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 >

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