Northland Fishing Report - 08/02/24

Phenomenal gamefishing up north

Happy New Year to all reading this post, and what a cracker of a season 2024 has already given us. Northland has been blessed with some stunning weather this summer and it is good to see everyone out there making the most of it.

Inshore the fishing has been nice and steady all summer. Good numbers of snapper and trevally have been pushing up along the sand in Doubtless Bay. Fishing depths between 5-8m and using smaller natural colored softbaits should see you being successful.

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Out wide, the fishing has been phenomenal with the pelagics turning up in full force. The clear skies, low winds and minimal swell have been ideal for those wanting to chase these magnificent fish.  Good numbers of tuna have been turning up off both coasts with Flyn Jack nailing an absolute beauty of a yellowfin tuna in 220 meters off Mangonui Bluff while taking his new Huntsman boat for its first run. Later on in the day, Flyn managed to tag a very chunky striped marlin also. Amazing work Flyn, the new boat definitely has the mojo going on!

It’s not only striped marlin on the chew up north, as Flyn Jack’s big yellowfin attests. 

Not wanting to miss out on the action, I decided to take a day off work and head out with my friend Chris and his father Steve to chase the good blue water which was moving down the west coast on the edge of the 180m line towards Waimamaku. Once there, we found the water and the bait. We had multiples of marlin scrapping over our Bonze lures throughout the morning. After tagging two very nice stripies, we decided to call it a day and head back early to the pub for a celebratory beer and some lunch. My friend Chris returned to the same area the next day and managed to put his wife Krystal on a nice stripey also. Yeah the girls!

Krystal Riley with a ripper striped marlin out west.

Speaking of the ladies absolutely smashing it, Lisa Noble and her partner Leighton Mathews on the good ship Wested As representing the Ahipara Gamefish Club have kicked their season off with some very impressive catches. Lisa managed to get amongst the tuna madness with a very nice yellowfin off Matai Bay in 190m of water. A couple of days later Lisa and Leighton launched from Shipwreck Bay and managed to get themselves a nice marlin. The team mentioned that the marlin decided to take a liking to their Tantrum Lures Medium Tube which they got from Taipa Tackle. This lure has proven to be a favourite for the marlin and has earned its place in the spread on Wested As, with it catching Leighton and his crew a couple more marlin throughout January.

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Lisa Noble celebrating her yellowfin tuna catch.

Over the east coast, the action has been just as hot and heavy. A friend of mine returning from North Cape decided to drop a couple of lures over the side as they approached a good patch of water off Cape Karikari in 130m. They managed to tag two marlin from five hits within an hour’s fishing.

For those wanting to get amongst the action, keep an on the SST charts and target one of the many fingers or patches of warm blue water, which is moving down from the north. While you’re heading north, stop in at Taipa Tackle – Brooke and Steve have their fingers on the pulse in the far north and are more than willing to point you in the right direction and sort you out with what lures the fish have been nibbling on.

Area Reporter Jordan found success off Hokianga.

There is a truly unreal number of fish out there at the moment, with many mentioning that this is some of the best fishing they have ever experienced. Let’s hope it continues as the season has only just begun! Be safe out there, have fun and I will check in with you all next month.

- Jordan Hensen

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