I booked with Epic from the UK to go out on Sanity from Whitianga on Sunday 19th Feb.
The boat takes four people in comfort and the trip leaves the wharf at 0700 returning at 1600.
The skipper Toby is great and can put you over fish time and time again. We were catching fish regularly even when nearby boats weren't. He uses his fish finder constantly,accurately and actively and will move away as soon as the fish move on. He will even tell you what depth to fish at using the coloured braid loaded on the reel.
He isnt frightened to use his petrol either as we went for miles and miles to get on the best spots.
He keeps a tight ship , seems a bit bossy at first about looking after his gear. But after getting into a decent kingfish you quickly realise that you could easily have the rod ripped out of your hands. The gear in your hands is of the very best, five hundred dollar reels for example, so you can understand why he is telling you to keep tight hold and with both hands.
He is a good laugh though, he justs wants you to have the best trip without having to flash your credit card for replacement expensive gear!
Take your iPod or iPhone and you can listen to your favourite tunes whilst you fish.
We caught Kingfish to about 10 to 15 Kgms regularly, everybody on the boat had about half a dozen each. Toby will only keep one if the angler is wanting it, so the rest go back to maintain stock, which is great to see.
After we had used up all the live bait , Toby put us onto snapper on and I think every one of us had one each.
Whitianga is a great place for awesome fishing.
The Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club is near the wharf and thy are very active and makes a great place to pop in for a beer.
I saw Striped Marlin being landed and weighed on the wharf during my spell there. We didn't get one but Sanity has had them.
The kingfish were enough for me , arms aching for days.
Fantastic trip, highly recommended, but book early as they do get fully booked up months in advance
Which says it all really.
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