Before you go fishing, make sure to check for weather conditions and the Tauranga tides. Pick the best time that’s available for you and head out to one of the Mount Maunganui fishing spots.
Around Mauao on the far side, you’ll find rocks upon which you can walk over and reach multiple points where you can cast your line. Quite often people fish off these rocks. The rocks around this area are quite rough and require care and a keen eye to keep yourself safe. Cast out into the channel and see what’s on offer. Here you can catch Snapper, John Dory, Kahawai and Kingfish that cruise through. Make sure to check the Tauranga tides.
Near the entrance to the base track of Mauao on the Pilot Bay side is a small wharf upon which you can also fish from. Cast your line into the channel and see what this fishing spot has to offer.
Salisbury Wharf at the eastern end of Pilot Bay is a great place to fish and take the kids and have them experience the outdoor activity. Use a handline or rod and fish for whatever is around, you can also cast right out into the channel. A lot of spotties here but if you’re lucky, you may just catch a Snapper or Kahawai. John Dory’s are also around, put on a live bait and you may also hook a Kingfish swimming through.
Moturiki Island, also known as “Leisure Island”, is also often a great place to fish. A short 5-10 minute walk up towards the blowhole, are rocks upon which you can scramble over and find a posse to fish from. Check the Tauranga tides for when it’s right. There is a lot of deep water around this area. Cast out, and here hope to catch fish such as Kahawai, Snapper, John Dory & Kingfish.