Report from Rob at the Shop
Aaron & Petra Buxton just recently took up kitefishing and decided to take their new Flexiwing Rig to Orewa last weekend. They baited up their 4/0 Target Hooks and set the rig out the full distance.
On just one set of 10 hooks they wound in eight nice sized snapper.
Kite Report by Francis Sewak
Recently fishing at Muriwai Francis set out his rig powered by his new Power Chute kite and was amazed by the pull. Even though the rip was causing problems for other kitefishers using longlines his powered out dead straight to 1000 metres and was even
occasionally lifting his 4.5 litre float bottle, which was three quarters full of water.
Francis was using fresh mullet for bait and he wound up with 3 snapper and 10 gurnard for the day. He said that in the marginal conditions the power chute performed better, and had more pull, than all other kites he had used.
Mokau from Geoff Preston
Geoff Preston and Tony Johnston have had a fantastic week. Tony caught a 10.5kg snapper on Saturday, and that put him at the top of the monthly ladder at the local fishing club.
Tony was also averaging 10 to 15 gurnard per set.
On the same day, Geoff caught 21 fish from a 25 hook set, 18 were gurnard and three were school-sized snapper.
Just yesterday, Thursday May 29, Geoff thought he had the lead in the local competition with a huge snapper he caught in very marginal conditions. The surf was huge and an ugly break made setting difficult, then almost the second the gear got out to
full distance, the extremely light offshore wind changed to an onshore south-westerly and brought the Mega Mouth kite down in the lull that preceded the wind change.
Geoff runs two safety floats on his mega mouth kite and managed to retrieve the kite and all the gear intact along with the big snapper and a couple of gurnard.
When the fish was weighed later it came in at a very respectable 9.75kg, just under Tony's.
Mokau Weather Tip
Despite what the weather forecasters say, the wind at Mokau normally blows very lightly and offshore until 9 or 10 am and then the wind will shift to the predominant direction predicted for the remainder of the day.
Tony and Geoff both use the Paul's Fishing Kites Mega Mouth and Power Chute kites on bottom longline rigs in order to successfully fish these very light early morning breezes.
Muriwai Beach from Scott Tate
The wind was a moderate easterly and we set our Kite dropper rig baited with squid but had trouble with the rip. We only set ten hooks once and we caught three kahawai for the day.
Ed : I have never done well at Muriwai on squid baits. Hope you check the links in this newsletter find out how to beat the west coast rip.