Five of the best fishing spots in Auckland
Country music crooner Slim Dusty said "a bad day's fishing beats a good day's work every time".
It's an old adage that's been printed on novelty T shirts and bumper stickers and endorsed by many Aucklanders, who love nothing more than getting out by the water. The city offers up some great spots to cast a line out and no shortage of places where you can catch your fair share of decent fish.
1. AUCKLAND HARBOUR BRIDGE
Urban fishing at its best, probably. It's surprisingly peaceful under the bridge, along the promenade of Curran Street - with views across the harbour to Watchman Island and the Chelsea Sugar refinery.
If the fish are biting you're likely to land a snapper. If they're not, there's always plenty of boat and bungy action to keep you entertained.
2. RANGITOTO ISLAND
If you have a vessel (or can sweet talk someone into lending you one), the waters around Rangitoto are your oyster. Fish love the plentiful rocky reefs near the island.
Keep an eye on the birds out there - if they seem keen on a particular spot, it's likely you should hone in on it too.
3. ARMY BAY, WHANGAPARAOA PENINSULA
A kayak is key at this sandy bay in the North - you need to get off the shore and over to Wellington Rock or the Tiri Channel edge.
Run-loving species like kingfish enjoy the channel's currents, while lazier fish appreciate the shelter of the rock.
4. CORNWALLIS WHARF, MANUKAU HARBOUR
This picture perfect wharf stretches from the lush Waitakere Ranges 200 metres out into the Manukau Harbour. Popular with live baiters and, in fact, anyone who knows it exists, it pays to arrive early if you want to reel in one of the kingfish rumoured to hang around during summer.
They say fishing at the change of light usually gets the best results - and Cornwallis delivers the prettiest skies then, too.
5. OLD MANGERE BRIDGE
You won't be lonely at the Old Mangere Bridge. Fishermen and women and kids can be found here pretty much any day of the year.
They wouldn't come for nothing, would they?