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East Auckland Kayak Fishing Club Trip

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The guys from East Auckland kayak fishing club  (EAKFC )invited me to join them on their monthly trip, this month’s trip was at Narrow Neck Beach on Auckland’s North Shore. This time of year the fishing here is fantastic with large schools of snapper moving into the Hauraki ready for spawning.  As a result, the already high boat traffic in this spot (major shipping channel) increase’s with all recreational fishermen getting out for the chance of some fresh snapper. It was great to see all the high vis gear the club guys were wearing and even some very cool high vis graphics on the yaks,, plenty of flags out there too making sure we were all seen  and safe.

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A good sized crew from the club turned up for an early 6.30 kick off with the general plan for most to head out to the edge of the shipping channel then drift with the incoming tide (high tide 9.30ish). On this trip we had a couple of first timers on their first kayak fishing trip, Mike from RAILBLAZA was one of them and he ended up with 5 good snapper to take to the family … I have forgotten the name of the other club member out on his first trip but he ended up with a Kahawai and learning how to self-rescue after a little swim at the start of the day 😉 got some great video of this and with a little guidance he managed to get back on the yak and only lost a $10 anchor (mike scooped up his tackle box & snack box) It was great to see even as a newbie he knew to have everything leashed.

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I spent the first couple of ours trying to get around everyone to take pics and video for the club, on the rounds I could see that the fishing was excellent with a couple of guys catching their limit within a couple of hours. Bumped into 2 guys out there (sorry I have forgotten your names but if you see these pics and want a copy let me know) who were just out for a fish at their local (not part of the club trip). These two guys were catching on plastics and one bagged out early while the had to quit cause he could not fit anymore in his small chilly bag (think he only had 5 but all were good size) out early with some good sized fish for the table.

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If you got your drift right the fish would pretty much take anything, most seemed to be using plastic’s or slow jig lures (like Lucanus)  me and a couple of others were using baits. The first couple of hours leading up to high tide seemed to produce the best action in the channel. A few moved in close to the reef after high tide but I have not heard how that turned out for them as most had headed off by the time I got back in. I think the biggest fish of the day was caught just after high tide by Shippo (see below) .  Club BBQ at the end was a great way to finish the trip.

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I have some excellent video which showcases a great morning out on the water with the club which I will produce over the week and post as soon as it’s done. This was my first trip out with the EAKFC and I have to say it was a pleasure to come fishing with a group of likeminded people, in some clubs the undertone for club trips is all about who can catch the biggest fish which becomes an ego fest that holds no appeal to me and is an off put for people wanting to learn. Whilst there is no doubt any of the crew here would like to catch that 20lb trophy while out with their mates, it was clear to me that the act of being out on the water with good friends and family was more of a priority which makes the club feeling very inviting to newcomers to the sport. That said I think everyone went home with some fresh snapper, and some pretty good sized ones considering snapper is $38kg (filleted) that’s food on the table and money in the bank in anyone’s language (or extra to spend at the tackle shop 😉 . Thanks for the invite guys and I will definitely try to put more of your club trips on my calendar.  If you want to get involved with the club get in touch with them here .. http://www.eakfc.org/

Update: at home today got the fish out ready to be filleted and my boys Milan & Alexander decided to play a bit of backyard fishing…landed a few trees and had plenty of snags…possibly lost some massive fish as we had a few bust offs!! (which resulted in Dad climbing the tree to retrieve the lures :-)

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