Fishing in New Zealand

In the next few weeks I’m going to post a few vids of some fishing I did in New Zealand. I was fishing the North Island at various places, all of which had spectacular scenery. The first place I fished was the Coromandel Peninsular which is about 2 hours South of Auckland. This is a kayak fishing heaven with heaps of different places to fish facing ever direction imaginable so you can get out of the wind no matter which way it comes from. Watch and enjoy the scenery and some light tack...
It’s Marlin Season

It’s Marlin Season

It’s time to start chasing the Marlin. There’s been heaps of reports of juvenile Black Marlin from 20kg to 30kg being caught up North around South West Rocks right up to Fraser Island. These young Blacks are all in close to shore so you don’t have to travel far to be in with a chance. Live Slimy Mackeral or Bonito and other Small Tuna are the best baits if you want to target these Blacks. I was tempted to make the 7 hour trip up there but after doing a couple of big trips out from my local area (Kiama-Gerringong) I realised there was some bait starting to stack up at my usual spots (6km to 12km off-shore). I knew it would only be a matter of time before some decent Striped Marlin and Black Marlin would turn up. For some reason we don’t get the real young Blacks turning up down in the Kiama area like they do up North. We do however get some good sized Striped Marlin as well as decent older Black Marlin. The average Marlin caught around here would be between 60kg up to about 150kg, however some are substantially larger. On a recent trip I headed out 16km North East of Gerringong (which I wouldn’t recommend for everyone). I filled my live bait tank with three Slimy Mackeral that I had caught just out the front over some local reefs; and bridled another one up as live bait which I put onto my 24kg gear. I listened intently on my Cobra marine radio to see if the boats were catching any and whereabouts...
Currarong Kingies

Currarong Kingies

With word getting around that some good sized Kingfish had turned up around the rocky ledges around Currarong (Shoalhaven area, New South Wales), it was time to do a trip down there to see if I could get a couple myself. I paddled out from the calm, clear waters of Currarong Township and caught a couple of nice squid for bait. I rigged one up and put the other in my Ocean Kayak live bait tank for later. I headed out to my target area where the seas start to get a lot rougher. The swell hits the rocky platforms and creates a lot of back wash which the Kingfish love. I down-rigged the live squid using a large snapper sinker attached to my swivel with an elastic band. With this technique, when fish hit your bait the elastic band breaks away the sinker and the sinker doesn’t get in the way. I watched my Humminbird fishfinder closely as I paddled along the rugged cliff-line till I came across a drop of with a heap of bait. Some big clear arcs were showing on the Humminbird which I suspected were Kingies. Slowly paddling around the area I strategically dropped my squid around the same depth as the bait. And within a couple of minutes I had a strike! I locked my Tyrnos into gear with the drag wound right up to stop the Kingie getting to the rugged bottom. After a few exciting minutes I had the fish up and pulled it into the Yak. It was a good sized Kingie, great for the dinner plate. I found it...