Errrr Sharks?

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Flyingpillock
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Gday folk

Bit of a random one, but hoping for reassurance. Finally got my fishing yak after years of wanting one. Been out and about a few times already and loving it. But if I'm honest, occassionly get the jeebies thinking about what is down below me potentially. Head sometimes spins 180 if I hear a suspicious splash as well!
How many of you have had encounters of the close and toothy kind and what is the best thing to do with any unwanted advances?

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Ruff as Gutts
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Totally not a problem if you only use soft bait. And to be honest I still get the jitters now and then.
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You kayak fish love my enough you are bound to see a shark at some stage.

Most of the time it will be as they are swimming away from you because you have spooked them.

And if it makes you feel any better the getting spooked thing happens to everyone even if you have plenty of experience (just about dirtied my undies last weekend when a turtle popped up and took a breath behind me)
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The reason they will circle you and bump your yak a couple of times is because you'll taste nicer with the shit scared out of you, :P
I have found that wetting myself and blubbering like a little girl has worked for me in the past :(
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I haven't seen one yet (But i bet a few have seen me :sweat: ) and i have been kayak fishing for 3 years now (Not saying i have completed my apprenticeship yet). If you are just learning its best to buddy fish or alternatively you can fish spots where you don't normally see large sharks until you get a bit of confidence. I have never seen a large shark in or around Mussel Farms for example.

You could also get on with the introductions and face your fears head on by fishing the West Coast with burley :D .
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Paddled yak out into an uncomfortable swell yesterday. Dropped a few baits but wasnt having much luck so packed it in. Picked up my surfboard n wettie and played in shoulder high fishy smelling waves.
Realised after an hr or so the fishy smell was my hands...!
We probably got 30 sharks the day before just up the beach....

Im more worried about gettin run down by a boat than eaten!
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Stay as calm as you can in those situations, a good hit on the nose with something hard if it comes close normally gets them to move off, or just keep an eye on it till it moves off if it looses interest.
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Just be careful not to fall out while hitting the shark :lol:
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caught 1 (approx 7 ft 7 gill) ....... (not counting spiny dogs or other little ones) never seen any more. but as others have alluded to thats not to say they werent there. it doesnt bother me that they are there and to tell the truth i get the heebi jeebies from the depth more than whats in the water. lol the first time i went over 100m deep i got a bit of a shiver. :D
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Good thread: http://www.kayakfishingnz.com/forum/vie ... ilit=shark" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Umm anyone wants to buy a kayak? I think I changed my mind. Chess looks promising.
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Had a 3m+ blue on the line from the yak, and a smallish mako, they are about and you will hook one eventually (blue was on a flasher rig with pillie, the mako on a softbait (so ignore those who say jigs/softbaiters are safe). just treat them with respect, and get as much line back as possible before cutting the line :D :D
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Remember you dont need to paddle faster than that big shark. Oh no, you only need to go faster than the the guy you are fishing along side of, :P
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I've only seen one and it was a 200kg bronzie that took a liking to my slider.

I played him for 45 mins on softbait gear thinking it was a king until he jumped out of the water 2m from my kayak. You've never seen me cut my line so fast!

He dragged me half way to Waiheke and I was only fishing off Beachlands in close.

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Never seen one :|
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My experiences, hammerhead, tope, bronzies, Great White, blue, carpet, thresher and Mako.

Most are just inquisitive, I'd never trust a Mako (they're psychotic). If you provoke them they're naturally going to retaliate, possibly by retreat but potentially by attack.
Avoid blood/burley, don't hit them, sit still and brace yourself.
Paddling away frantically is just going to excite them.
After quite a few encounters they can be quite enjoyable to watch.
I've got a general rule if I happen to hook one, be prepared to cut the line and personally I'll bring anything less than a metre beside me to cut at the leader, if it's big, cut the line straight away and never boat them. It's amazing how much those things can writhe around, I've seen a shark bite its own tail off before (boat fishing), I'd probably never boat a shark irrespective of its size.

Pictured below, maybe 1.5 metres in length, was fun to play.
I got it to the leader (about 3 metres) and it began to circle.......and circle and circle until it started to ram the kayak so out came the knife and it happily swam away.
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awondering wrote:Never seen one :|
I've seen plenty!
Probably because I'm constantly on the lookout for them.
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WaikatoYakka wrote:
awondering wrote:Never seen one :|
I've seen plenty!
Probably because I'm constantly on the lookout for them.


You know I was lying mate, TBH I have had all sorts of encounters... just still in denial of them ...
Probably best was the Ariel thresher that smashed a rod on the side of the yak after a somersault, and bitch slapped me on its escape :^)
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Hooked a decent one off the back of the Mokes right on dusk on my own and got him to the yak.... Then I realised that my radio wasn't working !
Hooked 2 X big bronzies off Leigh jigging for Kingies last summer..

Mmm..playing chess, I guess you could always jag a finger nail !
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The boats are worse than the sharks especially the ones in the dark with no lights it's times like these that I wish for a flashing lights on my light pole
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