Hokianga harbor

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Heading up to the Hokianga harbor this weekend, anyone fished this area and have any intell to share?

Ill be taking a SUP board so will be mobile.

Any advice appreciated, cheers Jeremy. 
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There's a point in front of the camping round where a lot of locals target Trevally. A good place to start. Just past the pub... can;t miss it.
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Awesome thanks Clark! Nothing like those Northland Trevs....

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Big kings in various places. Plus lots of rocks Pinch. Good sized kahawai come within reach of the shore at the heads, but you'll have to fight the locals for the best spot. Big kahawai on the beach in front of the resort (spot them from the wharf). Kings on the Omapere wharf and even reports of skippies Shocked. There is a giant flat with lots of potential just up the harbour a little bit, but I couldn't really find a good place to leave the car anywhere nearby.

Don't paddle the SUP on an outgoing tide Dead Maybe get the Sydney emergency services number before doing so Stern Smile 

Oh, and don't fall in (lots of sharks). Hope that helps TZ.

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Hey Craig,

Thanks for the heads up!

Always excited to prospect new waters. Ill post and let y'all know how I get on. 
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Originally posted by Craig Worthington Craig Worthington wrote:


Don't paddle the SUP on an outgoing tide Dead Maybe get the Sydney emergency services number before doing so Stern Smile 




I was gonna say but decided to leave it up to Darwin! LOLLOLLOL
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Headed up to Hokianga for the long weekend - what a magic spot. This was more of a romantic getaway than a fishing trip but I did manage a couple dawn sessions.

First morning I paddled across the harbor on the outgoing tide, as Clark and Craig mentioned the current fair whistles through here at 6 knots +. I headed to the rocky outcrop at the heads on the recommendation of the local cop who fishes there regularly and had recently nailed a nice king. 



The spot looked great, weed and mussel covered rocks, bit of swell surge and plenty of current. I fished the last hour of the outgoing and the first hour of the incoming.



I could reach the channel with a longish cast, I opted for a large popper to get some visibility amongst the big water movement. I managed a couple of fat kahawai but no sign of any kingis. I headed back with a nice feed of mussels as consolation.

Next morning I headed to the local wharf on another recommendation from the locals who reckon Kings swim past most mornings. This spot again looked promising loads of bait, piper, sprats and the biggest yellowtail macs Ive ever seen. I mistook them for a school of mice kingis when I first spotted them.



I caught a half dozen of these to keep myself amused while I waiting for hoodlums, as I heard they make great sashimi. No kingis showed although there was brief bustup 100 meters straight off the wharf - believe it or not it was skippies chasing bait right in the harbor , I clearly saw a couple make that distinctive jump they do.

Anyway while the fishing was relatively quiet this was a good recce for future missions. I guess no report is complete without a fish shot so heres the yellowtail cerviche from last nights dinner. Great texture and delicious!


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Nice report Jeremy, thanks!

That ceviche looks YUUUUM!!

Approach with extreme caution - I NEVER look where my back cast is going....
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Looks like a gorgeous place!!!
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Lovely shots and story, Jeremy.

I think Craig wrote a while ago that skippies once hung around under a wharf in the Hokianga for quite a while, and the locals had a ball catching them amongst the piles!

I once looked down from the carpark on the South Head and saw two beautiful kings cruising sedately in the shallows. I sprinted down the track, setting up my rod and reel as I ran. Of course, by the time I got down they'd moved off or didn't want my Rapala. Still a memorable evening.
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Originally posted by troutzilla troutzilla wrote:

Headed up to Hokianga for the long weekend - what a magic spot. This was more of a romantic getaway than a fishing trip but I did manage a couple dawn sessions.



Did you take someone else or were you alone? LOLLOLLOL
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Good report troutzilla, I will be heading up there for ten days or so early Feb, so nice to know the fish are still there!

It is to be observed that 'angling' is the name given to fishing, by people who can't fish.

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Good report their Jeremy. It's easy to see how skippies can be swimming past that wharf when you're almost looking towards Australia from the end of it. Landing any sort of kingfish from it on any sort of tackle is going to take a whole lot of luck though. I saw that corner of the harbour on a clear bluewater day and noted there were reefs all around the wharf, not to mention the high poles of the wharf itself. A good place to lose some line
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LOLLOLLOL I do love my rod but this time I took the missus as well!
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Originally posted by Clark Reid Clark Reid wrote:

Originally posted by troutzilla troutzilla wrote:

Headed up to Hokianga for the long weekend - what a magic spot. This was more of a romantic getaway than a fishing trip but I did manage a couple dawn sessions.



Did you take someone else or were you alone? LOLLOLLOL

LOLLOLLOL I certainly do love my rod but this time I took the missus as well!
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I travelled to the far north to Dad’s marae in Kohukohu. Our whānau had mahi to do at the marae. 


I couldn’t help but take my kayak and fishing gear to test the local waters, and boy, fishing was tough!  I found a honey hole and dropped baits, sb and microjigs on top of the fish, but I couldn't get a single bite!  


So far I fished 3 harbours in 3 weeks.  Manukau, Ohiwa and the Hokianga. And not a single fish worth taking home.  Unbelievable!  


In saying that, there are some potential spots to target in the warmer months, but most importantly, it was great to reconnect with Dad’s whānau and marae. I’ll be coming back more frequently.







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