There seems to be quite a lot of fish about both coasts at the moment. Not too many big fish reported this week though.
Northland seems to be the place to be catching snapper with your kite.
Robbie Cullen, a member of the Kitefishing Club went set his longline rig off the west coast at Dargaville and landed 20 fish for his efforts.
The catch included 16 snapper, a gurnard, a small shark, one trevally and a huge kahawai.
The day was windier than what Robbie was expecting, gusting between 45- 60 knots at various stages during the day.
Kitefishing Club Report
The same day Robbie was out the Kitefishing Club held their club day at the top end of Muriwai. There was a total of 26 snapper caught, 10 kahawai, 6 gurnard and even a john dory.
The john dory was landed by Tim Gerard on his Flexiwing Rig. Eric Easton put his rig about 900m offshore and landed the biggest snapper of the day weighing a very healthy 9.5Kgs.
Dave Edlington, the Kitefishing Club president managed a snapper of 4.1Kgs. Apparently Dave is an expert in catching snapper of this size, there is a photo on our website with Dave and his last 4.1Kg snapper.
Over the past weekend Kerry Rabe set his kite out between Dargaville and Pouto on the west coast and also had a good catch for the day. Kerry managed 14 snapper from 2 sets of 22 hooks.
The largest weighed 4kg. All of Kerry's fish were full of crabs and mussels. Kerry was using mullet and salted trevally bait on his day out at the beach.
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