North Otago: Mo­er­aki and Shag Point

NZ Fishing News - - Fishing Personality -

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.

North Otago of­fers a lot of boat­ing op­tions worth ex­plor­ing over the win­ter.

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