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FatherOfMany
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Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:00 pm

Heading up with the family to Doubtless bay on Thursday and just looking for some local info. HLD, Kerry and anyone who knows that area...
We're staying at Hihi Beach Holiday Park.

Firstly, I need a place to take the kids fishing. Any wharves that's particularly good for that and also, any wharves that are kinda off the beaten track but not too far from hihi? I guess we'll find something around Mangonui, but would prefer somewhere within a 30-40 minute drive of Hihi that there may not be too many other people.

Then I'm thinking of taking my cray pot along. Any suggestions, my thinking is to drop it just about 1km up the coast there from Hihi beach.

Any finally my brother will be visiting from South Africa and I'm taking him out on my second kayak. Any pointers of where we should try? Again just planning to launch there from Hihi, but if there's a particular place we need to drive to one day that's particularly good, let me know.
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Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:47 pm

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I'll leave the bug info to Kerry as he speaks crustacean much better than I do.

Have fun.
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Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:26 am

Maunganui wharf is great for the kids, plenty of Jack maceral to keep them busy, take your Cray pot north along the coast approx 3 bays set the pot and start fishing north of there....

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Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:28 pm

Thanks Gents,

Looking forward to it... just hope the weather plays along.

If I'm looking at the right place, then that's a bit further than I wanted to travel at night, Kerry, but I'll leave my pot out there from dawn to dusk one night and hope someone with a boat doesn't empty it for me before I get to it.
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Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:03 am

Have seen some nice kings taken from houhora wharf a few years ago early morning may be further than you want to drive but if your up that way id make the drive to reianga for a day trip

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:15 pm

Been taking my boy to pukenui wharf,
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its been a bit quiet only some piper saved for bait and a few trevs but keeps him happy thats the main thing.
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Maybe it was because of the full moon who knows. He even got to feed the 5 or so resident rays in the shallows.
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Been trying tepua(paua wharf to, a bit quiet even my goto spot casting for snapper wasn't even a bite but again kids had a blast.
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Still have until next fri up here so will go give tehapua wharf a go, that wharf produces some good fish.
Weather's been a bit funny too so even dusted off the paddleboard at houhora heads it was still gusty though.
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If anyone wants to plan a mish uptop let me know. I dont mind travelling south from tekao.0278257086

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:19 pm

I did really well around the corner from hihi

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Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:21 pm

Eastwards in about 15mtrs of water and about a 1k out I was using 6inch nuclear chicken nemesis and just dragging them along the bottom

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R.S.J
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Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:11 am

These nw and sw winds haven't let off up here yet, Im sure I didnt take a u turn on the highway and head back to welly weather. hows it been down your guys way, I was even thinking coming dwn that way if there is somewhere to hide from the wind

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Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:39 am

R.S.J wrote:These nw and sw winds haven't let off up here yet, Im sure I didnt take a u turn on the highway and head back to welly weather. hows it been down your guys way, I was even thinking coming dwn that way if there is somewhere to hide from the wind
Have a look at Karikari, Matai is pretty good with these winds
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Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:21 am

Cheers will check it out. Mate just rang he is over at tokerau beach with his house bus and said west side is rough as guts but eastern side is ok. Invited me over to put the kontiki out over next few days. So I'll have a look while Im there and prob go back stay few night again on way back south

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Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:36 pm

Today was our first day fishing and no, wind was not good and not looking very promising for the next few days. Although tonight it's pretty calm!

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Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:35 pm

When we take the motorhome up that way, stay at Hihi
Been a while since our last visit up that way
You can walk around the rocks from the campground, towards the harbour entrance there. I fish off the rocks, half tide down, especially good if low tide is close or on change of light, caught some nice ones there, heard stories from locals of big buggars caught there as well.
Safe for your little ones, easy access & an easy feed to take home. Hardly any current, floating baits.
It can be a bit of a buggar if that wind is coming at you in your face

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Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:58 pm

Yeah I agree. Near the harbour entrance is a good option. Have got some nice ones both off the rocks and the kayak there.

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