Re: Motueka Fishing spots?


Hi Sevengillz
Thanks for the info – unfortunately due to illness in the family here in Guernsey we had to cut short our stay in NZ and whiz back after only 10 days.
The good news is that i did get some fishing in and managed to score a result.
I asked my brother (who lives in Mot) and after asking some of his mates I found a nice place to fish from. As you know, Kaiteriteri is a good snapper spot, but of course is teeming with families so not the best place to fish from, so I used Stephens Bay which is between Mot and Kaiteriteri. It’s a lovely little cove, very pretty and sheltered and with a small creek and nearby loo which is kept commendably clean. There is a boat launching area so you need to keep clear of that, but there are rocks up to the right of the beach which I am told are good Snapper catching areas.
I used a tripod and cast out from the beach (early mornings).
I used a surfcast rod and rigged a twin arm paternoster with a 4oz grip lead and used squid on a 2/0 hook on the lower arm and Pipefish on a 1/0 hook on the upper and cast about 100m out, which produced Kahawai, but no Snapper unfortunately.
The Kahawai were not that big, so I returned them (I always C&R whenever I can).
I would have liked to have spent more time there, and a mate was going to take me out on a boat for Snapper, but unfortunately fate conspired against this happening this year.
Still, there’s always next year, eh? :wink:
Thanks for the feedback everyone, and I hope anyone looking to go fishing in that area might find this info useful.