Well done to Steven Fields winning the 2019 Kahawai competition, $2000 worth of product and cash from Hunting and Fishing Napier and Rothbury Insurance Brokers.
|* surpassed by a heavier fish from the same competitor – One prize per ticket
Huge thanks to all of our sponsors and club members who made the day so successful.
Awesome effort from Team Pania at the Surfcasting Nationals. Didnt quite take the Top Club award, coming 2nd to our mates at Feilding but some awesome results for us.
OVERALL WINNER 2019 NZACA NATIONALS – Kane Wrigglesworth
OVERALL WINNER CASTING ACCURACY – Xavier McKenzie (one of our midgets)
1st Midget – Xavier McKenzie
2nd Midget – Lochlan McKenzie
3rd Midget – Xavier Benge
2nd Open Womens – Estella Carmichael
1st Veteran Womens – Sue Kemsley
2nd Veteran Mens – Pete Kilkelly
3rd Veteran Mens – Jim Yeoman
2nd Golden Oldie Mens – Mark Roberts
Longest Cast Womens:
2nd – Estella Carmichael
3rd – Sue Kemsley
1st Midget – Xavier Benge
3rd Midget – Lochlan McKenzie
2nd Open Womens – Melissa Benge
3rd Open Womens – Estella Carmichael
1st Veteran Womens – Sue Kemsley
2nd Veteran Mens – Peter Kilkelly
1st Open Mens – Kane Wrigglesworth
Average Weight Snapper Prize – 1st = Matty Climo
Well guys what a massive 2 weeks up the Far north for the NZACA Nationals and then the bonanza!!
In the days leading up to the Nationals the fishing was really hot!! Big tides on the 90, (3.4m highs and 0.2m lows) had the fish biting most of the day, even in the bright sunlight.
Fish ranged from 2.5kg to Matty’s PB at 7.8kg with a lot of 4-6kg fish. We took Tim, Estella and their boys down the 90 to teach them a bit about fishing the 90 and surf beaches in general. Great to see Estella bag her biggest ever trevally at 5.2kg and Tim wrangled a 6.1kg snapper. Love seeing guys catch good fish!!
Nationals fishing was a 35hr overnight affair. Plan was for myself, Matty and Tony to head out early (430am) on the 90 and swing back about 10am to pick up the rest of my family. We caught a few nice fish, snapper and trevally up to 3.8kg. We picked up the family and headed up to Great Exhibition bay, fishing was a bit slow during the day but once the sun went down it went off the hook with snapper and trevally smashing the baits. Really proud of my wife who caught her first snapper off the beach from her own casts!! She ended up with 5 snapper and a trevally!! Xavier was on fire as usual and bagged a massive trevally that tipped the scales over 4kg!! All 5 of us binned out on snapper (5 each) and caught 14 trevally between the 5 of us!! Epic fishing!!
Prizegiving and Xavier won the Junior fishing and Melissa came second in the open womens fishing and Matty took a $500 half share with an average weight snapper!!
Bonanza Time!! Fishing for the week was pretty hard. Generally first cast was the gold then the sun peeked over the dunes and the fish went with darkness!! Fishings only part of the week and catching up with mates who we haven’t seen since last bonanza is always good. Drinks were poured and yarns flowed!! Congrats to all the winners and we’ll see you all next year!!
Field weekend eleven is the second of our Crafty’s challenge weekends, and the challenge this weekend will be the weather, with a 1.2-1.5 metre swell running combined with rain coming in from the Southerly quarter, those that weigh in fish or even brave the elements deserve to be rewarded, so double points for fishing and being at the weigh in and double points for the first fish you put across the scales.
Prizes will be for Heaviest Snapper, Average Kahawai, Heaviest Kahawai and Heaviest other, also our jackpot fish a 2.5kg or better snapper is now up to $100, total prize pool of over $350
Not counting the chocolate fish award.
Good luck at tight lines
Singles, doubles, recurve or jays.
I have been thinking hooks over the last few years and trying all sorts of hook combinations for bait fishing surf casting. In the past I have been an advocate for double hooks on my kahawai traces. These usually incorporate a float (large enough to lift the bait) trapped with a neoprene stopper, with a luminous bead (any colour) below it and then two hooks below that. The hooks I have used on these rigs have been both recurve and jay hooks in different sizes and combinations. Results over the years have led me to believe that the best way to go is to use a 4/0 or 5/0 jay hook on the end of the line with a recurve hook in size 4/0 or 3/0 above it. The larger Jay hook is placed in the head of the pilchard (whole) bait and the recurve near the tail and all tied in with bait elastic (not cotton) to make the bait lie in a straight line on the hooks. The Jay hook on the end gives a good hookup rate on kahawai as well as offering a bit more steel for a barracouta to bite on should they like your offered pilchards. The same combination scaled down a size or two will work well for you if using anchovies for bait.
We would like to catch snapper all the time in Hawkes Bay but that doesnt happen due to our water temperatures. When they are about between October and May however we can use rigs and baits that will target them. Without doubt a single hook approach for snapper is the best. They are strong and confident biters unlike the hit and miss kahawai. I have tried all hooks on snapper in many fishing techniques and will stand up and say that a single recurve hook is the best by a country mile. The only thing you can do wrong with recurve hooks is strike hard when you get a bite. That will often end with the bait being pulled away from the snapper you are after. What you need to do is hold the rod until the line tightens then just take a turn of the handle and lift the tip. You will be securely hooked up more often than not. Snapper will eat any bait and I cannot think of one popular bait that I haven’t caught one on. There are a couple of baits that are very good. The first is octopus, just a piece the size of your thumb (rule of thumb) will do. It stays on the hook well, can be moulded with bait elastic to the shape you want and to make sure that the hook point is well exposed. It is also a bait that will withstand the picking of the yelloweyed mullet that can be a nuisance on our beaches. If you lie the bait on the bottom crabs will demolish it like school kids eating a pavlova. I like to use a short trace and a float to lift it off the bottom.
My other favourite bait is crayfish. Not always easy to get hold of but very good bait. Again use the rule of thumb and bind the bait on well with bait elastic. The beauty with this bait is that you will get bites from lemonfish as well as trevally, kahawai, gurnard, red cod, and anything else around. A good universal bait.
Thats my top two but other good snapper baits include anchovies, crabs and prawns, pilchards and skipjack tuna.
Hooks for trevally fishing are similar to the snapper requirements. Baits that catch one will catch the other. For me it is recurves as they are more likely to get a solid hold in the corner of the jaw. Jay hooks have a habit of tearing the membranes around the mouth of trevally and tearing out completely.
Its worth thinking about the hooks you use for different species.
Can all members please take note of the following (click on the image to enlarge)
2019 beach marshall list
Sorry people. There is no weighmasters report for this weekend.
We do however have a list of who caught what.
Who Caught What
Some good fish were caught, congrats to Andy B on his kingfish!
After much deliberation and discussions with club members I have decided that this weekend will be a normal field weekend, there seems to fish in most locations, so rather than restrict everybody to one beach, you can fish your favourite spot anywhere within our normal boundaries, start time of 5am Saturday and weigh in at the fire station midday Sunday.
Total prize pool of over $300 this weekend with Hamills vouchers for
Heaviest Snapper, Second Heaviest Snapper, average Kahawai, and Heaviest other
Also our Jackpot is back to $50.00 for the best snapper of 2.5kg or greater and of course the chocolate fish award.
With a Swell of 1 metre or less high tides around 8am and 8.30pm low 2.30pm I’m sure we’re in for a great weekend of fishing.
Please pass on to anybody who may wish to fish the Kahawai comp that tickets are available from Mel or at our normal outlets, including Hamills Napier
Tight lines and good luck.
Field weekend 8 was the second of our early bird weekends with fishing starting at 6pm on Friday night.
Hunting & Fishing were our sponsors for this one with some great prizes up for grabs including the 300 dollar jackpot for a kahawai over 2.8kg. Unfortunately this was not struck with yours truly getting closest with a kahawai of 2.69. Bugger!
For most the fishing was patchy at best, except for those who travelled north to Whakaki. Kane, Peter K, Duncan and the Larkin boys all brought good numbers of shoalie snapper and kahawai to the scales with Kane weighing his limit of snapper. Well done lads!
The standout of the weigh in was without a doubt Peter K’s impressive kingi topping the scales at 13.9kg. Well done Pete!
Once again, thanks to Hunting & Fishing for their ongoing sponsorship. It is much appreciated by all our Pania members.
Field weekend 9 is the weekend of the 23/24 February. Good luck to all those fishing.
Field Weekend 8 8-10Feb19 Abridged for Andy