Fishing Reports

Tauranga Fishing Report 3rd May 2017


(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


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



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


Tauranga Fishing Report 17th March 2017


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



FISHING REPORT  8th March 2017 (for Hauraki FM, Radio Sport, Talkback and the Hits)

Last week was all about the 2017 A1 Homes ONE BASE. With a full house of 100 teams we had 370 out there in mostly beautiful conditions. All of these anglers were searching for the biggest fish that Bay of Plenty had to offer.  Congratulations to all of our contestants especially Lawrence Flude from the boat Gulfseeker landing the biggest fish for the event, a 225.8kg Blue Marlin taken out of the Orange Corporation sponsors grid.  The largest Striped Marlin of went to Cobar II with Aaron Paku the angler here, Tidal light in second and Bacchus a close third.

Solid kingfish again came of the team Wai Whare boat and the largest Tuna going to Matt Miller off Night shift with a plump 23.8kg Yellowfin Tuna.

This year 9 anglers were rewarded handsomely for tagging and releasing their marlin. Also it was great to see the measure and release king fish and snapper hotly contested. Thankyou to all of our wonderful sponsors especially A1 Homes and Bay Insurance Brokers and the Port of Tauranga.

Coming up and not to be missed is Mount ITM Billfish Bonanza on the 24th-26th March. And after all of these easterlies it could just be prime time for our local gamefish. Entries and details for this one at

Tauranga Fishing Report 4th Feb 2016


Radio Report for HAURAKI FM, The Hits, Radio Sport;

Offshore, sea surface temps have been creeping upwards and we have seen our first marlin through the Club with a 107kg stripey to the fellas off the trailer boat Renegade.

The All About Construction Tournament last weekend when well with a mix of conditions over the three days. Overall tough fishing for the blue water species although Ocean Warrior managed a 30,6kg Club record Short billed Spearfish and the Aquarius team hit pay dirt going 4 from 4 on yellowfin all around that 20kg mark. Thanks to Wet & Forget, Maui Ocean Products and Duncan Reality for the great support through this one.

In the harbour, the change of light fishing has really improved after the new moon, with bait and berley efforts in the shallows rewarding those who are getting out, the best tides have been the last 2.5 hrs of the incoming, and channel fishing 1-2 hrs before low. Best baits pillies and blue mackerel fished on long straylines.

Next weekend is the Bridgeman Concrete fishNchicks Tournament, briefing is Thursday 9th Feb. Awesome live entertainment on Saturday night and don’t forget your fancy dress. Iphones, cash and wicked prizes to be won. Ladies don’t miss out on this one; Details and Entries from the Club or

Tauranga Fishing Report 2nd December 2016



The fishing scene has a bit of a rest with the relentless westerlies, however some lighter winds in the morning should make getting out over the next week completely achievable.

Inshore, the snapper are living right on the beach with good fishing inside of 20m of water, the hot spot with good fishing the past week has been Kaituna pines area and Papamoa East. The kayakers have proving that early morning sessions are worth the effort with softbaits and baits working equally well.

Offshore in the deeper water the bluenose fishing is well worth the effort only if the weather allows you to stay on your spot. Upsize your puka bombs if there is a bit of wind, and keep your hooks on the smaller size 12/0 or 14/0 is fine. For baits, it’s hard to beat medium sized strips of skippie or squid. Remember no to strike your fish, rather feed the bait back a bit when you feel bite and then lift the rod slowly to hopefully load up.

Coming up at the Club – we have our final couple of Club nights on Tuesday and Thursday, with Ham night on the 13th. The next fishing event is the Hirepool Trailer Boat Tournament on the 6-7th Jan, book it in its going to be huge!


Tauranga Fishing Report 18th November 2016


Radio Report for Hauraki FM, News talk, Radio Sport and ZM.

Offshore the Kingies have started pushing bait schools to the surface around Mayor and Okuparu Reef with  Schnoor Rock also worth scouting this time of year.  The best colours for surface lures  are  green / gold, silver or grey /black have been working ok as kingies start to silhouette hunt .  If you are going out regularly you will find there are consistent bite times, with afternoons usually the best time as the sun is high in the sky and bait fish easier to see from below.  If you are fishing for kingies in the deep jigs have been working, but still try and get a bin of livies in the morning as they are hard to beat.

Inshore still good Snapper over the sand down Matakana and Papamoa, however if you are targeting the bigger ones this weekend it will be hard to beat a big oily bait and berley session on sun up or sun down around some likely reef structure like the Motiti knoll, town Point or Plate Island , Thos would be my pick.

Decoro Snapper Kingfish Tournament is on this weekend, in conjunction with Rockgas Tauranga and Bayfisher Magazine, and it is perfect time of year to target big fish, we should see some nice fish in both the measure and release sections and at the weigh station. The Furuno Snapper World Cup is being competed for. Briefing is at 6.30pm Friday and Prize Giving at 6.30pm Sunday see you at the Tauranga Sport Fishing Club.

Tauranga Fishing Report 10th November


Rolys Report for Hauraki FM, Newstalk, Radio Talk Back, 

The November equinox winds have kicked in this week and as they pulse through the Bay of Plenty it can make getting out on the water a bit tough, so the next few weeks will be about grabbing those fine settled days to make the most of the spring fishing.

Snapper fishing overall remains pretty good on the coast, in the past week Matakana Island, Papamoa and inside of 15m at Motiti Island all reporting good snapper sessions. The weed edges in particular have been performing well so a tip here would be to set up your berley trail running into or along a reef edge. You will want to see plenty of current, and from here start straylining.  Pillies and bonito strips have been great baits, if the fish are not solidly on the bite maybe tie your baits on if they are getting stolen.

Coming up at the Club is the Decoro SNAPPER KINGFISH Tournament on the 19/20th November in conjuction with Rockgas Tauranga & NZ Bayfisher Magazine. Also on is a seminar from the Decoro lads along with fathom lures – get down and have a go on the fish fighting simulator too Thurs 17th Nov. Kicking off at 6.30pm.

For more details on all of this go to

Tauranga Fishing Report 4th Nov 2016


(On Hauraki FM, ZM, Radio Talk Back and Radio Sport)

A fresh push of snapper looks to have improved fishing in the harbour with these fish moving right up in the mangroves and shallows past Omokoroa. Snapper can often rush into the habour to taking advantage of a crustacean hatch or explosion of another food source becoming available, and it’s not uncommon to see where snapper have been digging right into knee deep water.

Reports over the past week from the small harbour boats suggest some great after work sessions (with the longer days) although these guys are always a bit cagey on detail, though I do know the use lots of berley, and best baits are blue mackerel and pilchard.

Offshore the kingies that have been a bit patchy around Mayor however should get more consistent as we move into November and there are often some big ones around, so make sure you are using good gear. The west side and south sides producing best. Don’t forget to throw in your topwater gear as bust up’s can start to happen from now through summer as Kingies chase congregating jack mackerel.

Coming up at the Club – On Thursday 10th November our Salt Kitchen with Mills Reef Winery are serving up their 7 course Wine and Food challenge. Outstanding food & wine, tickets are limited and just $75.

Also on the 17th November we have the lads from Decoro in the Club with their Fishing Simulator PLUS Fathom Lure guys giving us the low down on how to catch and play big fish, so if you want to improve your technique, swing in as things kick off at 6.30pm.

The next fishing tournament is of course the DECORO SNAPPER KINGFISH TOURNAMENT on the 19th-20th November. To find out more click here!

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