26/12/2009 at 6:59 am #6843
So I was thinking about spending the weekend somewhere quiet, a small town, within 2 -3 hours from Christchurch. I’d like to go fishing so I was searching for a place on the east coast and I found Timaru. It seems good enough, with hotels close to the beach and all.
Just wondering if anyone here would recommend somewhere to go and spend 2 days fishing, relaxing. Is Timaru a nice place? I’ve searched on the internet but I’ve only found fly fishing content, which is not what I’m interested in… Does anyone know if the place is good for surfcasting and what do you target over there? Just the usual fish we catch around CHCH? And the wharf seems a good place to catch some bait, am I right?
I’d really appreciate a little help
Thanks26/12/2009 at 10:54 am #14423fishforpotParticipant
I believe opposite the St Andrews golf course is a prime spot ……and same fish ….rig ele schoolies26/12/2009 at 11:01 am #14424rdeejayParticipant
Nice enough place to visit, i grew up there but no way in hell would i move back. Fishing is much the same as up here i used to surf cast with my mate at Normanby which is about 10 mins or so south of Timaru. You could probably try off the breakwater as well if you head down to the wharf.27/12/2009 at 5:29 pm #14441
Thanks guys, I’ll try the wharf, St Andrews, Normanby and Pareora.
Nicolas29/12/2009 at 7:26 am #14474
Went to the Timaru Wharf today. Caught a good lot of mullet and one warehou. On the way back stopped off at the beach down Beach Road just south of Temuka. Caught one Carpet Shark and guy down from me got one as well. They seem to be around in plague proportions around the Timaru area even off the Wharf so I hardly bother casting out any bigger baits.29/12/2009 at 10:07 am #14484
Do you use berley when you go to the wharf zac?
Thanks29/12/2009 at 10:16 am #14485
No but it would work well there, sometimes I just cut up red cod etc and throw them in to get the mullet around.31/12/2009 at 8:28 am #14507
And zac, can you catch barracouta from the wharf? Like, have you ever heard of any being caught?
Thanks31/12/2009 at 8:29 am #14508
and a happy new year to everyone31/12/2009 at 8:34 am #14509
A guy there acouple years back told me there were some caught but I wouldn’t be to sure, but anything is possible.28/06/2011 at 9:53 am #18384
caught big red cod,eels there also heard of dogfish all in the wharf right in the port blue moki , butterfish probably blue cod at breakwaters02/09/2012 at 9:59 am #21518AnonymousInactive
I’ve moved down to Timaru a year or so ago I’m finally keen to get back into some fishing, I know nothing about fishing the area. Anyone have any advice on where to start? I have no interest in sharks or rays, really keen on catching some Moki, Kahawai, Salmon, Terakihi, Bluecod, even Elephantfish if I can, any way to avoid the sharks/dogfish?
Any advice would be great, thanks!02/09/2012 at 10:38 am #21521MiliwolfParticipant
Skates and Sharks happily take any fish or squid type bait you drop into the water. The best way to avoid catching them is not to use such baits.
That basically leaves lures, Crustacean and Shellfish. Crabs, Prawns and Crayfish are a good bait to target Rig (which are a shark), While shellfish are good for targeting Moki. For Moki fish near rocks and kelp. The best way to catch Salmon (and Kahawai) without unwanted bi-catch is to lure fish at the river mouths.
For Blue Cod, purchase a boat or take a trip down to the Catlins or Otago Peninsula and fish off the rocky points there. Would also get Butterfish and Moki from the points.02/09/2012 at 8:21 pm #21523troutfishernzParticipant
In my opinion the Best spot close to Timaru for Surfcasting is St Andrews Opposite the Golf course. Good spot for Elephant fish from late October through to February. However this spot is also notorious for Sevengill sharks so if you dont want to catch sharks it may not be for you, but to be honest all beaches down here have sharks so whether you target them or not they are going to be part of your catch, Best way to lessen your catch of sharks is to use shellfish or crab baits.
All the beaches from Birdlings flat right down to makikihi Have pretty much the same species, Rig,Elephant fish, Shark, etc.
For Moki you could try around Scarborough or some of the rocks around the Timaru breakwater but there are heaps of snags off the breakwater so if you fish there be prepared to loose some gear.02/09/2012 at 8:24 pm #21524troutfishernzParticipant
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