When the hunter becomes the hunted... 19th to 20th of August 2013

As promised, a Kingfish report, which is typically my most exciting species to target from the ski and it did not fail to disappoint once again. For these adventures, we have a serious advantage with how easily a jet-ski can be prepared for a spontaneous road trip.

Safety is paramount and for these extreme trips I often elect the company of an experienced wing man. Long-time friend and client of the Jetskifishing Store, Brent Martin took full advantage of my casual invite.

There was plenty of pressure on me for the trip, he only expected a personal best Snapper or Kingfish while joining me.

Fishing this piece of paradise is always exciting with less fishing pressure and your opportunities of better average sized fish being increased on these out of town trips. It didn’t take us long to get side tracked on our Kingfish mission after seeing thousands of mutton birds squawking in the waters. We stopped to have a fish using our Jitterbug lures and within a few minutes there were yahoos from Brent who was already hooked up on a solid Snapper. To his surprise, his first target personal best was quickly ticked off the list with a 15 pound Snapper!

With Brent on a high it was time to get down to business and target the street fighters of the sea - Kingfish.

It wasn’t long and I had bagged a decent Kingy while jigging. Check out some bent rod action.

 Brent also caught a few Kingfish on our first session, with a new personal best on the Kingfish front as well. Talk about living the dream, after our 5 hour drive ex Auckland, which was well worth it.

We needed an over-night recharge for a second short session the following day with an early start planned. We launched on the other side of Cape KariKari and headed out to some deep water pins for more Kingfish action.

It’s great fishing when equipped with quality electronics such as our Jetskifishing Store customised Raymarines. After I located the spot using GPS, it wasn’t long and we were excited by the fish sign.

The second video, makes for great entertainment, with a Shark encounter that scared the life out of me. This Mako was much bigger than my ski and an experience that got me moving pretty fast.

With the fish showing on the sounder it made for easy pickings, with Brent knowing exactly what depth he should concentrate on while jigging. Brent was fortunate to hook another solid fish at mid water, this time cracking the 15 kilo mark.


What an epic road trip for a one night stay, heaps of nice fish caught and released with a few bought home to feed family and friends. For those Jetskifisho’s yet to experience the power of a Kingfish, feel free to come see me at the Jetskifishing Store so you can receive experienced advice to get you started with jigging.

Our “Goes Wild” Coromandel trip in October still has a couple of spots left, another region for Kingfish action and a must for those “Hooked on Jetskifishing”

Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill