The Snapper or "Tamure"
as it is called in Maori is not only the most
commercially caught species in New Zealand but also one
of New Zealand's most popular and sought after fish by
The Snappers popularity owes much to the fact that not
only are they a good fighting fish, which makes for
exciting fishing, but they are also an excellent table
Snapper will eat just about anything. They feed on
shellfish, sea eggs (kina), crustaceans, jellyfish, and
small fish species such as pilchards and sprats. The
best baits to use apart from shellfish are the
commercially packaged frozen bait, such as
trevally, squid, or pilchards. Many New Zealand
fishermen prefer bonito, with its potent, oily smell.
Snapper can be caught with bait or by jigging small
lures but in the Bay of Islands the most common method
of snapper fishing is with bait.
Snapper fishing is a popular, almost traditional New
Zealand holiday pastime for all the family. Many
children remember a snapper as their first catch while
for adults, and the more experienced fishermen, there is
always the chance of catching the big, old, 12 to 14
catch of snapper on Skipper Jim
New Zealand's snapper fishing is managed by a strict
quota system, which allow only a set amount of snapper
to be taken commercially each year. For the recreational
fishermen there is a maximum daily limit of nine fish
per person and a minimum size of 27cm.
caught on the middle reef in the Bay of Islands
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.