If you want to target New Zealands famous yellowtail kingfish on jigging, topwater & saltwater fly, there’s nowhere better in the world to do it than Tauranga!
New Zealand Kingfish Adventures
A true world class destination for the number and quality of kingfish its waters hold, New Zealand is a destination that any serious sports angler wanting to take on this hard-fighting species must visit. Fish the renowned Bay of Plenty, where other species targeted include snapper, kawahai, hapuka, tuna, marlin & swordfish to name a few.
New Zealand’s yellowtail kingfish are infamous for a reason – you’re unlikely to find better quality brutes anywhere on earth. Whether you use the latest techniques in vertical jigging, topwater fishing, soft plastics light tackle & saltwater fly, or stick to sending live baits down deep, prepare for one of the toughest battles you’ll ever encounter as you take on these mighty kingfish!
Calling All Fly Anglers
Use top water lures to tease up kingfish within casting distance is very effective and a heap of fun, allowing you to cast to schools of mid size aggressive fish tearing up the surface. The visual take combined with the never say die attitude of kingfish is sure to excite any keen saltwater fly angler. Other saltwater fly targets include silver trevally, kahawai and snapper.
Vertical jigging has to be one of the most effective & exciting and ways to target kingfish, and there’s nowhere better to do it than NZ. The experience of a freight train king striking mid-retrieve and pulling you towards the gunwales, slamming your rod tip into the water is one you won’t forget in a hurry! These tough vertical battles get the adrenaline pumping, making this a highly addictive form of fishing.
Nothing gets the heart pumping like watching a pack of monster kingfish charge down and smash your surface lure within sight of the boat, it’s something that has to be seen to be believed. This new technique has proven to be very effective, and often turns into intense hand to hand combat in shallower waters. Tighten your drag and hold on! Mark Armistead has pioneered topwater kingfishing in New Zealand and has converted many international anglers into NZ regulars, who are addicted to casting surface lures offshore.
Schools of snapper, silver trevally and kingfish frequently tear around the surface, these ‘work ups’ make for an incredible sight as your surface lure get snatched as soon as they hit the water or generate repeated missed strikes by aggressive fish. Sometimes it’s just as much fun to sit back and watch it unfold to your fishing mates around you.
Saltwater Fly Fishing
Using top water lures to tease up huge kingfish within casting distance is very effective, allowing you to cast to schools of aggressive fish tearing up the surface. The visual take combined with the never say die attitude of kingfish is sure to excite any keen saltwater fly angler. Other saltwater fly targets include silver trevally, kahawai and snapper.