Ranfurly Banks

Fishing trips for more serious fisherman from Tauranga

For the more serious fisherman, the Ranfurly Banks fishing trips are for you. These trips run for a minimum of 24hours from 6pm-6pm the next night and are based in Hicks Bay, on the east cape of the North Island. The main species of fish targeted on these trips are Hapuka, Bass, Trumpeter and Kingfish. The Ranfurly Banks trips run from the Labour weekend in October, over a 2-3 week period. All trips depart from Hicks Bay where you travel by car to meet the boat.

For more information about these trips, please give us a call.

24hr trips

24hr trips are priced at $2200 per day for a maximum of 8 people. These are for private groups only.

Trips are also available for bookings of 2-3 days.

Additional information

A deposit applies to all bookings for Ranfurly Banks and is required when booking has been confirmed. This will be refunded if the trip is cancelled due to the weather or a new date can be made which suits your party. All cancellations are made by the skipper.

What to bring

When taking part in these fishing trips, you have the option of hiring your rod on board, however we recommend taking your own gear. We recommend just one 24 - 37kg outfit and at least 6 sets of puka rigs each person, 30 ounce sinkers, 14/0 hooks and 200lb trace. You should make these up prior to your trip to avoid reducing your fishing time. We have gimble belts on board for those who require them. For those who need to hire rods, the cost is $30.00 (including tackle), one set per rod. If hiring rods still bring an extra 5 sets of tackle each. Bring some 8/0 or 12/0 normal hooks; these are a good extra, especially if using braid and for targeting Trumpter and King Tarakihi. Live bait can be caught in bay so bring associated tackle. If interested in fishing for kingfish please bring appropriate jigs & tackle.

You are expected to bring your own bait on these trips; we recommend 10kg of squid and a 10kg of barracutta per group, per day. Please also bring food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with ice, wet weather gear and gumboots, sacks for fish, rubbish bags, chilly bins, sea sickness medication (Piahi Bombers are recommended), and sleeping bags.
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