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by MikeAqua
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Northern Region
Topic: Cape Karikari?
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Cape Karikari?

I found some scollies off Poheke Beach. I was walking along it and I noticed quite few scallop shells in one spot. Water was crystal clear so I came back the next day with snorkelling gear. The bach we rented at Tokerua came with couple of el-cheapo fishing kayaks. I took one for a play in the shall...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Some tips
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Some tips

Anton m wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Thanks for all the reply’s anyoneone keen to go for a fish when the rain clears up keen to catch a good snapper
My grandad used to say on rainy days fish shelter under the boat to avoid getting wet ...
by MikeAqua
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Some tips
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Some tips

Launch at Tata beach and paddle around to the right to Wainui Bay. Great snapper fishing at change of light, especially dawn but you have to be very, very sneaky as it's shallow. I pick a location between the reef (not too close due to spotties and other pickers) and the mussel farms anchor and star...
by MikeAqua
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: Just finished my initial set up
Replies: 12
Views: 886

Re: Just finished my initial set up

Nice work.

As funds allow consider replacing you mitre 10 tackle boxes with some sealable ones. The sistema range (available cheap at supermarkets) are good and reasonably priced.

For more ping you could look at something like plano sealed tackle boxes, but they are expensive.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?

Thanks Mike. Do you think a mere Scrambler will suffice for him initially? Or shall I bite the bullet, grab him a used Espri, and sell the Scrambler? I've never been in scrambler so I can't comment. Suggest a search on here and see who has used them as fishing kayaks. Paul in NZ used to use one off...
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

Flasher rig just goes straight down from the kayak with as little line out as possible. Never as successful and the running rigs and always more sharks and jack mackerel.

When I set the longline from the boat I get spiny's as well as snapper and gurnard.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

Firstly let me say, I'm a meat hunter. I'm most interested in catching pannies and gurnard. I very rarely catch big snapper. I have a pretty standard running rig set up - egg sinker above the swivel and a single 5/0 circle hook below the swivel. Attached by Mustad fastach swivel-clips. If I'm anchor...
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Northern Region
Topic: Cape Karikari?
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Cape Karikari?

Was hoping to find few bugs or scollies somewhere within swimming distance of shore, outside the rah.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?
Replies: 24
Views: 1112

Re: Yaks for young teens: Mission Catch 290 vs something more 'serious'?

Personally I would just go with him in separate yaks. He will learn more, faster in his own yak. Take a tow line in case you need it. Start off in very sheltered water, have him practice wet entries and venture further afield as his competence and confidence builds. That's what I did with my lot fro...
by MikeAqua
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Northern Region
Topic: Cape Karikari?
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Cape Karikari?

So I'm staying at cape Karikari for few weeks over summer. Kayaking is no-go for medical reasons.

Are there any decent snorkelling spots accessible from land?

I'm aware oft he recently declared rahui and will avoid that area.
by MikeAqua
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

I find running rigs are also good in Nelson bays. I often fish one runner cast about 30m out the back and drop a flasher rig straight down. I have seen the running rig clean up several time when a flasher rig isn't working or is attracting mackerel. Sand sharks - just have to fish through em. They s...
by MikeAqua
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Otago Region
Topic: safe remote places on South Island for something between beginner & intermediate
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: safe remote places on South Island for something between beginner & intermediate

Goose Bay just south of Kaikoura?

(Little) Whanganui Inlet West of Golden Bay (just make sure you know which bits are marine reserve).

Wind can be an issue pretty much anywhere in the South Island.
by MikeAqua
Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Top of the South
Topic: Pilchards versus Anchovies
Replies: 15
Views: 666

Re: Pilchards versus Anchovies

I have more luck with anchovies than pilchards, they seem a good bite size for 40cm+ snapper.

Being able to put them on whole they are more durable and get inhaled rather than picked at.
by MikeAqua
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Sharkskin vs Adrenalin
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Sharkskin vs Adrenalin

The sharkskin tops (edit: chill proof vest and rapid dry L/S) I've owned have been quite chafing around the armpits. I much prefer the adrenalin tops . I had one of their heavier long-sleeve rash tops (2P thermo L/S and beanie) and it was suitable (with a base layer) for winter in Nelson. It did pil...
by MikeAqua
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Charging ff batteries in the car
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Charging ff batteries in the car

I would use a charger as an SLA needs to be charged in specific way with current regulated to different amps at different stages of the process. BTW I'm not saying that charger is a good one, just linked as an example f the type of charger required.

I see it needs at least 12.8v
by MikeAqua
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Electrical and Electronics
Topic: Charging ff batteries in the car
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Charging ff batteries in the car

First thing to do would be to have a passenger test the cars DC socket output while driving. Unless regulated it should be over 13v a few minutes after start-up

Then consider something like this

http://www.supercheapauto.co.nz/Product ... Amp/374624
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Northern Region
Topic: Northern Ice Supplies, SH10 Nr. Matauri - CLOSED UP
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Northern Ice Supplies, SH10 Nr. Matauri - CLOSED UP

That is a shame, those guys were just up the road from my Dad so really handy for bait and ice.
by MikeAqua
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Newbie Rod and reel setups (Nelson)
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: Newbie Rod and reel setups (Nelson)

Personally for kayak fishing around Nelson I like three rigs: - 1) A Thunnus bait feeder type spinning reel on 7kg rod (bottom fishing, trolling, spinning, stray lining) 2) A Caius low profile baitcaster on 5 kg rod with a fast action (soft baits, micro jigs, slow jigs, trout trolling/spinning/jiggi...
by MikeAqua
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Lowrance Hook 3x Transducer -
Replies: 4
Views: 311

Re: Lowrance Hook 3x Transducer -

Shooting at an angle stuffs up the depth readings. Worth some effort to get it correct.
by MikeAqua
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: What's it worth?
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: What's it worth?

Very much depends where you are. Bigger centres - more reliable demand. Smaller centres - lottery.