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Home Trip reports Kayak, Run & fish, Takapuna Beach to Rangitoto island training session 23/02/12

Kayak, Run & fish, Takapuna Beach to Rangitoto island training session 23/02/12

In  this trip I take  the Barracuda Duo sea kayak to Takapuna Beach where I will be joined by Sam Goodall (Multi Sport Coach. website http://www.therightrevolution.co.nz/) … the plan is to paddle to Rangitoto Island (McKenzie’s bay) run the 9km (ish) loop past the warf, up to the summit (260m above water level) and back to the kayak to paddle home. We have my insulated fish bag strapped to the back which has the kayak long line in it, all baited up ready to be set once we get close to Rangitoto, the run around the island should be enough time for a good set ad a few snapper brought in with the incoming tide.


Perfect conditions for this after work train I recently purchased a handheld Garmin GPSMap 78sc from Baymarine electronics to use on my fishing kayak..after a quick transfer of mountings it came in very useful on this trip, mounted just in front of my cockpit in the RAILBLAZA mobi device holder, I could see we were averaging around 11.5kms, spiking to 13kms+ on the back of the small swell….the paddle over took close to 40mins plus 10 mins to set the long line on the edge of the incoming current.

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After beaching the duo on Mckenzies we headed off around the island to the Rangitoto warf, then up to the summit and back down the other side to the kayak. This was my first time running the section past all the historic batches on the island and I plan to get back over there with the kids and walk it this prt so I can take in more of the history (Sam was pushing a cracker pace which meant I barely had time to see the buildings out of my periphieal ).  Link to Rangitoto Islands history at the end of this post.


A quick paddle in the dark to the long line, using the Garmin GPS to navigate in the dark,  revealed 4 good snapper waiting to go to the dinner table (10 hooks set with Octopus for bait) .. having secured the fresh snapper and long line back in the insulated fish bag we carried on home… 35min trip


Some history on Rangitoto Island Here http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/mount-rangitoto


Find links to products used in this session by clicking on the logos below



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