PAUL'S FISHING KITES NEWSLETTER
Posted 14 November 2002
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Another great weekend for kitefishers is on the way. Time to get
the gear out and head to your favourite east coast beach to catch
those schooling snapper.
A high in the Tasman Sea is approaching the country and will bring
westerly winds to the North Island on Saturday. The wind will go
more to the southwest during the day and increase in strength. The
South Island will have strong southwesterlies.
The strong southwesterlies will continue for the North Island on
Sunday. The wind in the South Island will be southerly and strong.
Muriwai by Tim
I was fishing at Muriwai in June with a Dropper Rig.
We put out one set of ten hooks and caught this beauty snapper.
It weighed 17lb.
We also caught two other snapper which were 3lb and 5lb.
One shark was brought in on the same set.
What a day!
All the hooks were baited with mullet. We had so much fish after
the first set we didn't need to do any other sets.
Bring back the easterlies!
Porangahau Beach by John Pothan
This weekend we had our first snapper landed for the season.
It weighed 1.36kg which is small by our usual standard, but it's
Mr G Hart from Fielding was the lucky fisher. He used an electric
kontiki and was fishing in front of the Country Club.
Mr Hart arrived with three of his mates at 6.30am on Saturday and
they fished all day.
They caught a total of 32 gurnard, one snapper,
two kahawai and a skate.
Another record fish has been landed on Porangahau Beach. Gary Kemsley
from Napier caught a 1.58kg gurnard on a surfcaster rod. The previous
record for the Hawkes Bay Surfcasting Club was a 1.41kg gurnard.
Saturday morning started off with a 30 knot westerly wind gusting
to 45 knots which dropped away to 10 knots in the afternoon. The
wind was up to 60 knots by early Sunday morning. A few campers packed
up and headed for home before daylight, due to the wind.
There were quite a few kite and kontiki fishermen on the beach
on Saturday in the ideal conditions, with a number of good catches
being recorded. James Fringe was using a Super
kite powered rig and landed a chilly bin full of gurnard.
His best gurnard weighed 1.2kg. James was fishing last week and
his mainline got snagged on a rock. He managed to paddle out in
his kayak and recover the line complete with a live skate still
hooked on it.
Murray Kinred from Taupo had another good day on the beach with
his kite powered rig. Murray caught lots of fish and his best gurnard
weighed in at 1.22kg. Brett Harris from Waipukurau also had a great
day on Saturday, his best gurnard weighed 1.44kg.
Don't forget if you are in the area call in and catch up with what
is happening on the fishing scene. If you are looking for an area
to camp and fish, check out our free camping ground on the beach.
It's only a 20 metre walk to put your Paul's Fishing Kite in the
water and catch a feed of gurnard or snapper for dinner. Don't forget
to weigh your fish in at Beach Marine if you are fishing at Porangahau
Beach, some great prizes are up for grabs in our free fishing contest.
Ring us for more details.
Regards John Pothan
Porangahau Beach Marine
R D 3 Porangahau
Central Hawkes Bay
Phone 06 8555112 & 06 8555131 Fax 06 8555552
I went with three others to the Mokohinau Islands on RnR charters
We were hoping to get into the big snapper which the Mokes are
The fishing was slow to start with but by the end of the day we
had snapper, john dory, a small hapuku and lots of pink maomao.
Mark Roberts was the lucky angler and he was very happy to have
landed the best fish of the day, a snapper weighing 17lb.
Pilchards and squid were the baits that were working although we
did try some freshly caught spanish mackerel and other fresh bait.
Barracouta are still in the deep water and we managed to hook into
a few of the toothy creatures.
The snapper were all full of roe and in very good
condition. We pan fried a few of the fish and the pink maomao was
a pleasant alternative to snapper. It would have to rate as one
of the sweetest tasting fish I have ever eaten. After being left
in the fridge overnight the maomao fillets tasted even better, almost
as sweet as crayfish. The rest of the fish were put in the smoker.
It is concerning the water temperature is still very low, we
had 12.9 degrees at the Mokes. Reports from fishers all the way
up the north east coast indicate water temperatures are down at
least two degress from previous years. Hopefully by the time summer
does arrive we will have an extended fishing season going into
by Trish Rea
The trevally hunt continues on the Manukau and the fish are moving
further up the harbour. Although the fish are getting bigger they
are still lacking in condition.
A rise in water temperature should see the fish fattening up.
Most of the fish we are catching have very little in their guts.
One kahawai we caught recently had 6 whole crabs in its guts.
Shellfish baits are preferable if you are targeting the trevally.The
kahawai will take just about anything, shellfish or fish baits.
The trevally in the pic measured over half a metre long. These
fish are great fun to catch and the 4/0
Target Hooks on light traces works very well.
Pakiri Beach by Michael Shirley
What a difference a couple of weeks make.
This time I left the old fella at home and took the Princess,
far better plan. Within 30 minutes of arriving at our spot on
Pakiri Beach we had our kite powered Bottom
Longline set straight out 700 metres with 13 hooks
Forty minutes later we pulled it in and caught nothing. We put
out another set and brought in one snapper.
Getting close to leaving we decided, with still enough squid
in the bag and so close to bite time to do one more set. Out she
goes with 25 hooks, the full 1000 metres, (this after being warned
I'll never get it back in). This time we left it out for an hour.
The tide was well out by the time we were ready to pull the gear
in which was excellent as I was able to walk from the waterline
all the way up to the dunes. 17 times we walked, the princess
doing her share of seven. We had the big kite in in no time at
Five snapper. What a pleasant sight. These were all caught on
the last seven hooks. These were very similar in size to the snapper
I caught last time I went out. I also managed to catch three gurnard
the last time I was kite fishing. Things are looking up!!
Until next time
Mokau by Geoff Preston
In the past fortnight the offshore winds have started to blow
occasionally. If any of you out of town kitefishers come to Mokau,
it's usually only good from daybreak to about 9.00am when the
forecast winds blow. The only exceptions are if an easterly flow
is forecast but these are rare in Mokau.
Two weeks ago my first few sets produced a mixture of a few gurnard
and a lot of sharks. Last week the sea was cleaner and I set the
kite off from Seaview Motor camp using fresh kahawai for bait.
I caught 21 gurnard and no other species. It was my best gurnard
tally and most of them were big ones.
The wind was still blowing so I set it again and caught 19 gurnard,
one kahawai and a spotty shark. This was a good haul and I never
have any problems giving fish away to my fishing mates, family,
friends and the locals.
After these sets the bad weather arrived and it's been northwest
and big seas ever since. Another local, Tony Johnson, caught a
nice ten pound snapper and six gurnard a fortnight ago on his
first ever set. He has only had his kite out once as he spends
most of his days whitebaiting. That's it for now
Area Report by Lee Johnson
I wrote in last week with my catch report from Waipu Cove. I
do a lot of diving in the area as well and I thought I could offer
From past diving experience the areas from the second big sand
dune after the end of the camping grounds down to the rivermouth
has a lot of low lying reefs. These start at approx 800 metres
off of the beach and range in depth from 15 to 20 metres deep.
Some of them rise about 15-20 feet off the bottom.
At the southern end of the beach (near the boat ramp), the rocks
curve in a northeast direction and end in flat ridges. Bottom
longlines can be used here in a southwesterly but in summer the
ramp is almost in constant use with boats being hauled in and
The area from the surf club north to the second dunes is clear
as far as we know. I'm currently compiling a map of the good dive
spots (showing reefs) along the Waipu/Langs coast using the new
GPS. I'll drop in a copy when its done.
Lifeguard Waipu Cove SLSC.
Otama Beach by Kerry Rowe
I went fishing at Otama Beach last week. The conditions were
great with a moderate southeasterly wind and a slight sea.
I set the Dropper Rig out with 10 hooks, all baited with mullet.
Only one set and a return of three snapper and two gurnard. A
great day to be fishing.
Area Report by Kerry Rowe
Otama Beach is north of Whitianga. There is a metal road out
to the beach. The beach is three to five kilometres long. It is
a good sandy beach and excellent for kitefishing.
I haven't struck any snags or foul when fishing there. I have
caught fish anywhere along beach. You can get a bit of foul wind
off the hills at times.
Rarawa Beach, Northland
The Kite Fishing Club had their annual trip away last weekend.
Ten club members were hosted by Kevin Griffiths and Emma at their
house in Ahipara.
David Billings and Jamie Cullen caught the best fish over the
whole weekend. Their 6.2kg snapper was caught at Rarawa Beach
near Houhora. David and Jamie caught 12 fish between them and
easily took out the club prize for the heaviest snapper for the
Early reports suggest most of the snapper landed were around
2kg and caught off Tokerau Beach. Full details will follow in
next week's newsletter.
Stephen Tapp from Stirling Sports in Whangarei reports that kite
and kontiki fishers have been catching more fish in Bream Bay
than the boaties over the past few weeks.
Due to coldest October in 20 years sea temperatures are down
and this is having an affect on the fishing. Apparently temperatures
are slowly coming up and the Bay of Islands has water of 16 degrees.
There have been a few fishing contests held in the Wellsford
area lately. Sandra from Wellsford Sports and Leisure reports
the latest Mangawhai tournament was won by a kayak fisher. His
snapper of 7kg was the biggest recorded so far.
Kaitaia fishers are into some good fish too. Fish over 20lb were
being weighed in several times a week according to Diane from
Laurenson Marine. This has recently slowed to one a week, but
it's great to hear the good fish are coming in close.
Tokerau Beach is also fishing well. Lorraine from Bayview Services
reports one of the locals won a recent contest with a snapper
of 10.4kg. This is encouraging news for those looking to fish
the east coast this weekend.
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.
Send in your pics and be in to win the $30.00 voucher for this
months draw. You could be our lucky winner.
We are getting some great Beach Reports. Keep them coming.
Without these reports we have very little information to put
into this newsletter. Please take a couple of minutes to fill
out the form and let everyone know what fish are out there.
The reports do not have to be recent; if you have information
from past fishing trips these can be input as well. Even if you
caught nothing on your last fishing trip the information is important
as it helps to build a real picture of what is happening at that
particular beach. Any information about your kitefishing, surfcasting,
boat, kayak or kontiki experience is welcome. Thank you to all
those who have contributed to the database so far.
Once we have enough reports in the database we will post the
average catch by month on the appropriate maps. If enough people
send reports in you should almost be able to work out what you
will catch before you leave home.
The following is a great weather link for west coast kitefishers