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Sportsmans Choice/Northland Kayaks Fishing Adventures

Northland Kayaks are planning Kayak Fishing Trips.

As these trips will be mostly dependant on weather conditions, they may often have less than a week’s notice.

We are not usually interested in fishing in conditions over 10 knots, and will not be launching through surf, if it can be avoided.

These trips may therefore be any day of the week, but we will aim for the weekends, as this will suit more people.

We will endeavour to get out at least once or twice a month.

If we plan any “Stay-away” trips, we will endeavour to give more notice, and accommodation information.

If you would like to be informed of these trips please drop us an email, and we will put you on our “Fishing Adventures Advisory Email List”.

We will be fishing some of the more popular locations (and some less known), on the east coast, between Bream tail and Cape Karikari.

This is an informal group.  There are no fees involved, and you are responsible for your own safety.

There will be no pressure on these trips, just camaraderie, sharing of fishing spots (and tales) and hopefully someone to offload any excess fish to.

We recommend the use of a suitable kayaking PFD, a paddle leash, and a marine VHF radio for safety, and so we can keep in touch on the water.

Waterproof Floating VHF radios suitable for Kayak Fishing, are available in store.




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Teal Bay Fishing Report:

Well - what a spectacular morning. Fish or no fish it was great getting out on the water with NO Surf, and hardly a breath of wind until later in the morning.
Nine keen Kayak Fishos came out for the day, and most went home very happy, and with fish for dinner.
Jason could not make this trip, but it was great to see him at the beach giving us all a hand with our kayaks when we returned.
There were no monsters caught, but some good eating snapper around the 2-3kg were caught.
Kahawai were prolific, and it would have been easy to grab a swag for the smoker. The kahawai I caught were dontated to an unlucky angler that got skunked, so we made sure he went home for fish for dinner.
The best snapper of the day came in at 3.7kg (pictured), and was caught by yours truly (John's Dory V). Nowhere near a PB, but very happy as my "mojo" is back!
Fishing was difficult at times, and after trying different soft baits, it was the old faithful 4" New Penny Curly Tail Z-Man that got nailed.
I am always asked about soft bait fishing "Technique"? We all try different things, and at different times they all work. The secret is really just to make sure that you have that soft bait in the water, because they are just like lollies for our Northland snapper.
Thanks to all who came along, and shared a beer and a yarn at the beach.
It was a great day!
Next trip will be when I have a Sunday (or Monday) off work and the weather gods are smiling. - Hopefully not too far away.
I will send an email out to all those on our Fishing Trip data base to advise where & when.
If you're not on our data base and would like to be, just fire an email to: and ask me to put you on the kayak fishing trip data base.
We currently have over 150 receiving the trip advisories.
We generally get about 6-15 coming along, depending what they have happening on the day. It'll be interesting (and spectacular) if I put a trip out that suits all eh!!
Until next time - may your reel drag scream in protest!!!