Snapper are our primary target species on our charters as they are a sought after table fish here in New Zealand. Also the abundance of this species means they can generally be found in good numbers year round.
They are sought after not only for their delicious taste but also for sport as the bigger fish over 15 pounds can put up an impressive fight even for the most experienced angler.
John Dory are one of the most tastiest fish in the sea according to our skipper and most that have tried it have rated it very highly. Unfortunately these fish are less abundant as Snapper and don’t put up much of a fight when caught (more like a bucket of water being lifted up) so are generally caught as a by-catch when live baiting for Kingy’s or on a flasher rig.
Kingfish are well renowned as one of the hardest fighting fish for its size in the sea. The best time to target Kingfish in the Hauraki Gulf is from August through till March as the water starts warming up. We generally catch these guys on Slow Jigs or Mechanical Jigs while out in the deeper water and either Live Baits or Stick Baits when in shallower waters. They are also often caught through summer when straylining whole pilchards for Snapper.