This came on the 25/4/02 Due to the amount of news we have had recently we have saved this till now.
For those who are unaware of what the weed is like, the following report will give you some idea.
In the last two weeks we have fished Waipu Cove twice with our longline. What is with this horrible gunky seaweed that wraps itself around your line? It didn't used to be there! Yesterday it took four hours to beach our line, and while doing so the
wind rose and the kite wound up in the tide. (Unsure of whether the dowel snapped or the kite dived, Robin didn't say).
Result, gunk on the kite line too. Took it off the beach as it was, and this morning decided to ditch the kiteline ( from above the flag). Just too much of a pain to clear it and we had to return to Auckland anyway. Another sale coming up, Paul !! Consolation
prize was one small snapper for our supper !
Is there any information on this weed ? How long will it last ? How extensive is it ? Where else in the area can we fish without this problem ? We have just invested in a Pocket Sled to use with a boat rod so we will be much more mobile now. Robin Ensoll
The weed normally appears in late summer and lasts for around six weeks. The locals call it red sack weed. The weed is still patchy even now and is spread between Whangarei South Head and Te Arai Point. The thickest concentrations seems to be from Uretiti
Beach to Waipu. Usually the weed has disappeared by this time of the year and it is thinning out everywhere according to the latest reports.
Good fishing is possible in the weed infested areas with a running float Dropper Rig as this system deploys the hooks midwater during setting and retrieval. The hooks are only set on the bottom when the rig is stopped. As the weed is close to the seabed
this rig will overcome the weed. A full article with diagrams explaining how to set up and use the running float Dropper Rig will be in the July issue of the "NZ Fishing News"
The weed has been much thinner towards Te Arai Point and some excellent fish have been caught there over the past two to three weeks.
Shane, whose report was in last weeks newsletter, caught another 10lb snapper at Te Arai Point last weekend.