Winter fishing = Fat Kingi's

Winter fishing = Fat Kingi’s

Mangawhai, New Zealand

02 July 2016

I am sitting up at the lodge in Mangawhai writing this report getting a little frustrated with the weather!
The wind just keeps blowing but on the days we get a break and have been able to get out we have enjoyed some fun fishing. While we are not getting huge number of fish like we do in the summer months the fish we do get are of good size and in stunning winter condition. At this time of the year my prefered methods for catching kingfish is slow trolling jack mackerel and kahawai around areas like points, drop offs, surface bait schools and area with lots currents/back eddies where the good old kingi will be pushing bait into.
The beaches off Managwahi and Bream bay are holding good numbers of jack mackerel and even a few nice kings can still be caught so close to home, most days when the bait moves in so do the Kingis for an easy meal. If your looking for bait be sure to keep an eye out for the shags, usally where they are feeding there will be jack mackeral holding.
This is also a great time of the year to catch Kingfish on topwater, on dull days we have been using a bright pink stick bait and brighter/clear times using blue, black or silver stick baits. While slow trolling a live bait its also a great time to be casting stick baits out each side to cover more ground.
During this time of the year we have been dropping our leader size down, we use the Shimano Ocea 80lb fluorocarbon and feel this time of the year when bite times are shorter and fish a little shy it really helps us get more bites. We are also using slightly smaller hooks with being 8/0 inline circle hooks being the prefered hook if your relasing your fish.

We leave for our last overseas destination in late August, its going to be an exciting way to fishing our overseas trips for the year. Prince Edward island is home to some of the worlds largest Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (150-500kgs) and we are so looking forward to getting into the action with 2 x 5 day trips planned. We still have one spot left for our last trip of the year. Dates are 30th August to the 6th of September. If your interested in this trip of a life time please contact us at or ring me at 021 208 0797.

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