Kawhia Fishing

Kawhia fishing trips on the North Island's west coast have always offered the hardy fisherman a tasty seafood catch equal to some of the best fishing spots in NZ...

Huge sized Snapper, shark and marlin, have been caught in abundance over the years over the bar and even within the harbour, large sized snapper, kahawai and kingfish are consistently caught from locals and visiting fishermen...Even off the wharf...

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However saying this, fishing stocks have definately declined from the days of old, when you could hear the snapper feeding in abundance, in the mudflats of Kawhia...

Flounder are still plentiful though, as Kawhia and Aotea have always been their main breeding grounds...But it would be awesome to follow Aotea harbours policy, to ban the setting of commercial and recreational nets that keep the flounder population always struggling...However floundering by spear is always more fun anyway...

June Kawhia Fishing Update:

Over the famous rugged bar, the Aotea reef is the place to hook some really nice kahawai and tarakihi...Some people rate tarakihi as our best table fish and most would agree the sweet, textured fillets surpass snapper. It is the layer of fat between the muscles that distinguishes tarakihi and makes it more forgiving in the frying pan as it retains moisture.

Tarakihi are easily caught; the main problem is locating the schools. They are always found on or near reefs or rocks, usually in water of 40m or more but in areas which do not receive a lot of fishing pressure that can be much shallower.

Tarakihi have no visible teeth and feed on small marine organisms but will take a bait. Their small mouth requires a small hook and the little square long-line hooks are ideal, but flasher rigs with 3/0 recurved hooks are also fine.

Soft juicy baits like a small cube of skipjack tuna or shellfish wrapped with bait cotton work very well.

Once tarakihi are located, catching a bag is not a problem as they are a schooling fish and once a fish is hooked, if the gear is left on the seabed, a second hook-up does not take long.

Craving for a crayfish?...Gannet Island is always a great spot for decent sized crays if you're a keen diver...But make sure you're fit...

And for those who like the big gurnard fish, try your luck out on the 50 metre line, or if you can afford the petrol money, cruise out to the 100 metre where the big snapper are roaming at the moment (June)...

If you know where the Southwest Reef is...this time of year (June as we speak) you're bound to catch something good...The depth averages about 65 metres of water and the reef covers close to two square miles...Great for snapper...and mixed bags...

If you plan to come fishing or boating in Kawhia, then do your due diligence...

Your safety list should include...Kawhia tide times...weather conditions...the latest information on the continually shifting bar...good quality life jackets...plenty of fuel...well maintenanced outboards...And of course, check your fishing gear gear...

If you don't bring any lunch, then don't go pass the Kawhia Fish Shop...They sell the best fish n chips around...

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