I spoke with a Ranger last year on the South side of the Mac …when I asked him where the mouth was so I could measure 500mtrs from it , he confessed that they didnt know , and it moves all the time…..

He went on to say , as long as I was at the front of the salmon fisherman , even if I was in the river a little but still in the surf , they didnt mind me fishing for kahawai without a licence as long as I returned any salmon if I happened to hook one ……

You should be fine baitfishing , as long as you aint suspending whole pillies under a float ….

There’s all sorts of ways to interpret the Regs , and you will get told all sorts ….best bet is seek out the Ranger , and tell him what you want to do , and ask if that’s OK