Spearing spots south island

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Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:26 pm

Hi guys, I'm off for 12 days travelling the South Island and would be keen on some info on spots for crayfish and regular spearing staple. Guess it won't be snapper, but some cod and Tarakihi will do. So if someone could point me into some directions or certain bays? I'm only just rushing through so won't hammer any spots or grab your favourite kelpie, promise. Btw: very keen on a dive buddy too

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Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:10 pm

Anywhere 30km either side of Kaikoura will do the trick. Free diving you will get crays, paua, Butterfish, Moki, and Warehou. Not lots of Terakihi, but I have shot a few at Southbay. If you're getting off the ferry you can pop over the hill (a couple of k's) to Shakespare bay where you can pick up flats.

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Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:21 pm

Kaikorua was the first on my list for sure, but not too keen on diving with seals... Well, I guess i'll find some spots if I look closer, thanks any recommendation for the west?

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Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:05 am

The Westcoast is a whole other kettle of fish. Vis can be very poor, and there is not the kelp growth that the east has. I have not done much south of Greymouth, but hear it is pretty good. Karamea I've been told is good, but I have not dived there. Westport has a few ok spots, but the list of species for the spearo is limited. Behind the lighthouse at capefoulwind is one of the better spots. Charleston has a few reasonable places, and the coast road through to Greymouth can be good at times. Very few Butterfish, some moki. The coast was a tough place to grow up fishing wise. :D

On the eastcoast you also have Port Underwood, Robinhood bay, Ward, and Motunau.

If you want a buddy for a day or two in the Marlborough/Kaikoura areas I'd be keen, I'm out most days.
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Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:50 am

As you head south from Kaikoura you have Nape Nape, Gore Bay and Port Robinson all of which are supposed to be good diving (I'm not a diver so can't confirm it). All the very exposed though so pick your days. Motunau is a good spot but without a boat you would have a 1km swim out to the island and there is usually a good current running through.
Banks Peninsula has some good spots around the outer bays but watch out for the marine reserves. Forget about Lyttelton or Akaroa harbours as visibility is usually crap, particularly with the cruise ships in Akaroa these days.
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Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:35 pm

Thanks guys, just the info I was after. Chinook, I may drop you a line when I'm in the area- thanks for the offer. Can't wait, really

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Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:36 pm

Sweet, going to be at Durville till friday.
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Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:59 pm

fatbob wrote:Kaikorua was the first on my list for sure, but not too keen on diving with seals... Well, I guess i'll find some spots if I look closer, thanks any recommendation for the west?

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Not just seals, Hectors Dolphins, Big soddin' whales Barracouta {<img src="./images/smilies/emoticon-0183-swear.gif" alt=":swear:" title="Swear"> creatures}
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Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:35 pm

Was in Chch branch of Dive HQ. Yes, spent up large.

Had been up in Kaikoura last week, tipped out and lost my anchor and one or two other bits, am planning return with mask and snorkel to retrieve the items. Fortunately have it marked on sounder/gps.

American tourist free diving in the same area, got caught up in the kelp and was lost. Deepest sympathy to his family.


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Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:57 am

Sorry it didn't work out as planned so couldn't call anyone for a dive, but got some whopping Paua south of Kaikorua and hopped in with some lads in the Marlborough region. Don't know how the hell he managed this but both lads shot two whopping (his PB) Moki and we all had a good feed of bugs and Paua too. I love exploring new underwater terrain, always interesting new things to see and people to meet…

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