Smashing PBs - Mahia 2018

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Epicskwid
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Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:02 am

Mahia peninsula is located 3 hours north of Napier, It was about time to put some effort into getting a feed outside napier waters. Somehow we found a cabin fairly close to the peninsula, everything for miles was booked out for the long weekend.

Sunday
We arrived at the beach about 3pm, Conditions were spectacular, boats everywhere, people all over. Quite a sight. Whangawehi is a small river mouth where all the local trailer boats launch from (dependant on tide).This is a great choice for me too since it provides an easy way to get in and out with no trouble.
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I made my way out and found my mark i fished last year. No sign hanging around. a bit further on i spotted a pin on the sounder. I drifted quietly over to see what was hanging on the edge, Sure enough, marks everywhere hard on the bottom. Exactly what i was looking for .. :y: I dropped down and quickly had a fish on, but unfortunately dropped it on the way up. Baits down again. Hooked up! and I pulled a 37 cm Blue Cod to the surface. Beautiful start !

Next bait down and i'm hooked up again, this time a different feel to it on the way up. A Tarakihi :rock:
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Next fish was another nice sized Tarakihi which also went on ice. The next hookup was quite heavy and started to pull a decent amount of line from my reel. I wasn't sure what i had here ! Sure enough a Donkey Tarakihi surfaced after the good scrap and had me scrambling to get the net under it (still with the last fish in it too) Smashed the PB up to 1.3 kilos :rock: :rock:
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The bites kept coming, but no more of these nice species stuck on the hook, fairly certain i dropped a few on the bite. I landed a large conger eel, southern b cod, rock cod and scorpion fish too. A slight wind change had swung me off the patch of schooling Turkeys. Time for home with a great bin of fish for a short evening session.
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Monday
Up early and launched by 7am. oh my the conditions could not improve any more. just glass and no swell.
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I paddled out to the reef again to look for sign but couldn't see anything on the sounder. Time to go for a Gurnard. I had some intel that they were hanging out more north so i got to work and paddled 2km into 20m up the coast. Dropped the anchor down and got a huge berley trail going. Threw chunks of pilchard in to try get these fish feeding. I waited patiently for over an hour before i had a bite which was a huge relief. These were just small Kahawai but a welcome change of fortun, It was looking bad for a while. The tide turn is what i was looking for to get the current running as it was totally slack. About 10 minutes before it turned i got a telltale bumpy grunter bite and hooked up :y: Theres a couta behind him! get out of it!
I managed to dodge the dreaded silver snakes teeth and boated my first Gurnard of the day.
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That tide turn was bang on the money. Before long i had 3 on ice, then 5.The Gurnard were happily biting Skipjack Tuna baits set up on a 4/0 Sunset Snapper Snatcher. I was stoked at every fish that was surfacing out of the crystal clear water.
Next thing i know i look over at my Cortez Bang! :clap: :clap: This fish was heavy and pulled a heap of string on the first run. I set to work and had a great scrap out of this fish. ITS A SNAPPER Get the net out :D
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I had been waiting for that fish for some amount of time so it feels amazing to finally have completed that goal. the fish was over 3 kilos and i was over the moon.
Before long i had caught 4 more Gurnard to add to the bin, bringing the total up to 9.
Finally on the last bait i had another big whack on the cortez and sure enough a second 3 kilo snapper popped up :y: :y: :y: :rock:
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With a paddle over 3kms i packed up and got to work with some cramp in the arms from all the hard work throughout the weekend. Worth it :y:

Special Thanks
My Dad Nigel is a Legend and allows me to go on these amazing trips
Chad and Aaron for the awesome local knowledge
Black Magic Tackles gear

Cheers Everyone a couple more photos below.
Last edited by Epicskwid on Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:52 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Catch 290 [Retired]

Kayak PB's
15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
3.1kg Snapper - Oraka Beach Mahia
3.2kg Kahawai - Napier Port
2.2kg Blue Cod- Golden Bay
2.1kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
1.3kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia
1.3kg John Dory - Taranaki Port
1.2kg Gurnard - Okiwi Bay

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Epicskwid
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Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:08 am

More photos!
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Viking ProFish 400 Lite
Catch 290 [Retired]

Kayak PB's
15.1kg Yellowtail Kingfish - Tongoio Beach
3.1kg Snapper - Oraka Beach Mahia
3.2kg Kahawai - Napier Port
2.2kg Blue Cod- Golden Bay
2.1kg Trevally - Taylors Bay Mahia
1.3kg Tarakihi - Whangawehi Mahia
1.3kg John Dory - Taranaki Port
1.2kg Gurnard - Okiwi Bay

DocProfit
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Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:59 am

Nice work sir! :y:

peteatkina
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Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:29 am

Well done Nigel.
oh you too epic :)

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Kermit
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Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:53 am

Great catch :y:
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Viking Espri Angler - worn out
PB snapper - 17.9lbs - 82cm CKFC
Plenty of time to sleep when you die

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destin
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Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:50 pm

Cool pics. Well done :y:
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TBreezy
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Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:41 am

Awesome trip, man. Great mixed bag too!

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Bear Jules
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:28 am

Epic trip report Epic! Stoked for you.

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