A country full of breathtaking beauty ...
Rugged cliffs, golden yellow beaches, lush rainforests, snow-capped mountain peaks, hot volcanic springs, rivers in which eels or rainbow trout swim and large glacial lakes make New Zealand one of the most diverse countries in the world.
There is probably no other place on our planet that is further away from Germany. No question, a trip to New Zealand is one of the highlights in “travel life” even for globetrotters. But even if the way is long – it is definitely worth it. In addition to all the scenic highlights, for us anglers, the crucial question is of course what New Zealand has to offer in terms of fishing – especially sea fishing.
One of the first questions you will inevitably ask yourself when going to New Zealand is: North Island, or South Island? If you don’t have unlimited time to see both islands, i.e. the whole country, this is the first important decision. From a landscape point of view, both islands are undoubtedly extremely attractive. The south island with a vegetation that is not infrequently reminiscent of the landscapes of Norway (especially in the fjordlands), but also with frequent capricious weather, as it is common in Norway too.
Here on the South Island you can of course fish anywhere along the coast in the sea – but you shouldn’t expect too much from the fish species and average sizes.
The fishing, as it is offered by many boats there, often produces small and medium-sized fish, such as the much sought-after Blue Cods or various types of Perch and Snapper, and is more reminiscent of what we do on the Baltic Sea coast in Germany. This is something if you are traveling to the South Island as part of a New Zealand tour and would like to take a fishing day.
For a planned fishing vacation, however, the North Island is the far better starting point. Even the subtropical vegetation suggests that the fish species should also be different here. And so it is: The coast section from the northeast tip to the Bay of Islands, which consists of a total of 144 islands, is home to numerous exciting sea predators.
Whether you want to fish for the wildly fighting Yellowtail Kingfish with light tackle, or for Snapper, John Dory, and Blue Cod – you are definitely in the right place.
To make this possible at all, a corresponding special fishing technique had to be developed.
Geoff Stone, skipper of the “Major Tom II”, was the one who not only developed a specially designed fishing rig for Swordfish, but also mastered the fishing technique, in which the drifting boat has to be kept exactly in one place over long periods of time over deep water. Geoff is therefore an absolute pioneer for this type of fishing and is in demand as a speaker at numerous lectures.
Admittedly, Swordfish fishing is of course a game of patience – and it has to be, because getting the biggest fighter of all seas on the hook shouldn’t be that easy.
As mentioned above, this is not just about the Swordfish. Big Groupers, which are also caught in natural bait fishing in greater water depths (usually 200-300 meters), are undoubtedly one of them. This can be fish of 5-10 kg, but also specimen of 40-50 kg, or even larger. As a by-catch, a Bluenose is often attracted by the bait.
If you want to fish near the shore at shallows, then you target the combative Yellowtail Kingfish with light tackle and smaller bait fish. With average sizes of 6-10 kg, these lightning-fast predators deliver a good fight – now and then specimens beyond the 20 kg are included. As a by-catch, Snappers and also the very popular John Dory (St. Petersfish) go on the hook – and also many other surprises.
Coastal fishing, some of which even takes place in the bays, also has the advantage that there is still an alternative in stronger winds. If you are interested, you can fish for the different Shark species at these places.