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  • 12
    Dec
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    JOIN-A-GROUP FISHING + SHOOTING CHARTER SOLD OUTIf you'd like to be notified of future Join-a-Group Charters, please sign up at www.eepurl.com/Ua559.Boxing Day - Monday 26 December 2016Why would you choose to queue with the heaving masses at the Boxing Day Sales in Auckland when you could come on a group fishing charter instead?This is your chance to experience Auckland's most awesome charter fishing boat and our exceptional customer service.No prior fishing experience necessary.And we're putting on FREE CLAY TARGET SHOOTING (up to 10 shots per person)Contact:  info@seafurycharters.co.nz for more information. Monday 26 December 2016Depart from Half Moon Bay in East AucklandDepart at 8:00amReturn at ~ 3:00pmAll fishing gear *, bait and salt ice provided.Plus up to 10 shots of clay target shooting per person$ 225

  • 25
    Aug
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    Oklahoma City ThunderWe were honoured to have the opportunity to provide transfer services for Steven Adams and some of his mates from the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team when they were in Auckland recently.Their afternoon activity was to travel from downtown Auckland to Rangitoto Island where they went ashore and were greeted and hosted by Te Haerenga.  The boys got a chance to look out over the beauty of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit of Rangitoto before returning to Sea Fury and blasting back to downtown.You can view more of the photos from this trip in this Facebook photo album.​Rangitoto Island is just one of the islands of the Hauraki Gulf that our pest-free warrant allows us to visit."We had an unbelievable time with

  • 25
    Aug
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    Browns Island and Rangitoto Island as seen from Musick Point in East Auckland

    Pest-Free WarrantSea Fury Charters is approved by the Department of Conservation and Auckland Council to visit pest-free islands of the Hauraki Gulf.A conservation campaign called “Treasure Islands” is run jointly by the Department of Conservation and Auckland Council to ensure that Auckland’s beautiful gulf islands remain pest-free. By protecting these islands from pests and predators, the native wildlife that lives there can continue to live peacefully and flourish, for all of us to enjoy.With this in mind, we have a bio-security control system in place on Sea Fury to monitor for harmful pests that we do not want to make it to shore at any of the Treasure Islands. The pests that we are specifically on the lookout for are

  • 22
    Dec
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    Sea Fury anchored at Hooks Bay, Waiheke Island

    Our first Join-A-Group Fishing Trip in the new year is scheduled for Wednesday 13 January 2016.It will be a 7-hour trip (8:00am to 3:00pm) departing from Half Moon Bay where we provide free parking.The price of $ 225 per person includes full use of our fishing rods, tackle, bait and salt ice as well as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and bottled water for the day.B.Y.O snacks / lunch and cold drinks.Sea Fury is a 55-foot catamaran that is quick, comfortable and stable.  She is operated by a skipper and crewman who are on hand to help you get the most out of your day with us.

  • 02
    Dec
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    Shotgun shells and clay targets

    Clay target shooting is the perfect add-on to our full boat charters.  It's a fun challenge for all.  Under the tutelage of our crew, even absolute beginners are soon taking aim with our shotgun and hitting the target as it flies out across the sea, their confidence building with every call of "PULL".  For our hunter/gatherer clientele, it's the ideal opportunity to keep their eye in outside of hunting season.This week, two groups have added clay pigeon shooting to their charter and we can't wait to get out there, fling some targets and... BOOM!Ask about adding clay target shooting to your charter when you email us.

  • 10
    Nov
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    Snapper caught on a Jitterbug lure

    On Saturday 31 October, our skipper Darren brought along a GoPro camera and shot some amazing footage of Join-a-Group clients enjoying their snapper fishing on Sea Fury.​  The YouTube video below is the edited version of that particular day's fishing trip (4 mins 53 secs).  It captures the stillness of the crew's early morning start; departure with passengers down the Tamaki River from Half Moon Bay; the hammers going down and rapid transit out to our snapper fishing grounds past some of Auckland's most spectacular island scenery; action-packed lure fishing footage of snapper coming up to the boat, being netted by crew and brought aboard; super-speedy filleting for clients to take their catch home; and the return to Half Moon Bay at the end of the trip.If you'd like to join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming Join-a-Group fishing trips like

  • 06
    Nov
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    Snapper caught on a Jitterbug lure

    The birds, dolphins, whales and predatory fish are working their magic on the bait fish out in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf and the result is exciting lure fishing delivering some delightful specimens for our fishing charter clients.The Join-a-Group trip we ran on Saturday 31 October headed out to "the middle ground" on a line between Tiritiri Matangi Island and Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula (GPS coordinates: 36* 36' S, 175* 09' E).  The morning was particularly productive.  There were multiple hook-ups and lots of of sizeable snapper.We supplied all the fishing gear, tackle and salt ice.  The tackle doing the damage on this day was mostly 80 gram Jitterbug lures in a variety of colours: orange and gold, candy apple and pink.  After a short amount of instruction

  • 12
    Jun
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    Coloured isobaric chart

    You go fishing to escape pressure, right?  But did you know that atmospheric pressure influences fish activity? The effects of barometric pressure on fishing:A High Pressure area (higher numbers) with wide gaps between the lines normally indicates dry weather, clear skies and light winds; whereas a Low Pressure area (lower numbers) with tight lines typically indicates clouds, precipitation and wind.  While there is no absolute answer for how rising or falling barometric pressure affects fish behaviour, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence based on real life recreational fishing experience.How do fish sense pressure changes?Fish can sense pressure changes through their air / swim bladder. Fish that have small air bladders (like: wahoo, spanish mackerel and mahimahi) aren't as affected by barometric changes as those with large bladders, such as trout, hapuka and snapper.Fish with small bladders have a body density that

  • 26
    May
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    Infographic of buying a boat

    Wouldn't it be great to own your own boat? You could go fishing whenever you want. The sun would always be shining and the winds would always be light.But here's the reality of it: Not only do you make a significant capital outlay on a vessel, but you also need a towing vehicle and suitable trailer that both require regular maintenance, a warrant of fitness and registration. There's marine insurance and hopefully a Coastguard membership. There's the initial-fit out of VHF radio, life jackets, flares, EPIRB, first aid kit, tooling, nautical charts and hopefully a sensible investment in your education as a boat skipper.And what about the on-going storage of your boat? maintenance of its motor? care of its batteries? updates to its electronics? cleaning

  • 20
    Apr
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    hawker sea fury aircraft WJ232

    Sea Fury is named after the fastest production single piston-engined aircraft ever built, the Hawker Sea Fury FB 11. This splendid aircraft was designed and manufactured in Britain by Hawker and is a descendant of the well-known Hawker Typhoon and Hawker Tempest.These high performance aircraft were developed in Britain during World War Two but did not enter military service until after the war had ended. At the time, the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm had a real need for a new aircraft-carrier based aircraft to update their fleet. To meet the navy's requirement, the Hawker Fury (land-based aircraft) was modified to make it suitable for naval operations. The resultant Hawker Sea Fury was lighter than its predecessor, yet stronger to