Flexiwing Report from Hemi Hau
I bought my Flexiwing Kite Rig in September and have enjoyed kite fishing since. My largest snapper so far was caught at Pakiri Beach. I didn't weigh it but it measured 24 inches long. On my last trip I used salted mullet bait and caught two snapper,
one gurnard and a kahawai on the incoming tide.
During November, I have been to Pakiri Beach one day a week and have always returned home with between 4 and 12 fish of which the majority is snapper.
Ed : I have put in a snapper weight to length chart on the left to help work out weights of fish from their length. 24 inches = 61CM = 4.3KG, It was a very good fish!
Boat Longline Report from Lee Johnson
On Wednesday a few weeks ago, (while we had the primo weather!!) we went out and put the longline out for the first time this summer.
We had brand new 4/0 Target Snapper Hooks and everything!! We set the line in the Tiri Island area and left it for about 2 hours to fish the incoming tide. While we waited we had a fish with the rods and between 3 of us pulled in 9 good sized snapper,
the biggest being about 4kg. We also had to throw back a few as they were a bit small.
When we picked up the longline there were 12 good sized snapper on it plus two smaller ones which went back (they took a long time to start swimming again but got away).
Once the gear was all on the boat we found two of the traces had been broken off. One floating and one standard. Bugger! On the way home a large school of kawahai started working. What the hell we thought and caught a few for the smoker!!
Squid seems to be the bait of choice at the moment they are nibbling then hitting really hard after a bit. Pillies and bonito baits are just falling off when they nibble.
Cheers guys great newsletters, Lee.