KAWHIA, KING COUN­TRY

With this be­ing not just the first time I’ve fished from Kāwhia, but the first time I’ve trav­elled to this beau­ti­ful part of the coun­try; I thought it only right to get some lo­cal in­sights as to what makes this place a great fish­ing lo­ca­tion.

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Ven­turer skip­per Rob Fitzger­ald:

Be­ing on the West Coast, the fish­ing is of­ten dic­tated by Mother Na­ture; if we’re lucky we could prob­a­bly get in 180200 fish­ing days a year. This gives the fish stocks plenty of rest time in be­tween bit­ing our hooks. Also we don’t have the same big recre­ational fish­ing pop­u­la­tions that other des­ti­na­tions like the Hau­raki Gulf and the Bay of Plenty have.

The West Coast bar seems to put a lot of peo­ple off from fish­ing here. While it can be dan­ger­ous, if you give it the proper re­spect it de­serves as well as play­ing to the con­di­tions, fish­ing here can be very re­ward­ing.

The best time to fish is Septem­ber all the way through to July. As the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture changes the best spots change too. Septem­ber to De­cem­ber in 40 – 60m holds some tremen­dous snap­per spec­i­mens. It isn’t un­usual to get four 20 pounders in one trip. It’s pretty awesome to see the pun­ters get­ting their PB’S. Jan­uary to July we like to move to some of the in shore reefs such as Aotea Reef or head south to Ta­haroa or Marakopa for some shal­low wa­ter fish­ing.

With West Coast fish­ing be­ing so ver­sa­tile its good to try dif­fer­ent rigs and baits. What works one day might not be so suc­cess­ful the next. We rig most of our hire gear with ledger or flasher rigs with 8 to 10 oz sinkers.

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