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It is now the end of July so we are in the middle of winter and fully into winter fishing mode. There are plenty of species to target at this time of the year in the Bay including Tarakihi, Hapuku, Trevally, John Dory and of course Snapper and Kingfish. Kingfish are holding on the deeper reefs of the Bay and dropping live baits or jigging are the most productive methods to get these guys. If you want to catch a really big king use large live baits around the outer headlands of the Bay and be patient. Snapper are around...

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Steaming out in the early morning for a full day deep water winter fishing. The smell of coffee and the fresh bread rolls in the oven, fills the cabin.  We are excited! Hapuku are highly prised for their eating qualities with superb flavour and texture, so we fish for them as often as we can here in the Bay of Islands. The Bluenose, Bass, Broadbill Swordfish, Terakihi, Gemfish and Kingfish are other amazing fish that are in their best conditions in the winter, leading up to their spawning season in spring. Hapuku (polyprion oxygenios) is a member of the wreck...

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April has been a great month for fishing with a little more settled weather than the previous couple of months, and some great fishing along with it. Snapper have been up in the shallows as they usually are at this time of the year but there have been some great sessions in the middle of the bay as well. Centre foul has been producing some beautiful snapper recently. Also some good trevally and john dory have been among the catches.Kahawai are everywhere and are feeding on the massive schools of anchovies that are in the harbours. These guys are easy...

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First let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Hamish Faire and I have been in the fishing charter game since 1990 based in Russell in the stunning Bay of Islands. I have recently joined the Screaming Reels/Spot X team who have a tackle shop ‘Screaming Reels’ and a fishing charter boat ‘Spot X’. We have also acquired another vessel ‘Screaming Reels’ due to start operating later in March 2018.

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Thanks to Screaming Reels, Spot-X Fishing Charters has an even broader and higher range of fishing gear that gives you plenty of options to try different ways of catching the fish and give you the best fishing experience!k. 

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