Monthly Archives: Sep 2013

Spring at last!

Well I haven’t posted much here of late, mainly because I haven’t been fishing much. Things are starting to happen though and a few fish are being caught locally around Napier.
Pania Surfcasting Club’s first field weekend produced a great assortment of fish including a massive 13.5kg Snapper. Well done Jimmy B on that once in a lifetime catch.

My own efforts were a little less spectacular and a Sunday morning Lemonfish on prawn bait was all I could manage for the weekend. Saturday night’s only excitement for me was being hooked up to something very heavy only to have it chew through my 60lb flurocarbon trace..

Big snapper will flatten the trace with their crushing teeth rather than shred it like a shark or eel would.

Big snapper will flatten the trace with their crushing teeth rather than shred it like a shark or eel would.

On showing the chewed trace to other fishos the consensus was that a big snapper was the culprit. I was kinda hoping it could have been blamed on a big eel or something less valuable, so that was very frustrating.

A pleasant but unproductive afternoon at Mohaka.

A pleasant but unproductive afternoon at Mohaka.

I also took a drive to Mohaka recently for a lazy afternoon’s fishing with Gary and Sue Kemsley. None of us caught anything despite trying every type of bait we could.
Sometimes there’s just nothing there.

The wife and I also fished closer to home a couple of times over the last month. One of the places I’d heard about but never tried was Westshore between the reef and the old boiler. At certain times this area can produce good catches. Alas there was nothing of any size there when we tried.

 

The "boiler" at West Shore