Two groups one day

A full day out fishing with a crew change at half time made for a great day’s fishing for this group of 9 people. We headed out to the Hen & Chickens early in the morning and the party was in full swing pretty quickly. Everyone was busy landing snapper, mostly pannies, with a few kingis thrown in. Unfortunately the kingis were just under legal size so we took great pleasure in releasing them to fight another day.  The afternoon crew were just as busy and managed to land a few larger snapper, so the sausages would have stayed in the fridge for a few more days.

The swell got up a bit for a while there, but the hen provided good shelter and all on board enjoyed the day. All in all a great day out.

Fish of the day
Fish of the day
A beautiful day on the water
A beautiful day on the water

Ex Pat Excitement!

Today the plan was to fish all day around the Hen & Chicks.  However once across the Mangawhai Heads Bar the conditions were so good that Hamish & Estel made the decision to head out to the Mokes. They were duly rewarded with the kind of fishing that only the Mokes can deliver.  So far away from their home in England, the Mokohinau Islands feel like a completely different world. The fishing was ballistic and Hamish and Estel had a great work out. Two customers came home at the end of the day very tired but very happy – thanks for joining us on Fishmeister!

Shimano Thunnus working hard!
Shimano Thunnus working hard!


A great day at the Mokes!  The masterful French Grandfather/Grandson team (Esteve & Maurice) & their crew (Lian & Francois) landed a massive haul of fish.  The ocean going Kahawai were huge.  The Trevally were gigantic.  The Bin full of fish was nicely topped off by the skill of Grand Dad & his jigging technique to land the best Kingi of the day.

Electricity at the Mokes!

Carl Gordon Electrical & his crew were lucky enough to experience one of those magical days at the Mokes.  A light westerly breeze pushed us all the way there & on arrival the skies turned blue & the breeze eased off to variable.  A very hot yet relaxing day which produced a number of good size fish including Kingi, Trevally, Snapper & Kahawai.  The crew of 6 split into two teams for a bit of competitive banter………lots of friendly squabble over which team caught the most fish, biggest fish & most species.  The “qualified” sparkies finally had to accept a very close fought 2nd place to the “unqualified”  sparkies.  Not a bad days work!!!

Tough Glass at the Mokes

Dwayne Heemi & the crew from toughened glass & glazing company toughed it out to the Mokes!  A hard bash out there into the wind & swell but well worth the trip as the weather came good….as can be seen by the photo taken by Groper Rock with Dwayne, Mike & Sonny Heemi showing off their Mokohinau pannies & a bonus John Dory.

Finesse xmas bash!

Muzza & his team from Finesse Residential booked Fishmeister for 3 days of fishing the Mokes & the Hen & Chicks.  Good fish all round topped off by day 3 when a few good size kingis were landed drifting around the huge schools of kawahai & trevally out by Coppermine at the Chicks.  The Snapper are not as prolific as they were a couple of weeks ago but having the warm water in closer with the large schools of bait fish has prompted the Kingi action! Nice!!

Great Barrier & Mokes

3 Days of fishing & diving at GB & the Mokes = overdose of fun & feasting.  Big Snapper & Kingis topped off with a few yummy crays on the side……Awesome!!  Great Barrier Lodge at Whangaparapara is now open and an ideal place for Fishmeister guests to stay when on overnight trips to Barrier.

Hen & Chicks Oct 27th

The water was still very cold at 16 degrees C!  Barracuda are still about & attacking all tackle aggressively but with a little effort some good fish were binned at the end of the day.  Dave & his crew from Tern Point were on their first charter aboard Fishmeister & seemed very happy with their catch!…especially Dave who took out the trophy for first fish, most species (including snapper, gurnard, trevally & pigfish) & biggest fish.

Napier visitor very happy with winter snapper

We ventured out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend with visitors from Napier. These guys couldn’t believe the difference between fishing down in Hawkes Bay open waters to the beautiful islands and scenery just off Mangawhai Heads. They were even more impressed with the large resident snapper we brought on board as all they’ve been catching down there lately is gurnard.

Saturday was a bit rough going with the winds still high and the fish not biting. We were so glad we made the effort to get out again on Sunday. The weather was still a bit blowy so the lee of the Hen was the perfect spot for us. Stray lining the berley trail with no weight and whole pilchards was the most productive for us and we managed to bring some beautiful snapper, the best one being 14lbs.

The Napier boys said they’ll be back!