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Line Fishing Whangarei

By Vanessa McKenzie
Whangarei is a premium playground for people who love to fish!

We have so many places at our finger tips where you do not need a boat to fish on our beautiful ocean coastline and within our harbour.

Within 30-60 minutes of Whangarei central, there is a multitude of fishing spots where you can throw your line in and expect some fish.  Here is a few of our office favourites.

Onerahi Wharf     Click for google Map
Beach Road, Onerahi (beside the Onerahi Yacht Club).  Easily accessible and only ten minutes from central Whangarei.  Good for if you have younger kids and can be guaranteed sprats – with the odd snapper.

Busby Head / Smugglers Loop Bay. – From the Urquharts Bay car park, the loop track takes you around Busby Head to the lovely Smugglers Bay, and back to the car park.  A popular spot  where you can expect Kingi, Snapper, John Dory, Kahawai, Trevaly and Squid available at various times of the day and year – especially good for Kingis.   Good Doc tracks lead out to a range of fishing spots from easy to challenging.  Beautiful beach, bush walk and scenery if the fishing is not going off!

Urquarts Bay WharfClick for Googe Map
Safe Place for the family.  Approximately 40 minutes drive from central Whangarei

Fishermans’ Point TamaterauClick for google map
The pull in bay off Whangarei Heads Road gives an easy access point to the inner channel that runs out the harbour close to the road – always seems to be people fishing here – they can’t all be in the wrong place…

Dolphin Place, Tutukaka    Click for google map
Dolphin bay, very easy access via a track from the end of Rauhumoamoa road.  Mostly fairly shallow and kelpy so snags can be an issue.  This area suits evening/night fishing and can turn up some very good snapper.  Kahawai are also fairly common here, also well worth a snorkel for Crayfish at times.  A good family spot as the fishing is mainly off a pebble beach.

Whangaumu Bay     Click for Google Maps
Fishing from both ends of the Bay.  The right hand side of the bay which is roughly the entrance to Ngunguru estuary.  Kahawai, Trevally and the odd snapper are the most likely catch here with easy access most of the time.  The left hand side requires a bit more agility but offers a couple of nice spots – some decent snapper taken here occasionally.

Matapouri Bay   Click for Google Maps
Fishing off the rocks from either end of the Bay.  The right hand side is a little limited as the tide can make it tricky and needs to be watched.  If you make the effort the point into Horseshoe bay can produce Snapper, Kahawai and the odd Kingi.  Left hand end of the beach gives access into Pebble bay or over the hill onto the main headland.  This area produces some very good snapper at times also Kahawai, Trevally and Kingfish.

Marine Reserves
We have two Marine Reserves in our Whangarei harbour – so make sure you keep out of these spots when fishing!  …although the Reotahi Marine Reserve is a great place to go snorkling and LOOK at fish.

view the Marine Reserve brochure here

Always remember to let someone know where you are going, when you expect to be back – and if you are out scrambling around the rocks – wear a life jacket!

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