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Kayak Fishing & Paua dive session, Wellington, Makara beach

In this trip report I head to Wellington NZ  to fish with Dave from Fergs Kayaks Wellington. Dave knows I am keen on some blue cod, Paua & possibly a crayfish or 2 so he has a suggested we head to west of wellington to Makara beach. This is my first time fishing this region so am pleased to have a local showing me the area… the plan on this session was to head off from Makara beach and paddle south for 4 km to fish for Blue cod at Daves spot X cod spot then beach the kayaks and get the snorkling gear on for a freedive to gather some Paua …

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On the way to the spot we saw plenty of bird activity which resulted in a few Kahawai hook ups using both fresh baits and spinner lures…and these were no small Kahawai…. With a couple measuring in at close to6ocm! Normally I would use Kahawai for either Bait or smoke them as i generally find the fishy flavor a little strong … this time we took these back to Dave’s place where he showed me another way to eat them,  he marinated the fillets in a lemon juice, oil and fresh herb mix. after about an hour he fired up the frying pan (slightly greased with oil) and fried them so the were just cooked … served up with lemon we ate it hot and I must say i will definatly try that again, delicious for the humble Kahawai

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After a crisp wellington morning start we soon warm up paddling to Daves Blue cod & Paua spot… in this area of coast you have some serious currents to battle with, which comes as no surprise given we are on the edge of the Cook Straight !  word of advice to anyone looking to fish this area…make sure you are well educated on the tides and weather for the day, even better go with a local, this could be a very dangerous place if things go wrong!  Fortunately for me on this occasion the weather gods could not have been kinder making for a glorious day on the water taking in the views of the Wellington coastline

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so we eventually get into a few blue cod using baits (some of the guys from the NZ kayak fishing forum who live in the region suggested that plastics were not working as well as baits at present so I shelved the lures for this session. . a few blue cod in the bins it was time to beach the kayaks and get in the water for some Paua….

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On my way to wellington I picked up a Viking kayak Chill Pod especially for the free diving session, you can see my review of the Chill pod HERE. The pod came in pretty handy on this occasion with so many Paua to choose from it was easy to get our quota in a short time…..

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Well that wraps up a great first time session in the Wellington region…have  to say I will definitely be back and thanks heaps to Dave for sharing what is clearly another great piece of NZ coastline….

 
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