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So the weather has not been great to say the least, however we are still managing to get out there and the fishing has been generally quite good.Kingies have been a little tricky lately with no spots being consistent. We have been picking up fish of various sizes and in various places. Some days the nice 15kg ones have been in close, but not every day though. When we have been able to go out deep, they are normally there on various depth, fat and beautiful. But so are the sharks! As a reward landing for half kingi or losing...

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On board the SpotX charter boat ‘Screaming Reels ‘ in the Bay of Islands we do a lot of fishing for kingfish. To help us achieve great results we like to use good quality gear. For our live bait and our jigging outfits we use PENN. The live bait set up consists of PENN Fathom 40 lever drag reels on PENN Ocean Assassin PE 5-8 rods loaded with 15 or 24 kg mono. The jigging setups are PENN Fathom 25 Narrow lever drag reels on PENN Ocean Assassin PE 5-8 rods loaded with 50lb multicoloured braid. All 6 sets we...

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Bay of Islands Fishing Report 04/06/2020

 

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We have been very lucky this year not only with fabulous summer weather but also amazing fishing. And still is! The Snapper fishing in the Bay of Islands is difficult as usual at this time of the year. Middle areas are full of small fish and can be very frustrating going through your bait or softbait rapidly. So you have to go looking where the decent sized are, which, of course, changes quite often! We have been finding them very shallow under periods or very deep other periods. We went out to Cape Brett yesterday with amazing clear water and there...

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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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