Christchurch is usually not the first place that comes to mind as a top fishing destination in New Zealand.
Nevertheless there are some pretty good fishing spots all around Christchurch.
It might not be very tempting or productive during the colder winters, but there are a lot of different species to be caught from spring to autum.
The main attractions to Christchurch are probably the whitebaiting season in spring and the salmon runs in late summer to autum.
Another very intersting but elusive fish to target around Christchurch is the elphant fish. This is a very weird looking, good tasting and stong fighting fish.
In taste it's a bit similar to a rig shark (also known as lemon fish or spotted dogfish) which is also very worthwhile targeting around Christchurch. They can grow to impressive sizes and are also very good eating and strong fighters.
elephant fish from bridlings flat, christchurch
But there's even more variety to be had. Blue moki are excellent table fare and great fish to target on light tackle. A bit like the snapper in the north and very underrated in my opinion. Another fish gaining in popularity is skate. Their wings make for fine eating. If that's not enough there's almost always a good chance to catch some nice kahawai, flounder, banded wrasse. Spiny dogfish and red cod can be nuisance at times.
During summer even kingfish will come close to rocky structures around Taylors mistake and Akaroa. Targeting and hooking big kingfish with live baits is certainly an unforgettable and neverwracking fishing experience. Barracouta can be a nuisance here as they are also suckers for live baits and trolled lures.
If you have a boat heading out into the deeper waters and headlands around Akaroa will take you to productive fishing grounds for Blue cod and Hapuka (grouper)
And to top it off you can spear fish butterfish, moki and collect rock lobster with some free diving equipment.
So considering this all - Christchurch is actually a fishing mecca with a huge variety of inshore fish to be caught.
And if you get tired of saltwater fishing just head inland to get into some prime trout fishing country with countless rivers, streams and lakes to choose from.
One downside though is that it takes quite a bit of driving and effort to get to most fishing spots as they are spread out a bit. The weather around the coast can also be a little unpredicatable and it takes a more planning and preparation to find days with favourable conditions.
If you're boating currents, swells and wind can be a problem and often a bit of local knowledge and research is needed to keep things safe.
One a recent trip to Christchurch I made a video about 5 of the best fishing spots in close range to the city. Check it out: