at Papamoa and Tauranga Harbour
places to go Fishing
Tauranga gives people the chance to experience different
kinds of fishing. Throughout the city you will find multiple
areas for us all to freely fish. As for the different
spots, each one will most likely have a different type
of specie of fish that you are most likely to catch. Fishing
In Tauranga comes easily as there is simply plenty of
water about. Ranging from rivers and surfcasting, fishing
off the rocks or heading out to sea on the boat or simply
in the harbour.
Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty is an angler's and seafood
lover's paradise. Here you will find big game fishing,
pipi and mussels, flounder in the estuaries, whitebait
at the river mouths and large schools of kahawai chasing
them as well as snapper easily caught from the beach.
Further out there are gurnard on the flats and tarakihi,
trevally, trumpeter and red snapper on the reefs and pinnacles
thrown up by volcanic activity. Kingfish
are everywhere and reach great size, to 40kg. At 100m
and more there are bluenose, hapuka, gemfish and bass.
Crayfish inhabit all rocky structure.The facilities for
the boat fisherman are second to none, the accommodation
can cater for a wide range of budgets and, most importantly,
it is the gateway to the mighty Bay of Plenty which produces
some of the best fishing in the country.
Before you go fishing, make sure to check for weather
conditions and the Tauranga tides. Pick the best time
that’s available for you and head out to one of
the Mount Maunganui fishing spots.
Fishing off Papamoa Beach has become very popular
and is often visited by fisherman from all over
the Bay. This beach is awesome for surfcasting and
is becoming more and more popular. With a long coastline,
there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy
time fishing off the beach. Kontiki’s are
also now very popular and are widely used. The
type of fish people tend to generally catch here
consist of kahawai and snapper. Other species of
fish people catch here but are not as common are
terakihi, john dory and gurnard.
Mount Maunganui’s Salisbury Wharf
Salisbury Wharf at the eastern end of Pilot Bay
is a great place to fish and take the kids and have
them experience the outdoor activity. Use a handline
or rod and fish for whatever is around, you can
also cast right out into the channel. A lot of spotties
here but if you’re lucky, you may just catch
a Snapper or Kahawai. John Dory’s are also
around, put on a live bait and you may also hook
a Kingfish swimming through.
Mount Maunganui Rocks
Around Mauao on the far north side, you’ll
find you can reach multiple points where you can
cast your line from. Cast
out into the channel and see what’s on offer.
Here you can catch Snapper, John Dory, Kahawai and
Kingfish that cruise through. Make sure to check
the Tauranga tides. Near
the entrance to the base track of Mauao on the Pilot
Bay side is a small wharf upon which you can also
fish from. Cast your line into the channel and see
what this fishing spot has to offer.
Moturiki Island, more popularly known as “Leisure
Island”, is also often a great place to fish.
Along a short 5-10 minute walk up towards the blowhole
are rocks upon which you can scramble over and find
a posse to fish from. Check the Tauranga tides for
when it’s right. There is a lot of deep water
around this area that is beneficial to catching
some great fish. Cast
out, and here hope to catch fish such as Kahawai,
Snapper, John Dory & Kingfish.
Tauranga Bridge Marina
Bridge Marina is located before the harbour bridge
heading towards Tauranga. At
the Tauranga Bridge Marina is a public fishing pontoon,
which is the floating breakwater. This pontoon takes
you out into the harbour where you can test your
fishing skills. The most dominant fish that seems
to be caught here is the Kahawai. The pontoon has
a nice flat surface and is a great place to take
the kids out fishing.
Marine Park Boat Ramp
People often come here and fish of one of the boat
ramps. You can either drop your line in an attempt
to catch a spotty or cast out into the channel and
try your luck. In the channel here, you are most
likely to catch Kahawai and Yellow Eyed Mullet.
Perhaps… the odd Kingfish that swims through.
If you are seeking a Kingfish, head over to the
nearby rocks. Listed below.
Along Plummers Point Road, Whakamarmara, is a small
wharf upon which you can fish off. As you head down
Plummers Point Road, there is a gravel road which
you can drive along reaching the wharf. While not
the best fishing experience, it still provides an
outing. A lot of eels are to be caught here.
Sulphur Point Rocks
30 seconds down the road from Marine Park, is a
left turn off down a gravel road where you will
come across an area to park. To the right is a track
you can walk along until you reach the rocks. Choose
a spot along the rocks and give it a go. Here you
can fish off into the channel where you are most
likely to catch Kahawai, Snapper and maybe a Kingfish.
Train Bridge Otumoetai
Have a go at fishing off the shore near the Otumoetai
train bridge. This is a great place to cast your
line. Just before high tide or as the tide is going
out is best. However, there can tend to be a bit
of seaweed. Cast your line into the channel and
test your luck at trying to catch Kahawai, Snapper
and Yellow Eyed Mullet.