By this time the wind had really got up and it was 40 minutes later before we had the fish on the beach. The catch was 17 fish all told, we kept eight snapper, a gurnard and four kahawai and returned four snapper that were just legal, they were a little
The eight snapper we kept ranged from 1.5kg up to 2.5kg. The gurnard & kahawai were all very good sizes too. With the rough conditions we did not expect to do very well at all, unfortunately I did not take a camera.
Papamoa (Harrisons Cut) from Les Tasker
On the 25th June Les fished his kite powered bottom longline rig from Harrisons Cut in the Bay of Plenty.
Conditions were perfect, a strong southwest wind and calm surf saw the kite tow the 24 hooks baited with trevally straight out. Les only did the one set on a rising tide and caught 13 gurnard a kahawai and one other fish which we don't have a category
for on the beach report form. It was reported as ̉Other catch'.
Murawai from Bruce Thomson Saturday
Bruce fished his big dropper rig from Murawai Beach both days last weekend.
On Saturday the wind was light and the surf moderate. Bruce was fishing 3 kilometres north of Rimmers Rd and used the running shot method plus an additional kite tied to the truck to hold the line up and out of the rip to achieve a sets of around 500
Bruce did three 20 hook sets baited with mullet on the outgoing tide and caught one snapper, three kahawai and a shark and had 6 hooks bitten off during the three sets.
Bruce also talked to other kite fishers on the day and all reported large numbers of sharks.
By Sunday the wind had got up to strong easterlies and Bruce reports conditions were perfect for the kite with a boisterous wind blowing straight offshore and an incoming tide but the sea was a bit dirty.
The first set of twenty hooks baited with mullet shot straight out to 1000 metres and was left to fish for thirty minutes. As he retrieved it Bruce watched as a large shark broke off in the surf leaving only one decent gurnard from 20 hooks, the rest
of the baits were hardly touched.
Bruce put his second 20 hook set out to 2000 metres offshore and again it set straight out with no drift. He set up the drag on his winch to slow the setting speed so the gear would fish on the way out. It took an hour for the kites to haul the rig
out to 2000 metres where it was left to fish for 30 minutes.
The gear was then hauled in at 50 metres a minute, a very slow walking pace, it should have been the perfect set.