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A re­view of op­tions would not be com­plete with­out a West Coast lo­ca­tion. Jack­son Bay is a good choice when a southerly or south­east­erly pum­mels the east coast.

This bay is ideal for all types of boat­ing, in­clud­ing kayak­ing, of­fer­ing a wide range of en­vi­ron­ments for near-shore fish­ing. The long wharf at Jack­son Bay is also a top sur­f­cast­ing spot.

The west coast typ­i­cally has warmer wa­ter than the east coast, so you are likely to en­counter a wider range of fish species ac­tively feed­ing. Ele­phant­fish and rig can be caught here in the win­ter, along with school sharks in deeper wa­ter. Cop­per moki and tarak­ihi live around the reefs and head­land, along with trum­peter.

The West Coast can be a mag­i­cal place in the win­ter: fish­ing close to river mouths will likely re­sult in sea-run trout; ka­hawai are usu­ally avail­able all year round; and gurnard can be caught over the open sand, along with some big red cod. Large flat­fish, such as the tur­bot, for which the West Coast is well known, are also worth tar­get­ing.

For those af­ter some land-based fun, the steeply shelv­ing beaches are good for seven-gill sharks – if you can get a brave friend to tow out the bait!

Braid re­ally al­lows you to de­tect the sub­tle takes of a wide range of species.

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