Boat Fishing


 
Charter Fishing
 

The Barry Stott sole charter group (on a Top Catch Mechanical Jigging special rate) had a good day today with Barry Stott Christening his new rod first up on a nice 10 kilo kingfish. Another of 15kg and 2 more were released at the boat made up for the 10 bust offs! One nice snapper was also pulled as a bi-catch.

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2010-10-15
 

Departed Paihia on at 6:30am on a Kingfish mission out into the Bay Of Islands. The fishing wasn’t hot but there was at least some action with Terry Wylens and Raymond Howeath both landing there first ever Kingfish using the Mechanical jigging technique. Terrys fish was quite reasonable and was kept to give everyone a feed along with a couple of frostfish that all succumbed to Mechanical Jigging. Darren Gribble from Australia was unlucky to miss out when his hookup came free after a short battle. The fourth on the trip John also managed a smallish Kingi, but it was his first also for Mechanical Jigging and I think he was as stoked as me a few years ago when I caught my first rat king Mechanical Jigging.

We tried few Puka out at Main rock in 220 meters on a couple of new marks I have been given but we only did two quick drops as we couldn’t locate much on the sounder and the wind was making it difficult to get a slow accurate drift.

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Darren Judd June 2009
 

Met Simon and his group of 5 from Wellington this morning staying at the Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi near Paihia. At around 9am we headed out and tried to catch a few live baits which unfortunately was a little slow so we only ended with four mackeral in the live bait tank. The kingfish however as with all recent trips were fortunately on fire! I helped put the first livebait down for one of the group then moved to a jig rod and in the first 10 meters of water quickly showed Simon the art of Mechanical Jigging. Simon got the hang of it quickly and dropped to the bottom. On his first retrieve to the surface he hooked and landed his first ever Yellowtail Kingfish – a rat of around 5 pounds – however on his next drop he hooked and landed this Kingie of 25 pounds. I moved over to help show the techique of using the gimbal and harness on the live bait rod and as I taught the movement the rod loaded up and the fight was on – for around 30 seconds until the monster Kingfish took the 80 pound gear to the bottom and broke us off. What ensued for the next few hours was nearly chaos with 3 rods hooked up simultaneously at one stage. We lost a couple to sharks – unfortunately one of these was Karens and was the biggest – the 3rd hooked on our 4 livebait!

The group were stoked – they had never caught Kingfish before and had hoped to maybe just get a legal sized fish or 2!

By 3pm the group was exhausted from fighting fish and we dropped them back off at the jetty and in front of the Copthorne Hotel and joined them for a celebratery drink!

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Darren Judd June 2009
 

Been fishing the Bay Of Islands again for the past week and experienced some of the hottest kingfishing I have ever had. Well to correct that statement my friends and family and anyone I know who wanted to go fishing have experienced some hot fishing with me as I have been using everyone and everyone as guinea-pigs to iron out the kinks and smooth the systems on my new boat ready for chartering from October (actually doing the odd charter now working in with Justin Smith of Oakura Bay Fish Dive & Cruise). On four days out of four this week the boat has hooked over 20 kingfish per day i.e. probably over 100 for the week and this is mainly introducing beginners to the new technique of Mechanical Jigging as well as experimenting with various live bait techniques and rigs. We could have easily been doing 50 – 100 fish days if anyones arms and bodies could handle the beating the 20 – 40 pound kingfish have been giving them. Three experienced marlin fishermen but relative kingfish novices rated the fight has harder and more physical than fighting a marlin due to the type of gear and manner in which these are played i.e. harnesses and gimbles don’t work well with the jigging rods we are using so far and the fish fight deep and dirty.

I have discovered that a badly hooked livebait will pull the big kings up from 80 meters deep without being hit – generally get 3 or 4 or more following a badly hooked livebait to the surface. This should be a great technique for teasing kingies up to take a fly when they arn’t around on the surface. Will experiment with this over the next few weeks.

Have been mucking around all summer with various different knots, and leader systems for the Kingfish and have between us probably lost thousands of dollars worth of jigs but we are finally getting a system that lets us put a lot of weight on the fish with less and less breakoffs.

As a bi-product of this weeks fishing we have been pulling a few nice snapper foul hooked in the head and one nice one in the mouth that have been hitting or 370 and 470 gram knife jigs. On one of the days this week my mate Muz who was exhausted from the kingfish took a break and dropped baited ledger rigs down which wouldn’t reach the bottom before being hooked up on snapper.

My mates are all chomping at the bit to get back out but with a gale warning in force I have taken the boat out of the water for 2 or 3 days to make some modifications to enhance if fishability.

If anyone reading this wants to book a charter then just contact me to book on 021 481 737 or 09 433 2676 or email enquiries@newzealandfishing.com. We are not starting the advertising until September but we are open for business. Not sure how long these kingies will hold in their current position. As the water temperature drops they should move off out deeper. We now have pretty much have a no kill policy on kingfish – or rather a one fish per charter policy over 1 meter in length. Our game is sportfishing and not meat hunting with regards to kingfish unfortunately for those who are wanting to fill the freezer. We would like to preserve the fishery and don’t wan’t to become part of its demise.

We are happy however to allow customers to take their limit of snapper though only one over 10 pounds per customer if you are lucky enough to catch such a creature. We do recommend catch and release as much as possible though.

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Went game fishing with my mate and co-skipper of the Anglers Anonymous sportfishing boat today. The start of 6:30am was a little early for my liking given the few social drinks consumed yesterday evening at the Bay Of Islands Swordfish Club in Paihia at the finish of the Hoppin tournament we had just been in – but I dare not argue with Steve!

I was having a wee nap up the front of the boat when the right rigger rod went off and we both bolted into action. With Steve on the wheel and me on the rod the fight lasted around 20 minutes and though we are both fans of catch and release, I must admit that we did keep this one to christen the new boat and get a few photos for advertising – we did think it was a little bigger at the time and it would have been over 90 had we weighed it in straight away rather than trauling for the rest of day – weiged in the evening at 87.3kg.

We decided that it had been a great move earlier to remove the remaing bottles of Lion Red beer from the boat – which had evidently caused the hard days fishing yesterday – and that me staying away from the helm was also in the best interests of hooking fish so I was sent back below to have another nana nap. We briefly hooked – for a few seconds – two mahi mahi before heading back to Russell to weigh in the Marlin.

Later

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It was a little slower today most likely due to the Bronze Whaler sharks that were around in too good a numbers. We managed to bring in three nice sized kingfish heads which was great because they were really giving us a workout when the had tails and bodies, but thankfully the sharks were able to skillfully chomp the bodies and tails off with one nice smooth rounded cut for us to save us from straining ourselves too much. Fortunately as well for our tired aching bodies the sharks were just into eating our fresh struggling kingfish and not our dead whole baits which they just swam straight past without even looking.

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Had a great day out today with my Uncle Mike, Mike Burgin – my brother in law, and Stephen Rowe – my mate. We did great on the yellowtail kingfish today hooking around 20 or so reasonable sized fish. We lost a lot of these to the reefs and sharks and kept moving to try and keep away from the sharks. Eventually we got sick of the sharks and put out a whole dead bait which resulted in a 20 minute fight for me on game tackle before before the 100kg + (+ several kingfish) Bronze Whaler shark eventually broke the steel trace at the boat.

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Philip Norman Kingfish

After finishing guiding Philip Norman and his friend Veda from Brisbane for 4 days on Monday, I invited Philip up for a fish in my new boat out of Whangarei which my mate Steve had just relaunched after a couple of months having alterations done. We headed to the Marsden Marina late morning after Phil finally managed to find my house at 7am in the morning after driving all night and getting just a couple of hours sleep. We headed out at about 1pm intending to go for a marlin trawl but due to increasing wind and our late start we opted to do some salt fly and jigging instead. Phil and my co-captain Steve Rowe had several chances casting popper flies and schooling Kahawai before the wind got too strong and we decided to jig instead. It took a while to find the kingies but we got into a good school in around 30 meters of water after a couple of hours of trying while Phil took a wee nap below. Once we found the kingies it was mayhem! Phil had a ball once he got the hang of Mechanical jigging and it wasn’t long before he was hooking up and landing rat (small) kingies. We had a few others follow the fish up from the reef so Phil took the fly rod and popper and had a few takes before one nice kingi inhaled the popper fly from the surface in much the same manner as a trout taking a mayfly and Phil was in – for around 30 seconds before the fish got off. Steve had a couple of shots also on the fly for kings. Towards the end of the day we started to get into some good kingies in the 20-30lb range. The picture here is of Phils biggest of around 35lbs estimated. I think this was Phils best ever day sea fishing who was previously convinced that sea fishing was a waste of time coz he never caught much!

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Anglers Anonymous Photo Gallery
 

Went out fishing with my friend Justin Smith and – his friend Tony – from down the road who runs a charter boat out of Oakura Bay Northland today. Had a great day – landed a 27 pound Yellowtail kingfish within 15 minutes of leaving the shore as well as a few Kahawai and then headed out to probably New Zealands hottest marlin spot at the moment – a further 10 minutes in the boat. By the time we got there the VHF was going nuts with hookups happening every few minutes out there and 9 fish allready landed for the morning. We put our lures out and within 10 minutes saw our first marlin tailing on the surface about 20 minutes from the boat on the port side – it looked huge and was probably a big blue. About 10 minutes later one of lures had a hit and sure enough a marlin appeared behind my Pacific Lumo lure – probably a stripie as was considerably smaller than the other one. I eased the drag and dropped the lure back to the fish – a technique someone had suggested I try – and the fish grabbed it and took off. By the time we had cleared the rest of the gear and put the harness on the fish had a few hundred meters of line out. I increased the drag to the strike position — and nothing – it came off! On bringing the line in we found the lure gone as the beak had abbrased and sliced through the 300 pound leader just below the lure – my favourite lure. Later on in the day we had another brief hookup from a fish that we never saw on the Zuker ZM5.5 purple and black. We went over a couple of bait balls and picked up a few skippies on the way. On Sunday, 26 marlin were weighed in at Tutukaka – the Majority of these taken at the Kumara Patch off the Poor Nights and out of Home Point where we were fishing today. I heard that a further 50 were dropped. Am expecting a couple of days of strong winds before it becomes fishable again. I intend to make the most of the Marlin over the next week or so before I return down South to the trout.

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2009-01-21
 

Was meant to go out fishing with my brother in law to be Mike Burgin yesterday but it seemed to me to be too windy – evidently I am a soft **** and my sister has bigger ****s than me so he was going to take her out instead – though I hear this morning that they in fact didn’t go – coz it was too windy!

Am still weighting for the “plastic surgery” on my boat to be finished, should be here within two weeks according to the boat builder – am chomping at the bit – she is a 29ft 3 hundred horse pure fishing machine destined to take over the world, one fish at a time! The marlin were going off out off Whangarei earlier this week – hopefully I can get out with some friends this week. Back down in Turangi guiding in a week or two – off to my cousin Sarah Blake’s wedding shortly – she will be Sarah Slagter when she marries a good local fulla Jeroen today.

I have just got some photos from my fishing weekend with my mate Kevin Singh from a couple of weeks ago so I have put these up today. We landed 10 good kingies at the Aldermans on the first day and several more at Mayor Island the second day – and won the Tauranga Charter boat competition. The two biggest were around 45 pounds when weighed in at the end of the day – as much as I am a catch and release person we had to keep 3 to weigh in on the second day – so were probably nearer 50 pounds at the start of the day when they were caught. We were fishing in the tournament with Aaron from Primo Charters in Tauranga – a fantastic skipper with a huge amount of knowledge and experience – ex Oracle skipper.

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