It can get a bit annoying when the conditions are rough, especially if you’ve traveled a long way to get to the beach. Also for me, the fishing has been crap these last couple of weeks. Been to Birdlings Flat twice, and only caught a couple tiny dogfish. Around this time last year I could go out to Dorie beach and catch some really good size School sharks, now it’s just dogfish. Only luck I have had is with bait fishing for kahawai and mullet, otherwise haven’t had a decent shark or anything else for while.
Haven’t heard any reports from Rangitata or further south, but I might try down that way the next couple of weeks.