Te Awanga HB - 15 Oct

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Epicskwid
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Location: Napier-Hastings

Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:37 pm

With reports of Big Snapper being landed off the beach at Te Awanga this week it was time to chase some early season pinkies.. got on the water just after 7 to see great conditions and lots of other kayakers, 8 to be exact!
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At this time of year the water is still very wintery hanging around 13.5-14 degrees. So that means the barracouta and spiny dogfish are in close. Which tends to upset the days fishing a bit.

The fishing here is super shallow, 2km out and your only 6m deep. With that in mind i looked for some sign on the sounder and put the anchor down when i found some fish.
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Today the kahawai were out in force chasing baitfish, so i caught a lot of the buggers. mostly in the 35-40cm range.
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A surprise pup Smoothhound surfaced as the next fish, normally feeding on shellfish/ crustaceans. getting one on a pilchard is quite uncommon.
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In between spinies were coming up to ruin my morning, they swallow the hook , don't fight on the way up... then, when on the surface they decide to go hard out wrapping themselves up in the line and generally just are super hard to deal with. My rigs got cleaned up throughout the morning. I'd lost 6 by 10 am. Time for a move. Something other than spiny dogs are barracouta, which terrorized my soft-bait and leader, i caught three in the end. they fight pretty hard which is good fun. gotta look out for their teeth though.
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Other kayakers around me had landed some snapper, one was a beauty of 50cm+ Time for me to get one, if out wide wasn't working in close was the backup plan. And in the fifth hour bugger me i pull in a 35cm panny, bottom sign filled the FF and i quickly dropped a bait into it to get smoked again and a 40cm Snap comes up. Thats more like it! but with that the snapper were done with the bite. I headed in and that was that.
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15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
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1.7kg Snapper - Clifton
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AndrewRawlingson
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:03 pm

It seems you can do no wrong at the moment! :beer:
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peteatkina
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Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:39 pm

well done epic. catchin plenty. keep the reports coming :clap: :clap:

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