front.

Snapper Mercury bay
There’s loads of snapper still in the bay especially in the last few hours of daylight whilst laying a long burley trail and soaking some baits. Out a bit wider. The Mercury Island produced great fat snapper in the 2 to 6 kg bracket consistently all winter long primarily on bait. The 80 mtr line on broken fowl with lots of mud around it has had excellent results with some of the biggest snapper being pulled from those vicinity’s. Excellent fun if you’re confident in your knowledge of the area and your sounder to identify them.

Snapper Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel
The Firth of Thames and Hauraki Gulf is alive with spring snapper work up action. Find the gannets diving and you will have found the snapper and kingfish. These sessions are epic. The crashing of the gannets from 60 ft. or so above the boats hurtling into the water by their hundreds is a sight and sound every fisherman should experience. The best methods in these situations are using either sliders or slow jigs. They get down fast and often there is no rod action required at all before you are solidly hooked up on the fat well-conditioned snapper. Some of the fish out of these work ups are hitting the 9 and 10 kg bracket so it’s a very rewarding session generally. Please take enough for a feed only as it’s very easy to let the numbers collect up quickly and before you know it you have fish you can’t utilise. Epic Adventures still place a huge emphasis on taking enough for a feed and then taking a fast picture and releasing the fish for someone else to play with another day. I’ve also found the soft baiting to be epic. I target a lot of snapper in 2.5 to 5 metres of water. A very stealthy approach is needed to pull off this style of fishing. Very light outfits with the lightest jig head possible to allow for a very slow flutter through the water column. Epic Adventures now offers this style of fishing as an option and can be booked on line. We are excited about offering this to our clients as an alternative option especially for multi day bookings where a bit of diversity is required. I took Roy Veal out and demonstrated the techniques to many of my usual haunts in the Firth of Thames and the Coromandel area and he had a blast. The following week I was dying to get my two boys out into the action also so off we went nailing huge snapper on soft baits in an epic two hour snapper session. The Hauraki Gulf and the Coromandel/Firth of Thames areas are so dynamic as they have hundreds of islands and secluded bays to hide out of almost any wind and the fishing is first class. If you haven’t caught sizable snapper or feel like you need some tuition in refining your skills or learning new ones it is money well spent.

Bait
Baits been hard. The usually haunts are slow. It appears the Mackie’s are around any clump of fowl at present. Find the foul and a bit of shelter and you’ll generally get enough especially if you lay a nice burley trail also.

Summary
This is the exciting part. We are nearing the absolute dynamite time of year for the biggest, hardest kingies you will strike on the Coromandel. If you haven’t already booked it might pay to think about doing it quickly as this time of year from August on is famous for fulfilling some personal bests. The snapper especially on the Western side of the Coromandel Peninisula and up into the Firth of Thames and out into the Hauraki Gulf will be frantic. Endless lure options become available to you as the fish are hungry and plentiful. Our skippers have had a little bit of downtime to recharge there batteries over winter so we can offer you our rejuvinated skills. Even young skipper Chase managed a pig caught by hand on the way home after a rock fishing mission with our other skipper Owen. The Epic crew are fully pumped and rearing to go. Hope to see you guys soon.

Tight lines

Hadyn