It was out about 600 metres, going straight out and where he was standing, the wind was blowing down the beach.
Unfortunately the kite went into an area where there was no wind and the kite went into the water.
He managed to retrieve it and was glad he had used a Kite Safety Float with his kite. The dowels on the kite broke, as they are designed to do, and retrieval was not a problem.
The second set he decided to try out the Super Kite and a Skyhook. Bodo was determined to get another set in before leaving for home.
The kite was going out well until it found an area with no wind and this dropped into the water as well. The dowels broke and the Kite Safety Float made the retrieval process easy.
Bodo was happy with his catch for the day and was just so pleased to be fishing at Muriwai Beach after spending so much time fishing on the east coast.
Muriwai is Bodo's favourite beach to kitefish from, this is probably due to the 7.5kg snapper he caught earlier in the season.
Before leaving the beach he was approached by another kite fisher.
This man had been using kite gear from another supplier and had so much trouble getting his gear set. Eventually he lost all of his fishing gear into the water and didn't manage to retrieve it. So he left the beach minus his kite gear and no fish.
Te Arai Point
On Monday Bodo was fishing at Te Arai Point in Northland. He put out one set of 15 hooks on his Big Dropper Rig.
He caught one gurnard. This was good as Bodo's wife likes fresh gurnard. Bodo was enjoying being out kite fishing after a break away from fishing. His excitement was evident even when I was talking to him in the shop yesterday.
At 78 years old he is happy to be hauling in the Big Dropper Rig on his own. He puts a towel under the shirt on his right shoulder and just walks the line in at a steady pace. If he hadn't needed more spare dowel Bodo would have been out kitefishing