Hey, I’m pretty new to the forum and was hoping to get any advice on kayak fishing in Mahia as I have never been there before. We’re staying there 6 nights in mid December just north of mototahi hill. I was wondering what the best launch spots were, what’s a good depth to aim for, and what kind of fish I could be expecting. I was also thinking about possibly doing some diving so if anyone had any good spots that would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for all the questions, any information would be amazing.
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Hi Liam, I fish Mahia from time to time, and you can't go wrong ! On the southern side Waikokopu is a good launching spot , theres a sheltered inlet that lets you launch into good water, a bit of structure, and 4 to 6 m of water in close . Taylors bay is shallow & sandy, and also faces south , worth a look. Over the peninsula on the northern side Whangawehi is a good sheltered spot to launch & the fishing here is really good . A bit of a natural habour inlet is perfect for launching , & a channel through the surf is marked, a lot of fizz boats go out here ,so it can be busy. Best early in the morning before the wind gets up , but in saying that you can get into good drop offs into 20 m , only a km or so out, so getting back in quickly isn't an issue . You can catch snapper , blue cod gurnard , KY, Trevs , the fishing is good for variety . I've been smashed by some serious stingrays on this northern side, size of a coffee table , but generally , mate you are going to love Mahia. The pub does a good feed, and its a relaxed place. Inland on the Gisborne rd is the Morere hot springs , & after a day on the water this is just the go for a relaxing soak in lush native bush surroundings, before cooking up all that fresh kaimoana! Have a good holiday !
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