Waitawa Wednesday

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FatherOfMany
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Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:14 pm

I often get jealous of these people catching their bag limit within an hour and getting out of the water in record time. Well, here's my version:

Being temporarily self employed, wind forecasts of less than 5 knots and wanting to test my new LifePo4 battery, I took the day off and headed out to Waitawa park. I was going to go to Orere point, but I had a bad experience in Coromandel with my kayak taking on water with my previous battery, so even though this one is 17kgs lighter than the previous one, I still wanted to stay close to land and Kawakawa bay is pretty good for that.

It was 7:09am as I left Mataitia bay and I traveled for 45 minutes (timing my electric motor usage to ensure I don't over discharge the battery), so around 7:55. Well for the next 35 minutes I was so busy that I had to stop to rest as my right-hand thumb was getting sore.

Cast out the one rod and dropped the other next to the kayak. Then I started changing the hook on the third rod in case I got a kahawai and wanted to put it out as a livie. Next minute the close-by rod bent over and started turning the kayak as if it was a feather. I stowed the 3rd rod into the rod holder behind me, picked up that rod and started reeling in when the first rod started running out in the opposite direction. Next minute the fish on the rod in my hand is off so I put that down and grab the other, but as I was grabbing for it I could see the line go slack.
Forget the livie rod for the moment and let's catch some fish. I basically played tit-for-tat with the two rods and caught 51, 50, 46, 42, 40 and 36cm fish by 8:30.

Then I noticed that my cockpit was indeed filled with water, so I didn't wait to catch the 7th fish, but headed for land instead.

Anyway, 6 nice sized fish in half an hour if you don't count traveling time. Pretty happy with that.
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FatherOfMany
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Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:15 pm

The catch
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Old Town Predator XL
OK Tetra 12
Old Town Predator 13
OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #1, OK Prowler Elite 4.5 #2

PB: Snapper=66cm, J.D.=39cm, Gurnard=38cm

VHF Callsign: ZMW 9858

Kayak Fishing Auckland

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:20 pm

Nice going FOM :y:

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:43 pm

Nice one FOM. It was a lovely morning on the water aye, its still like a pond out here in Maraetai.

Followed the lead from some of you lads and gutted and scaled my fish on the water today. Bit of pain I reckon with bloody scales going everywhere and I suspect I'd probably do a neater job on dry land.

Think I'll stick to filleting.

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:35 pm

Badger wrote:Nice one FOM. It was a lovely morning on the water aye, its still like a pond out here in Maraetai.

Followed the lead from some of you lads and gutted and scaled my fish on the water today. Bit of pain I reckon with bloody scales going everywhere and I suspect I'd probably do a neater job on dry land.

Think I'll stick to filleting.
Yeah, I don't scale them... I gut them on the water and the wife fillets them at home. She doesn't mind the fish frame and head in the freezer, but objects to the guts so my job is just to get rid of the guts. I'm over the fear of them attracting sharks to any point of worry and back to using the guts as burley.

But yes, beautiful morning!
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PB: Snapper=66cm, J.D.=39cm, Gurnard=38cm

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:01 pm

That's awesome! Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. I've given up trying to actively fish more than one rod at a time, I find it takes me longer to untangle the lines than the time I spend fishing.

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Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:06 pm

Well done FOM glad you had a successful day at last enjoy and get that bloody leak sorted ,have a great weekend.
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Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:39 pm

good work :y:
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Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:52 am

Nice work FOM!

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Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:39 pm

:y: :y: great work :rock: :rock:
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Ruff as Gutts
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Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:58 pm

Nice catch bro! Have you ever tried smoking the heads? Lots of meat on them and the gut flap!! I smoke anything over the 50cm mark as it makes a awesome smoke fish pie!! ;)

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Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:04 pm

Good work FoM, nice half a doz there :y:

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Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:41 pm

Very nice :y:

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