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Fishing in North Island

Even though it’s the smaller of the two islands, fishing on the North Island of New Zealand is anything but limited. With its diverse fishing potential, the island has something for just about every level of angling expertise.
 
Looking for an incredible fly fishing expedition? This is the place. Want to catch the biggest Striped Marlin of your fishing career? You’ve found your playground.
 

Types of Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

To say that the North Island is the hub of freshwater fishing, and especially fly fishing, is an understatement. With so many rivers, streams, and creeks perfect to cast your line, what’s not to love?
 
Rainbow and Brown Trout steal the show here, both because they’re plentiful and because they can weigh anywhere from four to 10 or more pounds. You get to explore gorgeous stretches of nature with crystal-clear waters that hide massive Trout waiting to gulp down your bait.
 
Because freshwater fishing is so popular, there are many fishing guides that specialise in taking people to the best Trout of their lives. While half day and full day adventures are excellent to get a taster of the local bite, there are multi-day expeditions for passionate anglers wanting to experience the full potential that freshwater fishing has to offer.
 
Rotorua, Tongariro River, and Lake Taupo are epicenters of North Island fishing, and if you’re after record-breaking Rainbow Trout, any of these spots will do nicely.
 

Saltwater Fishing

Now we’re in the “big boy” territory. The North Island is famous for its outstanding saltwater fishing and thousands of miles of productive waters. This a bucket-list-worthy fishery for every angler on the prowl for trophy Marlin (Stripeys are all the craze, but Black and Blue are just as popular), Pink Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, and Yellowtail (called Kingfish in New Zealand). The Tarakihi, Hapuku, and Trevally bite is excellent as well.
 
With year-round fishing and skilled charter captains to lead the way, there’s no limit to what you can catch here. The Bay of Plenty and Bay of Islands are the most prominent fishing destinations on the island, with Hauraki Gulf and Waikato following close behind. If you’d like to explore remote bluewater, then head to the Three Kings Islands.
 
The best time to go fishing is usually from October–April, though some migratory fish like Tuna and Marlin come and go on their own schedule. Local fishing captains will know exactly when and where to take you so that you can land the catch of your life. 
 
The fishing North Island, New Zealand boasts is a source of spectacular angling opportunities that will handsomely reward your fishing skills. So the only question here is – what are you waiting for?
 
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North Island Fishing Seasons

January

It’s summer in New Zealand, which can mean only one thing – big game fishing is reaching its peak. On the freshwater front, Rainbows and Browns are biting left and right.

February

Go fishing for Striped, Blue, and Black Marlin, Pink Snapper, Giant Trevally, and Yellowfin Tuna – they’re all out there in February. Yellowtail fishing is excellent, and Swordfish are active further offshore.

March

In March, the loudest sound you’ll hear on the water is the screaming of the reels. Marlin and Tuna fishing are in full swing, and you’re likely to catch just about anything you drop a line for now.

April

Pink Snapper and Yellowtail are the most popular catches closer to shore, while the bluewater is the playground of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, and hard-fighting Swordfish.

May

As autumn takes over, Marlin and Tuna are leaving the waters around the North Island, but you can still hook them on their way out. This is a great time to focus your fishing efforts on giant Swordfish, Pink Snapper, Yellowtail, and more.

June

Chasing majestic Swordfish is the way to go in June. If Billfish aren’t your cuppa tea, Hapuka, Tarakihi, Giant Trevally, and Yellowtail are very active and ready to bite.

July

Swordfish are the only representative of the Billfish family in July, but going after these bad boys will be a test of strength and skill. The Tarakihi and Hapuka bite is superb right now, and Yellowtail aren’t far behind.

August

Winter is here, so the weather can be unpredictable. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy good Yellowtail and Hapuka fishing, or chase Tarakihi in the nearshore waters.

September

As you’re waiting for the spring to come, spend several hours on a boat and come home with delicious Hapuka on ice. With each passing day, the fishing action is getting better for both freshwater and saltwater fishermen.

October

Rainbow and Brown Trout are the center of attention in the North Island’s rivers and lakes, and on the offshore stage, Pink Snapper, Hapuka, and Yellowtail are the most prized catch in October.

November

As water temperatures are rising, you can almost smell the anglers’ excitement in the air. Pink Snapper fishing is superb right now, and chasing Yellowtail is very productive as well.

December

Head out to your favourite freshwater fishing spot to get your fill of the premier Trout action. Alternatively, set your sights on Giant Trevally, Yellowtail, and Pink Snapper offshore.

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What People Are Saying About North Island

My Birthday Fish Wish was "KING FISH" So I went fishing with Wild Blue Charters
Mike C. fished with Wildblue Charters on February 29, 2020
Keep your lines tight, have heart to fight game fish
Half day trip schnapper fishing
Wayne B. fished with Blue Sea Charters - Splash on February 11, 2020
Get an experienced captain and look to have a period of tide rising to get best chance of success.
3hr AWESOME Trout Fishing Experience
Paul S. fished with Pinnacle Charters on January 15, 2020
Go with Pinnacle Fishing, speak time Richard. He is a legend
August fishing trip
Angela G. fished with Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere on August 31, 2019
Have the correct weights and line no flashers and cushion for your comfort
Full day trip
FishingBooker Member fished with Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing on July 27, 2019
Beautiful place , beautiful fish and a very knowledgeble guide.
Very enjoyable morning out
Andrew S. fished with Fish Taupo on May 18, 2019
Do at least a 3 hour charter - more if you can fit it in to your schedule.
Snapper fishing with Captain Hamish
Kristy B. fished with SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels on May 8, 2019
Go and fish with Captain Hamish. He knows is stuff
Half Day Trip with Captain Mike
Ken B. fished with Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd on April 29, 2019
Make sure you have appropriate clothing and for ladies , gloves as it could be cold and windy

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