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Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:51 am

Hey mates, I know this isn't strictly kayak fishing but I thought you might be interested.

So if all goes to plan I will be guiding a couple of English blokes across Cook Strait on Saturday. One of them is ultra-marathon runner Jez Brag, who is currently running the length of NZ down the Te Araroa track. The weather looks mint so I'm hoping for a trip that is similar to my last crossing...glassy calm and gently rolling swells. We will be launching from Makara beach at 6am and will head across the strait to Cape Koamaru, hopefully landing at Ship Cove (Queen Charlotte Sound) at around 2pm. All up it is around 41km.

I will have my SPOT tracking device on me so you will be able to follow our progress on my map page. Check it out at http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... kc1ysrPTVV" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:00 am

Sounds like a cool trip :y:

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:45 pm

Good luck. Sounds fun if you get the weather you hope.
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Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:15 pm

...And the currents.
One big ferry glide from what I have read.

Best of luck :y:
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Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:23 pm

nzkayaker wrote:Hey mates, I know this isn't strictly kayak fishing but I thought you might be interested.

So if all goes to plan I will be guiding a couple of English blokes across Cook Strait on Saturday. One of them is ultra-marathon runner Jez Brag, who is currently running the length of NZ down the Te Araroa track. The weather looks mint so I'm hoping for a trip that is similar to my last crossing...glassy calm and gently rolling swells. We will be launching from Makara beach at 6am and will head across the strait to Cape Koamaru, hopefully landing at Ship Cove (Queen Charlotte Sound) at around 2pm. All up it is around 41km.

I will have my SPOT tracking device on me so you will be able to follow our progress on my map page. Check it out at http://share.findmespot.com/shared/face ... kc1ysrPTVV" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
So how did it all go nzkayaker ? would be more impressed if you were doing it in 20 Knot Southerly. Still a good effort all the same.

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:00 pm

Good luck with your trip - would be good to see some pics when you get the chance.

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Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:04 pm

HookiT wrote:So how did it all go nzkayaker ? would be more impressed if you were doing it in 20 Knot Southerly. Still a good effort all the same.
:D He hasn't left yet ;)
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Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:05 pm

Yeh, leaving on Saturday so heading down tomorrow. Swellmap is showing 10knots northerly and 0.3m at Makara beach so fingers crossed it stays that way.

On my nz trip I obviously did it twice and I had 2 different experience. First time it was 10 hours of shear pain in 15-20 knots, and second time it was 4 hours of sublime calmness...hopefully this time round is similar to that experience. And yes photos and video to come.
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Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:23 am

Good luck mate, sounds like a fun thing to do :y:
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Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:30 am

Good luck mate :rock: tow a lure as these northerly gales should have brought the Alberts in
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:18 pm

Hey guys,

I have just whipped up a report and a video from my Cook Strait crossing that I did on Sunday so I thought you might be interested. It was beautiful conditions down there so my biggest regret is that I didn't have a rod!

Check it out at http://www.nzkayaker.com/timstales/fish ... t-jan-2013" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Cheers, Tim.
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:34 pm

Well done guys :y: Great effort.
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:51 pm

Awesome stuff Tim! :clap:
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Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:29 pm

well done cool vid :y:

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Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:02 am

You got some heart Tim, well done. 40km paddle is a respectable feat in any conditions but with the wind and currents, ow.

The paddle time is a better indicator of this feat, awesome stuff 8)

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Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:10 am

Mammoth effort lads! :clap:
Couldn't have really asked for much better conditions too :y:
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Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:03 am

Thanks for sharing Tim. Great report. The crossing is on my bucket list. One day... As has been said it isn't the 44km paddle that is the issue, it is the surrounding conditions
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Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:34 am

Top stuff Tim and others.. :)

Had to laugh when HLD posted 'you hadn't left yet' after I had posted te he.. :D

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