Well it wasn't a very good weekend for fishing down this way.
Saturday arrived with NW wind gusting up to 120knots hence no one on the beach. Sunday was a little better but still with strong NW winds.
One of our locals Trevor Sciascia, who recently purchased a Kite Longline Rig and was itching to get it out to sea, went out despite the gale force conditions.
In the howling winds he managed set the gear out and even caught a few kahawai. He was using salted trevally baits. The wind was so strong it eventually broke his 10mm wooden spreader spar on his Super Kite.
Paul Barnes says that this is supposed to happen at around 15 to 20 kg of pull, it generally takes a windspeed of 50 to 60 knots to generate this amount of pull and I imagine Trevor was fairly happy that he didn't have to pull in the kite while it was
generating that amount of lift.
Once the safety cross spar breaks the kite falls into the water and is easily recovered as it folds up and reduces water resistance. Paul recommends that if you are going to fish in extreme conditions that you always have spare Tawa dowel safety spars
and a safety trace on the kite.
Doug Bassett arrived on Sunday and purchased a Super Kite. Doug too found the wind a bit on the strong side, but managed to launch his Super Kite with some success, namely a few gurnard, spiny dogs and a kuta.
The Cray's are still on, down our way, that's if you can get out sea as at the time of writing this we have 5 metre swells on the beach.
I had a report from the Chatham Island Cray fisherman this morning, they are having 7 to 8 metre swells down their way and have had big seas all month, hence very little time on the water.
If anyone is looking for wet weather gear or rope we now have a supply of both in stock. We also have a full range of Paul's Kites and accessories.
Regards John Maureen & John Pothan Beach Motel