If you have been unfortunate enough to attract sharks to your line it is generally a good idea not to reset your gear in the same place.
They tend to hang around like seagulls just waiting for their next meal.
The best thing to do is pack up all your gear and move a couple of kilometers up or down the beach and try again in the hope that the sharks will stay where you left them.
White shark picture above : As far as we are aware, Colin Sherman of Dargaville, is still the only person to have landed a white pointer shark on a kite rig in New Zealand.
The Sherman boys look on in awe at Dads catch. The shark was taken on a normal 22 kg breaking strain snapper trace run from a Paul's Fishing Kite Bottom Longline Rig.
The shark had 3 gurnard in its stomach which it had just taken from the line and the hook that caught this monster was a little 16R Tainawa Jap longline hook which had hooked up right in the corner of the sharks mouth.
Don't Try Bigger Traces
Be wary of altering your kite or kontiki gear in an attempt to out smart the sharks. All of Paul's kitefishing rigs are designed with specific weak points which ensure the minimum gear is lost in any eventuality.
With our 22 kg traces attached to a 100 kg mainline sharks will generally just break off the trace with little or no damage to the all important mainline and kites.
The temptation of using steel traces or knotted mainlines should be avoided at all cost. Your line is only as strong as its weakest point.
A good example of this is several years ago a kitefisherman from the Port Waikato area had convinced himself he was losing traces to giant snapper.
Determined to land these huge beasts he replaced all his existing traces with 200 kg steel traces crimped
to 14/0 and 16/0 tuna circle hooks baited with a whole fillet of mullet on each one.
After losing eight kites in short succession we asked to see the kite fisher's gear to find out why he was losing so much gear.
It didn't take much to fix the problem, he was obviously catching such a great weight of sharks that were unable to break free and he was unable to haul in by hand.
He reported his line generally broke after wrapping it around the tow bar of his vehicle and attempting to haul it in this way.
On a lighter note, the sharks have reportedly headed offshore and kitefishers from Muriwai and Baylys Beach are now reporting the excellent catches of snapper and gurnard more consistent with this time of year.
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