Skinny water Kingfish - Hell yeah, what a great way to start 2016!

Skinny water Kingfish – Hell yeah, what a great way to start 2016!

Mangawhai, New Zealand

13 January 2016

Well what a start to the year.  Kingifsh seem to be on the bite where ever we go!
The deep pins are fishing well and we have had some good days catching and releasing over 20 fish per day.  Some of the most exciting fishing we have had this year is right off the beach at Mangawhai Heads.  Nice size kingfish have been harassing the jack mackeral schools making for exciting fishing in only 10m of water!  We have been raising fish on topwater in these areas as well.
If your interested in a charter this summer please get in quick as we only have a handful of days left before we depart for Oman chasing GT’s in April, do not forget about our casual charters if you are struggling to make up a full group. Check out our booking calendar and look for the days we have spots available. 

We have been using the new Shimano Ocea Pebble Stick Jigs in the past few months and have had great success.  Great range of colours and what we are finding is that inexperienced jiggers are getting great results as the jig does not need to be worked as aggressivly as most other jigs. On two trips out this year the “White Glow” colour in 300gms has caught the biggest fish by first time jiggers! Check out the jigs at or at your local tackle store.

Our last trip offshore saw us in 19.88 degree blue water, so its not going to be long before those marlins start showing up and around the Mokohinau Islands.
This season we have made a few changes in how we target our fish so we should be able to take advantage of any marlin that may be feeding within and around the kingfish.
Our first “Kingi School” starts in January.  These school’s are a great way to brush up on your skills and thecniques when targeting kingfish.  The courses are going to be based at our new lodge and includes a nights accommodation, tuition/tackle and rigging talk and then you get to put it all into practise the next day fishing offshore at the Mokohinau islands.  These schools are being run with “Fishing Advisor” with host Mandy Kupenga from the TV show “Get Your Fish On” check out Fishing Avisor at

Looking forwards to an exciting summer on the water, go get em!

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