- From Tauranga drive to Waihi then onwards towards the Coromandel on SH 25
- It took me about 1hr 20 from the Mount, including a petrol stop and a coffee stop.
- Turn off SH25 onto Whiritoa Beach Rd, then right onto Kon Tiki Rd, then right onto Moray Place. Park at the end next to the beach.
Note: don't be tempted to park at the end of Kon Tiki Rd as the beach here is extremely dangerous even though it's only a few hundred metres away.
- This beach is very steep so it should only be attempted when there is no/little swell.
- If there is swell, go to the northern end a launch up there as it's safer (but a longer drag across the sand)
- If you head either north or south of this beach, you will be straight into fishing country along the cliffs. I chose south as it's away from Whangamata (and any potential boaties).
- There are reefs, rubble, and narrow gutters along all of the cliffs which hold fish. Search them out with your fish finder and eyes.
- Try lobbing softbaits into the wash and gutters.
- There are commercial cray pots everywhere - fish often congregate around these so fish near them or even tie up to them with your running rig.
- I found the fishing wasn't hot hot, so I tied off to a pot and got a big burley trail running. Into this I lobbed half pillies and softbaits.
Result for the day was 5 snapper of 40+cm and a kahawai. The biggest I could stop was 5.2kg so I recon my 20 pounder is still out there.