In this session I headed to Browns Bay to join the guys from Canoe & kayak North shore. In this session head guide Allan had a couple of clients to take through a skills course, teaching some basic paddle techniques and some self rescue tips before heading off for a fish. I joined in with the lesson to demonstrate some paddle float rescues.
as a may have mention in a previous post Browns bay is just a 15 min drive from Aucklands CBD, Auckland is NZ largest city with 1.5million people… with that said it is a reflection on just how lucky we are here in NZ that, as in this session, we can paddle 200m off the beach, fish in no more than 8m and catch a bag full of fish as per the images below in under 2 1/2 hours. As I was planning to do a bit of filming for Allen and not so much fishing I scouted around using my fish finder looking for some schools of bait fish, once located I st the 12 hook long line then headed back to film the guys and drop the sea anchor for a spot of soft plastic fishing with the Z-Man jerk shad scented lures. I picked up plenty of good sign on the fishfinder but could only land small fish…although in hindsight after seeing what was on the long line i realized that I was striking too early when the weight cam on the lure and the bigger fish, who were just testing my lure, would let go.
With the light fading it was time to wrap up the session and head back so I picked up the long line to see what was on and to my surprise the first fish hooked up was a nice 4kg (60cm) snapper..this was followed by another beauty at 3.5kg and then a few more 35-38cm ..in all I got 7 snapper. What makes this even better is I am still using the octopus for bait, this is the octopus I speared while on holiday at xmas … see that report HERE with fresh snapper still at a premium per kg in the local fish markets I would estimate the fish caught on this trip to be well over $100 …and the bait cost me nothing 😉
Here is a short video from the session and see below images
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