My name is John and my wife is Maureen Pothan, we started off last year managing the Porangahau Beach Motel and have since added on a Bottle Store and a Fishing Tackle Shop.
Over the last 15 years we have been batch owners at the beach and have always had a few Kontiki fishers, including ourselves, successfully fishing the beach. This year started off as normal but by Easter the activity rose to at least 20 plus people
a day with Kites and a few Kontikis, kitefishing is really becoming popular in the area.
Over the last month the fishing has been red hot with a number of 20 lb plus snapper being taken on kites. There are also heaps of snapper up to 15lbs, gurnard everywhere, the odd trevally and some very big kahawai being caught off our beach on Kites
and Kontikis. We get very few small snapper in the area.
If you are a kitefisher, surfcaster or kontiki fisher and live in the lower half of the North Island and you haven't tried Porangahau Beach you should certainly think about coming over and trying it.
Our Beach is approximately 50km off Waipukurau on the East Coast in Central Hawks Bay and is ideal for Kite Fishing as we have offshore westerly winds about 80% of the time. The beach is safe to drive on as long as you keep off the soft sand. As there
is 16km of driveable beach there is plenty of room for everyone.
The best fishing places at Porangahau Beach are in front of the country club building and at the end of the tree plantation around 6km up the beach. The best approach is to come down at low tide and check out where the holes are and fish the holes on
the incoming tide. Kite and kontiki fishers should keep well away from in front of the houses as there is a hidden rock just past the breakers that catches all lines that go past it.
Our Motel is on the beach and we can see the whole 16km of beach right up to Blackhead Point from our place so we are really in touch with what is happening on the beach.
I will endeavor to send in a report every week from down here but if anyone wants to know what the conditions are like on the day, just give us a ring on 06 8555112.
In our Tackle Shop we are Agents for Shimano Maxima Rapala and also will soon be stocking a range of Paul's Fishing Kites and associated gear.
You can check out the view from John's motel at