EPIC Packages – The DEEP South Experience

The Ultimate Deep South Experience chasing XXL Hapuka, delicious blue cod, and Tuna. Anchorage each evening in a new secluded bay where you can free-dive for the abundant crayfish in the area, and for those interested shoot for some of the local whitetail deer that are in the area.

Duration: 3 day 2-night package
Numbers: Min 6 pax, Max 8
Accommodation: Live-a-board – catered meals (excludes alcohol)
Home Port: Ex Bluff Harbour
Price: $650 NZ per person per day

Nearest Airport: Invercargill

Departing from Bluff in the Deep South – the ultimate southern fishing experience.

Day 1

Meet your crew at the Bluff Wharf.
Your skipper and crew will welcome you aboard and provide a safety briefing before you stow your gear for the trip.
Depending on the conditions (Swell and Wind Direction) you will leave the harbor and head to one of several deep water fishing spots on the way to your destination – Stewart Island.

A solid Hapuka from the deep South

The Deepwater spots are home to some massive Hapuka (Grouper) these are possibly the tastiest fish around next to the other target species for the trip Blue Cod which comes in the XXL-sized variety in the deep South.

Big Hapuka on the deep drops is great fun.
Your vessel
You know they are BIG when they dwarf a Hapuka! A Massive Blue Cod.

Each night your skipper chooses a different sheltered bay or inlet for the night to ensure you have a comfortable night’s sleep. Some of these bays are epic in their beauty and seclusion. Freediving off the boat (thick wetsuits are recommended!) rewards you with plentiful red crayfish, and there are options for paua and mussels. These are cooked up each night along with some of the day’s catch.

At a calm anchorage for the night
Beautiful Stewart Island Bays
Ample space for fishing and relaxing

Day 2

A day to explore based on the conditions.
Your skipper will discuss with you over breakfast the best options, which could be free-diving, more deep drops for Hapuka, chasing the plentiful cod (you may also come across a few other Southern fish such as Trumpeter and the spiny dogfish) or you could even get some more crays. When the conditions are right you don’t have to go too far to experience one of the Deep Southsfishing highlights… TUNA, there are also some amazing fish in the area which are a fantastic and tasty bonus.

In the evenings, you will be at a new location, it is common to see good numbers of Virginia whitetail deer (the largest herd in the Southern Hemisphere) walking the shore, these are a pest in New Zealand and in most of the areas that we anchor the skipper who is licensed is allowed (permitted) to shoot one, which is a great addition to the night’s meal!
Plenty of opportunities to gather some more crayfish as well. The cod don’t just live outside the bay, for those are keen fishos there are plenty under the boat most days. (Catch limits do apply – Southland Fishery Management Area).

NOTE: If you are keen hunters we can arrange a day stalking as well. We can drop you off in the early hours in the inflatable and arrange a pickup time at the end of the day You will need the applicable licenses and permits.

Day 3

You will start the day with a briefing again from the Skipper and he will suggest the fishing plan for the day, as usual, it will be dictated by the conditions.

More Cod fishing and Hapuka drops are an option as you motor back towards the home port of Bluff

The Vessel

She is a beauty. Built rugged for the deep souths conditions. the Crusader is gyro stabilised with leading Japanese technology which makes the on-vessel experience second to none.

Comfortable rooms, a bathroom with showers, and a galley big enough to feed the crew.

Vessel has a tender, kayaks and a couple of paddle boards for exploring the estuaries and rivers beyond the capabilities of the vessel. Hydraulic deep drop reels so the older folk can slay some deep water fish too.