Pic Above : Sunrise just north of the ninepin at Whatipu Beach
We started fishing this notoriously difficult stretch of coastline with its huge tides, strong currents, snags and rips (and fish!!) just as the sun rose in the East - an amazing sight!
Pic Above : Whatipu offers the experienced kitefisher many opportunities, big sharks abound, kingfish are common from November to May, trevally, snapper, blue moki, spotted dogfish and kahawai are available year round. Neil has the specialist
knowledge required to fish in the bay above which lies between Paratutai Island and the Ninepin Rock.
The first set with our big dropper rig was difficult to punch through the surf - the wind was nowhere near the predicted 15 knots - but with the help of the Skyhook and second kite further back down the line we easily managed.
Pic Above : Extensive reef amid fast water on the channel edge make the Ninepin an ideal landbased fishing spot for kingfish, trevally and snapper.
We left the hooks out for about 20 minutes and pulled in the line with several beautiful snapper, all between 35cm and 50cm long. What a great start!
Pic Above : Just north of the Ninepin a deep hole on clear bottom is ideal for catching big snapper on a kite rig.