MAY 2017 FISHING Report

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


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.



Cheers all
Capt. Owen


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!



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.



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.


Capt. Chris.