Coromandel Peninsula...Port Jackson area

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:24 pm

Hi all, I have been thinking about going up to the top of the Coromandel peninsula...around the Port Jackson area.
I am asking for some help with spots to launch from, SAFTY concerns, areas to fish, how far out...etc...etc...all help and advice will be appreciated.

Better still...if there is anyone that would be keen to do a trip to that area...lets get it together...

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:35 pm

I've been there once looong time ago (15+ years ago) and all I could remember was endless gravel road and stingray :D .
When you planning to go there, waitangi weekend? I could be keen.
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Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:18 pm

Hey Snap 4T, I was thinking some time between tomorrow (5th) and Sunday (8th), and to do a day trip...

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:15 pm

When in Coro call in and see Rob Fort you'll be sorted

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:41 pm

Fantail Bay is close, nice little campsite and MONSTER snapper right off the beach. I did a TR a while ago.
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Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:52 pm

Technical and I did a trip up to Fletchers Bay 3 weeks before Christmas. Truckloads of sign, heaps of Kingies about and between us we couldn't catch a cold !....

If you venture up there just be wary of the big currents ....

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:25 pm

As a newbie, I wouldn't go on my own...good idea to give Rob Fort a call before

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Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:39 pm

how much of a newbie are you?
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:40 am

It's a long way to go for a day trip.

Port Jackson has some mean current and very exposed to any wind.
My suggestion is to try for 2 days, stay the night at Fantail bay DOC camp for $10 and you're nearly at Port Jackson from there.
The water gets quite deep in close from Fantail so if the wind kicks up you need not venture far from shore a time all.

I'm planning to go there in a couple of weeks so will watch this thread.
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:27 am

yeah, that's what i was thinking. give rob a call, but fantail is a safe launch and you're straight on to the fish.
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:17 pm

WaikatoYakka wrote:...
I'm planning to go there in a couple of weeks so will watch this thread.
Hey WY, is that us for Waitangi weeeknd? :)
my 2 other yak fisho mates also keen to tag along. :call:

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Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:36 pm

I really want to get up granite/fantail/goat area before the end of Jan....just need these westerlies to piss off. I shall watch this thread.

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Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:55 pm

Snap 4T wrote:
WaikatoYakka wrote:...
I'm planning to go there in a couple of weeks so will watch this thread.
Hey WY, is that us for Waitangi weeeknd? :)
my 2 other yak fisho mates also keen to tag along. :call:
G1 wrote:I really want to get up granite/fantail/goat area before the end of Jan....just need these westerlies to piss off. I shall watch this thread.

At this stage I probably can't do a weekend unfortunately.

Planning Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th.

On the Monday morning I'm shark hunting :devil: :devil: :devil:

G1, want to tag along with a camera while I sit in a whole lot of burley on the Monday morning?

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:19 am

Where are you burleying? I could be keen for those dates (I will be on holiday still)

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:47 am

G1 wrote:Where are you burleying? I could be keen for those dates (I will be on holiday still)

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Yeah, whole bonito, steel trace, 14/0 hook and working on finding some homekill........ buckets and buckets of it.

....... will have to abort the burley plan if there's people swimming though I guess.
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:57 am

WaikatoYakka wrote: ?.. will have to abort the burley plan if there's people swimming though I guess.


Why.... .??.. Good excuse to try "live baiting" for sharks !!

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Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:14 am

Hey there AndrewRawlingson, In answer to your question about how much of a newbie I am...

I have been out twice...The first time was last week Thursday at Orere Point, I caught a snapper that might have just made legal size but I put it back to swim and grow. The second time was on Friday (the next day) we went up north to Rawhiti and spent 8 hours on the water paddling around 35Km, paddling out to Cape Bret I think it is called and the hole in the wall (hole in the rock). I got two snapper around the 38-40cm mark which I brought home, and had a fillet for breakfast on Saturday morning.

The Rawhiti trip replaced the Coro trip because I didn't have any body to go with, however there were two guys form EAKFC going to Rawhiti, so I joined them...

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Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:42 am

As others have said, be wary of the currents and wind around Port Jackson
With the right conditions, it's a pretty easy place to fish, but when it turns it can be pretty wild

I'm planning/hoping on heading up there before the end of the month with the wife and kids in tow for a weekend camping so will post here if/when I know for sure. Will only go if the conditions are suitable, otherwise may end up around the other side at Waikawau

As others have said, Fantail is a great spot and can be fished a lot closer to shore leaving you a bit more wiggle room should the weather start to turn.

Any reason for the rush in making such big trips so early on? - Don't get me wrong, I love the enthusiasm, just wonder if you might want to spend a little more time on the water before attacking big paddles, strong currents etc.
Remember you don't have to go to the ends of the earth to find good fishing, more often than not it can be found right on your doorstep, just needs a bit of patience and keep practicing to see what works for you.
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Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:31 pm

Hi Pointloader, All that you have said is true, But just to bring this into perspective for all following this thread, and before I lead everyone to believe I am totally irresponsible...I am no stranger to paddling, I have heaps of competitive canoeing (K1's and K2's) experience on both flat water and down rivers in South Africa, as well as lots of surf ski paddling off shore. What I an saying is, it is not the paddling that worries me...it is the fishing side of things that I am not sure of...you know...the where and the how...to learn from people that know, and the fact that it is safer to go out on the ocean with someone ells. And then my paddling fitness is not what it used to be.

I am also no stranger to fishing...I used to fish competitively in the rock and surf discipline of angling...so it is the brining the two sports together that I need help with, however, the two outings that I have now completed has taught me a lot, but there is still heaps to learn going forward.

I also love my spearfishing, so I would love to bring that discipline into the mix and dive off the kayak...

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Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:35 am

Oh sweet, then the hard part is sorted.
All you have to do now is spend the time out there bobbing around and slinging baits :rock:
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