Bay of Plenty-East Cape

Fishing the Bay of Plenty to East Cape

The Bay Of Plenty is a well known fishing destination for targeting tarakihi, snapper and gurnard.

It's also popular for larger quarry, with many anglers jigging or livebaiting for kingfish at places like White Island, or targeting areas like the Ranfurly Bank for a variety of species including kingfish, hapuku and bass. 

In the summer months the area from Whakatane to Waihau Bay is popular with gamefishers and the area can be red hot for blue and striped marlin depending on the season.


A fisher's guide to Mayor Island
August 2019

A small but remarkable treasure lies offshore in the Bay of Plenty, writes Jordy Bardin.... Read More >

White Island Bay of Plenty
December 2016

For many Kiwi anglers, their first 'offshore' adventure might well have been to White island, that iconic fishing ground in western Bay of plenty... Read More >

Kingfish at White Island NZ
January 2016

When Jason Neute found himself on board Pursuit with well known charter-boat skipper Rick Pollock, little did he know that a teenage dream was about to be realized... Read More >

Fishing the Ranfurly Banks
September 2014

Mandy Kupenga, host of Maori Television’s new show, Get Your Fish On, makes an unforgettable first trip to this fishing paradise. ... Read More >

Fishing the Rangitaiki
September 2013

Gil Alexander talks about fishing the Rangitaiki.... Read More >

Nicholson Trench
January 2008

Grant learns about 'staunch' at Nicholson Trench.... Read More >

Volkner Rocks
November 2002

An editorial by Phil van Dusschoten on the proposed Volkner Rocks Marine Reserve... Read More >

White Island Giant
November 2001

Scott Hollis-Jones finds a big squid off White Island... Read More >

Ranfurly Bank - Home of the Biggest Bass
July 2001

Stu Davidson looks at some of the massive bass taken onboard Cova Rose at the Ranfurly Bank this year.... Read More >

AWOL in Tologa Bay August 2000
November 2000

A charter review from a trip to Tologa Bay.... Read More >

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Latest Articles

DIY Smoker
August 2022

How to convert an old filing cabinet into a fish smoker.... Read More >

Measure-based Fishing Competitions
August 2022

Alistair Arkell typically shies away from fishing competitions, but with many organisers now moving towards a more sustainable ‘measure only’ format, he decided to make an... Read More >

Roy McIntyre: Lifelong Fisherman
July 2022

“I’ve never done anything else, and I started fishing with my dad when I was three and a half,” Roy told me over the phone. “Just... Read More >

Hapuku with a Summer Salad by Bea Bagnall
July 2022

Bea Bagnall creates a refreshing Hapuku with Summer Salad dish... Read More >

Yellowfin Tuna Techniques - Part II
July 2022

Here's what you need to know about catching yellowfin tuna using live baits, jigs and using top-water lures as well as chunking techniques.... Read More >