| Orewa gets very busy over the holiday period and is best fished at night over the next couple of months to avoid conflict with other beach users.
Kite Lost at Uretiti Beach
It was a perfect evening for a fish so we drove up the beach 500 metres, set up the kite, baited the hooks and sent them out to do their job. We put the reel down by waters edge and pushed it into the sand then sat down with a cold beer while watching
the gannets feeding.
Twenty minutes later my lovely wife says Mark! As I looked up I could see my reel bouncing into the water, I chased after it but never even got close.
How could I have avoided this mishap and what might have caused my precious kite to take off? Could a stingray pull the reel out of the sand?
Ed: Sorry to hear about your mishap. I think you may not have had the reel post far enough into the sand and also I think it is unlikely to a have been a fish or ray that has pulled the rig from the sand.
Peg and I fished Uretiti a couple of weeks ago and found the sand quite soft so we wriggled the post back and forth until the post was 18 inches or more into the sand Even though we had immense pull coming from the kite we were using the rig held for
the day with no problems.
In strong to gale force winds and soft sand I usually put a plastic bag or piece of cloth around the line to protect the nylon and put the line under the toe of the reel post before pushing the post into the sand. This lowers the pull point to ground
level and better anchors the rig. (We did not need to do this last time we fished Uretiti Beach)
Several kitefishers over the 15 years we have been making fishing kites have reported the same thing happening to them. Such losses can be easily avoided if you anchor the gear securely in the sand, put the protected line under the toe of the reel post
and always keep and eye on, and stay close to the rig while it is set.
If anyone finds this rig please send us an e-mail so we can get it returned to it's owner.