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Saltwater Fly Fishing - Golden Bay Kingfish

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Be part of the new fly fishing phenomenon in Golden Bay, Northern South Island. Enjoy sight casting to Yellow-tail Kingfish riding the coat-tails of big stingrays in shallow water. It’s flats-style sight fishing on golden sand beaches with crystal clear coastal waters.

Kingfish are a powerful predatory fish that fight like no other. They are New Zealand’s premier inshore gamefish and aggressively nail fly patterns like Clousers and Deceivers delivered on 6-10 weight fly rods and intermediate flylines. As sea temperatures continue to warm, this fishery resource will just get better and better. We’re always pioneering new locations too.

No guide knows the Golden Bay fishery like Zane Mirfin, who has been fishing the ‘Bay since boyhood. Zane’s great-great-great grandfather was Captain John Walker who pioneered early sailing ship routes between Nelson City and Golden Bay in the 1850’s & 1860’s, delivering cargo, passengers, even early explorers and surveyors.

Strike Adventure Fishing has a base at Rangihaeata Headland, the site of bloody inter-tribal Maori warfare in the 1830’s, which is nearby modern Takaka township. We know the locals, we know all the accommodation /bar /restaurant options in Takaka and Collingwood, and we have a full range of alternative fishing options as required. We know all the local attractions, sights, and boat launching ramps. It is also possible to mix some trout fishing, with saltwater flats fishing, and also other local fish species such as kahawai, snapper, blue cod, tarakihi, gurnard, scallops, flounder, and sharks.

Fishing options include walk & wade, or maximise your fishing time with access to the best wading locations and remote flats via our Maritime NZ registered vessel MNZ134307. Zane is a licenced skipper (SRL) and his boat is set up for shallow water poling and as a casting platform. Unlimited options abound – all for the same price others are charging for wade fishing only.

Three day Golden Bay Fly Fishing Adventure NZ$2700: For one or two anglers – Includes guiding, vehicle  & boat, beach-side lunch & refreshments. Customer Accommodation & Meals extra.

We can also do one day fly fishing trips out of Nelson City, fishing Tasman Bay, using the boat for access. Subject to availability around our other guiding jobs. NZ$900 including guiding, vehicle & boat, beach-side lunch & refreshments.