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!