Our typical full day sport fishing will see us looking to target the best possible sport fishing on offer. Typically the most consistent sport fishing on offer is kingfish which can be targeted year round. In season we have a very special game fishery which deserves some time prospecting. We also have some pretty special bottom fishing for bluenose and hapuka.
We return to base each night on Skyline so you can make the most of this cool chilled out town, and have a good nights rest.
Ideally, if you are coming abroad, allow 3-5 days to explore the full scope of our fishery.
Even if you are a Kiwi coming out on a Skyline fishing charter, don't try and pack it all into one day - have a think about doing multiple days so you can make the most of your time in Tairua.
Pound for pound yellowtail kingfish are one of the world’s hardest fighting sportfish. We are lucky in New Zealand that they grow to XOS proportions and are prolific in numbers. In summer and autumn we catch them right up in the shallows of our estuaries and harbours, and they can be caught year round on our offshore pinnacles and island groups.
We use a wide range of tactics to chase kingfish including:
-Jigging: A year round style of fishing, often more productive in spring and autumn when the kingfish are feeding hard out. We prefer to fish with lures than baits, so if the lure fishing is on it will be our go to option.
-Top Water/Stickbaits/Poppers: The most visually stunning form of fishing there is. When a kingfish hits a stickbait on the surface in front of your eyes, well, it just does not get any better! October through to June is the best time for this form of fishing.
-Livebaiting for Kingfish: The most consistent way to catch kingfish is with livebait. Skyline and our other boats are all set up with ample livebait storage and if we think livebaits will be needed we will spend an hour in the morning collecting plenty. Having a good supply of livies ensures steady fishing even when the bite dies down, and you also get a good bycatch of snapper, john dory , groper (hapuku) and even striped marlin!
We can find good consistent fishing for kingfish year round.
Snapper are New Zealand’s favourite fish. They are prolific in numbers and grow to an impressive size. They are a prized eating fish in New Zealand. Our skippers have grown up stalking snapper in our local waters, both recreationally and commercially. So you can be sure they will know where the fish are holding at any given time of the year. We love fishing softbaits and slow jigs for snapper. We also love a dirty old bait session, especially if a 20 pounder is what you are after! Seeing the line come tight on a steam train ‘red’ – yep that’s what we’re talking about! If snapper is number one on your list, then plan a trip between May and September, winter is when snapper fishing comes into its own.
If you are after eating fish to take home for the table, then you can't beat a feed of bluenose. Deep dropping for bluenose is done in around 300-500m of water so bring your winding arms! Deep dropping requires a fairly nice weather window, and is ideally done on multi day trips.
New Zealand holds so many options for the keen game fisherman who is prepared to put the time in to chase the big one. Our striped marlin fishery is quite possible the best in the world, with many fish each year landed in the 140-200kg range. Livebaiting is by the the best way to produce these solid fish, and at certain times of the year they can be found within 10 miles of our port in numbers. The stripey season runs from January to April, and during that time there is usually a run of big blue marlin as well.
We’ve fine tuned a technique for daytime fishing for broadbill swordfish and these can be targeted from February through to August, weather depending. Yellowfin, big eye and even bluefin are all species we can target with the right weather window and conditions.
We are spoilt for choice here in Tairua. In shore we also have gurnard, trevally, terakihi and john dory as great species for the family to target for the table on a day trip.
Further afield and for the keen angler wanting to prospect new fisheries, there is a run of bluefin during winter that very few recreational fishermen target in New Zealand, but we are setting up Valhalla to target this fishery.