Taranaki Tuna Hunt Feb 2014

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Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:12 pm

Mark the weekend of 22/23 February 2014 in your diary for the 3rd annual Tuna Hunt out of Port Taranaki. The 23rd will be the back up day in case of bad weather.
This event is a shotgun start, so everyone leaves the beach at the same time.
Only $10 to enter - pay on the day.

Starts at 7am so need to be ready to go by then from Ngamotu beach at the port. Lots of parking and a nice easy launch from a sheltered sandy beach.
Weigh in a bit later this time, probably 2.30pm to give more paddling time to find the big one.

1st prize is an Ocean Kayak Tetra 12!!
Last year we had 25 entries, this year will be more for sure as this type of fishing grows in popularity. Not many places in NZ you can catch 10kg+ albacore from a kayak.

Thanks to sponsor Canoe and Kayak!
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:17 pm

i maybe feeling a road trip coming up ;)
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:29 pm

Here is the thread from last year for an idea of the comp
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Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:48 pm

mmmmm tuna,
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:01 am

sounds like a cool event ,

might be tempted also for a road trip

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Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:16 pm

So ball park, how much distance paddled in the day for this comp?
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:46 pm

MikeAqua wrote:So ball park, how much distance paddled in the day for this comp?
Approximately 4-6km initial paddle to get deep enough and find the blue water but this varies from day to day. Last year most fish were out wide at 90m which is about 8km out. Sometimes they can be in as close as 1-2km out. Then once you find the good water paddle back and forwards and round and round until you find the fish. I would say minimum 10-15km round trip paddle if they are easy to find up to 25-30km if they are hard to find. You don't need to paddle overly fast though and can stop to rest when you want. Quite a few fish have been caught while stopped for lunch and just drifting.

If you want to reference on a map, usually the blue water and the fish are out past saddleback island which is about 4km from Ngamotu beach.
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:16 pm

Hmm, I like the thought of this. Might have to pencil it in :y:

Any naki boys keen for a tag along?? :P
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:16 pm

On my last trawl(from boat) last run I went out looking for the blue water got a hit at 60mtrs deep dismissed it as a don't know what and carried on till about 120mtrs with nothing then decided to head back in and at exactly 60mtrs BOOM into it
So they do run in "dirty" waters too.

Seems as you guys in the yaks catch slightly bigger ones then us lazy boaties.......Not sure why that is??

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Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:49 pm

Can definately find them closer, at the Taranaki Classic I managed a 6+kg Albacore @ 14m mark then some smaller models out around 50-70m
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:14 pm

Further south they tend to be in closer, but varies a lot from day to day. Mid summer the most common depth off the port would be 40m-70m - Tuna alley :y:
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:17 pm

sk8e8 wrote:Hmm, I like the thought of this. Might have to pencil it in :y:

Any naki boys keen for a tag along?? :P
Always happy for people to tag along. Last year a dude joined in on his Fish n Dive and did better than most of us on his first attempt. So you don't need a super fast yak and don't need the flashest gear. :rock:
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:37 pm

just do it. gotta be paddle fit cos we dont want no incidents, but you dont need to be super fit (you should see some of our boys :lol: ). there will be a bunch of us paddling out together so no need to worry bout a buddy. Thing with tuna, I reckon :!: , is you cant really target the big ones. I have caught my biggest on a small waxwing, and only upto 4kg ones on my 150mm diver. Feathers have work well for me in the past too.
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Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:31 pm

Good info chaps, thanks.

15 - 20km I could do now. 30km+ would be too much of a stretch.

Mind you, months to build fitness...
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:56 am

Funny you say that TY. My best albie (boat not kayak) was on a 200g jig lol


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Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:24 am

Thanks Flowrider
Have just been editing some Taranaki Tuna video for the next DVD and cant wait to go back for more.

Will definitely be making this one as I just love the Naki and the comp focuses on Tuna.

The organizers of this event do one of the best jobs with competitions and really look after visitors so well worth the trip and would recommend to anyone who wants to try this. :y:
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:32 pm

Tara Yakka wrote: but you dont need to be super fit (you should see some of our boys :lol: ).
It's called carb loading :lol:
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:49 pm

Kayak Rob wrote:Thanks Flowrider
Have just been editing some Taranaki Tuna video for the next DVD and cant wait to go back for more.

Will definitely be making this one as I just love the Naki and the comp focuses on Tuna.

The organizers of this event do one of the best jobs with competitions and really look after visitors so well worth the trip and would recommend to anyone who wants to try this. :y:
Thanks Rob, there should be some good competition for this one. The shotgun start is always fun :rock:
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Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:36 pm

Just had a thought........If the the weather/sea suits I would be more then happy to take the boat out for support IF anyone needed it.

Ill just happily fish away while you mad guys/gals paddle your asses off and can come rescue anyone if need be which I highly doubt it.

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Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:24 pm

Last hunt was great :y: ,looking forward to this one, we ended up fishing at 90m with the marlin boats :lol:
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