Tapuaetahi Fishing Lodge

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:54 am

Pretty much bang on 1 year since the last trip to the Tapuaetahi Fishing Lodge when the boys weren’t able to make it we organized a do over. The forecast was looking good so the Viking fishing kayaks were loaded up and we headed north.

We arrived late Friday afternoon to be greeted with an awesome sunset and settled into the 4 bedroom fishing lodge. The lodge is well equipped with everything needed for a fishing weekend, we loaded up the chest freezer with ice and rigged up the gear for an early start the next morning (yeah right).
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Leisurely start the next day we split up and went exploring. Unfortunately the earlier forecast was a bit off and the wind was up and the seas a bit lumpy. A number of smaller fish were caught and released first up before finding a John Dory spot which added a few to the bin. After a quick stop for lunch we found the Snapper grounds over the other side of the bay and kept adding to the bin. After being thrown around by the sea swell and paddling a good few kms we called it for the day and headed back into the bay.
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Back in the bay and only a couple of hundred meters from the launch spot a few last casts were executed. Sitting in about 5m of water and casting distance from shore we found the fish of the day taking a Berkley softbait and giving the kayak a good tow around the bay.
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After a productive days fishing we settled back into the lodge for a few beverages and relaxing evening in front of the fire.
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Check out the Tapuaetahi Fishing Lodge Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Tapuaetahibach/
Yak PBs. | Snapper: 20.7lb | Trevally: 11lb | Kingfish: 13kg | Brown Trout: 5.5lb | Albacore Tuna: 4.6kg | John Dory: 2.0lb | Blue Cod: 34cm | Skipjack Tuna: 4.4lb | Eagle Ray: 10kgish | Red Snapper: 4.1lb | Grandfather Hapuka: 7.1lb | Pigfish: 3.7lb |

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:17 am

Nice photos, looks like another primo spot!

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:32 pm

Nice... looks a great spot !
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Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:12 pm

Great Photos. And some great fishing it looks like
Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Kayak PB's
15.10kg Kingfish - Tangoio Beach
10.20kg Snapper - Tangoio Beach
3.20kg Kahawai - Napier Port
2.70kg Rainbow Trout
2.20kg Blue Cod- Tata Beach Golden Bay
2.15kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
2.10kg John Dory Taranaki Port
1.40kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia
1.21kg Gurnard - Tangoio Beach
20kg Thresher Shark- Urenui Beach

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Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:00 pm

Nice one Fletch. Was there a few weeks back and did well but didn't manage any JDs. Did find some blue cod though, man those things are yummy! Very well appointed Bach too. Would highly recommend.

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Snapper PB 54cms (2.7Kgs or ~6lbs in old money) ,56cms no wait 59cms now!
more awaited...
Still waiting on the day I catch a +60cm model.....


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