On Episode 158, our very first international on location podcast!! What can I say to sum up the Tauranga that Gian Booysen showed off... put simply, as a flats destination, Tauranga is the most undersold saltwater flats fishery in the world !! The place is a mecca and for many people standing on the outside looking in (trout fishermen, and Saltwater Fly fishermen from overseas) who are already aware of Kingfish (Yellowtail) on the flats, particularly the famous ray riders which are definitely very very cool, but.... the free swimming Kingfish are truly a special target... Fussy, big, challenging to see and you absolutely will see your arbour knot in 5 seconds flat !! Think GT and Bonefish and you will be almost on the money regarding the approach and fight these Kingfish offer.
Tauranga is a place that no matter the conditions offers truly epic saltwater flyfishing. Personally, the most incredible part of the journey was proper size Snapper in knee deep water, tipping and tailing like any premier flats fish you can think of. They (Snapper) eat all the same stuff you throw at Permit or Goldies, they go super hard ( you will see plenty of backing) and if your fishing deeper than chest deep, your wasting your time.
The other two main species Kahawai and Silver Trevally are definitely no slouches either and they also get a great run on the podcast... Both are also members of the Tauranga super slam which is a very achievable goal when fishing with Gian from https://www.kingstobefound.com/
This podcast is proudly presented by Nervous Water, Power Pole, Kettafly and Beast Brushes
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