Northland and The Bay of Islands

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.

Thrills at the Three Kings
April 2024

The Three Kings in the Far North of NZ is the perfect location to test the mettle of your fishing gear, stamina, sea legs, and (for... Read More >

The Three Kings: Anglers' Archipelago
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George Kittow explores one of the world's most unique, diverse, and attractive destinations for sportfishing enthusiasts in New Zealand's Far North.... Read More >

Houhora Trophy Snapper
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The one thing about having a bucket list trip repeatedly postponed is that the level of anticipation rises commensurate with each adjournment, writes Grant Dixon.... Read More >

Surfcasting At Ninety Mile Beach
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Keen surfcaster Jason Neute’s first experience fishing ‘the Ninety’’ was such an epic adventure that he couldn’t wait to get back…... Read More >

Fishing Spirits Bay
March 2023

Ardent saltwater fly fisher Craig Worthington’s return to Spirits Bay/Kapowairua was long-awaited and badly needed... Read More >

Fishing Spots in Bream Bay
June 2022

Captain Cook named Bream Bay for a good reason – he found the bream (snapper) population very much to his liking. They provided his crew with... Read More >

Catching Big Snapper in the Far North
March 2022

Jason Neute and mate Steve had a day to remember in the Far North, proving that you don’t need a big boat to catch big fish…... Read More >

A Guide to Soft-Bait Fishing in the Far North
March 2022

Houhora local William Lomas spends most of his spare time soft-baiting up and down the Far North’s east coast, and he’s now got the hang of... Read More >

Surfcasting on 90 Mile Beach
January 2022

Surfcasting has been in Jason Neute’s blood for well over 40 years and he has had the privilege of fishing many beautiful places. However, it was... Read More >

Small Boat Fishing in Whatuwhiwhi, Northland
June 2020

Shane Hartstone recently purchased a portable inflatable boat which he keeps in the back of his ute as he travels around the North Island. Here, he... Read More >

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