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    Fishing in New Zealand

    Going on holiday in Sept to New Zealand (north island) does any one have any experience or recommendations on fishing there. I will be fly fishing and sea fishing probably inshore for the sea fishing. Thanks in advance.
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    Yes. We stayed in Rotorua. All the Motels are fantastic value.

    We went out on Lake Rotorua with a guide and caught a 10.5 Lb wild brown trout (record fish) an 9.5lb wild Brown trout and a number of Rainbows. I can try and find our guides name. Lake Taupo is really the fly fishing Mecca though. You can do both from this base. If you have WAGs with you they will love the spa and Mouri heritage stuff.

    Motel cooked up the smaller Brown and a Rainbow like you wouldn't believe!

    I also hooked up with a fella called Greg Tuuta in the sporting goods store in Rotorua who also works as a guide and had an amazing night lamping Possums with a .22 SA. Rarely laughed so hard.

    Edit: Our guide was Bryan Coleman

    Greg might be busy. Trial for nine on P charges | Rotorua Daily Post
    Last edited by NorthDorset; 17-07-2013 at 07:17.

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    Not an ideal time of year for sea fishing,do you want to do some stalking when in New Zealand?
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    It is an amazing country, i'd check with the DOC (Department of Conservation) website loads off info on there. I have a sneaky feeling the season might not open till 1st Oct (first time i was out season opened halfway throu my trip) I may be wrong or have dates confused and that was in South isle, the DoC website will have all the ino u need.
    But it is a hunters and fishers paradise

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    I fished lake Tarawera. Caught nothing except sunburn but the experience was amazing. So tranquil and had a bbq on the banks just as dusk fell. Got some pictures of the trout in the tongariro river and all I can say was wowwww!! If I had my choice again I wouldve bought a day permit on that river..

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    If I were going to do just one trip in NZ north island, without having to travel for miles and miles, it would be with this charter;
    http://www.epicadventures.co.nz/

    They are simply awsome, and have a very high % rate, specially with our Kingfish.
    They also fish in a sustainable manner, only allowing each angler to keep one Kingi each, but catch and release heaps of them, often in the 15>25 kg bracket. Arm aching fun at its best

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    Quote Originally Posted by tusker View Post
    Going on holiday in Sept to New Zealand (north island) does any one have any experience or recommendations on fishing there. I will be fly fishing and sea fishing probably inshore for the sea fishing. Thanks in advance.
    Tusker
    You jammy git! Yeah fished out there a lot 10 years ago - if it's anything like it was then you'll have a harder time finding something that doesn't work!!!!

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    If you're going to be up in the Bay of Islands I would definitely recommend Steve Butler for sea fishing. He specialises in Kingfish which are cracking fun and seriously powerful fish. I turned up there thinking about big game fish but timing wasn't quite right and they were honest enough to tell me it would probably be a very expensive cruise, but had I thought of Kingfish. Good advice! Earl Grey Fishing Charters - Bay Of Islands (N.Z)

    for trout I had a day on the rivers around Lake Taupo with Paddy Clark. Another epic day, fishing crystal clear streams for big wild rainbows in beautiful surroundings. Paddy is a bit of a character too. One time professional hunter who did the big red culls in NZ. I had never stalked at this point otherwise I think I would have spent more time on deer chat than fishing! http://www.nzflyfishing.co.nz/

    Hope this helps. Book either (or both!) you won't be disappointed!

    cheers,

    Andy.

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    I guess if you really want up to the minute advice, the best place by far is;
    http://www.fishing.net.nz/asp_forums/

    The guys on here are a good bunch and generally very helpfull. I frequented the forum for a while before moving here, and have made some really good friends through it.
    Kiwis in general love to showcase their country, and all it has to offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP_PREDATOR View Post
    Not an ideal time of year for sea fishing,do you want to do some stalking when in New Zealand?
    If the opertunity arrose then yes but memsahb might a bit p!ssy if she thought I had arranged it if you get my drift.
    Tusker
    Last edited by tusker; 17-07-2013 at 16:44. Reason: spelling

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