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Cape Runaway Kayak Fishing Report

Written by Tim on October 28th, 2015.      0 comments

Getting There

  • From Tauranga drive to Opotiki then on to Waihau Bay on SH35. Continue on down to Whangaparaoa Bay (about 5 minutes from Waihau). 
  • It took me about 3 hours from the Mount, including a coffee stop. 
  • At Whangaparaoa Bay you will need to take a hard left turn onto Beach Road. This looks like private/maori land but it's a legal road so you're all good. 
  • ​Launching is either through the surf or out through the Whangaparaoa River. 

    Note: this river mouth changes dramatically from year to year so it should not be relied upon. Luckily for me it was safe this time, but normally I would go off the beach.

     
  • Parking is where ever you feel like it. Please be aware that many people use the river mouth so don't block any access ways.  
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Launching

  • This beach is moderately steep and is made of a mix of stones and sand. 
  • Generally there is only one breaking wave on it.
  • Suitable for kayakers of moderate experience.
  • If surf is too big for your ability, go an fish out from Waihau Bay. 
Beach conditions at Whangapararaoa Bay


Fishing

  • If you head east along towards Cape Runaway you'll be straight into fishing country along the cliffs. There is always plenty of kahawai in this area so it's a great place to get live baits. 
  • There are reefs, rubble, and bays along all of the cliffs which hold fish. 
  • It drops off pretty steeply into about 50m of water and there is always tarakihi and snapper to be found in these areas. It's best to locate schools ontop of rocks, then anchor up. 
  • The Cape is an interesting but rather scary place to fish. There is always a strong current in this area, and if there is any swell or wind it becomes rather dangerous. This is a place reserved for good days or experienced kayakers only.
  • If you're after hapuka, or kingfish then keep heading out from the Cape. There are a number of big rocks in 80-120m of water and these hold puka all year round. They are quite difficult to fish from a kayak so you will have to come prepared. 
Tim's Note: there is always a strong current in this area so bring plenty of lead. I was using 12oz on my puka spots and this was struggling to find the bottom. Make sure you use a breakaway when fishing this deep because it sucks when you get snagged! 

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Results: over the years I've been fortunate enough to fish this area on many occasions. Hapuka, snapper, kingfish, frost fish, and tarakihi are all common. I've also caught marlin in this area on boats (it's where Matt Watson targeted his marlin from a yak last season).
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