When you first leave the wharf, you will spend the first hour or so ‘gathering’ the bait-fish you need to help ensure you the best chance of hooking your personal best fish. The Shallow bays around the Whitianga and Russell/Paihia Wharves are good sources of live baits year round. Once your live bait tanks are full you are good to go. See below.
Your skipper will then motor you out to the locations that are proving to be the most productive for the time of year and he will also bait you up and hand you the gear to use (Usually the very best gear – Jigstar roads paired with either Maxel or Daiwa Saltiga 6500 reels). Then using the powerful Simrad marine electronics on board he will tell you exactly the depth to drop to (using the coloured braid) … then its a case of waiting for one of these guys to arrive…. Game on!
The Regions that Epic Adventures provide fishing charters (Coromandel and the Bay of Islands) is full of drop offs, seamounts, deep water pins that are ideal for Jigging. We normally recommend mechanical jigging and use jigs from Catch fishing. However we have had some success recently as well with slow jigs.
Be warned, mechanical jigging can be physically demanding and once the big kingies hit the struggle becomes real!
From Early October through to the end of Summer (late March) the water is warm and we see fish across the whole water column. The boats are equipped with rods suitable for throwing poppers should the occasion arise. This is an exciting way to fish, as you can often see the fish chasing your popper on the surface and the big splash when they hook up gets everyone’s heart pumping!
There is no better sight (or sound) for a fisherman than to see a sudden explosion on the surface and the popper being smashed and the reel starts screaming at you.. ZZZZZZZZ … beautiful!
EPIC ADVENTURES – NZ FISHING AS IT SHOULD BE!