Port Taranaki Report from Wayne Thomas
On the 27 April it was a light south westerly wind so we set our 65kg dropper rig handspool from our kayak as the wind direction was not really in a fishable direction for the kites.
We left the gear set for an hour and a half and caught three kahawai and one gurnard
Muriwai Beach by Jhonathon Appleby
Hello again to you all.
Around 1100hrs on Wednesday the wind just started to rise and a mate came around to see if I wanted to go fishing. He had just 2 weeks earlier purchased a 65kg dropper rig from Paul's Fishing Kites and was keen to get into the action.
So we loaded up and off we went just to the Golf road beach access and fished either side of the creek. We only had time for 2 sets, the wind was extremely light when we got out there.
First haul, nothing, second haul a couple of nice pan sized snapper right on dusk.
We also went out on Thursday...same story only even less wind although we did manage a couple of sets but only caught one shark. Looks like there might be a few sharks out there as my mate caught one also....along with a couple of Kahawai.
Our Two Kite Pulley Rig
There was a big rip running up the beach and if the mainline sagged into the water it would get dragged up the beach. To overcome the rip I used a second kite to lift the main line clear of the waves and rip. This made a huge difference in getting the
line to set at 1000 meters offshore instead of a couple of hundred meters with a huge bow in the line from the rip.
I noticed on Thursday another fisherman trying to using two kites. He sent his second kite out behind the first whereas I left my second kite staked to the beach on about 140 metres of line.
I had my main line running through a ring fitting attached at about 100 meters above the beach. Which "system" is right I wonder, as I saw his first kite dive into the ocean about 300 meters out. Must have been hell trying to haul in 2 kites...one of
which was in the drink.
Cheers all Jhonathon Appleby
Running the mainline up 100 metres then through a pulley supported by the second kite is far and away the safest way of running two kites. Running the line through a ring as you are doing, instead of a pulley may eventually scuff the mainline and
is less efficient because of the friction between the line and ring.
Ronstan make some very light pulleys perfect for this application. I see from your beach report you have photos, can you please email or send your photos in.