Blue Water Fly Fishing
January – June
Blue water fly-fishing is certainly one of the biggest challenges left in game fishing. Fly-fishing has steadily evolved on the global stage, but as yet hasn’t quite caught on to the same degree in New Zealand despite the huge potential our waters offer. Potential for world and national records remain in New Zealand, with the presence of the world’s biggest Striped Marlin and Yellowtail Kingfish.
Striped, Blue and Black Marlin can be targeted on fly due to their teasing characteristics, as well as all other species targeted with conventional tackle Kingfish, Trevally, Kahawai and even Snapper provide great sport on fly rod.
Saltwater fly-fishing is a favourite of Geoff’s as he enjoys the teamwork and challenge involved and he’s been involved in a number of significant blue water fly captures.
*2005 weighed a 92kg black marlin on 10kg fly tippet – angler Susumu Ishikawa on ‘Sea Baby IV’
*2006 weighed a 75kg black marlin on 10kg fly tippet – angler Susumu Ishikawa on ‘Sea Baby IV’
*2007 caught 2 marlin in a day on 10kg fly tippet. 70kg Black Marlin & 82kg Striped Marlin on ‘Calypso’
The marlin species are predominantly targeted with the switching technique where the billfish are raised with teasers and teased as close to the boat as possible to give the angler the best opportunity to make an accurate cast… easier said than done, especially when hearts are pounding but all great fun! Flashy profile and popping flies are both effective usually with dual hook rigs.
Other species such as Mako Sharks, Kingfish, Trevally, Kahawai and Snapper can be enticed with burley and chum of either dead or live bait in shallower areas. Flies are then cast on fast sinking lines into berley trails imitating baitfish.
Blue water species or pelagics are targeted between the months of January and May. Kingfish, Snapper, Trevally and Kahawai can be targeted on a year round basis.