I went fishing at Te Araroa, East Cape just after Christmas. A strong wind over 20 knots was blowing this day from the southeast.
A southerly is ideal here but it didn't stop me catching snapper, gurnard, kahawai and even a shark.
I set my Flexiwing Kite on the high wind attachment point, tacked to the left and got a good fishing angle. My float was a two litre plastic bottle half filled with sand.
I put the first set out to around 600 metres. I didn't go further than this because I was fishing alone and decided against a longer retrieve. All five hooks were baited with squid.
When I retrieved my set after an hour there was no sign of my float, this is because the bottle had a hole in it and had filled with water.
I landed one shark, one just legal snapper and on the trailing hook an excellent snapper of 5kg. A promising start!
While I was removing the fish and traces I let the gear go back out into the surf. I found another float bottle and rebaited my traces while my bare gear sat just offshore.
When I brought it back in to rebait I found the line broken about 20 metres below the float.
I have no idea how this happened but fortunately I had spare hook sections so retied a safety trace and sent it back out again with 10 hooks.
I landed two kahawai on this set which makes me think I was not reaching the bottom with the shortened leader section between the float and sinker. The best catch though was on the last hook!
It was all my gear that I had lost on my first set. I repaired the damaged section and caught two gurnard on my third set. A pretty good day!
Regards David Crean