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TBreezy
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:25 pm

Thought I’d give it a crack from the yak.

530 beach launch, drifted outside the bar and along the reef from the south end of Whangamata. Stacks of baitfish on the sounder every few hundred metres, all juvenile Kahawai. Nailed 3 on the first drop of the sabiki.

First bait down and trolled it back toward the beach again for another drift. Something picked it up quite close in behind the bar. Had me going for a second as it hadn’t been too long! As the fight progressed I thought it may be a rat king, but turned out to be a massive Kahawai, coming in at 60cm. New PB. It put up an awesome fight even though it was gut hooked, so not going at 100%. If these fish got as big as kings there would be no stopping them! Happy all the same, heaps of food for the family.

Managed to pick up a pannie snapper over the sand on the softbaits while drifting around also.

Went out again the next day, same deal with the bait fish. Picked up a John Dory this time and a few more Kahawai on the softies.

There’s a ton of bait fish there, so I imagine kings come through at some point in the tide. I know there’s other places people catch kings in the area but the boat traffic is insane at this time of year and I prefer to avoid it.

I’ll definitely try this out again, it’s a nice change of pace from soft baits.
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Marc N
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:51 pm

That wooden handled knife, at the top of the photo, that looks like a Japanese Chef's knife, do you know where it came from?
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TBreezy
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:54 pm

Marc N wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:51 pm
That wooden handled knife, at the top of the photo, that looks like a Japanese Chef's knife, do you know where it came from?
Yes. It came from Japan. I bought it in Kyoto and it is my favourite knife.

TBreezy
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:54 pm

Marc N wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:51 pm
That wooden handled knife, at the top of the photo, that looks like a Japanese Chef's knife, do you know where it came from?
Yes. It came from Japan. I bought it in Kyoto and it is my favourite knife.

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Marc N
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:23 pm

Fine knives those, I remember shopping for them in the restaurant supplies district of Tokyo back in the day... Wish I still had one, I'll have to go and find one I guess :)
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TBreezy
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:46 pm

Awesome knives. Super thick blade. Not sure if it’s what they are meant for, but they hack through bones like no ones business, and sharpen back up beautifully.

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Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:07 am

I used to have a Sushi restaurant , the ones like the one in the photo, are general purpose fish knives, with larger ones, for larger fish, longer ones for slicing sashimi and a rectangular jobby for vegetables.
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Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:22 pm

Keep it up mate , you will pick up a King at some point ! :y:

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Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:42 am

Cheers, KK!

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Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:44 pm

For a quality Japanese knife go to this website.
https://www.prochef.co.nz/
Based in Whangarei and owned by a German guy called Jurgen. He imports direct from Japan, even has some models made especially for him and has very reasonable prices. I have purchased many knives from him an have always been 100% satisfied.

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