Superman vs Kingfish

This Saturday, despite the winds, we had Lloyd and his crew from Langs Beach out with us. The plan was to head to the Mokes but the sou’wester was pushing 30 knots, so instead we hid behind Taranga Island (the Hen) in one of our favourite spots.

Lloyd wanted to target kingis so young Daniel took a break from catching trevally to pick up some blue mackerel for livebait. Hey presto, Lloyd caught a lovely kingfish. So dinner was sorted for the weekend – kingfish, trevally and of course some nice snapper. Well done team.

And 1st prize goes to Jarni

We had the pleasure of taking out Ashley Hoyle and his crew on Monday. They were some of the most enthusiastic fisho’s we’ve ever had on board. 12 year old Jarni was an accomplished young fisherman who got his personal best snapper, estimated weight around 7kgs. Everyone caught some good sized fish. We had another PB amongst the crew who eventually landed a kingi after being busted off multiple times.

Needless to say, Jarni and the crew are keen to come back and we can’t wait to see them in action again.

Fishmeister cleans up!

Well it’s a long time since we’ve posted. Mike has finally recovered from his knee replacement and is back in action on the water.

Yesterday was the annual Mangawhai Boating & Fishing Club Easter tournament and Mike took a few locals out aboard Fishmeister to enjoy the day. The Hen & Chickens were at their absolute best and Mike managed to get the crew quickly onto some good fishing.

Ben Leese came home with his personal best kingfish at 970mm – 1st prize in the kingfish category.

Dean Bright picked up his personal best snapper, winning first prize with an impressive 10.35kgs.

Thanks so much to The Waterboy for their generous sponsorship and to the fishing club organisers for a great day.

As you can see, the fishing is awesome at the moment so join us on the water soon.

21 pounder at the Mokes

Well it was great to be out on the water after the Covid lockdown and what better group to do it with. Peter and his crew were all keen fishermen and we headed out to the Mokohinaus on the first fine day we could.

The fish were a bit hard to find earlier on in the day, but we eventually got stuck into them. Soft baits won the day as you can see from this 21 pounder caught by local builder Shayne Stuart – another personal best for Fishmeister crew.

Great to have locals out on the boat with us – thanks guys, it was a lot of fun.


Peter's crew

3 out of 3

Greg, Sandra, Marika and Mitch had a morning charter with Fishmeister. It was a bit breezy so difficult to fish a lot of our favourite spots.

We decided to fish in the lee of the Hen. Even though we berleyed up a storm, the big snapper were elusive.

The mackerel however did turn up so we caught some of those and live-baited. Three mackerel were sent on reconnaissance missions to a depth of 25m with a 100% success rate! Each mackerel converted into an XL John Dory. Great work crew!

Kingi for Christmas

Stephanus brought his family and friends out for a day on Fishmeister yesterday. A challenging sou’wester meant we could only fish a few of our regular spots on the hen.

Despite the weather, we managed to get onto some good size snapper, some really good size trevally and all topped off with a couple of kingis. The one shown here weighed in at over 10kgs!

These great fishermen are all soon to be locals to Mangawhai so welcome to the community team! You’re off to a great start.

The Pows clean up

Really nice to have the Pow boys back on the boat again and catching some sizeable snapper! It was a gorgeous day for a family reunion – good banter and some friendly competition made for a great day.

Greenkeepers out on the blue

Ben Devereaux and his crew of Tara Iti greenkeepers enjoyed a great day out with us this week. Good to see locals out there and nice for them to see their beautiful golf course from the ocean side. The water was a beautiful blue, and we could see the immaculate green of the course as we looked back.

Everyone caught some nice fish, drifting baits in the 50m mark. They must have had a good trip as they’ve already booked the next one!



While backpacking around NZ, Rory had heard how good the fishing is out of Mangawhai Heads so he decided to charter Fishmeister in an effort to better his PB – to date this was a Mackerel caught back home in Scotland.  No problem said skipper Mike!  In fact the first fish caught was a large blue Mackerel which Rory was very happy about.  Much to his surprise though the fish did not go in the bin but had a large live bait hook surgically inserted through it’s nostrils & sent back to the depths on a “search & seek reconnaissance trip”.  Rory could not believe his luck when the Mackerel starting heading West at a phenomenal rate of knots.  After putting the reel into gear & striking Rory realised that something big was on!  10 minutes later a nice kingi was welcomed aboard Fishmeister.  Needless to say Rory’s PB record was smashed!  Reckon the photo tells the story.

FISHMEISTER AUTUMN TIP – The Hen & Chicks this autumn has produced a lot of good kingis!  Find the bait fish……berley up a storm…….catch a live bait & then send it down into the berley trail on reconnaissance & you have a good chance of converting that Mackerel to a kingi!!

More Fishmeister tips coming soon.

Rory's kingi
Rory’s kingi