Rodney on the rocks
The Rodney area north of Auckland has some little gems when it comes to fishing. There are bays, ledges, estuaries, islands and rock stacks which are all places of interest for the fisherman.
The first noticeable area north of Whangapaoroa is Mahurangi Harbour.
This has some good land-based spots and some relaxing reserves the family can picnic at while Dad sneaks off to cast a line.
Scott’s Point on the north side of the harbour is one such location, found by driving through Warkworth to Snell’s Beach and following the signs.
It has a concrete boat ramp, a historic home, reserve, safe swimming and the island can be a good spot to cast a line.
The island is cut off from about half tide; the low allows access to the eastern part of the island where the weedbeds are noticeable.
A 3oz sinker on a ledger rig with pilchards cast towards the deeper water at the southern tip or a floating bait cast behind the weedbed can produce fish.
This is also a good area to launch a kayak or boat and head to towards the mouth of the harbour.
The point on the north side of the harbour can provide good shelter when the other parts of the coast are shut down by easterlies.
You have to anchor in close. If you look at Google Earth you can see the contour lines and kelp beds.
During one blustery north easter I encountered great shallow water fishing here in less than two metres of water using a strayline rig.
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