NZ Softbait Champs

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:52 pm

Well then. Have finally dealt to the fish, most of the gear is washed and am sitting down to a couple of amber beverages watching the Warriors struggle against the Rabbitohs.
So over the last couple of days I have paddled probably about 40-50kms, caught a few fish and come home with some goodies.......Here's how it all unfolded.
So myself, the Coach and Plastic Tiki stayed at Papa-Aroha with the aim to travel wherever we needed to. On the first day we headed north and launched before sun up. The fishing was bloody tough. Plenty of goldfish and was rather frustrating. Being a firm believer of positive attitude affecting your catch rate, I reached for a 6" Subway sandwich purchased the night before. Nothing like a feed to keep the spirits up. Well then next softbait that went down got snaffled by a 22lb snapper. Mixed emotions of yes its a great fish, but bugger its too big. Oh the pain!!
Bang on 10kg, and 87cms long
Not much else happened for me at that spot so it was a quick trip home, a bite to eat, a nap and out again for a late avo session. Out in front of Papa-Aroha there were birds feeding on whitebait. The KY were pretty elusive to catch, which was another frustration as only a few weeks ago down in the Naki they were a pain in the backside with their abundance. In my efforts to either get underneath them to some sign my softie got smashed and a 15 minute fight ensued with an 84cm kingie on my 10lb braid/baitcaster combo. A few smallish but still eligible snapper and a KY later we were on our way back to Coro. End result, leading kingfish section end of Day 1.
The next morning getting out of the bed was a tad tough. Out before with day break with piper head-butting the bottom of the kayak on the way out. Keeping the long story short. On to a 77cm kingie very early in the day. The snapper were still off somewhere else and headed wide out past Rabbit Island after seeing some birds. KY were everywhere and hooked into a couple. But the only thing beneath the KY were squid, still no snapper! A thunder storm came through and hearing the rods buzzing with what seemed a static charge had me a little uneasy. Off I paddled in Plastic Tiki's direction as his rods were higher in the air than mine :lol: . We fluffed around Rabbit a bit more and tried another couple of spots but nothing more was produced. So it was clean up and off to the measure in.
I was confident of placing somewhere but had no idea of where, as only 1 other guy weighed a Kingie on the first day. Prizegiving rolled around and PJay was first up and walked away with the Ocean Kayak 4.3 for producing a stellar performance on the snapper front. How you are going to make a flash new ride like that look obsolete is beyond me :) Well done PJay, bloody well deserved!!
On to the kingfish section and out comes my name in 1st place. Feckin' stoked!! And pulling in hard fighters like kingfish from a piece of plastic, how does that feel boaties :D
A big couple of days and good to catch up with a few of the familiar faces. Excellent competition and one that us kayakers could do well in given that softbaits are our most favoured weapon of choice. Just have to find those bloody snapper :)
Bugger, Warriors lost by 2 :@
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:57 pm

Good stuff mate :y:

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:03 pm

well done milkey stellar performance thumbs :y: mate....

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:06 pm

Top effort.
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:11 pm

Nice. Sounds like a mint couple of days

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:22 pm

Top effort mate
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:27 pm

Great stuff Milkey! murphies law you'd get a big snapp when you dont need it. Great effort on the kingies :y:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:32 pm

Well done that man :rock:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:47 pm

lenzman wrote:Great stuff Milkey! murphies law you'd get a big snapp when you dont need it. Great effort on the kingies :y:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:05 pm

Some good fishing their dude well done

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:12 pm

Nice Milkey, great effort.
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:56 pm

Yeah, Team Obsolete did pretty well (see little thread on the "General" page), and both Nick (NJay/Yellow One) and Rick (RJay/Yellow Two) nailed very big snappses, which went back in the tide. NJay smashed one of my SB rods in the process - just as well we won several replacement rods.

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:58 pm

Mean effort...TOO MUCH bro...
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:41 pm

Great job guys...well done....its always nice to show the boaties how its done ! :y: :y:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:47 pm

Great work! Some great fish caught there :clap:

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:00 pm

Nice work Milkey :clap:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:07 pm

Great job Milkey :y: :y: and others :y:
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:11 pm

Well done Milkey. Nice going there. Pretty sure you would not have been too gutted about the 22lb beast deep down.
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:24 pm

Good work Milkey , love it when the boaties get shown up ! :y:

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Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:28 pm

Yep wicked weekend bro :y: , bloody tough drive home last night |-) . 2hrs filleting today and fish for lunch and tea. Clean up still to be completed. Too shattered tonight but keen to keep the paddling up for the next few adventures on the list. Well done Mr Milkey, and thanks to Coach for the paddling tips and techniques.
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