NZ Basic Fishing | Tutorial | How to get started on Wharf Fishing

NZ Basic Fishing | Tutorial | How to get started on Wharf Fishing


Hello and welcome again to another tutorial video from Basic_Fishing. In my channel I do some of my fishing off the wharf and today I thought of making a tutorial video on how to get started with fishing off the wharf and hopefully guide some people into the right direction with wharf fishing. Hope you enjoy watching this video and I hope you learn a thing or two on the way. To start things off I’ll talk about why I am recommending for many beginners to start off fishing off a wharf: One, it gives you a better access to deeper water meaning that it’s easier for you to find the fish. Two, unlike going fishing off the rocks or the beach, fishing off the wharf is relatively safe compared to the two. Three, is that depending on the location of the wharf or the size of it, it’s pretty spacious meaning that a lot of people can come around to fish or have some fun or just to get some easy feed and for sightseeing. It’s also a great place to get children involved into fishing as well. Usually most wharves are located in harbours where it’s relatively safe and sheltered. There are many wharves to pick from but I would recommend first going local and then see different places at some point. There are lot of gears to pick from and it can be tricky but to give you an idea here is my personal favourite gear that I usually use whenever I go fishing off the wharf. A 10 feet telescopic rod is ideal. The size isn’t too big nor too small making it very comfortable to use. For my secondary equipment I like to take a 6 – 7 feet rod. For reels, I prefer using between 4000 to 6000 range and for the weight of the main line, I recommend 20lbs. This will allow you to fight big fish with relative ease and also allow you to pull up a big fish like an average sized kahawai up on the wharf depending on how high the wharf is. For hook styles I prefer to use recurve hooks over suicide hooks: suicide hooks can easily snag on the bottom depending on where you fish as well as the fish swallowing the hook whole. You also need to ‘strike’ in order to set the hook as well and sometimes it can be a bit frustrating if the hook doesn’t set properly. Recurve hooks are more ideal because with recurve hooks a strike is not required and usually the hook gets set at the corner of the mouth which is ideal especially when you hook into an undersized fish such as snapper for example. For hook size, I like to use between 3/0 – 4/0 because these size aren’t too big nor too small but if nothing is working out for you remember to always switch up the size, for example if I keep on getting hooked into small snappers I would switch my hook size bigger to avoid hooking into the small fish. For rigs, I like to use the ledger rig, running rig, at some occasion flasher rigs and sabiki rigs. All these 3 rigs are super easy to use, make and it’s easy to switch different rigs if one doesn’t work out. There are lot of baits to pick from but the easy baits to use are the skipjack tuna AKA ‘bonito’, pilchard and squid. Mussels are great baits to use as well: they are easily accessible, cheap plus always comes fresh which is ideal. Sometimes if I want to target a particular species such as a parore, I would use weed for example instead of mussels or pipis because no other fish will even eat weed and often fish bait and shellfish often attracts the troublesome species instead. By having different baits with you, it will increase your chances to target the desired species that you want. Depending on where you go, you will catch a variety of species of fish but ALWAYS remember to check for rules and regulations especially on the size of the fish before going out. The fish you will encounter are the yellow eye mullet, yellowtail, kahawai, piper, snapper, gurnard, trevally, kingfish and sometimes species of sharks on some days and let us not forget the stingray. Every often in fishing you will be hooked into many different species of fish depending on the day. Now that you have some idea on how to get started on wharf fishing I wish you the best and hope you guys will be able to catch your first fish, some decent fish or be able to catch yourselves some supper but mostly importantly always remember to be safe and have fun out there. Thank you for watching this tutorial video and if you are interested in seeing my other tutorial videos, please check them out. Again thank you for watching and I hope to see you guys next time.

16 thoughts on “NZ Basic Fishing | Tutorial | How to get started on Wharf Fishing

  1. Great Tutorial mate! Really love wharf fishing! Grew up in Wellington where there are some really good wharves with a lot of species! Alas I live in Napier now where theres none!. Over the years Ive had the pleasure to fish some legendary wharves like Paua, Whangaroa and Tologa Bay.
    Keep up the good work mate and tight lines!

  2. I went fishing off the Raglan wharf today that does into the harbour, not to much action, just a few yellow eyes mullet, but one of them I caught a shag got it, and a hook on my trace got stuck in its foot. I managed to release it practically unharmed. One guys next to me caught an eel, and another guy was livebaiting for kingies with a kahawai, but it died and before he left he gave it to me cause he didn't want it

  3. Hey Everybody. CC/Subtitles are now available for this tutorial. Hope you enjoy watching this video plus my other tutorial videos.

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