The forecast was for 3 knot variable winds and for once it was spot on! We had loaded up EDGE the previous night with live bait and XL PENN fishing gear. With the alarm set for 2am it was an early start to the day.

This kingfish caught on a jig gave George an epic workout

The Three Kings are a group of uninhabited Islands located about 30 miles North-West of Cape Reinga. Protected by its remoteness the fishing in this area is outstanding. It is populated big Kingfish all year round.

The underwater ridges and banks combined with the currents of two oceans converging make ideal conditions for bottom species to thrive. In the summer months the game fish also come in with the warmer water.

Sunrise at North Cape, Northland, New Zealand

We departed our home port of Russell just before 3am and arrived at North Cape at sunrise.

The fuel tank was topped off with extra fuel and the auto pilot set to to Burt Bank. We arrived there at 8am in time for favourable tides. We got stuck straight into some good Kingfish.

After a hefty battle a Another nice Kingfish is landed

With a couple of nice sized ones in the kill tank we headed further North to South Maria Ridge.

With the tide running quite hard and struggling to get jigs to the bottom, we managed to hook up a couple of times but had no chance of slowing the fish down.

We then headed for The King Bank and once again battled against more hard scrapping Kingfish.

After the Kingfish action was done for the day we pulled up some Tarakihi, Gemfish and Golden Snapper and as the sun went down we headed for home.

The Penn Fathom 40 gets the job done

It’s safe to say EDGE is well and truly ready for day charters to the Three Kings.

For these trips we will pick up the guests from Hohoura for less time steaming and more time fishing.

Please get in touch if you would like to book. With this trip being weather dependant it is best if you can give us as large a window as possible for your available dates.

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