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Reef fishing

Reef Fishing For Tarakihi, Snapper, Trevally, Gurnard, John Dory, And Kingfish

A day reef fishing trip aboard the MV Manutere is a fantastic way to spend a day on the water, catch some fish, and experience what the ocean has to offer. Whether you’re a single person wanting a day out on the water, a family, or a workgroup, we can cater for you. 

What are the times for a Day Trip?

We depart the Tauranga Bridge Marina, (first left heading over the harbour bridge from Tauranga to the Mount) pier D34, at 7am. We will return around 4.30pm.

What fish do we target?

We target the popular table species namely tarakihi, snapper, John Dory, trevally and kahawai. Gurnard, pink mao mao, red snapper, porae are also regularly caught.

Where do we go?

The destination varies depending on which areas are producing the most fish. The outlying reefs are regular destinations, the Penguins, Astrolabe reef, the Pinnacles and the Okaparus, with the offshore islands of Motiti and Tuhua (Mayor) also being regular fishing areas.

More information about the trip

The tarakihi and snapper tend to school around the edges of foul, and cross over’s between sand and mud. We have a range of different options at all of the areas we fish, and if we aren’t catching fish, we will keep moving until we find fish which are interested in feeding. Be assured that we make it our personal mission to put our clients onto the fish.

Reef fishing for tarakihi and snapper can vary dramatically in the technique and finesse required to catch them. Often they will be feeding so hard, it is almost impossible not to catch them! On other days however, when they are feeding more tentatively more finesse is required, and this is where the smaller hooks and baits come into their own. We generally recommend 3/0 hooks for all bottom fishing, as they are big enough to handle a good amount of pressure if a hapuka or kingfish eat the bait, but are small enough to fit in the tarakihi’s mouths. We recommend ledger rigs for bottom fishing as we will generally be fishing in anything between 30m – 90m depending on where the feeding fish are located. 10oz sinkers are a minimum with 12oz sinkers being more commonly used.
On the way back to Tauranga, you can fillet your fish, or have the deckhands assist, as they are more than happy to show you the ropes. Tarakihi and snapper are fantastic eating fish, so make sure you bring some ice and a chilly bin in the warmer weather to keep the flesh in the best possible condition.

If you are looking for a fun day fishing on the water out of Tauranga, contact us today, and we will be happy to help you arrange a reef fishing trip to suit your needs.
Enjoy reef fishing for tarakihi, snapper, John Dory, trevally, kingfish, kahawai, gurnard, pink mao mao, red snapper, porae. Reef fishing is a great way to dinner while having some fun.

What do you need?

+ Lunch
+ Drinks
+ Chilly Bin

+ Ice
+ Rod and reel (optional)
+ Bait (optional)


Public day trip

$120.00 - Adult
$60.00 - Child (15 and under)

Day trip - $1800 – Monday to Thursday (includes public holidays)
Day trip - $1900 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
24 hours - $2300 – Sunday to Wednesday evening departures
24 hours - $2400 - Thursday to Saturday evening departures

Fishing Gear to Hire

+ $25.00 per person - Bottom Fishing Rod (includes all day tackle)
+ $15.00 per person – Bait for the day, $25 for 24 hour reef trip

Read more about our booking us for a Public trip or Private Charter

Private Charters

This is the trip for you, if you have a group you'd like to get out on the water. We take bookings for day trips, 24 hour trips and evening trips. A work shout, stag or hens party, social club or fishing club or your family.

Public Fishing Trips

Whether you’re a single person wanting a day out on the water, a family, or a group, but don't want to hire the whole boat yourself, jump on board and join others on a public trip.


Keen to book a trip on the Manutere? Check out our Calendar for availability, and make sure you’ve read our Booking Terms & Conditions.

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