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

Bloody Beauties!

Francois treated the crew from Rural Design to a beauty day out at the Mokes on Wednesday.  The kingis pictured were hooked up slow trawling a live bait & fast retrieving a popper through schooling Trevally.  In the background of the photo is the Navarre rocks……one of Fishmeister’s favourite destinations at the Mokohinau Islands.  The day also produced some good snapper straylining at Fanal Island.

Cheers to Francois……au revoir & a safe trip back to France.  We look forward to seeing you aboard Fishmeister when you visit back down under!”



26lb snapper

Took a great bunch of guys out to the Hen & Chicks on Sunday morning. They were all experienced fishos and brought their own good quality gear. We spent a pleasant morning catching kahawai, trevally and mid-size snapper. Next thing we know, Brooke is hauling a 26lb snapper aboard. Great celebrations all round and the snapper weight was confirmed by Doug at the local Top Catch.

Great day out guys – look forward to having you on board again!


Beautiful day at the Mokes

We headed out to the Mokes yesterday with a team of four keen fishermen.

The morning started out tough with some challenging conditions – a nor’easterly swell with a 20 knot southerly chop on top made for a tricky crossing with windscreen wipers on to ward off the sea spray for most of the journey.

However the day came right for us and we had a great afternoon afternoon straylining in calmer conditions.

Among the plentiful catch were trevally, good size snapper and it was all topped off with a nice size kingi.

It was great having you on board guys.