The Northland region is recognized as a world class fishing destination. Despite the close attention such a reputation attracts, the resilience of the Bay of Island’s marine habitat continues to provide both local and international fishers with memorable fishing experiences. In addition, the bay is sheltered from most weather by the extensive Cape Brett peninsular and countless islands. The result is a playground for boaties with options a-plenty in all but the most severe weather. Snapper, kingfish, terakihi, hapuku/bass are all prolific species and the gamefishing in the summer can be quite spectacular with striped and blue marlin being a target species from January to May.