Mokau, situated just north of New Plymouth, is a good indicator as to when the snapper season will start further up the west coast of the North Island.
Their arrival in July means the big snapper are more than 6 weeks early, this bodes well for kite fishers further north as these
big fish move up the coast. See the Mokau Fishing Map for more information on this fishing spot.
If the fish migrate north at their usual rate, the run of big snapper should arrive at Kariotahi and Port Waikato by early August, reaching Muriwai by mid to late August, instead of September and October respectively.
However, if you just can’t wait to get into some big snapper, head to the Mokau area and take advantage of the fantastic fishing in the region, but be aware of the local conditions before you make the trip.
The Taranaki area enjoys a local katabatic wind phenomenon that delivers an offshore breeze of 3 to 10 knots on most mornings. This breeze has a ceiling of just 30 to 45 metres with the wind above it sometimes blowing onshore.
The wind is created by cool air flowing down from the central plateau and usually arrives just before dawn and continues to blow offshore until 9.30 to 10.30am on most days.
As these winds are notoriously light and do not extend far above ground level, a light wind kite on a shorter than normal kite line is essential.
This is why most of the locals use one of the PFK three keeled power sleds with the Mega
Mouth being slightly more popular than the Power Chute kite on 100kg kite longline rigs.
Those using the safer option of dropper rigs are best to reduce the length of the dropline to 30 metres
and connect the kite directly to the three-way join at the end of their mainline. Those using kite-powered longlines should fly the kite on a 30-metre kiteline.
There are also other considerations when fishing at Mokau. Sharks, strong rips, debris and logs floating out from the rivers and a recently washed out seawall can make Mokau quite a challenge to fish productively and most importantly, safely. Many electric kontikis have come to grief in the area.
Paul’s Fishing Kites have recently developed a very well balanced 50kg dropper rig, which is perfect for fishing in marginal light areas such as Mokau.
This new dropper rig is strong enough to safely set up to 20 hooks up to 1000 metres offshore, yet light enough to be easily operated by one
person. This rig has ample light wind towing power provided by a Power Chute kite and the lighter than normal 50kg mainline further enhances the light wind performance of this versatile rig.
This rig can easily handle the strong rips and high surf commonly encountered off west coast beaches and when used correctly the kite and mainline are able to be recovered even if the hooks snag or a shark bites through the hook section.
Ring the PFK shop on AK(09) 634-5005 to find out more about the new dropper rig and take advantage of our introductory offer.