Fishing just seems to be getting better!

Fishing just seems to be getting better!

Mangawhai, New Zealand

16 April 2016

Offshore Adventures fishing April report
Its been a busy time since our last report in March, our prediction back in March of hungry fish with the slight drop in water temp sure was bang on. Around the new moon the kingfish, marlin and snapper bite sure was on in a big way!
Sadly we only had one day chasing marlin in the last few weeks but what a ripper day that was, boats all hooking up around us with the radio going nuts with multiple hook ups. We got a good bite early in the day but lost the fish due to being bill wrapped and then another lame bite for no fish. Late that day our 62 year old angler caught and released his first marlin, a stunning and very satisfying result in more than testing weather conditions.

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The kingfish have now moved out into the deep and man are they hungry and in stunning condition. The deeper pins have also been holding some very large snappers and they also are fulling victim to deep dropped jacmac live baits.
Catching bait at the end of March was proving difficult but now with a slight change in water temp there are some very big schools of jack mackerel moving around in Bream Bay, they can prove difficult to stay on top of as they are feeding hard and moving quickly at this time of the year. There are some huge snappers, kingfish and even john dory feeding under these schools of jacmac’s. One morning we had one lucky angler get a john dory tangled up in his sabiki rig (a very welcomed by-catch). At this time of the year in the mornings while catching bait we try to have had one angler casting a soft bait or small jig and have had snappers coming on board while catching bait.
For the rest of April it looks like we are going to have a stunning marlin bite in this area and I feel the kingfish and snapper are just going to keep biting hard leading up to the full moon. Live bait is going to be the key to success this month!
We have just done our last charter before we head off to Costa Rica on the 19th of April. We have two lucky groups of Kiwi’s coming to fish with us in glassy seas on the pacific coast of Costa Rica for sailfish and blue marlin. 10 days of fishing in this location is going to be stunning. The team from Offshore Adventures will all be in Costa Rica from the 19th of April to the 9th of May and we will be coming home for the NZ Boat Show.
Tony will be proudly be on the new Shimano stand at the NZ Boat Show doing informal demonstrations and talking about NZ fishing, Overseas destinations, tackle rigging and of course showing off of the new and exciting new tackle range Shimano will be launching at the boat show (12th – 15th of May). Tony and the team from Shimano have been developing the new Energy Concept range which will be launched in May. Over 12 months of development and treating has gone into these of rods and the team from Offshore Adventures and some of their lucky anglers has been testing and have had input into this range of rods since November 2015. If your’e at the show please stop in and say hi to Tony he will be on stand 130 in the fishing hall.
Keep tuned into our facebook page as we will be doing daily reports from Costa Rica with a bunch of photos of Kiwis smashing some billfish hard in Central America!

Catch em up
Tony

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