The Kite Fishing Club had their club day last Sunday at Te Arai Point. The day started off very still and the kites were finally launched around 10am. While waiting for the wind to pick up David Billings checked out what the surfcasters on the beach
were catching - they all seemed to be bringing in kahawai.
David took his 65kg Dropper Rig and set it around 800m offshore. Using a Delta Force Kite and Large Skyhook he put out 10 hooks on each set. Mindful of the light winds David even cut down the size of the baits he was using to ensure the gear got out
to the desired distance offshore. The wind reached a maximum of 12 knots during the day.
Fishing the northern side of Te Arai Point, David put out two sets. The first was baited with mullet and returned one kahawai. Determined to catch a snapper, he cut the fresh kahawai into pieces and reset the gear with the kahawai head on the back trace
of the hook section.
His strategy worked and the second set was brought in with a 5.2kg snapper on the back trace. This fish took the club prize for the day. Other members of the Kite Fishing Club landed kahawai from the northern side of Te Arai Point, fishing between 900
to 1000 metres offshore.
Tim Gerard decided to fish the southern side of Te Arai Point with his Flexiwing Rig and landed kahawai and a good-sized gurnard.
It was a fun day out for the club members and it's great to know there are still some good snapper around. Understandably David is very keen to get out kitefishing again this coming weekend.
Peter at the Papa Aroha Holiday Park specializes in catering for fishing parties. He reports the numbers of kingfish being landed from the shore has slowed down but the snapper fishing is still going strong.
Squid and pilchards are the baits that are working; bonito seems to have gone off the menu for now. Peter also reports there are still lots of small fish about, so use the Target Hooks if you are fishing in this area and give those fish a good chance
of survival. Peter has the Target Hooks in stock.
Three locals fishing in a dinghy this week landed limit bags of snapper up to 4kg fishing in close.
Surfcasters fishing from the beach have been landing some good snapper as well; one such fisher landed six snapper earlier on in the week. This is good news for anyone with a kite looking to head to the Coromandel.
Be In To Win $600.00
A reminder to all you budding photographers out there to take your cameras to the beach when you go kitefishing. Our annual Photo Contest is underway with $600.00 worth of kitefishing gear up for grabs for the best kitefishing photo sent in to us by
Remember to include the kite in the photo, preferably have the sea in the background and happy faces. See newsletter 5 for the full details.
Monthly Photo Prize
Paul's Fishing Kites are offering a $30.00 gift voucher for the best photo of the month that makes it into the kitefishing report in the NZ Fishing News magazine or onto our website. The prize is available for photos of catches taken on one of our kitefishing
rigs or with our Target Hooks. There is no limit on entries so you can send in as many pics as you like.
Our April monthly prize winner is Geoff Preston from Mokau. His winning shot is of some snapper taken from his favourite ledge using a kite powered Bottom Longline Rig. Check out the winning photo in newsletter 7.
Well done Geoff. (Due to a recent system crash we have lost your email address, could you please contact us at fishing reports so we can arrange to get your voucher to you.)
The winning pic for the month of May is from Denver Diedericks of Kelston, Auckland. An Anzac day special. Fishing at Kariotahi Beach Denver landed a great haul of fish from three sets of 10 hooks. The pic is of the best fish of the day. See the photo
in newsletter 11. A $30.00 voucher is on the way to you. (Due to a recent system crash we have lost your email address, could you please contact us at fishing reports so we can arrange to get your voucher to
The prize for June goes to Robbie Cullen of Maungaturoto, for his photo taken at Uretiti Beach. It is an excellent shot showing his rig, kite, the catch for the day and a person smiling and having fun. See it in newsletter
18. This pic really deserves the monthly prize and is a definite entry for the annual photo contest. A great effort Robbie, send us more.
Photos are so much better when they are taken on the beach or in a boat so don't forget the camera next time you head out. Remember to wash off sand and blood from your fish before taking the photo and be creative. Most of all show us you are having
fun. We generally take four of five different shots of the catch to ensure we get a good pic.
You can either email or post the pics to us. Please remember to include some details i.e. where, when, peoples names, bait, tide, how many sets and any other information that would be helpful for the readers.
Please provide a return address if you would like the photos returned to you. Check out newsletter 5 for the full details of what you can win in money and prizes.