(Heard on Hauraki FM, News Talk ZB and Radio Sport.)
The latest temp drop has seen fewer boats on the water but the coastal fishing right now is firing so it’s well worth making the time to hit the water with a good jacket and a beanie!
Good snapper sign and catches still being reported from Matakana, Omanu and Papamoa East areas with 10-20m of water being the zone to be scouting your bottom sign on the sounder. The early morning sessions have been the most productive albeit blimm’in cold. Autumn soft baiting can be outstanding with patterns such as shrimp and squid vicious working well just by leaving them on the bottom and twitching occasionally, this is also a good technique for gurnard which should be showing up more regularly from now. The best colours are the natural colours like greys browns and camo’s.
Offshore – A quiet week for gamefishing but that could change with the start of the GFAB Trailers Broadbill Challenge. This event gives game fisho’s the ability to chase broadbill swords for whole month of May. Its exciting stuff and you can enter any time in May through the Club or on the website tsfc.co.nz
Catch ya next week!
FISHING REPORT 18th March 2017
Hauraki FM, Radio Sport, News Talk ZB.
Not much fishing going on last weekend with Cyclone Cook bringing a decent swell that really stirred the coast up. The last couple of days though have seen more boats on the water with good coastal results on snapper and plenty of kahawai around also all inside of 20m on both the Matakana and Papamoa beaches. Nice Kingies to 15kg taken from the Astrolabe Reef and smaller kingies in the 10-12kg range falling to both live baits and jigs off Schnoor Rocks.
Offshore the recent rain has discoloured the water a bit but with good temperature and still plenty of skippies off Tauranga in the 70-80m range it’s still well worth chasing marlin. No game fish results over the past few days but we would expect more action over the coming days as we see more boats on the water.
Coming up at the Club we have the month long GFAB Trailers Broadbill Challenge. This kicks off on the 1st May and is proudly supported by Decoro, NZ Bayfisher Magazine and Stoney Creek. You can enter any time in May, and to find out more on how to fish this event call into the Club or visit us on tsfc.co.nz
OKUMA Take a Kid Fishing 2017
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It was a brisk sou’easter that greeted the kids on the Saturday morning, but it was barely noticed as the anticipation for the Okuma Take A Kid Tournament was running at an all-time high. A round of hot chocolates before anchoring was a must to keep the energy levels up, then it was into rig tying and bait cutting and would somebody get the blimm’in berley in the water!
85 kids hit the water this year, well up on last year with the improving forecast and perhaps the good inshore fishing of late attracting extra kids. This comp is the kids time to shine, and they sure do! What a difference a year makes in the development of our juniors! Is so cool seeing them listening, learning and improving their skills and being successful on the water.
A special mention must go to Jovanna Pillay who always does well in this comp, but more specifically has earned herself another two NZ Junior records for Kahawai in the 8 and 15kg categories and continues to make her Club proud!
There was a noticeably large turn-out in the 3-7 year old this year, arguably the cutest age group especially when you dress them up in fancy dress! The participation factor in the dress up this year was outstanding with pirates, Spanish flamenco dancers, super heroes, sea cadets, jelly fish…certainly all the bases were covered!!! Good representation too in the 8-12 and 13-16 ages groups with these kids now having some real skills at catching fish, notably snapper and kahawai being plentiful at the weigh station this year.
The real heroes of these events though are the Mums, Dads, Grandies, Aunties and Uncles that turn out to support the kids, in what we reckon is the best sport on earth, and judging by the massive smiles going around the kids in the Club on Saturday evening, I think they reckon fishing is pretty cool too! Good to see our future is in good hands.
Thank you again to Okuma and all of our other sponsors including Barclay engravers who again did a wonderful job of the trophies (no doubt all proudly displayed in bedrooms around the region!) Also thanks to all of the families who attended the prize giving. It was nice to see all the kids getting something to take away, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year where we can do it all again bigger and better hopefully !!!
MOUNT ITM BILLFISH BONANZA 2017 – REPORT
This year’s Billfish Bonanza was pulled forwards a week in the hope of striking better fishing, but as luck would have it this season has been so late, it sort of feels like the gamefishing is just getting going and the timing is spot on!
We have had a pretty good run this season in staging tournaments in what has been an unsettled summer with lots of wind rain and high seas. But yet again we scrapped in by the skin of our teeth before another NE storm. In fact Saturday was perhaps the best day of the season with massive bait balls turning up on the 100-120 on the western side of Mayor and “the secret” was well and truly out with area attracting boats from Tauranga, Waihi and Tairua and Whangamata. By no means were the fish limited to this area though with some of the boats fishing north towards the Aldie Rise coming across a few Stripies. Fixation managed to tag a couple (congrats Phil Eynon!) and Ocean Warrior in the same area lost a double of nice fish. In fact there were a number of fish dropped over the entire weekend with the final overall tallies being quite low especially given the fact the there was a fair amount of action on the radio. Well done also to Kane De Ratt on Cosmo and Gavin Parnwell on Crusader both also managing to tag striped marlin, all taking away Talica combos from Shimano for their efforts.
A few albacore around filled in for the absence of any large tuna with Charlie Moores off Andros managing a nice 12.94kg model, followed by Sam Tingey off Sterling Belle. No Mahimahi or Short bill Spearfish either this year so these prizes were lucky drawn much to the delight of the anglers at prize giving!
As with most of our events this year there is always a lead story and this must go to Mitchell Tombleson fishing on Bandit. The boys put in some serious time on the baits and the patience and belief paid off when they hooked a Black Marlin on Saturday. After a moment of reflection Mitchell soon worked out not only had he caught an amazing fish, this fish was in fact the missing piece in his Billfish Grand Slam. On looking up the qualifying weights it was noted the fish needed to go 150kg to qualify. Like something written out of a Hollywood script the team took the fish to the TSFC weigh station where it pulled the scales down to exactly 150.00kg! Unbelievable and meant to be you would have to say! Congratulations Tumbles on your pending Billfish Grand Slam! The Black Marlin also took out the heaviest fish for the MOUNT ITM Billfish Bonanza this year with James Scott’s 114.5kg Striped Marlin coming in second place.
Congratulations to all of the 145 anglers this year, a great turn out and by all accounts lots of fun on the water this year. Also our biggest thankyou of course must go to MOUNT ITM and GO FUEL for their generous support next year let’s get you guys fishing!
TAURANGA FISHING REPORT 30th MARCH for Hauraki FM, Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport.
The Mount ITM Billfish Bonanza finished up last week with some really nice weather through the weekend are some hot fishing off west and north sides of Mayor Island. Now Friday and Saturday saw good marlin action with 5 fish being tagged and two landed including a 150kg Black Marlin to Mitchell Tombleson off Bandit. This fish giving Mitchell his billfish grand slam something only 1 other angler has achieved in NZ. A number of nice albacore tuna where also landed over the weekend the biggest going to Charlie Moores off Andros with a respectable 12.94kg fish. A masiive thanks to our sponsors GO FUEL, NZ Bayfisher Mag, Shimano NZ. Click here for MOUNT ITM Billfish Bonanza Results – BF 2017 Results
In the harbour the evening snapper fishing has been really good lately, with numerous boats parking up and enjoying good snapper sessions right into the evening hours. The past week has been better fishing on the incoming tide with the edges along middle bank in the harbour producing snapper to 50cm. Bonito and mackerel stray-line baits being the best baits. Now I alsways say it…take lots of berley will give you a massive advantage, as without it your baits can get ignored in the 2-3 knots of current
Coming up on the 8th April is our OKUMA take a kid fishing. Fun for all the kids 3-16 years with lots of prizes and trophies for our kieen young fisho’s Entries and details out now from the Club or tsfc.co.nz
RADIO REPORT 16th March 2017 (Hauraki, News Talk ZB, Radio Sport)
Well what a week of rain we have had, all this water flushing the harbour and turning it to that Cadbury milk chocolate brown.
Prior to the rain the harbour snapper fishing even in the day time was keeping our dinghy fisherman happy reporting nice tallies of 35-45cm fish, so fingers crossed we see this again as the waters recede.
On the coast the Snapper fishing hasn’t been as consistent, however after the NE winds and the swell a few days ago this can change things quickly so I definitely recommend a softbait session along Matakana and start in 10-15m of water.
Now over the sand a good sounder is a very handy tool as snapper schools can move, so firstly locate the fish, set your drift and plot where you have been so you can drift these same areas if you are successful. Now soft bait colour choices, we always start with Camo or Nuclear chicken and they always seem pretty good.
Coming up at the Tauranga Sport Fishing is the MOUNT ITM Billfish Bonanza on the 24th -26th March , it’s our last bluewater hit out and after the north east winds the fishing could fire! Details and entries from the Club or TSFC.co.nz
A1 HOMES ONE BASE 2017
Wed 1st – Sat 4th March 2017
|Squid||Jamie Lee||Men At Work||Squid||0.755||10||High Duty Plastics|
|Gamefish by Junior – 1||Draydon Layne||Ocean Warrior||Albacore Tuna||11.280||37||Glass Art|
|Gamefish by Junior – 2||Draydon Layne||Ocean Warrior||Mahi Mahi||6.420||60||Glass Art|
|Gamefish by Lady||Melissa Woodcraft-Ball||Crank||Shortbill Spear Fish||24.00||37||High Duty Plastics|
|Snapper||Longest||Geoffrey Layne||Ocean Warrior||Snapper 77.5CM||M&R||10||High Duty Plastics|
|Kingfish||1st Longest||Michael Vincent||Tunacious||KingFish 113.00CM||M&R||37||Champness Roofing|
|Heaviest||1||Neville Marsh||Wai Whare||KingFish||25.70||37||GFab Trailers Custom Alloy|
|2||Kerry Clark||Wai Whare||KingFish||20.700||37||GFab Trailers Custom Alloy|
|Mahi Mahi -1||Lawrence Stewart||Non Pareil||Mahi Mahi||9.340||37||Middle M Mowing & Weed Spraying|
|Shortbill Spearfish||Lance Gray||Crank||Short Bill SpearFish||27.200||60||High Duty Plastics|
|Tuna||1||Matt Miller||Night Shift||Yellow Fin Tuna||23.800||37||High Duty Plastics|
|2||Sarah Hamilton||Ocean Monarch||Albacore Tuna||13.320||24||Middle M Mowing & Weed Spraying|
|3||Louise Stewart||Ocean Monarch||Albacore Tuna||12.720||37||Middle M Mowing & Weed Spraying|
|TAG & RELEASE MARLIN||Michael Nelmes||Prowler||Striped Marlin||T&R||37||Orange Corporation|
|David Colhoun||Silver Crest||Striped Marlin||T&R||37||High Duty Plastics|
|Francis Richards||Island Girl||Striped Marlin||T&R||37|
|Kevin Stephens||Courageous||Striped Marlin||T&R||37||Orange Corporation|
|Bailley Pellow||Eagle Rock||Striped Marlin||T&R||37|
|Trish Cavanagh||Aspire||Striped Marlin||T&R||60
|Jeff Scott 4 Ray Marine|
|Nathan Rei||Kairos||Striped Marlin||T&R||37||Port of Tauranga|
|Darron Connelly||Savana City||Striped Marlin||T&R||High Duty Plastics|
|Roger Thorpe||Magnum||Striped Marlin||T&R||37||High Duty Plastics|
|First Tagged Marlin||Darron Connelly||Savana City||Striped Marlin||T&R||High Duty Plastics|
|Last Tagged Marlin||Bailley Pellow
Off Eagle Rock
|Most Tagged Marlin||Presented by Kevin Flutey LUCKY DRAW|
|StripedMarlin||1||Aaron Paku||Cobar II||Striped Marlin||116.800||37||High Duty Plastics|
|2||Regan Oliver||Tidal Light||Striped Marlin||104.500||Robert Page Engineering|
|3||Richard Dearsly||Bacchus||Striped Marlin||95.200||37||High Duty Plastics|
|Billfish||1||Lawrence Flude||Gulfseeker||Blue Marlin||225.800||37||Orange Corporation|
|Team T & R Billfish||LUCKY DRAW|
|Champion Boat||Gulfseeker – Lawrence Flude – w Blue Marlin 225.8KGS in Orange Corp|