Mokau from Geoff Preston
From the New Year through to March the kitefishing in the Mokau area has been a little disappointing for most. A lot of small snapper with a few gurnard and the usual kahawai, but not in the numbers like in previous summers.
We had huge seas causing the rivers to be flooded around the end of March, but the area became fishable again early April and catches have improved greatly. Mark Ashcroft from Hamilton caught a couple of 7kg snapper plus numerous smaller ones on his
last two visits.
I managed a couple over the 20lb mark, one at 10.15kg and the other at 9.68kg. I've had many reports from others fishing the area indicating good catches of 10lb plus snapper.
For some reason the bigger fish are early this year, they are normally here around the end of May and stay around till September, October.
On the electric kontiki front, two were lost in March due to strong sea currents drifting the hook sections over the rocky areas we have scattered along the Mokau coastline.
If it's calm enough to row out a kayak you can sometime retrieve them, but it's extremely risky. I did this for someone not long ago but got smashed coming back in through the surf.
The guard around the prop nearly broke my ankle when I got tumbled by the waves.
Happy Fishing everyone! Cheers, Geoff
p.s. Editor's note: Congratulations to Geoff and his new bride Heidi. All the best from Paul and Peg.
Bethells Beach from Neill Sperath
Hi there, I do lots of kite fishing with your kites and I absolutely love it. The problem is, I can't really catch my favourite fish - flounder - this way.
I have used both light and spear and drag/set net to catch flounder but I obviously haven't been to the right places, because I haven't had much success. Just wondering if you can help me with some locations in the greater Auckland area re where I can
go and what I need to consider, e.g. tides / time of day etc.
That would be REALLY appreciated.
By the way, I went out to Bethells Beach last night for a spot of kite fishing from 8pm to 1am - that's total devotion for you!! I caught one nice Kahawai on the only set I did but the whole environment was priceless.
Obviously it was dark, so I attached lightsticks at the top to my flexikite, where the main line joins the kiteline and just above the milk bottle. It was also a break in the terrible weather we've been having, so I had a starry night sky - the best
I've ever seen - for hours.
When the kite was out a bit it was hard to distinguish between the stars and the glowsticks.
It was a great evening's kitefishing and the one kahawai was good for tonight's dinner.
Next time maybe the fishing will be better too.
Kind regards, Neill Sperath
Ed - Can anyone help Neil, if anyone knows about flounder fishing around Auckland, please Contact Us and we will put it on the site.
Muriwai Beach from Steven Yang
Steven fished a flexiwing rig from Muriwai Beach in late April and caught two Kahawai and a gurnard using trevally for bait.