Muriwai Fishing Report from Jhonathon Appleby
I had another great day fishing with the young fella on the kitefishing club day last Sunday. We went to Rimmer Rd at Muriwai expecting 10 to 15 knots of wind but getting only 2 to 8 knots.
We fished solidly and did five 10 hook sets over the top of the tide. Initially our fishing distance was restricted due to big rip going up the beach even though the surf was slight. I finally managed to launch my second kite after the change of tide
and then was able to lift the main line clear of the waves and rip.
We had great days fishing with plenty of species variety, and all were good solid sized fish. Over the day we caught three snapper, four gurnard and a couple of kahawai on salted mullet baits.
As the winds were very light we were only setting 10 hooks at a time. We had a huge birds nest on the hook section on one set after hooking a good sized kahawai and 2 large gurnard. I simply unhooked the tangled hook section and replaced it with the
spare second hook section and spare traces. I was certainly glad I had the spares on hand and didn't have to untangle the gear on the beach. It would have been a waste good fishing time.
Also this was the first day of good hard fishing for my new motorised reel...worked like a dream and saved the young fella a lot of arm work. Have got a couple of mates and we are going out again in a couple of days for a mid-week excursion when fewer
motorbikes and beach buggies are tearing up the beach.
Will report back then.
Tauranga Boat Longline from Adrian Laan
A 6am start to the day saw me paddling my kayak 1500m off the Papamoa Beach to set out my long line and try my luck with rod and reel. I baited the long line with salted mullet, blue mackerel, and squid on alternating hooks to see if the fish had a
preference, then anchored up nearby to fish with my rod.
After 15 minutes I had my first gurnard, which weighed about 1.2 kg followed by a lot of large paddle crabs, which just loved my pilchard baits.
With the crabs taking most of the baits I decided to check the longline as it had been set for an hour. The result was 5 more gurnard from 1 to 1.5kg and the preferred bait for the day was the salted blue mackerel.
So by 8am I was off home again with a nice feed of gurnard.
PS. last week in the same spot I caught five snapper from 1.5 to 2.5kg caught on rod & reel using pilchard baits.
Catch you later,