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AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:46 pm
by Marc N
At dawn today, I was finally able to catch some fish from my Kayak.

5 Snapper, 3 @ 30cm and two a bit bigger. And a Conger eel. I also lost a larger fish, that broke the line whilst I was playing another, on the other side of the 'yak.

I reckon you Narrow Neck boys have the answer, Dawn, fish at Dawn, so simple I shoulda thunk it.

Three days ago, I was out at the same spot, as this morning, in the middle of the day, for hours around the turn of the high tide, I hooked and lost two dogfish and returned several tiny snapper, so going out at dawn today, made all the difference.

See photo below.

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Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:03 pm
by Marc N
Looking at that photo, they look small - so for the avoidance of doubt here's photo of the smallest just over 30cm



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Have you every tried to Iki a Conger Eel?

A bloody palaver, is what that is...

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:08 pm
by awondering
Sweet eaters mate and good result :y:

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:46 pm
by dedant
Nice! I was just "around the corner" from you this morning at The Rough Rocks. Trolling nabbed me my catch, 42,44 & 53 ,skute, softbait and micro jig ...nada. Dawn beats a lot of the boats out too, ;) although the Navy boats made a racket with the Seaking hovering nearby |(

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:26 pm
by Marc N
Dedant, they look like nice fish :y:

I'm still coming to terms with this softball/lure/jig way of fishing, doesn't seem to work for me.

I've settled on an approach, two 5 foot stump pullers on either side, with squid on hooks, then a 7 foot bendy rod across my lap, also squid bait.

And another longer, bendy (trout) rod that holds a jig/softbait/lure, 10 inches above the bottom, in a rear rod holder. Orange slider today.

I get the fish on the squid, what can I say?

I buy a whole squid from the market, and cut it up, so I have pre-cut bait in the freezer, ready when I go.

We also like to eat squid, fried , noodle soup et al, so the nicest bits get eaten, the "tailings" get put in the bait pack.

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:40 pm
by DocProfit
Nice work.

You can't get up too early :)

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:23 pm
by dedant
Marc N wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:26 pm
Dedant, they look like nice fish :y:

I'm still coming to terms with this softball/lure/jig way of fishing, doesn't seem to work for me.

I've settled on an approach, two 5 foot stump pullers on either side, with squid on hooks, then a 7 foot bendy rod across my lap, also squid bait.

And another longer, bendy (trout) rod that holds a jig/softbait/lure, 10 inches above the bottom, in a rear rod holder. Orange slider today.

I get the fish on the squid, what can I say?

I buy a whole squid from the market, and cut it up, so I have pre-cut bait in the freezer, ready when I go.

We also like to eat squid, fried , noodle soup et al, so the nicest bits get eaten, the "tailings" get put in the bait pack.
Lets go squid fishin' ! :y: :y:

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:41 am
by Marc N
I've got some squid jigs, fancy, luminous prawn, things.

But I've got no idea on how or where, to deploy them.

Unless it's Okahu Bay wharf at night, but then I'd have to jostle with the crowds for elbow room.

My 'yak is already black and white blotchy, so bit of squid ink won't hurt...

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:55 pm
by AndrewRawlingson
Nice catch. You’re keen keeping the conger! What did it taste like? I think decapitation is the way to go with eels rather than iki.

I’d keep at it with lures. Going out with someone who knows what they are doing speeds up the learning process significantly.

As for dawn fishing, definitely the way to go. There was a whole thread about this not too long ago.

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:04 pm
by Mitch65
Nice catch, plenty of room at NN

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:52 pm
by Marc N
AndrewRawlingson wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:55 pm
Nice catch. You’re keen keeping the conger! What did it taste like? I think decapitation is the way to go with eels rather than iki.

I’d keep at it with lures. Going out with someone who knows what they are doing speeds up the learning process significantly.

As for dawn fishing, definitely the way to go. There was a whole thread about this not too long ago.
Conger is good as a clean white dense flesh, I clean the fish and then cut the trunk into 10cm lengths, good for soup or grilling. There are bones, but it's easy to eat the flesh and definitely easier than trying to fillet them.

Europe is full of conger recipes.

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:00 pm
by TBreezy
Nice catch, man!

I've had Conger sushi before, it's pretty good.
I caught one not long ago in the harbour but my mate was determined it was NOT coming on board his boat. :tmi:

And yeah, fishing at dawn is the business!

Re: AKL Harbour Bridge 26/1

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:10 pm
by Marc N
Aah yes, Conger sushi, I used to make this. Anago.

If I remember:

Scrub and clean the Eel, fillet, pick out all the obvious bones, the smaller ones will soften in the cooking process. Cut the fillets into 15cm lengths.

Put in a pot, with 2 parts sake, 1 part soy sauce, 1 part sugar and 1 part water, to cover the fillets. Put the head in too, as this adds flavour like a stock cube.

Put on a drop lid or foil and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, for a long time, the idea is to reduce the juice, from the amount that is there, to a syrupy liquid.

Then toss the fish gently in the syrup, and let cool.

Throw it on a bit of Sushi Rice, or in a salad and there you are.