13kg Snapper!

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Kerry
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:53 pm

Finally after all the wind and rain this past week there was a nice weather window on Sunday and I intended to make the most of it! Leaving home at 5 30 I should have been at the beach nice and early but had to back track after 10 minutes, realising that I’d left the paddle at home. Finally at the beach it was now 6 45 and the light showed dirty water but the wind was nowhere to be seen so off I went.


Fishing on the shallow reefs was very slow and I didn’t even get a bite but with the water that dirty I wasn’t surprised and decided to head for deeper water that might be a little cleaner. 6kms out there is a nice pin and I stopped there but there was no sign on the sounder so after a couple of drops I moved on – besides the water was still dirty as.


The next spot was a further 6kms out and once there I started looking for some sign to drop the jig on. Pretty soon I’d looked everywhere and found no good kingi sign so dropped a pillie on the stray line. It had just hit the bottom when the sounder showed a school of kingis so I dropped the jig as well.


The jig got nailed half way up by what I thought was a little king but after a couple of minutes it woke up big time and powered off on an unstoppable run. Meanwhile the stray line got hit and line started spewing off that reel as well. I was too busy trying to stop the kingfish to do anything about that, so just held on to the very bent rod and hoped that the king ran out of juice before it found the reef. It wasn’t to be and I was left minus my jig and leader.


Turning my attention to the stray line I saw that it had gone slack as well and winding it in I found that it had been busted off as well, despite having a super light drag. Re rigging the jig rod I decided to use the live bait rod to drop the next pillie as it had a lot heavier line. Once everything was set up I tried to find the king sign again but it had moved and I couldn’t find it anywhere.


Finally I gave up and just dropped the pillie on one of the many bait schools on the reef and after a couple of minutes pulled up a 27cm golden snapper, this was hooked on my 14-0 tuna circle hook! The next drop was nailed just as it hit the bottom and this fish had some go, I was calling it as a small king and gave it heeps until ¾ of the way up it started giving big head shakes – oh no it’s a big snapper. Sure enough it popped up next to me and it was a big snapper, I was calling it for around 10kg and because I’d bought it up so quick it was blown out both ends so it was coming home with me.
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The next couple of drops produced another couple of snapper around the 7 lb mark and then I got another good string puller. Taking things a bit slower this time saw a 13lb snapper yak side and while its swim bladder was ok it still had intestines hanging out its bum so another fish I couldn’t release. By now I had only one pillie left so decided to drop it and see what happened. It was hit by another good fish that was pulling a lot of string but it managed break the trace while still on the bottom – phew…


Now it was time to leave and with 12kms back it was going to take a while – at least the wind was still fairly light. I made it back to the beach by 3 30 and headed home wondering how heavy the big snapper was going to be. On the scales the first reading said 13.12kg – that can’t be right try again. 13.09kg – what really? Third times the charm and it came in at 13.1kg WOW! That’s 28.8 lbs in the old system and a new Pb for me, time for a measure. On the tape it was only 85cm long so no wonder I thought that it was only around the 10kg mark, a short, deep and fat fish that I’ll never forget!!!
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:05 pm

Wicked fish Kerry!

The tail on that fish looks so powerful.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:06 pm

Awesome Kerry!

So Kingfish are just another day at the office.
You've ticked Marlin off the list, a horse of a snapper now.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:19 pm

epic Kerry
Paddled 20K in the weekend and feel like ive been 10 rounds with Mike Tyson
what did you end up doing with the beast?

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:24 pm

WaikatoYakka wrote:Awesome Kerry!

So Kingfish are just another day at the office.
You've ticked Marlin off the list, a horse of a snapper now.

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Peace wrote:epic Kerry
Paddled 20K in the weekend and feel like ive been 10 rounds with Mike Tyson
what did you end up doing with the beast?
With no time to smoke it I just filleted it, the frames all went to a needy family up the road who lost all the food in their freezer during the wild weather power cuts.
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:24 pm

That's a beast of a Snapper mate! Gutted about that kingie.


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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:28 pm

Awesome fish mate !


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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:46 pm

Well done Kerry, eventful trip and a horse of a Snapper, congrats.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:49 pm

Primo fish bro :y:
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:54 pm

Outstanding effort, well done.


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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:00 pm

Great fishing Kerry, :y:
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:09 pm

:talk: That snapper is a beast !!!!!
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:09 pm

Fantastic snaps there Kerry. Congrats on the pb :clap:
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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:10 pm

Sweet well done mate :y: and for looking out for those in need after this weather :rock: :rock: :rock:

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:16 pm

The PUKA don't stand a chance.

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:20 pm

Nice fish bro
weather looks mint keep on slaying cuz :y:

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:28 pm

Shot bro! You da man!! :beer: :beer:

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Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:36 pm

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Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:07 am

Well done!
Good to see the frame was not wasted too awesome

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Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:10 am

Top job there Kerry, very fat monster ,interesting how sometimes they are short and thick ,the 11 kg snap I caught at Papa Aroha was 83 cm, you could have steaked that one mate well done thank s for sharing :y:
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