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Whiritoa Kayak Fishing Report

Written by Tim on October 5th, 2015.      0 comments

Getting There

  • 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.
Map for Whiritoa


  • 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)
Viking Reload on the beach


  • 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.    
Tim's Note: there were some very big fish in this area and I got busted off multiple times. I tried using heavier tackle but they just avoided it so it was a case of persevering until I finally cracked it. My successful combo was a 2-hook strayline rig, using 2/0 hooks, 15lb trace, and a 1/4oz ball sinker. 

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.
Screen Shot 2015-10-04 at 4Tim Taylor fighting the big one




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