Advice for a trip to the Montie's

I have a 5 day trip booked with Apache charters to the Montie's at the end of the month.
Looking for a bit of advice on what I might expect. Fishing will be mainly from the main boat, I think it has one tender.
Adive on jigs to take, lures, all the general stuff.
As well, what people think of Apache charters.
I didnt organise this trip and had little to do with the planning, so without doing a google search I really don't know much about these guys as this trip is just more about spending some time with my brother and just havinv fun.
Cheers for any advice

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Wed, 2017-09-06 20:45

You will have a ball. Don't know anything about Apache, but the place is amazing. Assuming they are supplying fishing gear, if not take a big spool of spare braid and leader, along with at least a few spare rods & reels. Big fish can be punishing on gear, our trip saw quite a few broken rods & reels across the group. I found on a charter it was easier to fish baits, as with a heap of lines in the water there were lots of tangles with jigs "fluttering" and not falling straight down. Either jig or bait will see you hooked up in seconds so it doesn't really matter. Take spare lures for trolling, along with wire. Lots of sharp teeth. Take whatever you think you will need to drink, and double it. Early starts and late nights make a difference, you can always take it home, but you can't get extra when out there. Take a gimbal belt! Squid combo for the evenings and a selection of jigs. Some of the best fun I had up there was throwing stickbaits from a tinny in the shallows, but sounds like you won't be doing much of that. Take a good camera.

Pretty jealous right will have a cracker of a time.

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Cheers Browndog, yep im

Wed, 2017-09-06 21:00

Cheers Browndog, yep im getting excited.

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 You suck...might fly over

Thu, 2017-09-07 02:24

 You suck...might fly over haha im getting sick of these yellowfin tuna all the time.

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be prepared

Thu, 2017-09-07 07:29

big fish = heavy gear
hopefully the charter will supply the fishing gear but if not, Monte's is not the place for PE3 fishing :)
BIG sharks up here will sort anything in the water too long.

Stickbaits for trout in the shallows is the best cast fishing I've ever done.

Like above, pack a gimbal. You'll be regretting it if you don't. Be prepared to lose a fair amount of tackle and lures as there's big stuff that can't be stopped :)

Pray to the weather gods for your trip (when are you heading over?) and hopefully you'll have a trip that might make it an annual event :)

Good luck and enjoy!!!

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Montes is great

Thu, 2017-09-07 08:33

Sharks can be taxing - so jigs can be costly.


Don't forget things like earplugs and a jumper to get some good sleep.


Snorkelling is great around there - so goggles and snorkle great.


Have a ball! 


Wise man says - first take the plank out of your own eye before trying to take the speck out of somebody else's.

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as above all here

Thu, 2017-09-07 12:09

but think the Browndog has nailed it.
only thing I can add is when it comes to jigs don't worry about the damikis and expensive gear.
drop a jig down ......doesn't matter if its a shiny (or not)spoon with a hook will get nailed . if it moves down there it gets hit.
and FWIW the only reds that were jigged were caught on octas.

practice your FG knot and take plenty of leader.

I took two spare jig reels so in the non fishing time I would tie new leaders......get nailed by a shark or taken into reef ...loose leader. grab new reel attach to rod ...go again. repeat over and over.

will be up there again myself soon....but not soon enough !



Money doesn't buy happiness but it pays for my fishing so ...I may be wrong there.

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Cheers guys and really good

Thu, 2017-09-07 14:34

Cheers guys and really good info.
Greeny, you have it to good in Aitutaki anyway haha

Off to the shed to reconsider a few things and find some ear plugs

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 Look forward to a full on

Thu, 2017-09-07 15:13

 Look forward to a full on report.


Love the West!

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Big leadheads

Thu, 2017-09-07 16:10

A few of my jig customers have been killing it on rankins, trout etc with big 6oz leadheads (fitted with a 9" grub soft plastic as standard). Sinks straight down which is an advantage on a charter where lots of lines are likely to be in the water at any one time, if its calm and the drift is slow the 4oz version has also been doing well.


WA based manufacturer and supplier of premium leadhead jigs, bucktail jigs and saltwater soft plastic jig heads.

Jigs available NOR at Shorecatch and SOR at Oceanside Tackle & Marine!

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Cheers John, my brother who

Thu, 2017-09-07 19:19

Cheers John, my brother who lives in nsw bought some of your jigs, he was very impressed.
I will look up your jigs and have a look and thanks again for tbe advice.

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Thu, 2017-09-07 20:35

 I've done the Apache Monte's trip - was brilliant. Got the fish easily in 3 days and 4th day we went mackeral hunting- everyone on the boat pulled one in, although I lost 2 before being successful with the 3rd one. The skipper absolutely knows where the fish are. You may even get some mud crabs if you have time.

Don't drink too much on the first night coz you'll feel like shit the next day - I reckon half the boat made the mistake and had a shocking 2nd day.

Food on-board the boat is sensational. Try and get on the boat early and pick your bed if you can, there is a bit of a race for the beds on the deck. If you end up with your bed down bellow the air can get a bit stale and some people seem to spend all night farting.

Take plenty of snacks and drink up as well - as the general store at the ramp will cost an absolute fortune.

Enjoy what will be a sensational trip.



 "Grey Ghost",  670HT Barcrusher with 150 Yamaha, based at Cockburn PBC.

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Cheers grey ghost great info

Thu, 2017-09-07 21:35

Cheers grey ghost great info bud