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by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing Pliers/multi tools
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Fishing Pliers/multi tools

Just to add to the discussion, this is my hook remover, it has an iki spike built in to the handle. I used to use the spike all the time, but I prefer a knife now. Better handle and the wider blade is more forgiving of a slightly inaccurate iki. As I said in my previous post, the hook remover is awe...
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing Pliers/multi tools
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Fishing Pliers/multi tools

I carry a few things on/in my PFD: - Braid snips - Hook sharpener - Hook remover (great for barracouta and other undesirables) - Long nose pliers (no split ring thingie) - Safety knife It sounds like a lot of junk to carry, but it all gets tucked away and I wouldn't be without any of it. As for spli...
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Time to get the band back together
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Time to get the band back together

Unless I'm mistaken, we fished together in Auckland quite a few years ago. Things have obviously changed for both of us since then. I've been in Northland since Auckland. Everything they say about fishing in the north is true! Funnily enough, I had a job offer in Timaru last year. It was a good job,...
by AndrewRawlingson
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Tackle and Accessories
Topic: snapper
Replies: 8
Views: 504

Re: snapper

Just to clarify for beginners. Soft baiting is to all intents and purposes, lure fishing, usually with a flexible soft bait fixed on a lead jig head hook. It might more properly be called soft plastic fishing, since most of the lures are made of synthetic materials. However, some brands e.g. Gulp! a...
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 955 Meters
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: 955 Meters

I understand the situation with your kids. Most of my neighbours have work based in Auckland, but work from home. I seem to be the only mug that gets out of bed at 0630 every morning to go to work. Could you work from home in the future?
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Aug 02, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: 955 Meters
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: 955 Meters

Congratulations :beer:

I don't think property is expensive in NZ, just Auckland and a few other hotspots, but I suppose it depends on what you're comparing it to and wages etc
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Members
Topic: How many is too many?
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: How many is too many?

Honestly, compared to anything with a motor, kayaks are cheap, even the most expensive ones. Fill your boots :y:
by AndrewRawlingson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Members
Topic: Saving pennies for first yak
Replies: 9
Views: 679

Re: Saving pennies for first yak

Welcome. Assuming you're still looking and want a plastic, paddle kayak, you won't go far wrong with the popular Ocean Kayak (e.g. Prowler/Tridents) and Viking (Reload; Profish) models. After that, it's a question of personal preference. It would be good to try as many as possible before buying. Sec...
by AndrewRawlingson
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Rigging and Rigged Kayaks
Topic: Reload Storage trolley
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Reload Storage trolley

Can you put any kayak on it, or is it just for Reloads?






Only joking :) Nice work :y:
by AndrewRawlingson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Members
Topic: Hello
Replies: 7
Views: 814

Re: Hello

My initial advice is be wary of Whangarei Harbour. There are strong currents and it chops up badly with wind against tide. Also, not too many fish in the harbour over winter.
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Stick Baits, Poppers, Heavy Jigging, from a kayak.
Replies: 7
Views: 984

Re: Stick Baits, Poppers, Heavy Jigging, from a kayak.

I love the Stradic Ci4s, but thinking your asking too much from it to to do the heavier end of jigging. Maybe look at the midsize Penn Slammers as an alternative. Well built and IPX rated.
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Hawkes Bay Region
Topic: The Gurnard are still at the port
Replies: 4
Views: 844

Re: The Gurnard are still at the port

Nice. I just cooked whole roasted gurnard. Guts out, gills out. Put in baking tray. A bit of olive oil on the fish, plus garlic/salt/pepper/butter/white wine to taste. 15 - 20 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees. Looks great and easy :y:

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by AndrewRawlingson
Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Matouri Bay/Cavalli Islands, 27th April
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: Matouri Bay/Cavalli Islands, 27th April

That’s good going when dragging what is effectively a sea anchor behind you! Go pedal power.
by AndrewRawlingson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Matouri Bay/Cavalli Islands, 27th April
Replies: 4
Views: 731

Re: Matouri Bay/Cavalli Islands, 27th April

What an awesome way to get your PB. Well done! I catch a lot of snapper on those Dr Evils, but nothing bigger than about 6lb so far.
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fish by tides of by light, what’s your opinion
Replies: 8
Views: 1056

Re: Fish by tides of by light, what’s your opinion

Primarily by work schedule, then dusk/dawn. The only time I find fish really go off the bite is dead high or dead low (i.e. no water moving), but that doesn’t last very long, so I don’t worry about it!
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Fishing in South Africa?
Replies: 2
Views: 478

Re: Fishing in South Africa?

I don't think you have to go that far to find great whites :sweat:
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: VHF radio - reviews wanted please
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

VHF radio - reviews wanted please

I have a Cobra HH350. The belt clip broke within warranty period and no one was willing to help. I never really trusted it in terms of reception, so took the opportunity to upgrade. I got an Icom M73-21 which is pretty flash, but reception no better! I think it’s the geography of my local area. Kept...
by AndrewRawlingson
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: trip report for these fella's
Replies: 1
Views: 527

Re: trip report for these fella's

I wonder what happened? I have been in situations where I was paddling hard to get home against the wind and the GPS told me that I was staying still/going backwards!
by AndrewRawlingson
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Narrowneck 19.1
Replies: 6
Views: 946

Re: Narrowneck 19.1

Those little sharks, smooth-hound or rig (gummy shark in Australia) are standard table fare in some parts of the South Island because the poor buggers have nothing else to catch. I caught one in the Waitamata once on a soft bait. I'll stick to snapper for dinner though :)
by AndrewRawlingson
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ali Express for fishing gear
Replies: 10
Views: 1383

Re: Ali Express for fishing gear

AE is great for jigs and terminal tackle etc. Never been tempted by their rods/reels.