Surfcasting or Longlining
Surfcasting and longing are popular along the length of Tirohanga Beach right in front of the camp.
The beach extends for miles in both directions so it's easy to find a quiet section to send out a long line to one of the shellfish or worm beds which produce good size snapper.
Good surfcasting can be had on a change of light or leading up to high tide as snapper come into feed. Reading the beach well and finding a hole or gut to fish into enhances your prospects.
We're fortunate to have a number quality trout rivers right at our back doorstep. The Waioeka is a top class fishery with rainbow and browns right throughout its length during most parts of the year. SH2 (to Gisbourne) runs right next to the river which allows good access to the middle and lower reaches.
Fish can be clearly seen by pulling over and looking down on them from the road side. It's then a case of finding your access down into the river and targeting them. The most successful method in summer is a stealthy approach from behind with small nymphs cast in front of the trout and a nice dead drift.
Good numbers of smaller fish can be found in the Otara and Pakihi rivers which are even closer to the park.
Local fishing guide
Mike Ruru's local knowledge may just shift the odds in your favour!
If all else fails call in the Snapper Specialists! Mike Ruru is the owner operator of Opotiki Fishing Charters. They cater to small groups of friends or family targeting New Zealands favorite recreational fish - the NZ snapper.
Mike’s been operating since 2002 in the Opotiki Area and during the peak season would take nearly a group a day from the camp. He provides full tuition, equipment and a boat that best suits a small group of 4 people.
You will be treated to a safe, enjoyable and exciting experience, testing your fishing prowess against NZ's most sought after species.
Costs: 1/2 Day $125 p/person with 4 people.
Travel time to activity: 10mins to launch location