Rawhiti - July 11th

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:02 pm

Only been up there once on my own during one of the Beach and Boat comps and never made it out of the entrance due to the swell and wind. So when the chance came up to join the North Shore Kayak Club on a club trip I grabbed a space :y:
All loaded up Thursday night (must raise the T-Bar a bit I think!) and left Auckland around lunchtime for a lazy drive up, stopped in Whangarei to quickly grab some supplies from MadMike which turned into a two hour catch up! Then off the grab some food and drink before continuing north. It was dark by the time I hit the Old Russell Road and just around a blind bend I find a cow strolling across, then about 500 meeters more I find two of his mates!
Got up in the morning to head out, not too early, seemed only a few had headed out right on dawn, wheeled the kayak down from the house to the beach, the conditions were great, bloody cold but flat with just a 5 knotish breeze.
I decided the night before to head out the to left and paddle around Urupukapuka Island and fish shallow then try deeper as the day went on and off the top point of Urupukapuka. All I managed to find all day was small snapper (including a lot under legal) and quite a few pigfish and not that small either.
Once I was at the tip of Urupukapuka it didn't look all that much further to the next island, then the next and before I knew it I was at Whale Rock :lol:
Again not much here, lots of great sign but that was about it, after losing more Gulp! to the leatherjackets I decided to start the journey back to the house. This is where I found the wind although it had dropped a bit was now full in my face so most of the 8km paddle back was done with little fishing and only interspersed with short food breaks when I found little out crops of rocks to hide behind. Then on the final stretch along the side of Urupukapuka I came across Sunset Bay, complete with sandy beach and a longdrop, would have been criminal not to take advantage of both. So I pulled up on the sand and emptied the spent fuel and loaded up with some more before the 2.5km paddle back across the channel :)
So no great fish worth talking about for me and nothing went in the bin but a great day on the water and a good paddle to blow out the cobwebs as it's been way too long off the water for me recently! A shade under 20km and I felt it the next day. A great place, the digs were great and with great company too - thanks guys!

P.S. For those heading up in the next couple of weeks head right out of the channel not left and you'll find the fish...

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:21 pm

Awesome T/R and sorry i didn't catch up with you but did see you out there over by Urupukapuka Island i was in close working around the rock so next time ill call you up :y:
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:04 pm

Good TR with some nice pics..... Whilst we got fish further north up at Matai, it was hard going and the wind was bloody cold !!
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:27 pm

Nice pics mental!
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:55 pm

8) Tr and pics, beats working anyday thou being on the water :y:

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:56 pm

Awesome trip report Mental glad you enjoyed the day out.

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:22 pm

Good to see you left some for us! And thanks for the tip!
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Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:37 pm

Good catching up with ya mate, was a damn chilling day.....and thanks for that DB Citrus 00% ,kept me road legal :y: :beer: .....got back late Sat nite...bug-eyed..long day. :whew:

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Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:12 pm

So fresh steak and pigfish for tea then :lol:

Looks like a nice spot and definitely on my go to list.

Cheers for the TR Jase :y:
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Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:53 am

Sure was a great place. The water was so clear I could see the leather jackets coming up to meet my bait from 8 m down!
The guys that made the effort to get up there early on Friday had the best fishing, wasn't me .
Still nice to be on the water all the same, counting down the days for the next one!
And I must give a big thank you to Fritter, Deidre loved the blue cod, cheers.

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Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:46 pm

Nice pics Jase :y: you think about taking that cow out on the way home seen as you had no fish ? :^)

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