Win­ter fish­ing

South Is­land lo­ca­tions With the main fish­ing sea­son mov­ing on now, it’s time to look at late au­tumn and win­ter fish­ing des­ti­na­tions. While the fish­ing does get a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing, with de­creas­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­tures slow­ing the fish down, Peter Lang

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Kaik­oura

Kaik­oura is a hard-to-beat des­ti­na­tion, with its huge canyon and as­so­ci­ated pro­duc­tive up­wellings pro­duc­ing a food- and fish-rich en­vi­ron­ment.

How­ever, while there is al­ways some­thing to catch, the main chal­lenge in win­ter is avoid­ing the spiny dog­fish; fish­ing with soft-baits and jigs around shal­low reefs will help you do this to some ex­tent.

Kaik­oura of­fers by far the best deep­wa­ter fish­ing op­tion rel­a­tively close to shore, with the com­bi­na­tion of braid and elec­tric reels en­abling an­glers to ex­plore a wide range of an­gling op­por­tu­ni­ties and species in 150–500m wa­ter over the win­ter months. Ar­eas such as the edges of the canyon and Con­way Ridge, along with off Con­way Is­land, are good bets. Groper and ling are the main­stays, but bluenose are taken, too.

The char­ter boats are well worth look­ing at; if you are an ex­pe­ri­enced an­gler, ask for a deep­wa­ter fish­ing op­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence the true di­ver­sity of fish species on of­fer.

The area’s a good op­tion for kayak fish­ing too, with lots of small reefs close in­shore and few an­glers around (those with boats tend to head out to deeper wa­ter, so the shal­low reefs of­ten get over­looked).

Thanks to a truly pro­duc­tive fish­ery, it’s not sur­pris­ing Kaik­oura of­fers some won­der­ful fish­ing op­tions dur­ing win­ter.

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