If I’m in Kaikoura I use a variety of bait, including mussels and prawns. Fishing is just so damn fickle, not only do you have to be in the right place at the right time, but the conditions usually have to be appropriate too. And even then there’s no guarantee you’ll even catch one fish.
I’ve tried using the SpotX canterbury surfcasting maps but haven’t found them to be a big help other than listing what size hooks and bait to use for what species.
A question for you experienced guys – how would you rate the fishing this year compared with past years?