Blue Sea Charters
Blue Sea Charters operate out of the Bay of Islands on New Zealand's East Coast.
New Zealand's Bay of Islands has a world wide reputation as an anglers Eldorado. All World and National Records for Striped Marlin, Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper are held on this coast.
Our captains are experienced in targeting - Snapper, Terakihi, Trevally, Kahawai, Kingfish, Shark, Marlin & Tuna.
If you are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the Bay of Islands and need our advice on the best times to come, where to stay or any other local information please don't hesitate to contact us.
We cater for the novice who dreams of catching a big game fish, the tourist who just wants to enjoy Snapper fishing in the beautiful Bay of Islands, and the experienced angler who is after a world class fish.
New Zealand Fishing Holidays
Your fishing holiday to New Zealand would not be complete without enjoying some of the best game and saltwater fishing in the world. The clear unpolluted waters of New Zealand's Bay of Islands, coupled with the low level of commercial fishing, has the result of offering tremendously diverse and bountiful sport fishing for the angler.
The best Game Fishing for Marlin, Tuna and Shark is between December and May, while salt water fly and light tackle fishing is good year round for Trevally, Yellowtail, Kingfish, Kahawai (sea trout), Grouper, Snapper and John Dory.
In New Zealand there is no requirement for a license for recreational salt water fishing, although daily limits and minimum sizes do apply.
New Zealand fishing can be divided into two distinct categories:
- Inshore Fisheries - Traditional inshore fishing is based on about 30 main species. Their habitat extends from the shore out to depths of about 200 metres (650 feet), at the edge of the continental shelf. The common inshore species in the Bay of Islands include snapper, grouper, kingfish, kahawai and trevally.
- Deep Water Fisheries - Traditional deep water sports fishing occurs between depths ranging from 200-1500 metres, where the main concentration of deep water species in New Zealand's waters are found. Several species migrate south to feed in the warm waters of the Bay of Islands' each year, mainly in summer and autumn. These include billfish such as marlin (striped, blue and black) and various tuna species. The various species migration times are very much dependent on water temperature.
If you are planning a New Zealand fishing holiday in the Bay of Islands and need our advice on the best times to come, where to stay or any other local information please don't hesitate to contact us. If you want to talk fishing, we can do that all day.
Blue Sea Charters, Paihia, Bay of Islands Enquiry Form
P.O. Box 141
Phone: +64 9 402 7071
Mobile: 021 556 712
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