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s it hot enough for you folks?
To remedy this, I’m focusing hard on what
Or damp enough?
I’m picking will be one of the biggest
If the weather sorts itself out, we might get some time on the water and if that happens - Wow - it’s mental out there!
and most exciting fishing competitions we’ve seen for a few years as the NZ Lure Masters looms at the end of May. I love the Beach & Boat (which is running while
I’ve had a few weeks of quiet time
I’m writing this - and I’m not there), but
ashore with the family, but it’s killing
thankfully there’s more on the horizon.
me seeing the wide variety and size of
Wayne and Daniel who’re running
some of these summer fish others are
the Lure Masters are keen to
catching. I have to wonder why I’m not
lure fishos, but they’re also keen
out there too!
It’s great to catch a feed, but the
to the fish without spooking them, you
‘catch and kill for glory’ comps have
can launch just about anywhere, and
their glory days behind them.
best of all, you stay fit - the more you
The idea of the Masters is to catch and
yak, the better for you! If you’re not
measure up to three fish of each eligible
convinced, read through this issue and
species; the winner being the angler with
see for yourself.
the greatest overall total length across
On a slightly negative note, I don’t think
three fish of that species. The length is
it’s ever been acceptable, socially or
measured against a special measure-mat
environmentally to dump marlin but I
for the comp and photos of each fish are
am sure as hell sure it’s not OK today.
submitted for judging.
Recently not just one, but four filleted
The world of competitions won’t be
marlin frames (with beaks removed) were
changing overnight, but there’s a good
dumped in a Northland estuary.
chance the popularity of this comp will
I cannot find the words to
help others make the transition to a
adequately describe the mixture of
more sustainable and socially acceptable
revulsion and shame I feel seeing
these magnificent fish treated so
I recall about five years back Jai Sanders
ungraciously and disrespectfully.
winning the Beach & Boat from the
While on the one hand Legasea bring us
kayak with a 10kg+ snapper from his
the launch of their Fish Care program to
moocher hole up the coast somewhere.
help anglers update practices (please see
This issue we’re focussing on the
the FishCare release later in this issue),
‘yakkers out there who’re putting the
and the other this gross, disrespectful act
hard yards in for great results both
of fisheries vandalism. People - what is
bottom fishing and chasing game fish. Kayak fishing is still the fastest growing
going on? Have we not learned anything? Tight lines!
fishing segment in New Zealand, and there are many reasons why. There’s a low barrier to entry, they can put you close
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Sport FIshing from the Kayak: Live-baiting tips ‘n’ tricks BY Ryan Griffiths Stealth Kayaks NZ Ltd
z-zzz-zzzzzzzzzzz: that beautiful
through it will do the trick. The live-
sound your reel makes when
bait torpedoes which attach to the
your live-bait is smashed by
kayak and hang in the water, work
a predatory fish. This is my kind of fishing. In fact, regardless of whether I am soft-baiting, jigging or stick-baiting, I will always have at least one rod, rigged with live bait swimming around behind my kayak. That is why my trusty Stealth Profisha 525 has been modified to suit this kind of fishing, with a live bait well which
just as well. I always make it a priority to source live bait on my way out, and this is where a sounder proves invaluable. It can mean the difference between success and failure. I have also found that once you have sourced your live-bait, you need not travel much
is manually operated by a foot pump
further from this area to find the fish,
and keeps my live-baits in pristine
regardless of how shallow it may be.
condition. Any form of live-bait well
I often catch kingfish in six to seven
that keeps fresh sea water flowing
metres of water.
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My traces are pre-made, with approximately 1.1m of 30kg Ultragreen mono and a No.8 power swivel on one end, and a 6/0 Demon Circle hook snelled to the other end. The 6/0 circle hook is more than strong enough to land most sizable fish but small enough to not scare them away. In fact, I have landed and released an estimated 45kg sailfish on a 4/0 circle hook. Snelling your circle hook will double your hookup rate, as it guarantees the fish will be hooked in the scissors of the jaw, once the live bait has been swallowed and the drag tightened up. I also tend to force a soft fluorescent bead over the point and the barb of the hook until it sits in about the centre of the bend of the hook. When it comes to tackle for live-
This acts as a stopper and prevents
baiting, I fish with my 7ft Yak
the hook from penetrating back into
Fisha and Yak Fisha Pro trolling
the live-bait, which could mean a
rods mounted with multiplier reels
spooled with 24kg Ultragreen mono
If I am slow trolling on the kayak (which
and a five to ten metre 37kg fluoro
I mostly do), then I place the hook
leader. I believe the majority of my
through the nostrils of the live-bait
success is derived from my live-bait
( the two holes below the eyes). This
traces, as I prefer to fish with the least
allows the live bait to swim naturally,
conspicuous terminal tackle possible,
and so be towed a little faster behind
without compromising on strength.
the kayak without too much resistance.
// KAYAK FISHING
The ratchet is engaged, and when my reels start playing sweet music, and the fish is screaming off with the live bait, I resist the urge to strike and let the fish swallow the bait completely. I lean back, tighten up the drag, and let the sleigh ride begin! Having the second bait on a sinker also
When fishing the shallows (out to
prevents the live-baits from becoming
about 15 metres), I only fish one
entangled and knitting a jersey. When
rod, with the live bait about 20
fishing two rigged live-baits like this,
to 25 metres and trolled slowly
be prepared for action, as often both
behind the kayak on the top of the water column. In deeper water, I will rig another rod with a second live bait. I will then connect a teardrop sinker with a rubber band, about 5m up from the trace. This is then lowered to the seafloor and wound up about three turns of the reel. When slow trolled, this bait rises in the current and will attract any hunting fish in the bottom half of
baits will be smashed at once, and you will be left with two screaming reels and a choice of which one to fight first. Once the live-baits are deployed, I slacken off the drag to a point where the line will not peel off the reel when paddling so the fish must encounter no resistance when snatching the bait. The ratchet is engaged, and when my reels start playing sweet music, and the fish is screaming off with the live bait, I resist the urge to strike and let
the water column. This bottom bait
the fish swallow the bait completely. I
has accounted for some good-sized
lean back, tighten up the drag, and let
snapper and john dory.
the sleigh ride begin! ď‚§
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The Best Plan-B Ever! Hard yakker on the, err, yak BY Daryl MacAnally
The rod buckled over, and it was game on. The next ten minutes was the hardest effort I have ever had to put in to land a fish.
ast weekend I went up north
any tuna, I realised I was close to
to Whangaruru with a few
the hapuku mark we had earlier
guys from the East Auckland
decided would be our meeting
Kayak Fishing Club. I only had time
point to regroup. While waiting
to fish the Monday so left the soft-
for William, I thought I might
baiting gear at home with the goal
as well drop some hapuku baits
of either catching tuna or a hapuku.
over the side. I soon regretted the
We headed out as a group early on
decision, as after 20 minutes with
Monday with Keith Emmerson, Jade
no action I decided to wind in.
Boyd and Ali stopping around Danger Rock to haul in some nice kingies.
Cranking up a 30-oz sinker in 120 metres of water from a kayak
Meanwhile, William Askham (on a jet
is damned hard work. I had to
ski) and I headed several kilometres
stop several times for a rest. I
further north towards Cape Brett
was thinking ‘bugger this for fun’
and a GPS location I had for hapuku.
when William arrived at the spot
But with no sign on the sounder,
and wanted to drop a line, so I
we decided to head out wide and
thought I better stay for a while.
southward to troll for tuna.
I was sick as a dog and had already
I went out to the 100m line while
spewed up three times during the
William headed out to 140m. After
morning, so decided to move around
a couple of hours with no sign of
and look for sign on the sounder.
// KAYAK FISHING
I waited a minute or so for the sinker to hit the bottom and a minute later, felt the line go tight as it had been doing with every bit of swell.
I spotted what looked like a small gully on the bottom with a fish arch above it so dropped the baits in. I waited a minute or so for the sinker to hit the bottom and a minute later, felt the line go tight as it had been doing with every bit of swell. But this time the pulling continued so I leant into it, then I started winding slowly. The rod buckled over, and it was game on. The next ten minutes was the hardest effort I have ever had to put in to land a fish.
JT with a 12kg tub of a King
The fish didn’t put up a big fight, but
forgotten when I saw it appear
a lot of effort was needed to drag it up
and float to the surface. I was
from the bottom when it wanted to
feeling too sick to turn on the
go in the other direction. Now I know
camera during the fight but got a
why they invented electric reels!
few shots after landing the fish.
All the way I was swearing and yelling
I checked the GPS and found it was
in pain but was determined not to
20 kilometres, in a straight line, back
stop winding as I didn’t want the hook
to the camp. I nervously handed
to come loose. I was hoping it wasn’t
the fish over to William to pack in
a shark or something else undesirable.
ice and transport back on his jetski,
The pain and sickness were quickly
then started the long paddle back.
// SMARTER FishCare
What is Fishcare? 16 www.nzfisher.co.nz
Reccies, lets get our fishcare sorted! BY Scott Cushman
FishCare is broken down into five core principles 1. Fishing techniques 2. Handling methods 3. Utilisation 4. Minimising fishing impacts on other creatures (e.g. whales, sea birds) 5. Safety at sea and while fishing.
hat is FishCare the school of best practice? FishCare is
The first principle, fishing techniques,
an educational programme to help
is a simple look at the methods
recreational fishers reduce their
we use when fishing. Changes to
impact on the marine environment,
the methods we use can make a
particularly inshore fish stocks.
big difference to our impact on
LegaSea initiated FishCare because
the fishery. For example, there are
it is essential that Kiwis help
numerous fish species that have size
look after our fishery for future
limits, snapper being an obvious one.
generations. Every user of the
By using methods that avoid
resource, whether we are customary,
catching the undersized fish in the
recreational or commercial fishers,
first place, fewer fish are handled
have a stewardship responsibility.
and are at risk of being harmed.
As individuals and collectively
So, this principle is about being
we donâ€™t want to be pointing the
highly selective in the methods
finger at someone else if weâ€™re not
we use so that we do our best to
doing best practice ourselves.
target the fish we want to keep.
// SMARTER FishCare
Living to fish another day is the ultimate goal and preparation is the biggest element of minimising harm and avoiding tragedy Minimising your impact on other sea
The second principle focuses on
creatures is a part of fishing that can’t
handling and release techniques -
be ignored. Seabirds, mammals, and
what is the best way to handle and
the whole ecosystem can be impacted
release a fish that we don’t want to
by what we do. Learning how to safely
keep? There is a hierarchy when it
deter seabirds from grabbing baits
comes to handling fish. The optimum
and eliminating plastics from entering
practice is no handling, to release fish
the marine environment or simply
while they are still in the water. If
retrieving stray plastic to prevent
handling is required, use wet hands.
other creatures from ingesting
Use of cloth is not recommended
rubbish all contributes to FishCare.
as it removes the protective mucous layer on the fish’s skin.
Safety is the fifth principle. While most of the earlier principles deal
Utilisation - from kill and chill to
with the safety of the fish and
using as much of the fish as possible.
other creatures, safety for the fisher
For the ‘fillets only’ fishers, there
can’t be overlooked. Living to fish
is are lots of ways to make sure the
another day is the ultimate goal and
heads and frames aren’t wasted: from
preparation is the biggest element
fish stocks to smoking, to giving
of minimising harm and avoiding
away the rest to people in your
tragedy while on the water for the
community via FreeFishHeads.co.nz.
boat and land-based fisher.
Be FishCare Aware!
SCHOOL OF BEST PRACTICE
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// LOCAL FISHING
Top Snapper Spot on the Citys Back Step L
ocated right at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park is a
Lurking around Shakespear Reserve
pest-free nature reserve, with the whole
BY Lee Kennedy
within. The earliest you can enter the
area fully fenced to protect the wildlife reserve is 6am through an electric gate which is run on a timer and will automatically open.
// LOCAL FISHING
If you are looking at launching earlier,
doing the old ‘line up between this
there is a cool campground at Te Haruhi
tree and that rock and the top of
Bay, I highly recommend it. Te Haruhi
that mountain’. It took me all of two
Bay is where I launch from; it’s a nice
minutes to get set up, as opposed to
sandy easy launching spot, and not far
the hour it takes me these days.
from great fishing grounds.
As you do over time, I started getting
When I first started fishing this area, I’d
a bit more adventurous, venturing out
paddle up to a point on the left-hand
into the Tiri’ Channel, then out to the
side, literally 500m paddle and be into
island, out past the island etc.
the fish! It was an easy feed without having to paddle a marathon.
But what I’ve found over the years is the best fishing I’ve had around this
Back then I had no electronics. I’d
area is in the shallows and right on the
take a soft-bait rod and just wing it,
edge of the channel.
The reason why I fish in this area is that this is the path the snapper seem to travel on their way up and down the coast www.nzfisher.co.nz 23
// LOCAL FISHING
A couple in the pod
Be visible to boaties
These are the methods that
The reason why I fish in this area is
have worked for me:
that this is the path the snapper seem
My go-to method is softbaiting, light
to travel on their way up and down the
jig heads as you’re only fishing up to
coast. There is an abundance of baitfish
20 metres max, so the more hang time
that congregate around this area too,
the lure has in the current, the better.
so if you’re looking for live bait, it’s an
I’ve pictured the general area that I
excellent place to pick a few up. You
fish on the map; the trick is to sit right
will catch snapper on both incoming
on the edge of the channel where
and outgoing tides but what I’ve found
the current starts to loop and change
is the outgoing is more productive.
Now because the current is travelling
Campground You don’t have to go far to find the fish
Shakespear Regional Park
so fast around that corner, you’ll quite often encounter aggressive bites, but you just won’t hook up, on
a good day the fish will turn around
I like to position myself so that I can
and have another go, but most days
cast up-current; sometimes this means
they are just trucking past at pace.
having my drogue pulling me sideways,
Positioning is key in this case. I’m a
obviously depending on what direction
big believer in the theory that, if you
I want to cast. In this case, I’m casting
can place a bait directly in front of a
up current, giving these travelling
fish, they are more likely have a proper
snapper time to chase my lure down
go at it; snapper can be very lazy!
current and grab it before it starts to drag.
// LOCAL FISHING
Smiles all round
Consistent fishing in February
The best months for this area are October and November. I’ve caught fish up to 8kg in these months. There are plenty of hungry spawning snapper around this time. It’s worth having a crack right out in the channel at this time of year too. December is unbelievably quiet; you’ll still catch fish, but it’s very slow. February to May offers very consistent fishing but starts to die off over the winter, although you’ll still get the odd This method has worked well for me in
moocher if you try hard enough. Plenty
this area for fast-travelling fish, but as
of kingfish are there to be caught around
you know, each day is different. There
the area over summer, try chucking
may be a reason for the snapper to
some stick-baits or soft-baits around the
congregate around that area. There
two yellow buoys in the channel.
may baitfish, or shellfish; in this case, the snapper will have their heads facing into the current, so dragging your softbait may be the best option. If you’re not hooking up, there is always a reason; try changing your approach.
A couple of notes to newbies: Be very careful out in the channel, there’s a lot of boat traffic, as Gulf Harbour Marina and the boat ramp is just up the coast. It’s like a highway, so don’t just assume that the boats will see you. I’ve almost been
The best months for this area are
mowed down a few times! Also, check
October and November. I’ve caught
the weather forecast. Conditions in the
fish up to 8kg in these months. There
Tiri’ Channel can change in a matter of
are plenty of hungry spawning snapper
minutes, I’ve been stuck out there a few
around this time. It’s worth having a
times in bad weather. When the wind
crack right out in the channel at this
opposes the tide, the sea can get nasty,
time of year too.
so be careful.
// FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
Conserving our crayfish
t is encouraging that so many
February. It is the most extensive survey
recreational fishers have expressed
measuring public support for various
a strong desire to conserve their
CRA 2 management options available
crayfish catch in the interests of
to the minister. By the time the joint
rebuilding the CRA 2 fishery between Te
recreational submission was sent to
Arai Point in the north and East Cape.
MPI in response to their review, we had
The MPI review of four crayfish management areas is now over, and we await the Ministerâ€™s decisions that will apply from April 1. Those decisions will be difficult for Stuart Nash as there are a broad range of views and a lot of pressure on him in his first year as Fisheries Minister.
received 3,600 completed surveys. Survey respondents have given the minister the thumbs up to take a more precautionary approach, including the closure of all commercial and recreational fishing, followed by the most conservative MPI option. People clearly want the Minister to make a bold decision to quickly rebuild the
The LegaSea Crayfish Crisis survey has
decimated CRA 2 fishery, and they are
been underway since the beginning of
willing to contribute to that rebuild.
Our dilemma is how recreational fishers
can make a meaningful contribution
Framing recreationals as being
to rebuilding CRA 2 when it is in such
responsible for the depletion is a
a poor state. The last National Panel
bit rich when excessive commercial
Survey in 2012 reveals that only 17%
harvesting has been condoned for years
of fishers returned with a maximum
even in the face of falling catch rates
bag limit of six crayfish. Around 49%
and exponential growth in effort. How
returned with one or two crayfish.
can commercial interests consider it be
Supporting that research are
reasonable to have a catch rate of 0.25
comments from the CRA 2 survey
kilos per pot lift when in Fiordland it is
respondents. A common theme is
3.5 kilos per pot lift?
that catch rates in some parts of the
The only justification for pulling
Hauraki Gulf and eastern Coromandel
up four pots to harvest one kilo of
are so bad that people don’t even
crayfish in CRA 2 is the export returns
bother suiting up any longer to get
for quota owners, with 95% of live
in the water and dive for a crayfish
exports going to China.
because the returns are so poor.
It’s a crying shame that a fishery
Before the MPI review, commercial
of such high social and cultural
interests indicated they would support
value has become a commodity,
the smallest possible cuts to the Total
available on the open market to
Allowable Commercial Catch (TACC).
the highest bidder while ordinary
There has been a lot of finger pointing
New Zealanders miss out. We are
at recreationals for being responsible
now left to dream of what crayfish
for the demise of CRA 2, despite the
tastes like because we can’t compete
plethora of data that shows recreational
when it comes to paying premium
catch has never got close to the
prices for a once-common catch.
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// YAKKER PICS
A real ‘Wow’ shot on the Parengarenga by Craig Dawson on a recent Yak trip
Ali Sarmad Yousuf with his first king - looks like Danger Rock
Alastair Munro showing of an EPIC Bream Bay sunrise over oily seas
Another one falls for a well kitted Profish
Blair Rossiterâ€™s primo haul of gurnard
Brett Rigby with a pair of tasty mudfish - The yak deserves better!
Callum getting the better of a fiesty snap
// YAKKER PICS
Callum Millar with a fine red from the yak
Cyril Cherry with his new PB king at 18.2kg a magnificent fish - and howâ€™s the scerenity!
Danny Harrisâ€™ day brightened considerably after landing his PB snapper off the Naki 32 www.nzfisher.co.nz
Dee King sent this pic - before setting out into this stunning rise
Jade Boyd & his 12.5kg Far North King
Kevin Boyles with a true beast of a fish taken far off-shore beyond the Mokes
Matty Keeno - Ya see the strangest things... www.nzfisher.co.nz 33
// YAKKER PICS
Linda Wilson with her First King, landed off the Rock, Whatuwhiwhi
The best kind of selfie
The sort of shot that all yakkers love - cheers Simon
Natalie Dempsey looking a little underwhelmed with her new PB Snap landed at Long Bay, Coromandel Natalie Dempsey with a released Port Napier King caught the day before this issue went to print!
Paul Roundtree showing off a mid-range king (by his standards!)
// YAKKER PICS
Simon Anderson putting snapper where it belongs - right in front!
Rob Henson cuddling a mint king off-shore
Thanks Denzil Chetty - Many a yakker has enjoyed this launch
A bunch of great fish landed by Mateen Lim
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