Thanks for the $30.00 photo prize I received this week. I have already
cashed in my last one and am planning my next purchase, great timing.
Not much to report as the wind hasn't been what I like for kite
fishing. I have also been too busy. However, I am using the time
to fill up on bait. I am putting the net out for kahawai and mullet
on most tides and catching plenty of fish. One tide recently returned
enough fish to fill three containers. That's 147 strip baits, plus
I kept three of the best fish for the smoker.
It has become a daily routine as every morning and late evening,
or on the drop of the tide I check out the net. It's only 200 metres
from my shed to where I put the net out, so not far to go and catch
bait or a couple of fish for the smokehouse.
I see the kowhai trees are in flower now, this is great news for
Northland kite fishers.
It is about this time of the year the large snapper are caught
up here on the west coast. Last year, after the kowhai started flowering
there were over eight XOS snapper caught in a week. All weighed
over 20 pound and were caught between Glinks Gully and Baylys Beach.
David Billings from the Kite Fishing Club and I were out fishing
this time last year and he landed a 24lb snapper. My kahawai baits
were the flavour of the day and now my freezer is full it is time
to get out and use them.
Come on the northeasterly winds!
Ed's note: check out how Robbie processes his bait at