Newdicks Beach is one of my favourite kayak fishing locations in the Bay of Plenty. It's sheltered, amazingly beautiful, and has some amazing fishing. Located at the end of the Maketu Peninsula, it's an easy 30 minute drive from Tauranga, but it does require access down a private road so a small fee is required. Details...
- Drive to the end of Town Point Road at Maketu.
- There is a gate at this point and you will need to pay a few dollars to go down to the beach. Please do this as the owners use this small fee to help maintain the track.
- Follow the farm track all the way to the beach (suitable for all vehicles)
- This beach is extremely sheltered and good for kayakers of all ability levels.
- 4WD vehicles can drive down onto the beach for gearing up
- The only time you should not launch here is during a strong northerly or easterly swell (not very common in the BOP)
- Fishing in this area can start as soon as you're on the water - there is normally kahawai around the rocks so troll a small lure or softbait.
- There is a large reef that extends out from the end of Town point toward Motiti Island. This goes for many kilometres and snapper will be found hiding around all of the reef structure.
- Use your fish finder to locate the large boulders and reefy areas.
- A strong current can occur in this area so I prefer to anchor the kayak and run a burley trail to attract the snapper.
- My preference is for water 10-20m deep.
- Use a two hook strayline rig, with 4/0 hooks, and whole pilchards as bait if targeting snapper.
- Out in the deeper water (20-30m) there are many rocks that hold tarakihi. These are often marked with cray pot buoys. Use a ledger rig to target this species.