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luck bugger depends were u are north or south island and depends on what time of the year u go
some 1 will help u for shore been a while since i fished there:bounce:
 

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I am an ex-pat pom now living in Whitianga on the Coromandel peninsular, NZ. Just found this great forum by accident when researching Avet reels.
I never did a great deal of sea fishing in the uk, mostly carp and general course. Since moving here 3 years ago I have really got the bug, and have just got my first boat. as some have already said, this place is pure heaven for anyone into fishing/diving/hunting.
Until you have caught a legal (minimum keeper size 75cm) yellowtail kingi...you aint lived.
 

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The certainly is plenty of fishing around. Every port you go to will have several options for various charter fishing trips, I would have to say the best marine fishing is generally north of Gisborne/Taranaki, heading out from Whakatane to White Island is fantastic fishing, either with Rick Pollock (Pursuit) or some of the otehr charter boats that work the area... finding a spot on one of Ricks trips would be pretty tough, he is a pretty internationally renowned skipper.
I would recommend perhaps seeing if you can get a spot on a multiday trip out of Gisborne on the vessel Pacific Invader, with Mike Richmond. These are great value trips, and the fishery there is if anything better than the Whakatane one.
If heading further north, well, as timbonz says Whitianga is good, but really, anywhere from there north has some great options... and yes, fishing of the rocks is pretty easy and relatively productive as well.
I would suggest you check out the www.fishing.net.nz site, it has a lot of folks on there who would be happy to help out with more and better advice than I am able to provide.
And what Timbonz saya about kingies is true....


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Stu.
 

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Nelson is in the south island and the fishing around there is generaly good time of year dependant etc .

Have a look at http://www.fishingmag.co.nz/ its a mainly south island based fishing site theres a forum there you could ask a few questions.
I live in Nelson. Surf casting several times a week (walking distance). I'm catching Kahawai (Ocean trout?) at the moment, the waters are cool. I'm fishing a blind channel, which is quite a 'super highway' for fish in and out of the bay. As the waters warm the Kahawai get bigger and the Snapper come in amongst others.
Fortunately, I have the privilege to fish a beach with private access, about 40min out of town. More Kahawai, Snapper, Gurnard, blue cod etc. But that's as the water warms too.
I guess the thing I like the most about fishing around here is the weather. Very settled with the highest sunshine hours in the country next to Blenheim and Marlborough sounds. If I decide to go fishing or go home, it's 15 minutes from line in the water, to beer in the hand.
As for the the sounds, another fishing adventure all together.
 

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This morning was outstanding. Between me and 3 Cambodian guys, we pulled in close to 60 Kahawai in 2 1/2 hrs. Pretty frantic running between rods. They kept plenty of smaller ones I would have released. Still, it was a pretty animated day at the beach! :laugh:
 

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I fished at the three kings in may 2007, it's the fishiest place on earth!! we stayed on 'oracle' for a week as the kings is in the middle of nowhere and you don't touch land for 7 days but i absolutely loved it, we fished 14 hours a day and you catch everything. marlin, billfish, hapuka, bass, kingies, sharks, squid, snapper to name just a few, but the most exciting by far is the kingie fishing on a jig! some are so big and strong they were straightening our split rings on the jigs! i can't wait to go back. apart from that i lived in nz for a year and fished at least once a week mostly on the north island and you won't go far wrong with the bay of islands either.
 

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I fished at the three kings in may 2007, it's the fishiest place on earth!! we stayed on 'oracle' for a week as the kings is in the middle of nowhere and you don't touch land for 7 days but i absolutely loved it, we fished 14 hours a day and you catch everything. marlin, billfish, hapuka, bass, kingies, sharks, squid, snapper to name just a few, but the most exciting by far is the kingie fishing on a jig! some are so big and strong they were straightening our split rings on the jigs! i can't wait to go back. apart from that i lived in nz for a year and fished at least once a week mostly on the north island and you won't go far wrong with the bay of islands either.
Oracle - http://cascade-fishing.co.nz/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx - looks a first rate operation. I notice as well they now also run down to Greymouth to fish for the Giant Bluefin Tuna.
 

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Oracle - http://cascade-fishing.co.nz/Home/tabid/36/Default.aspx - looks a first rate operation. I notice as well they now also run down to Greymouth to fish for the Giant Bluefin Tuna.
I also fished with them in 2007 at the 3-Kings. The fishing was excellent but we did have a few problems....

We all flew from all around the world (US, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia) to Auckland.....drove up to the Bay of Islands only to find the boat wasn't there. It turns out they got their days mixed up and we basically lost a days fishing without compensation.

The other issue we had was that there was 12 anglers, yet the rule on the boat was that only 4 anglers could fish at one time to stop tangles, etc. I could understand their thinking but we spent a lot of time just watching and not fishing....very fustrating!

One of the fish I really wanted to catch was a Hapuka....yet because of the 4 people only fishing rule, the coolers on the boat were filled without a few of us even getting the chance to catch one. I can understand the stocks need to be conserved, but we had traveled a long way to catch this fish and to never even get the opportunity was again fustrating!

Apart from those issues we did have good fishing for Kingfish. The crew was very helpful and the food was great. I would use them again but limit the number of anglers to an absolute maximum of 8, so that you can fish a lot more! The other boat that went to the 3-Kings with us had 8 anglers who were allowed to fish all the time....they had a much more productive trip even though they lost a few fish with crossed lines.

I have friends who have fished on this boat in Greymouth and caught some huge Bluefin.....a trip I really have to do!

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Dave
 

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I also fished with them in 2007 at the 3-Kings. The fishing was excellent but we did have a few problems....

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The other issue we had was that there was 12 anglers, yet the rule on the boat was that only 4 anglers could fish at one time to stop tangles, etc. I could understand their thinking but we spent a lot of time just watching and not fishing....very fustrating!

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I have friends who have fished on this boat in Greymouth and caught some huge Bluefin.....a trip I really have to do!

Cheers

Dave
Thanks for pointing that out Dave.

Given the current weakness in the NZ $, it's devalued EVEN more against the Euro and US$ that the 拢 Sterling, and discounted air fares New Zealand appears more and more tempting.

Having seen some of the video footage of those Bluefin in the Hokitika Trench I must admit I'm also sorely tempted as are others of our Club members. (Fortunately it seems to be the Hoki the mega trawlers are targeting.) Weather conditions down there, and the problems with the bar off Greymouth, do seem to present real issues with the probability of cancelled days. Any idea what their policy will be with weather cancellations?

Back to the Three Kings, or more importantly the Kingfish, though I'm currently trying to convince my wife that we should visit New Zealand later in the year - perhaps November. But I suspect a trip up there's going to represent an over-nighter at the very minimum. Any thoughts on other spots where I could target big Kingies just on a day trip?
 

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Thanks for pointing that out Dave.

Given the current weakness in the NZ $, it's devalued EVEN more against the Euro and US$ that the 拢 Sterling, and discounted air fares New Zealand appears more and more tempting.

Having seen some of the video footage of those Bluefin in the Hokitika Trench I must admit I'm also sorely tempted as are others of our Club members. (Fortunately it seems to be the Hoki the mega trawlers are targeting.) Weather conditions down there, and the problems with the bar off Greymouth, do seem to present real issues with the probability of cancelled days. Any idea what their policy will be with weather cancellations?

Back to the Three Kings, or more importantly the Kingfish, though I'm currently trying to convince my wife that we should visit New Zealand later in the year - perhaps November. But I suspect a trip up there's going to represent an over-nighter at the very minimum. Any thoughts on other spots where I could target big Kingies just on a day trip?
To be honest Dave I am not sure of their policy regarding cancellations. I was informed that you should aim at staying at least one week and hopefully during that one week you may be lucky and get to fish for one day!

I have only fished the 3 Kings (a days traveling just to get there from Mangonui)but I have a few good friends over there who will be able to sort out a day trip for you in other areas. Off the top of my head some of the well known Kingfish grounds are Ranfurly Banks and White Island.

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Dave
 

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White Island is an easy daytrip for the big kings, (slightly) smaller specimens become more numerous as you head north. Pretty much any of the charters will be able to oblige if you tell them you want to target kingies.
Many Thanks. My Thanks also to Dave.

Just need to convince my wife, otherwise it will be a 'boys trip' and the Three Kings then becomes a real possibility.
 

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Apart from those issues we did have good fishing for Kingfish. The crew was very helpful and the food was great. I would use them again but limit the number of anglers to an absolute maximum of 8, so that you can fish a lot more! The other boat that went to the 3-Kings with us had 8 anglers who were allowed to fish all the time....they had a much more productive trip even though they lost a few fish with crossed lines.

I agree, we only had 6 of us and 4 crew on the oracle for the week, it worked out more expensive but if you're going for the week it's well worth it.

as for somewhere to catch kingies on a day trip it doesn't get much easier than a trip from the bay of islands. great place to target them and with certain skippers like steve butler or captain bucko they put you on them almost every time, it's up to you them to get them on the boat quicker than the bronzie sharks get them in their mouth!:laugh:
 
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