Mokau Fishing Report from Trevor Frederick
Hi to all
After having read about kite fishing for years in the fishing magazines I decided to stop thinking about it and start doing it about 12 months ago, now I can't get enough of it. It's been awesome fun and I have no regrets despite the learning curve
and the expense that sometimes accompanies the learning.
I live on the central plateau so have to travel some distance to fish. Mokau has become my first choice, only two and a half hours drive away and excellent fishing. I have also met some really nice, friendly people, in particular Geoff Preston and Heidi
and of course Geoff the carpenter. All passionate kite fishers.
Anyway, what prompted me to put in a report is that I have been going through your report archive (again) and read again about beach etiquette, so thought I would have a go at doing a report of sorts.
I did a trip to Mokau the weekend of Friday 2nd June arriving shortly before dark and went straight to the Awakino river mouth. The wind was almost nonexistent so thought I would try my recently acquired large inflatable kite which worked brilliantly,
pulling 10 traces of salted bonito.
As it was dark I only set it out about 300 meters out with the kite set on an angle directly out from the river mouth. After about 20 minutes the kite line felt so slack I thought the kite was in the water, so let it soak for another 10 minutes, then
started retrieving it. After a short pull I found that the kite was in fact still airborne, but pulled it in anyway, only to find seven gurnard from 10 hooks. What a great start to the weekend!
Early Saturday I set 11 baits of salted kahawai on my 65kg dropper rig under a power chute kite to about 700-800 meters offshore. I hauled it back after an hour, we caught four gurnard, one snapper and a kahawai. Then I moved camp for another set to
the north of Sea View camp.
The rig had been set about 20 minutes on an angle of approximately 70 degrees when two fisherman on a quad bike arrived with an electric kontiki each. They set up the first rig about 150m up the beach from me, it headed straight out and, as my rig was
on an angle away from them , I didn't worry about it.
However they then went the same distance below me and did the same thing with the other rig. I watched this one through binoculars and realized it was going to end up under my kite line. Panic stations! I carried out the fastest retrieval ever
by hand, I am sure of that.
Fortunately they saw what was going on and held their torpedo back. The consequences of fishing so close could have been hugely expensive for all, and totally avoidable with a little common sense.
I calmly packed up, without saying to much at all, and moved to Seaview camp and put out another set only to snag on what is apparently a cray pot, I lost a hook section and the 30 metre leader line.
Time for a beer!
Sunday morning was pretty rough so I put my flexiwing rig out to about 500 meters hoping for gurnard. The wind changed to the south after 20 minutes or so and the kite came to the beach on its own bringing one foul hooked gurnard with it.
Time to head home. The wind is looking good for next weekend 24th/25th June so hope to go back then. Better luck next time maybe.
A little etiquette goes a long way on a long beach, all that is required is a little thought about others using the beach.
Good fishing all.