Rock fishing? Don't ruin your weekend

Thinking about going fishing from the rocks or beach? Think again - and again.

"Safety is huge," Andy Macleod stresses. "I put a priority on it. Apart from the potential of being swept to your death, it'd ruin your weekend's fishing.

"It's important to avoid going fishing on your own in dangerous places. There are places I wouldn't fish without a lifejacket or a full-body wetsuit.

"A lot of it comes down to common sense. You have to be cautious because the sea is unpredictable.

"I've been to a few places where, had I fallen in, I'd have been in trouble.

"West Coast rocks are pretty dangerous. The West Coast - anywhere in New Zealand - is extremely exposed and those big rogue swells just sweep in unabated until they hit land."

Otago Peninsula, too, is not to be underestimated. Macleod has seen six-metre swells crash into the cliffs and waves washing over popular fishing platforms.

"People have died here."



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