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Epicskwid
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Location: Napier-Hastings

Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:10 pm

Its winter time here in the bay, that means frosts , Dreaded spiny dogfish and tackle busting barracouta. There can be some good things in winter though. The last time i had been out was march which feels like forever ago. Had a few issues with the sounder and a seized reel but just got on with it leaving them both behind.

Conditions were not dead flat but very comfortable, a 1.2m swell with a long period and just a slight hint of wind on the surface. I said hello to a container ship that was heading off from the port of Napier.
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Eventually i made my way wide of the breakwater and sat in about 8 or 9 m depth. I chucked some pilchards down and wondered if the bottom was crawling with sharks , this wasn't the case :clap:
Since bites were on the slow side i started a chunk trail and eventually brought a few mystery bites. Hooked up immediately after the first bite . It ran out a good amount of line which always means it's a good species! A fat 2kg Kahawai went into the net which was one of today's target species. Great start!
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The Bites starting coming quicker and i soon had another hard fighting Kahawai on, This is how hard they pull:
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Eventually i had three of these in the bin plus a few released, And only one dogfish!
Next was a classic Snapper impersonator the conger eel , quite well behaved too.
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The fishing slowed and i made the call to head around the corner to prospect the town reef. Going right onto the reef was out of question since the top of the reef had a big build up of waves. Instead i had a quick fish on the sand in 12m, a big spiny dog jumped on which was very badly behaved , It ate both hooks and went ballistic when i leadered it. By some miracle i set it free and got my hooks back.

The next thing that happened is something i won't forget, I turn and see a dolphin breach behind me , then another , then another. There were 30 or more Dolphins swimming towards me. :o I got to hang out while they buzzed around me , they had a look at me and i got to observe them from less than a metre at times. They hung around for a little while before continuing up the coast. Special special experience.
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I then paddled back to a favourite spot of mine close to home, a wee reef in 7m , which holds lots of colourful reef species , and sometimes even some big blue cod and Kahawai.
I Caught an awesome looking juvenile Scorpionfish, these guys pack some punch in the spines.
A nice Blue Cod which will only be a few year off legal size .
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And some very good sized Yellow Eyed Mullet.
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There can even be small tarakihi hanging around in this area, An example of a rare juvenile tarakihi caught and released 100m from shore.
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An enjoyable morning, Hopefully there will be a few Gurnard or Smooth hound hanging around in the coming months i'd love to catch a few. Cheers guys
Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Catch 290 [Retired]

Kayak PB's
15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
3.1kg Snapper - Oraka Beach Mahia
3.2kg Kahawai - Napier Port
2.2kg Blue Cod- Golden Bay
2.1kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
1.3kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia
1.3kg John Dory - Taranaki Port
1.2kg Gurnard - Okiwi Bay

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Epicskwid
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Kayak Make: Viking
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:17 pm

A few more shots of the action :
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Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Catch 290 [Retired]

Kayak PB's
15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
3.1kg Snapper - Oraka Beach Mahia
3.2kg Kahawai - Napier Port
2.2kg Blue Cod- Golden Bay
2.1kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
1.3kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia
1.3kg John Dory - Taranaki Port
1.2kg Gurnard - Okiwi Bay

DocProfit
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:32 pm

Nice work. I'm going to head out this weekend if the weather plays ball.

TBreezy
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:24 pm

Yo, they're some good kahawai. I love catching those fish!

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Kayak Adventures
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Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:29 am

Wow very cool to have the dolphin encounter, always very special. Neat to see all the pics of the species you catch - well done.
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awondering
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Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:31 am

Good on ya mate nice TR, cheers

paddlesnap
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Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:44 am

Good stuff and thanks for sharing mate . great to see your reports . I've got geared up for spearfishing so yeah don't miss those murky waters and winters down the bay .

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