26/10/2008 at 9:10 am #6671
Has anyone done any Snapper fishing in the mudflats and reed beds around havelock itself?
Any good acess spots along the QC drive? The Mahakipawa Arm is extremely shallow near the head.
Any point driving all the way to Kaiuma Bay?26/10/2008 at 10:08 am #11373
Yip done a fair bit of snapper stalking in the shallows.Not in the Havelock estuary itself but just around the corner off cullens point.
Also Shag point and Kaiuma and a small bay in between.Have takin a cupla 3 snapper from these parts over the last 2 or 3 years.No biggies but they have been around the 6lb mark.
The snapper have come from Cullens but I reckon I dropped a goodie in Kaiuma the last time I was there.My last trip to Shag point saw me spooled by a big sting ray and near dragged into the water.I had to get my mate to rush over with the knife and cut the line because I was down to the spool and there was no stopping this bloody bonnet sized bastard.
Mahikapawa would produce snapper no doubt about it but I think you would be best to use a dinghy or kayak and look for the channels in the middle of the arm.
I dont normally bother with these places until after xmas and night time high tides are the best times.You dont get alot of time to fish the tides so you are best to be throwing the first bait out on the incoming tide just after it turns and fish right through high tide until it turns and starts getting too shallow again.
I use a 3 ounce ball sinker on a two hook running rig baited with a whole pillie.Spotties and other pickers arnt a problem after dark and you dont have to tie the pillies on if you have them on properly.
Kaiuma is worth the drive and prob have more of a chance at landing a big boy there.I have only fished there a couple of times during the daylight hours and havnt come away with much apart from a couple of small kahawai but Kaiuma is well known for producing the snaps.Its definately on my hit list for summers night snapper stalking.
These areas are my fav and personally I dont know why people feel the need to drive right up the kenepuru in search of snapper… I know I certainly wont be going all that way when I have my V8 Discovery26/10/2008 at 10:11 am #11374
oh and for the QC side,Momorangi,governors and the grove are always worth a sniff but I seem to always have trouble with sea lice after dark up that side.26/10/2008 at 6:41 pm #11375
Do you use Burley?
Never had any luck surfcasting for Snapper, probably because I am most keen early season when they are rare.26/10/2008 at 11:40 pm #11377
Yeah used salmon burley but not really for the snapper,more so for the baitfish.27/10/2008 at 1:54 am #11378fishsnatcherParticipant
Lol theres a shag point near Dunedin and i was thinking…. “Wow! Snap fishing, and so close too… “27/10/2008 at 3:40 am #11380
Cullen point seems to be nicely located for a afterwork fish, according to my marine chart there is a 6m hole off Cullen. Only a short drive. The drive back from Broughton Bay or even the Mahau Sound can be quite tedious at 11pm on a worknight.
Would take quite a while to get to Shag or Kaiuma.09/11/2008 at 8:08 am #11624
How long does it take to walk down to Cullens point?09/11/2008 at 8:42 am #11625
about 10mins down and 20 back up09/11/2008 at 9:04 am #11626
20 minutes walking in the dark trying to carry two surf rods, only to get back to the car and realise that I left a rod stand behind Probably faster to spend more time driving and go to Shag point.
Weather depending would be down there tomorrow night, failing that Wednesday night. Been hearing lots of stories of big Snapper from the Kenepuru so hopefully they would be up around havelock to.09/11/2008 at 10:12 am #11627
yeah 3 trips up that track will soon blow ya out.Id carry on past shag point and head to Kaiuma.More room for casting at high tide and no boat traffic.Shag point is a channel marker so the boats fang right in close and right over your bait ,depending on the tide.10/11/2008 at 5:31 am #11637
Was going to head out for a fish tonight, but found the Renwick F&C shop is closed on Monday. Plus it looks a bit wet towards the sounds so going to delay it until Wednesday. Would love to go tomorrow but have freshwater club night to attend.
One nasty walk which often gets me is the one down to the small beach beside french pass. I have done that in wetsuit with spearfishing gear10/11/2008 at 5:52 am #11639
lol yeah I had to do that track up after I fell in to about 1metre of water off that point at the northern end of the beach.Had jeans and a hoodie on and took the dunk at about 8am.Tried to dry out on the wharf but it started blowin and was startin to feel pretty crook by the time I left.Will never attempt to climb round that point again…especially on an incoming tide It rises so fast there10/11/2008 at 8:52 am #11643
I gotten around that point at quite a high tide before, required quite a bit of climbing and lucky grabs. Other times I just got wet.
If you walk down to the lookout instead of the beach, there is a hidden rough track which leads down to the pass itself, that way you do not need to climb around the point.10/11/2008 at 11:50 am #11646
yeah checked that lookout aswell.Fished off the rocks near that big concrete platform,If I remember rightly we hopped over the lookout barriers and there was slightly hidden track leading down from there.There was also a track that we took from there that took us pretty much right to the backdoor of someones house
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