If you intend to fish a kite bottom longline rig anywhere around Mokau make sure you talk to the locals before setting your gear out.
It can be very risky to use electric kontikis in this area. Two new 40lb thrust kontikis were busted off over the last fortnight at Mokau, one of them by a local fisher.
According to Geoff this brings the total number of electric kontikis snapped off here to around ten this year. While the more powerful electric kontikis do tow the gear out faster - once the motor has turned off all are affected by the rip in the same
No matter how heavy the mainline is, if the rip drags the gear up the beach and the mainline snags, then chances are the line will break and the gear will be lost.
Geoff advises those prepared to take the risk of sending an expensive electric kontiki out at Mokau to forget it if the surf is over a meter, or when the tides are big around the full moon.
The problem is not getting the gear out, it's the drift after the motor cuts out that causes 99 percent of the snags.
If you don't know the area it is imperative to talk to the locals and if you can't afford to lose it, then don't put it out!