Zealand Fishing Holidays
fishing holiday / vacation to New Zealand would not be complete
without enjoying some of the best game and saltwater
fishing in the world.
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.
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
In New Zealand there is no requirement for a license for
recreational salt water fishing, although daily limits
and minimum sizes do apply.
Zealand fishing can be divided into two distinct
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.
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.
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.