NZ white island

Hi guys received a phone call from a mate the other day he is keen on organizing a trip out to white island on board with a charter called Pursuit I believe for some kingfish action.
Have seen recent trips related to three kings but was wondering if anyone has fished white island in the past and especially on bored Pursuit?
From what I hear and read on the net so far it is kingfish heaven out there. He wants to do a live aboard three dayer. I asked him about three kings but recons you need five days due to the distance and traveling involved.
If this mob has a good reputation and white island is a superb fishery I'm more than happy to go but want to make sure especially when you think about the dollars involved.
Anyone know how deep it gets out there. Most of my gear is spin up to 80lb 300m spool and mainly 300-400g jigs. Would I need 500gms?
Is there any other species you can encounter out there. I have see the bass and harpuka from three kings but is it similar here too? And also marlin at the right time of year? Would love to be able to get onto a few different species as I can see jigging king for three days straight as being a bit monotonous by the third day, don't get me wrong it would still be awesome fun!
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
Turts


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Fished the Three Kings with

Wed, 2011-07-27 14:34

Fished the Three Kings with Rick (skipper/owner of Pursuit) in 2009 and they were awesome. You can't go wrong going with him and White Island is his backyard so book it in, you won't regret it.

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thanks timany other species

Thu, 2011-08-04 08:44

thanks tim

any other species we are likely to encounter out there do u know? surely someone here has fished it before?!

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Fished White Island years ago

Thu, 2011-08-04 15:24

Fished White Island years ago and the Kings are huge. You will get Pink Snapper, Tarakihi, (A member of the morwong family and good eating) Hapuka, Kahawai (Australian Salmon) and depending on what time of year you go, any number of Game fish as the East Australian Currant pushes down that way. The island is active and always venting so you will see it well before you get there. Awesome place, wish it was me going back there.

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Have a look at this site as

Thu, 2011-08-04 15:35

Have a look at this site as well. It has some common NZ species. When you click on a any of the fish species you also get a underwater video of the fish.

http://www.oceanhunter.co.nz/EDUCATION/Species+Identification.html

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Thanks bluetonic. Does it get

Thu, 2011-08-04 17:19

Thanks bluetonic. Does it get very deep out there or similar to the rotty Samson ground around 100m? I thought the harpuka would come from even deeper water....
I'm assuming the summer months would be best for the game fishing; do you know when best time for kings is? Would be good if they both fall around same time of year!

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Not sure, but I think March

Thu, 2011-08-04 17:31

Not sure, but I think March and November are supposed to be good runs.

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Yes it gets deep quick

Thu, 2011-08-04 17:55

On the west side of White Is. it drops to 1000m only 3.5nm from the island.  Bluenose (blue eye trevalla) is another species.  The kiwis don't have to fish the same depths as we do over here for the hapuka, bass etc.  Hapuka can be caught in 100m and sometimes much less.  The bluenose I think tends to be deeper tho.  Have a look here:  www.fishing.net.nz

This guy fishes White Is. probably more than most as he is based in Whakatane.  Some nice pics in the galleries.

http://www.memorymakers.co.nz/

 

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cheers alan

Tue, 2011-08-16 08:49

cheers alan

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Kingys Heaven Alright

Wed, 2011-09-28 09:58

Hey mate,

Coming from NZ I can tell you straight up Rick Pollock is the best in the business when it comes to Kingfish and White Island is a Mecca for them.  Rick is so good that you will actually struggle to find any advertising from him due to the fact he is so well regarded he doesnt even need to place adds just a phone number.  Take you big gear 80lb for sure 50lb busts of 50% of the time out there.  30kg+ Kings 30kg+ Bluenose and 40kg+ Hapuka are usually knocked off the list on a trip out there so 3 days should set you up well.  As for times the Kings are starting to spawn at the moment so will be a little thin a sporadic, they normally come on the chew hard end of Nov, Dec through the summer out there and you can even nab a Yellow Fin Tuna on the way home if they arent all cleaned out this year!!

Cheers Mitch  

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big fish country!

Thu, 2011-10-06 08:58

what mitch said is spot on! you will fish alot with livies too ( jack macs ) as ricks livie tank is like a spa pool. take ya big 80lb gear. enjoy!