Merv Goland called in on Tuesday evening to weigh in his catch. He had been using his Flexiwing Dropper Rig on the beach.
This was Mervs first fishing trip for a few weeks as he has just had a hip joint replaced.
Merv didn't have any trouble setting his rig despite his recent operation and put out one set of 11 hooks baited with kahawai and caught 10 gurnard and one kahawai for his effort. A 100% strike rate!
The best gurnard weighed in at 1.34kg.
Great news - the gurnard catch submitted for a record claim has now been ratified by the IGFA.
The record is for a 1.58kg gurnard caught on 6kg line. It was landed by Phillip Pearpoint on Porangahau Beach. Phillip is from Turners Sportsworld in Fielding.
Christmas is only two weeks away and the moki haven't arrived yet. I was talking to the trawler operators earlier in the week and they are only getting the odd moki in their nets.
It appears, like all the other species of fish, they are going to be about six weeks late.
Regarding MSA rule 91. In the Porangahau Bay area we are a little different than the rest of NZ.
We have a Taiapure in place from Blackhead Lighthouse in the north to Te Paerahi Point in the south. This means that there is NO net fishing allowed in between these two points.
No trawlers should be inside that line, hence kite and kontiki fishers should not have to worry about this new rule of the MSA.
Despite this, all kite and kontiki fishers should make every effort to have their gear clearly marked using a flag or similar.
Don't forget our FREE fishing competition over the Christmas Holidays.
Snapper - 1st Prize is a Flexiwing Conversion Kit courtesy of Paul's Fishing Kites.
Gurnard - 1st prize Okuma Surfcasting Rod and reel.
See us at the shop for more details.
Regards John Pothan
Porangahau Beach Marine