Snapper Fishing Charters, Bay of Islands
Great to catch, even better to eat!
Join us on a snapper fishing charter to catch one of New Zealand’s most coveted eating fish. We know where to take you for a successful day out fishing – take home your catch and enjoy the freshest fish for your dinner!
Snapper are most abundant at depths of 15 metres to 60 metres but are found as deep as 200 metres. They’re equally at home in a wide range of habitats, including rocky reefs and areas with sandy or muddy bottoms.
Snapper mature at 3 to 4 years, when they are 20cm to 28cm long, and they can live for over 60 years, growing up to 105cm long. They release numerous batches of eggs throughout spring and summer.
All snapper begin life as females, and then at three or four years of age about half of them change sex.
Snapper fishing: bringing home NZ’s tastiest fish
The snapper (Pagrus auratus) is a much-loved New Zealand fish, which belongs to the sea bream family. Recreational anglers know the snapper for its fighting qualities, and restaurant goers for its white, firm and flaky fillets. Snapper is one of the most desirable deep-sea food delicacies because it responds well to most cooking methods, it can be baked, fried, steamed, broiled, poached and grilled, but no matter what you do with it, as long as it’s fresh (or freshly frozen) it will taste fantastic! Fishing methods to catch these tasty fish are strip baits, jigging, live and dead baits, soft baits, and flasher rigs.
Bay of Islands – NZ’s best snapper fishing
The Bay of Islands has a great all year-round snapper fishery with the main spawning season commencing between late November and running right through to late March. During the winter months the Snapper are often found close to the rocks where you get great exciting and challenging fishing, or in a depth of approximately 50 metres where several different fishing methods can be used to catch this tasty fish species.