Special Publications : Peninsula Playground 2012
8 Peninsula Playground Peninsula Playground ** These are sponsored To urnaments hosted by MBGFC NB: Placemakers To urnament will be held in Whitianga on Fri/Sat 22/23 March 2013 • ICE BREAKER Sat 24 Nov 2012 • KIDS Sun 30 Dec 2012 • VALLEY TOYOTA TOP TEN TROLLING TOURNAMENT Sat/Sun 5/6 Jan 2013 • LADIES & LADIES BLUE Sat/Sun (Anniversary Wknd) 26/27 Jan 2013 • BONZE SKINS** Thurs/Fri/Sat 7/8/9/ Feb 2013 • CLASSIC Sat/Sun/Mon 16-18Feb2013 • MERCURY BAY OPEN Sat-Sat16-23Feb2013 • NATIONALS Sat-Sat16–23 Feb 2013 • ITM** Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun 28 Feb, 1/2/3 Mar 2013 • TRAILER BOAT Thur/Fri/Sat 7/8/9 Mar 2013 • ALTO** Fri/Sat 15/16 Mar 2013 • JUNIOR TOURNAMENT Sat/Sun 23/24 Mar 2013 5036762AA With around 400km of coastline and over 100 offshore islands, The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s favourite marine playgrounds. Fish, fish everywhere It boasts some of the New Zealand’s best quality fishing within a relatively small area. With an east and west coast, plenty of bays and islands for protection you can be sure that on most days you will find somewhere to fish. Here’s a guide from tourism website, thecoromandel.com THAMES COAST Some great rocky outcrops to surfcast from for snapper, especially from November through to May when the snapper are in close. There are always kahawai around so don’t forget to try throwing a few spinning lures around too. There’s even the odd kingfish lurking around closer to Coromandel Town so even try a small kahawai livebait and you might be surprised at some of the big fish that come down the coast here. There’s a half dozen boat ramps scattered down the coast and the boat fishing in the Firth of Thames produces some great snapper fishing right throughout. Use your sounder to find fish on the bottom or fish the mussel beds in the middle of the Firth. Just remember to check tide and weather details. COROMANDEL HARBOUR The mussel farms are always a popular choice and attract all sizes of snapper. Pilchards are often the flavour of the day. The harbour is a haven for trevally, kahawai and kingfish so trolling small lures around points and islands can produce some good fish There are often big schools of birds working around the islands, so try jigging underneath them for snapper COLVILLE TO FLETCHERS BAY We are back into some good land-based fishing territory here with great snapper fishing and big kingfish close to shore. The road follows the coast along most of the west coast so there are plenty of places to get out and have a fish. Some of New Zealand’s most scenic camp grounds are located here so stick around and relax along this relatively untouched coastline. Port Jackson and Fletchers Bay on the very tip of the Peninsula are accessible via dirt roads so small boats only can be towed into the area. Colville Channel can be very rough but there is some very productive fishing in the channel, particularly for pelagic fish around Channel Island. STONY BAY TO KENNEDY’S BAY This is rugged coastline interrupted by quiet, picturesque bays. Big snapper and kingfish are regularly caught here. A handful of local charter operators work this area and their local knowledge can be invaluable. MERCURY BAY AND ISLANDS Some of The Coromandel’s most diverse fishing can be found here. For bigger boats the Red Mercury Islands are the best place to strayline for big snapper. There are big snapper galore and in the summer months the gamefishing fleet heads out in search of albacore, yellowfin and marlin For the avid diver the “Mercs” also produce some of the best crayfishing on The Coromandel. There are reefs galore which make fishing for terakihi productive, but there are plenty of rocks loitering just under the surface to make sure you get hold of a Marine chart for the area. For the land-based angler Whangapoua through to Opito Bay has some great rock based fishing. Whitianga and Kuaotunu both have good places to launch a boat from and there is a great variety of charter boats available from Whitianga. The area around Hahei is a no-go area for fisherman due to its marine reserve. No fish or shellfish can be taken from Hahei. TAIRUA TO WHANGAMATA Castle Rock holds plenty of trevally and kahawai and the occasional kingfish. The reefs out from it produce terakihi and the odd hapuka. Bonito, squid and shellfish are all good baits to use in these waters. The offshore Alderman Islands are worth the trip just for the sightseeing but produce big snapper, crayfish and some good reef fishing for golden snapper, terakihi and hapuka. Many of the charters boats visit these waters if your own boat is too small to get out there. Watchman Rock and Slipper Island are closer options that still produce great fishing. For the land-based angler the beaches often hold good fish, particularly during winter and the wharves often turn up some surprises - try live baiting and you can be sure the odd John Dory will turn up. For more information go to thecoromandel.com.
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