North Otago: Moeraki and Shag Point
In many ways Otago offers less pressured water than, say, Kaikoura, remaining a much-underrated part of the South Island’s coastline that’s always worth checking. It’s an area that offers outstanding inshore fishing, the numerous inshore reefs and wide variety of habitats catering for a wide range of fish species.
Blue cod is the main target species, but trumpeter, tarakihi and gurnard – and in slightly deeper water groper and school sharks – are taken, along with the odd surprise. Shoals of barracouta and jack mackerel can be encountered during the cooler months, too. As a backup, a quick dip will secure some paua, and the area has good numbers of butterfish and blue moki as well.
Shag Point, in particular, is a top spot for small boat and kayak anglers, especially as there are plenty of good launching options available.
Some good accommodation is available, and treating yourself to a dish at Fleur’s Place is certainly recommended.