Maori Fishing Calendar

Our Māori fishing calendar comes to you courtesy of fishing guru, Bill Hohepa. To calculate the Bite Times for your favourite fishing spots click here.

Fishing Calendar for: May 2024

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Maori Fishing Calendar

Our Maori fishing calendar comes to you courtesy of fishing guru, Bill Hohepa. There’s no doubt the calendar can be a good indicator of days where feeding times for animals and fish will be more intense so it’s worth checking before you plan that next trip.

Here's what Bill has to say:

"The Bill Hohepa fishing calendar has taken information from a variety of historical sources, including Mr Best’s book, together with actual fishing research taken over the past 30 years on when and how long fish bite in relation to the moon phases. There are many variables that contribute to fish feeding habits including the effect of the moon, barometric pressure, water temperature etc, so the calendar is only a guide.

One thing I have noticed though over the years, in particular, is the influence of the tide. It seems to me that the fishing is better on an incoming tide when the moon is waning, and fishing is better on the outgoing tide when the moon is waxing. If you can see the moon, the best time in my experience, is when it is at the 2 o'clock position in the sky"

Excellent means up to 1 hour's good fishing - Good means up to 30 minutes and Poor up to 15 minutes. . 

Good luck" - Billy Ho.

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"The shallow areas, even with just softbaits, have fished very well with some great-sized snapper chasing softbaits right to the surface... Read More >

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"The run of good autumn fishing continues, with a lot of snapper and bycatch species in the 20-30m depths... Read More >

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"Photos of huge crayfish, kingfish and snapper have been an almost daily arrival in my inbox... Read More >

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"Snapper have been chewing hard for those fishing the ‘middle’ areas of the gulf – the fish are putting on condition... Read More >

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"I did mention the canals in the previous report but concentrated on the trout. Since then, we have been hearing great stories of the salmon..."... Read More >

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02 May 2024
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"The fish have moved slightly deeper but there are still plenty of snapper being caught in shallow - even off the beach..."... Read More >

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