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

Catch Black Label Livies Review
October 2021

Deputy Editor Ethan Neville headed to the Far North with Catch Fishing owner John Donald to check out the brand new Black Label Livies soft-baits, and... Read More >

How to Dry Age Fish
October 2021

Bea Bagnall shares her method for dry aging fish & a delicious recipe for Creamy Lemon Snapper Fettuccine... Read More >

Hooks for Whole Fish and Strip Baits
October 2021

Mark Kitteridge discusses some hook options when using bait to target table fish, and also walks us through how to rig up basic dropper/ledger rigs.... Read More >

Why you need to check and clean your boat and gear
October 2021

From berthage to engine maintenance. Safety equipment to navigation. Food, water, and everything in between. If you’ve got a boat, there is a lot to think... Read More >

A Tribute to Trevally
October 2021

Trevally, in the opinion of Hayden Speed, are one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound in the ocean. Hayden loves to target trevally and as... Read More >