Beach Report - 10, 11th June 2002
Drive through Warkworth to Snells beach and on through Algies to Martins Bay
This is a choice spot - publics loos and friendly locals - fisheries inspector has an old red Datsun and will come and see you but he is a good guy.
We spent two days fishing outgoing tides here with a Dropper Rig. Initially we encountered problems setting due to horse mussels until we removed most of the weight from the hook section. The locals reported good catches from boats close inshore, as
well as from a torpedo long line launched regularly from the beach.
However the days we were there it was very slow with only pickers and the odd small fish landed. We used squid for bait and fished 1000m out. All the bait was stripped from the hooks after 20 minutes and we put this down to there being plenty of pickers.
The wind was a southerly of 20 - 25 knots but there are several calm spots in wind shadows on the way out , this is due to the wind coming over the hill. Once you get about 500 metres out though, the wind fills and the pull really comes on.
I am hoping to try fishing the incoming tide there this weekend as the outgoing is not ideal in this area.
I talked with Paul at the boatshow with regard to adding a series of pages to the site about where to fish - not just the name of the place but all the details including;
- Exactly how to get there with maps and roads
- Access to beach for 4WD
- Facilities including toilets for whanau!
- Dogs allowed!
- Best wind direction and force
- Best kitefishing set up
- Best bait
- Bearings on any snags
- Other area specific information of interest
Paul has offered me the chance to get the maps organised which I am doing and will advise soon. I hope that everyone will help out the kitefishing brotherhood and add spots as they find them.
Talking of the brotherhood, I noted several kite fishing supply shops at the boat show with many supplying copied and imported gear.
Personally I will always buy my gear from Paul's because he is the one who has done all the research and development on the methodology - he has invested the time and the effort and he deserves to get rewarded for this and also for the quality of his
solutions, and for the enjoyment his efforts have given us.
A day out Kitefishing has to be one of the best, and cheapest family outings possible. I saw little to no evidence of cheaper prices from those who have stolen ideas and methods from Paul's, so if you are buying kitefishing gear just remember who made
it all possible. Backs to the wind.......
This is a fantastic idea that will take the co-operation of kitefishers around the country to succeed.
As soon as we have a series of maps we will enter the screeds of information we already have on hand.
We will need to come up with a straight forward, easy to follow style which will include icons on the map which depict the best rigs for the area, best baits, best tide to fish, best wind conditions and what you can expect to catch there at different
times of the year.