Waihau Bay is renowned as one of the best fishing destinations in the country, due to the very close proximity to the continental shelf.   Arrange with Jan a charter with one of the local operators, salt water bottom fishing or strayline fishing for Snapper, Terakihi, Kawahai, Hapuka, Gurnard.  Keen fisherman from all over the world including Europe,  Japan and Tahiti, travel here to fish for the mighty yellowtail Kingfish which are here in abundance at Cape Runaway and Lottin Point, the kingfish can attain weights in excess of 50kgs, and take off like an express train, an exciting fight that can take time to land. Kingfish tend to school up at Cape Runaway and jigging is very popular here. This snapper pictured was the winner of the labour weekend fishing competiton, weighing 5.7kgs soft baiting off the Cape area.

 Superb land based fishing areas from Lottin Point to Cape Runaway are not easily accessable, the land is privately owned, however we can arrange a guide to take you on a half or full day charter, to the most magic spots for fantastic fishing. 

Shimano Japan run their own television fishing show viewed by 1000000 Japanese fishing enthusiasts.  On the 19th of November 2008 the Shimano television crew flew into New Zealand, arrived in Waihau Bay on the 20th to film a program on landbased fishing for 3 days specifically targeting Kingfish for catch and release, fortunately the weather was kind to us and we were able to do the rock drops on each day, the crew flew back to Japan on the 25th, with a personal best catch for one of the crew.    
This was followed a few weeks later with Daiwa Korea. Followers of the Japanese 'iso tsuri' technique are particularly successful in this area with fisherman coming from Japan, Thailand and Korea, in fact the' Daiwa Korea' Television crew also shot a program and landed a very large snapper, which made great footage for the Korean fishing audience.  One Japanese fisherman using the fine art of iso tsuri landed a mighty 23.8kg Kingfish.

The Kingfish pictured on the rocks, weighed in at 28kgs caught landbased between Cape Runaway and Lottin Point,  the Snapper was 11.25kgs  also landbased fishing in October. 

Contact Jan to arrange a charter with one of the local operators, for Big Game fishing, bottom and strayline. If you plan is to fish at the height of the summer season, please arrange this charter well in advance of your arrival in the bay. 

If you like surfcasting, the beach and rocks directly opposite the units are just a few steps away and snapper and kahawai can be caught straight off the beach.

From December to April, as water temperatures rise, the game fish also arrive in Waihau Bay.  The first to arrive in December are the yellowfin Tuna, along with schools of dolphins, albacore and skipjack tuna.  Huge workups can be viewed, with hundreds of dolphins, plus several species of tuna, making the ocean boil with fish, and the fabulous gannets diving like bombers into the fray, this is a truely spectacular sight and seldom seen by most people.  Shortly after the mighty Marlin, arrive along with mahimahi, striped marlin from late December and early January, big Blue Marlin and occasionally Black Marlin are next to arrive normally in February. 

The Waihau Bay Fishing Club is Host to several game and fishing tournaments. The club provides weigh-in facilities and a wide three lane concrete boat ramp.  During peak season the new fishing club premises provide a welcome to the keen fisherman for drinks, a meal, great company plus a few fishy stories from the day on the sea. 

Waihau Bay, Cape Runaway, Ranfurly Banks and Oceanside Apartments were all featured in three episodes of the ITM fishing show this year.  Matt Watson, tagged and released, striped marlin, kingfish, snapper and grouper.  For more information visit the ITM Fishing show website on www.thefishingshow.co.nz