May 2019 See Westcoast Charters facebook page for the latest photos we have had a great summer fishing lots of snapper kingfish and some groper these have been our main target species now into May the snapper are still here not in such numbers but good catches when you find them also the tarakihi fishing will be our target soon and groper are out deep good mixed bags still snapper tarakihi blue cod gurnard trevally the odd kingfish jd and groper call me Neil anytime for a trip out on Felix.
May 2014 Not a bad season this year we got a few albacore tuna earlier and all species most trips successful there has been increased trawling pressure this year and we havent had such big catches of deeper water tarakihi or groper as in the past maybe they are the cause, snapper are still around and have been consistent great to catch and like the tuna not here year round so a very welcome catch it is well worth coming out with us there are a good variety of fish to be caught.
Havent been here for some time too busy fishing to play around with the website May June 2012 having a good season here every year seems to be a little different to the last this year we had good snapper fishing in summer also kingis and kahawai now its cooling down a bit there are lots of tarakihi mixed with trevally a few snapper and pup groper makes for a bin full of good sized fish and sore arms bigger groper are out deeper but if one spot isnt working try somewhere else they havent been always on the usual spots check out new ground be a pioneer as always though you have to be able to get to the right spots to get these good fish
March 2006.Good fishing at this timeof the year, probably the best time to get out if you get a calm day, we have had a few windy ones lately but that is what protects the fish stocks so it will be good after the weather eases.
Tarakihi have been fishing well with good sized fish deeper and closer inshore, groper fishing well expect a few of these on the next calm day, getting nice blue cod over the outer sounds most fish 1.5 - 2.5kg. locally snapper should be coming on again , we had a bit of a quiet spell after a patch of southerlies earlier they should be fishing better now and reports of a few up the line are coming in. Kingis, well worth the effort right now, we are planning a kingi trip son when this wind eases, Autumn is predicted to be a bit more settled.
August Report.Lately we have had mixed results, the deepwater fishing for groper off Mana is hard at the moment, we had great success with tarakihi last weekend here and also caught a small groper, reprts of some john dory and there are a few blue cod but not bin loads. Fishing Wellington last Saturday we got onto some good tarakihi 2.5kg a smaller boat had a good catch of bluenose and big tarakihi but its patchy at the moment, we had a calm day and saw 50 or so dolphins and got close to a large whale, good photos. In close the odd big male cray can be found, I got one of 3kg, buck crays will be coming in soon.
Fishing Trip report Winter 2005.We have been catching groper up to 30kg lately but most are 10 - 15kg this is a good time to get a big one and we have had some huge hook ups that have resulted in lost fish, check your tackle and use heavy line. Blue cod and tarakihi are still fishing well and warehou can turn up but they do when they do.
Mainly we have been focusing on the deepwater fishing but can do inshore as well if requested its all good.
Fishing Trip report Christmas 2004.
As expected the fishing has been great, we are converting more and more doubters into people who will be raving about the fishing here in Wellington
Trip report Oct 2004.
We are experiencing cooler water temps than normal, this can affect the fish.
Trip report Feb 2003.
All Summer we have been getting regular catches of groper, some days 30 or so fish other days 10 occasionally only one or two an average of 20 fish per trip, you could say, it sounds better.
Trip report Nov 2003.
The weather is getting a bit more fishable now and we have been out recently. The season has changed the fishing options now, snapper are showing up mainly schoolies and we landed a dozen last Tuesday. The groper have moved on from the now famous back of Mana spot try the more traditional reefs, If you know exactly where. Tarakihi still a bit scarce on the west but improving and blue cod are common inshore and off. We also managed a trevally inshore and kahawai are available at Hunters, probably with a few more suprises like warehou and kingfish. Off the south coast reasonable bc and tk with pup groper off the Wainui coast. Groper and the other deep water fish out there are fishing quite well.
Trip report Oct 2003.
A bit windy most days at the moment but when it settles you can really feel the anticipation for the good days to come.
Trip report March 2003.
Great weather at the moment and the groper fishing is good most trips, best recent fish went 55lb, best catch on Felix 14 groper.
Trip reportJan 2003.
Well Christmas came and went somewhere in a blur of fishing trips, the weather has allowed us out every day since and we have had the bookings.
Trip report Dec 2002.
Still windy, we are able to get out once a week, twice if lucky at the moment.
Talk about luck, I was down the wharf one thursday morning at 7.00am and would you believe it someone was there fishing with my lost rod, (see last months report)
Trip report Nov 2002.
The Northwest winds are continuing, 120km gusts today.
Last Sunday saw a break in the weather after a southerly blow, the southerlies flatten out the sea on the west coast making them very fishable untill the northwester picks up again.
A cancellation had me on the phone to a few names on the short notice trip list and we had a crew for Sunday.
The sea was calm untill after lunch and we fished a deeper reef for groper landing a few nice ones, Kahawai were plentiful closer in and a few tarakihi near Mana as the wind picked up again.
Being available at short notice is the way to go at the moment.
Trip report Sept 2002.
Windy Wellington gets its reputation from this time of the year and you have to be on the ball to get out for a fish.
Trip report June 2002.
The snapper are less common now and Groper would be on the target list, we have had some nice catches of them recently fish up to 20kg and some big 3kg tarakihi amongst them, some day's they dont show up but there is always the tarakihi and cod to fall back on and we seem to catch these every trip.
Trip report Feb 2002.
We are getting two or three fishable days a week at the moment and if you can get out midweek there is some great fishing out here, we are aproaching the best time of the year for wellington fishing!!.
Trip report January 2002.
With summer getting established we are getting out fishing much more regularly now and all recent trips have had their highlights
Trip report November .
After a spell of bad weather earlier in the month things are settling down again and some quality fishing has been had.
The water temp is coming up so now it is time to target snapper and kingis.
Trip report September .
As I said last month the good weather arrived and we have had some good fishing, mainly tarakihi and blue cod from the Makara area with Hunters producing tarakihi, big blue cod, trevally, snapper, kahawai, the trevally have been plentiful there and the snapper was an unexpected bonus.
Trip report August Winter .
Due to bad weather there have been no trips recently except for a crack at
the bluenose off the trench, where the best one went 6.5kg.
Trip report 19th March.
Well, our weather has settled down nicely now, I haven't had to cancel any trips for some time.
I have been able to claim that snapper are caught on every trip, and they have been for the last dozen trips up until today when we only got 22 good sized tarakihi, but between 2 guys on a half day trip there was no complaints.
South east winds for the rest of this week mean great conditions on this west coast.
For the divers the viz is great and I'm hoping to get in myself this week.
I did a couple of charters for groups of twelve at the weekend, we went out on the Antaeus skippered by Daryl Edwards and my role was to supply tackle and look after the fishing.
The weather was great and everyone took home fish.
The Antaeus is a 55ft cat and is a luxurious but practical boat, Daryl is a top skipper.
I can organise trips for up to 12 anglers on this vessel.
A recent trip turned out well for some English visitors last week, after only being on the spot for 15 mins one angler landed a superb 6kg snapper, several others were landed slightly smaller along with a trevally, we filleted the catch on the way home and had a line over which caught a nice gurnard.
The next day was a little slow with only two school snapper and 4 terakihi, but you cant expect it to be full on every single time.
The crew from Taylor Preston had a good time a couple of weeks ago drifting onto some good groper followed by cod,tarakihi and snapper closer to shore, great bunch of guys.
Here's hoping the good weather sticks around.
7th & 8th April
14th & 15th
3 places on the 28th and midweek is usually available although we are getting bookings at short notice.
Latest trip report 8/02/01,
Other fish caught that day were tarakihi and kahawai.
Later in the week Kingfish were the target species and one was scored with the second drop of the jig, plenty of kahawai were again caught, they are really prolific at the moment and going for everything.
Other fish caught that day were tarakihi gurnard and blue cod, these clients were from USA and really enjoyed the different fishing, we had them round for a barbeque after,the kingi was delicious. It was this time of the year that I took graeme sinclair and pete lamb out for the gone fishing show several years ago, you would have seen some kingfish caught on the episode, petelambfishing provided the bait.
Saturday saw us targetting tarakihi on a 70 metre spot, the only species caught was terakihi and barracouta but this was some of the best tarakihi fishing we have had for some time, plenty of fish were landed with many going 2kg.
Snapper are appearing in the catches, mainly school sized fish.
As of today we have weekends 24-25 feb available
18 march onwards
Many midweek places with 5 - 10 march having someone available to share.
There are a couple of places on a dive trip late feb - early March
Trip report as at 18/01/01