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Kingfish, Bass and Bluenose on our Spring Fishing Charters

We’re lucky to have such an awesome playground here on the Coromandel, and we’ve been making the most of it on both on Skyline and Valhalla over spring.

 

As soon as you get off the Tairua coast at the moment there is so much activity and bait, with schools of pilchards all through the water column, everywhere from 20m right out past the 100m line, the sounder is just fizzing with activity.  The Aldie Pins have been the magnet for kingis over spring that they usually are, with big bait balls, and kingfish galore.  Jigs, stickbaits and livies have all been working, but Broken Arrow jigs have probably produced the better size fish.

 

The scallops are now in mint condition, with big fat roes and it is good to see plenty of smaller fish in among the large shells boding well for future season.  We’re lucky to have the hugely talented Nathaniel Blomfield as chef on board Valhalla and he has been keeping our crews well looked after with all sorts of kingfish andscallop creations on our liveaboard trips. For guests on Skyline, Nadz will turn some of your catch into a four course feast for just $40pp on return to base.  You just need to pre book this prior to your day out on Skyline.

We were stoked to have David and the boys over from Aussie recently and they had four awesome days of it, and Nadz did the honours on the last day with an amazing meal.

 

Valhalla recently ventured out for its first couple of looks for an early season yellowfin or marlin. There is plenty of good looking water out there, and the boys were kept busy with a mix of big albies, bass to 40kg and bluenose to 20kg. The water wide of Great Barrier is a great playground to explore over 2-4 days with so many different options available from diving to deep dropping and gamefishing. 

 

A couple of good blows with a bit of north easterly in them and the season should be all on. With all the bait that is inshore right now on the 100m line, you can have to imagine that as soon as that water turns blue, the marlin will be honing in on all the bait that is there right now.  If you’d like to hop on either a day trip or liveaboard over summer time get in touch now at bookings@nextleveladventures.co.nz

 

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Next Level Spring Fishing Action

October has lived up to its reputation as being one of the best months to chase kingfish wide of the Aldermen Islands. The pins were a veritable feeding frenzy for the first couple of weeks with solid kingfish chewing hard over a wide open bite. The great thing about spring fishing is that jigs often produce the bigger fish, and we’ve seen some crackers smashing metal on Skyline.  Jigging Master 200gm jigs have been the go to jig.

 

Judging by the bait that is around at the moment there should be some awesome fishing right through the coming season.

 

This is such a great time of year to be on the water with so much going on.  Not only are the kingfish great targets at the moment but the snapper fishing has been off the chart as well. Local fisho Gazza Wilson was out amongst it last week, word is accounting for 4 fish over the 20 pound mark. The scallops are in such great knick, we are very lucky to have the very talented Nathaniel Blomfield on board Valhalla as our chef - some of the scallop dishes he has been creating on our charters have been nothing less than Next Level! Divers chasing a feed of crayfish haven’t had to go far, with most of the best bugs right up in the shallows.

 

We’ve got a great mix of trips coming up from hard core fishing, to shark filming, spearfishing and diving. With two luxury boats, the 9.4m Skyline and 50ft Valhalla we can cater for any type of adventures. We are gearing up for a mammoth game fishing season ahead. If you’d like to jump on board Valhalla for any of this seasons game fishing competitions, we’ve got a couple of paying spots at each tourny to join our regular tournament crew who will be doing the circuit. It is going to be a good one!

 

Get in touch with us at bookings@nextleveladventures.co.nz

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Spring has Sprung and the Fish are Biting Hard

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Spring has Sprung and the Fish are Biting Hard

Spring has sprung and the fish are on the chew big time. With the longer days and warming water temps the kingfish and snapper are all feasting hard out, putting on condition pre-spawning. Our last trip out saw the kingfish biting hard, with four way hook ups on jigs from the first drop of the day.    

 

With a few eaters and smokers in the bin, the boys were happy to catch and release a few more until the arms couldn’t hack any more, and it was time for some bottom fishing. Spring would be one of my favourite times to chase hapuku and there are some nice sized fish around at present.  

 

Our diving crews have been enjoying the opening of the scallop season, and with plenty of live bait close by a scallop dive and some bait catching is a great way to start the morning before heading wide.  Softbaiting for big snapper has been very successful in around the shallows at the Aldermen Islands, especially after some of the big swells we’ve had.  They certainly like a big stir-up!

 

Normally through September we get consistent strong offshore winds, but that hasn’t seemed to happen this year, and with plenty of systems still rolling in from the north and east, one gets the feeling it is going to be another cracker of a game season, potentially with an early start. We’re certainly looking forward to it and have been busy getting our 50ft launch Valhalla surveyed so that it is available for game fishing trips this season. In addition to our weapon of a 9.4m trailer boat - Skyline, we’ll be doing multi day trips on Valhalla - if a trip taking in the best of Great Barrier, the Mercs and Aldermen Islands, and all the offshore grounds available in between sounds like your type of adventure then get in touch at bookings@nextleveladventures.co.nz We’ll be keen to get some people out there chasing some early season Big Eye tuna through November and December!

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Winter Jigging with Team YeeHaa

We are well in to winter fishing mode now with the water cooling down, but this is a great time to chase the bigger kingfish.

It is always great to have a boat load of keen jig fisherman on board, and last Friday we hosted another keen group of jig fishermen from YeeHaa Fishing Tackle. The boys got into a nice line of fat kingfish on jigs, as well as getting some nice fish for the table and we also had a visit from a male orca called 'Funky Monkey'.

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Prime time for kingfish and snapper

We've been enjoying some great fishing on Skyline lately. Capt Stacky has taken the helm of Skyline, and after many years of commercial and recreational fishing in these waters, he knows them like the back of his hand.

The kingfish have been in prime condition, feasting up large before the cooler winter waters turn up.

There has been a lot of talk about how good the snapper fishing is this year, and yep, you can't keep your livies away from them! Good times on Skyline!

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Sky's first swordfish!

Capt Stacky has just put Sky on to his first swordfish on the mighty Valhalla!

Stacky and Sky were deep dropping around the Aldermen Knoll and came up tight on this awesome swordfish. It is the first for Skyline Charters, and the first into Tairua club this season.

With plenty of life left in the Swordfish season, come and jump on a trip on Skyline and learn all about deep dropping for swordfish.

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Solo Marlin for Sky

There has been a nice patch of marlin around the Aldermen Islands so Sky decided to go do a reccie on his small Stabicraft Punisher and hooked up solo!

He landed this 121.15 kilo Striped Marlin on "Punisher" today/

A fantastic solo effort taking 1.5 hours to land on 37 kg tackle. Another wicked result for Sky and proof of an excellent Big Game Fish season.

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Blue Marlin for Sky!

The boys on Valhalla have just landed Tairua's heaviest game fish so far for the year.

Just shy of the 200kg mark, this Blue Marlin took the Bonze D Shackle and put up an amazing show!

The boys hooked the fish in some very nice water south of the Aldermen Islands.

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New Zealand's First Yellowfin for the Season - On Valhalla out of Tairua!

Wazza and Sky have done Tairua club proud catching New Zealand's first yellowfin (x2) for the season. The boys got the good oil that there was a good patch of yellowfin wide of Great Barrier and steamed up to get amongst it!

It didn't take long before the reels were howling!

It is such a great sight to see yellowfin tuna back in our waters, and this bodes well for a great game season ahead.

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