Tongoio Hawkes Bay 13-8

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Location: Napier-Hastings

Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:15 pm

The forecast was for NW winds so me and dad headed up the coast looking at Aropoanui then Waipatiki, both were looking not that good as the wind was still holding at North. A launch at Tongoio was the backup plan. Headed out not too far offshore because it was still a strong wind, but the sea was comfortable in close,
Water clarity was the best i've seen in months. Found a reef in about 6m of water and set the burly, throughout the morning i landed Kahawai up to 2kg, Blue cod to 30cm, and all sorts of other species.
The bite went dead and with dinner in the pod , i headed in where i avoided a turtle in the big dumpers which frequent the area. :whew:
Back on the beach i chucked the surfcaster out while we were packing up the gear, baited it with some paddle crab. There was a big hit on the rod but it didn't stick or so I thought... We had finished packing up the kayaking gear and i picked up the rod. Theres weight there... the line started to angle down the beach and and a rig / Smoothhound appeared in the surf, a 5 minute battle to beach it ensued and after 3 attempts at grabbing its tail i had it! And it was way bigger up close than i thought. 8.8kg it ended up on the scales. Bit of a bonus after only landing a kahawai for dinner off the yak.
Special Thanks to Dad for carting me there and taking the photos
Cheers guys
Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Catch 290 [Retired]

Kayak PB's
15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
3.2kg Kahawai - Hawkes Bay Port
2.2kg Blue Cod- Golden Bay
2.1kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
1.7kg Snapper - Clifton
1.2kg Gurnard - Okiwi Bay
1.3kg John Dory - Taranaki Port
0.82kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:47 pm

Brilliant trip and catch , well done . Making me a bit homesick I spent many happy years diving and fishing around there. If you want plenty of lead sinkers go snorkeling around off flat rock on a good day (some viz. ) and make sure no surf casters chucking more at ya . The ledges parallel with the shore have heaps where they snag and break off.

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:45 pm

Great trip report. Pretty cool catching a fish like that on a surf rod while packing up your kayak. That's dedication to the cause :y:

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Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:50 pm

Well done mate :y: , surf-cast off that beach a few years back when we worked at the Power station
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