2 snapper 2 kahawai 1 gurnard and a thresher shark

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Well as the title says, we went out yesterday at Paraparaumu Beach and caught 2 Snapper, 2 Kahawai a Gurnard and a Thresher Shark (which got off). It was great conditions yesterday – no wind and overcast. We went out at about 11:30am with the tide going out. We were hoping to catch the tide change which we were expecting at about 1pm (though as we have found out here the tide can vary quite a bit). Anchoring at about 25m depth, straight away I caught a large Kahawai however bringing it to the boat we mis-netted it and it got off. We tend to let the larger Kahawai go as they are the breeding stock and also the smaller ones are better eating. For the next hour or so we didn’t get any bites and the sun started to come out. Our drift was south but using the anchor we fished stationary and with the large current, getting our bait to the bottom proved a bit of an issue.

We weren’t expecting much activity till the current dropped and sure enough when it did drop I hooked into a nice eating size Snapper. I caught it on my smaller rod which had a standard dropper rig, using small hooks and small strips of squid bait. Around this same time my brother caught a nice small size Kahawai, by accident, after leaving his hook just over the side of the boat. We didn’t catch anything when the current dropped completely however we did see lots of fish sign at around 12m and this looked like some sort of fish school, however when we did put our lines to this depth we never caught any fish nor did we get any bites. There were some very large trees in the water floating around so I wonder if maybe this was just larger sticks floating around at this depth.

Kapiti Snapper

Kapiti Snapper

Once the current started to head north, from the incoming tide, we got more activity. I caught another Snapper the same size as the last one and also I caught another Kahawai. The Snapper this time was caught on my larger rod, which was equip with a Snapper Rig with a large squid tentacle on it.

We didn’t get any action for another hour or so and our lines started to lift higher in the water due to the increase in current. My brother was dealing with one of his lines when suddenly his larger rod bent over quite dramatically. This line wasn’t hugely deep and so he saw that he had caught a Thresher Shark winding his line up a little. He could tell it was due to its large thresher tail. We had to pull in all our lines quickly and also take an ore off our small 8ft Zodiac Boat to prevent the shark from biting into a pontoon or its tail hitting us. Because my brother had 80lb line on he could fight it a little, however we weren’t too happy about bringing this shark too close to the boat so we didn’t try to land it. It wasn’t long before the shark wrapped itself around the anchor and it snapped the line. Unfortunately the camera didn’t take the photo early enough and therefore I couldn’t get a photo of the shark.

to slow to capture the shark

to slow to capture the shark

This wasn’t a huge shark, it probably would have gone 3 – 5 ft however its tail was quite a sight as it hit the water. We kept fishing here for a while however nothing more was caught and also there were quite a few boats starting to join this spot so we tried a little shallower at the 20m mark. We didn’t catch anything at this depth however there was again quite a bit of sign on the fish finder.

fish sign

fish sign

Doing some more tests we went to a depth of 50m in the channel. However there was no sign at all on the fish finder at this depth and after about 30mins we gave up and went to a depth of 30m. At about this time the wind changed from calm southerly to a strengthening north westerly which chopped up the water. It didn’t take us long to catch a really large Kahawai (which we released) and straight after a nice size Gurnard (the first for this summer season). We decided to head in as the wind picked up and what was a nice day turned into a choppy mess (though the fish were still biting, we had enough fish for dinner).

So it was a good day fishing, some interesting things we found was that a good fishing depth was the 25m – 30m mark. We found that at 20m we didn’t catch anything though there was still quite a bit of sign around. At 25m we saw lots of fish sign at about 12m however we aren’t sure what this was, perhaps it was a shark? Or maybe just wood in the water? Either way it was a fun day and glad to catch a good range of fish…

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2 Responses to “2 snapper 2 kahawai 1 gurnard and a thresher shark”

  1. Brock Beyer says:

    Well done again. You fellas are really becoming consistent with your fishing off the Kapiti coast. I work at Burnsco marine in Petone and here lots of good things about this bit of coastline! I’m excited about coming up and wetting a line there. The small school Snapper are great eating and fun to catch on light tackle! I will be in touch when i do plan to come up and fish there, and maybe if you guys are available we could go out there for a action packed day catching lots of good fish. I have a small 13 foot boat with a 18 hp motor that would be good for fishing up there.
    Keep up the great work with the website and the fishing story’s!

    Tight lines

    • korin says:

      Petone? yeah i haven’t explored much past Pukerua Bay, still been very new to sea fishing. There’s a great bunch of people out here at Kapiti always waving as you past them on the boat, really cool community has been built up here. They have some great tips aswell, i’m really looking forward to getting into some KingFish action, which would be great. I actually caught one at the beginning of the year from the beach area, I didn’t think you would catch them there so i played it more like a Kahawai. Wasn’t till i got it to the boat that i saw the yellow tail and was amazed i got it to the boat with such light tackle. It was undersized, i think around the 65 or 70 cm mark…. yeah the snapper don’t fight a huge amount – well the smaller ones, however you get a large snapper and its quite a different story…. I really enjoy the Kahawai on the lighter tackle…. I was actually thinking the other day about the health of our flounder population up this way. I remeber when we were kids and we went out surfing you would step on a flounder almost every second step and I mentioned this to my other brother who surfs out here still and he said he hasn’t stepped on one in years… I just wonder if the drag netting is taking its toll? or maybe the river systems aren’t the health they use to be…

      anyway we had a nice dinner tonight of fresh Snapper! :-)

      Yeah the website will be taking on a different form soon, i’m going to convert it into more of a information website with blogs and a forum on it, plus some other cool features – a bit of fun

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