Field weekend eleven is our second open weekend, once again kindly sponsored by Rivers to Ranges, fish anywhere in Nz just be safe and be back for weigh in by 2pm Sunday. The forecast looks great for the early part of our weekend however it may be a little damp come Sunday, so make the most of our start fish time of 5am Saturday.
Prizes will be for heaviest Snapper, average Kahawai, heaviest other and best Gurnard.
A total prize pool of around $400 this weekend.
The jackpot is at $50 and must go, if not for the heaviest qualifying Gurnard, then it will go to the heaviest Kahawai.
This is our last field weekend for the 2017 / 2018 season, last chance to improve your place on the points table and species tallies, take care, tight lines
Prizes supplied by Craftys
Field weekend 10 was sponsored by Crafty’s and was the second of our Challenge weekends. The challenge was a species based one, where for each species caught, points were increased in order of the species weighed.
Twenty two members fished with 96 fish crossing the scales consisting of 49 kahawai, 12 snapper, 17 gurnard, 7 blue moki, 3 SSH’s, 2 each of barracuda and trevally and 1 each of kingfish, tope, Jack mackerel and red cod.
Highlights of the weekend were the 17 gurnard to cross the scales. Easily the most gurnard weighed at a field weekend for many years. Also, the impressive bags of fish weighed by both Kane and Jimmy B who were our top 2-point scorers for the weekend.
Kane had his hands full…
Pin fish went to Gavin with his trevally, 1.9kg. Jimmy B with a kahawai, 2.53kg and gurnard 1.0kg and Kane with a tope shark, 14.72kg. Well done guys!
Thanks once again to Crafty’s for their generous sponsorship and continued support of our club.
Next field weekend is 12/13 May, our last of the season and is our second open boundary weekend with the weigh in at the slightly later time of 2pm on the Sunday.
Field Weekend Points 10 21-22 April 2018
Kevy and Jimmy did well.
Field weekend ten is a Craftys Challenge weekend, over $300.00 worth of product up for grabs and our Gurnard jackpot is now at $250.00 combined prize package of around $580.00. The weather is looking promising with Ocean and Mahunga beaches showing only half a metre of swell these beaches could produce that elusive .75kg Gurnard.
The Challenge this weekend is species based:
First species across the scales is worth normal points
Second species will be worth 1.5 their normal points
Third will worth double their normal points and so on the more species you weigh in the higher their points value will be, just think about in what order you weigh your catch.
Start fish is at our normal time of 5.30am Saturday, normal boundaries, and weigh in Midday Sunday at the fire station. I will also have 5 & 6 oz breakout sinkers for sale at $2 each.
Fifteen members competed at our third casting event, conditions were challenging with firstly rain damping things then the wind switched and we were casting into a head wind, but it was the same for all, the new location suited us well and going forward I think we have an opportunity to utilise this location on a regular basis.
A full roundup of results from the three casting events will be posted within the next week.
2018 Nationals Report by Rex Manley
Returning the NZACA Nationals to Wellington this year was an opportunity to good to be missed. Step outside the Capitals bright lights and fancy restaurants and you’ll soon discover a rugged and spectacular coastline that stretches from the sandy beaches of the west round to the rocky and variable reefs of the east. Variety is the name of the game on these beaches but so are the many challenges. Wellington fishing is not for the faint hearted.
Four of our clubbies hit the beaches this year and I’m not sure any of us were truly confident. Yoey and Trish decided to hit the west coast and the sandy/stony beaches of Te Horo. Mark I checked out both sides of the local boundary starting at the rocky outcrops of Makara and then swapping them for the familiarity of the gravel beaches behind Wainuiomata. I chose Palliser Bay and based myself not far from the famous isolated fishing village of Ngawi. It was a place I’d always wanted to visit having heard so much about it. It was a shame I hadn’t taken a few more notes on how to fish it.
I sent Mark a few pictures of the area and it didn’t take long before he was making the trek over the Rimutukas to join me. Palliser is a fascinating and exciting stretch of coast. Kilometres of rocky reef greet you when you drive down the hill into the bay. It’s an amazing sight that seems to stretch on forever. It certainly looks the part.
Palliser Bay: Coast for Kilometres
I’d rented a cheap cabin and there was room for two of us. I’d scouted a few likely spots and Mark had done the same as he drove in. We decided on a few areas and gratefully hit the hay. At 4.30am the next morning we were heading out to our first spot. It was to prove to be challenge. Despite attempting to work out where the sandy parts of the beach were we soon found this beach held a lot of foul ground. We moved but It didn’t seem to matter where we went, our shock leaders and gear were soon swallowed by the hidden ocean cover. Lack of knowledge of the area caught us and bit us hard. With no sacrificial sinkers and little knowledge. we were starting to run out of ideas.
As luck would have it we came upon a couple of Wellington anglers. They were good buggers who Mark had met previously at the casting. There was a beach, they told us, 20ks back called Whangamoana. A lot easier to fish. We didn’t ask twice.
Thirty minutes later we were hurtling along a sandy track towards the middle of the beach. The terrain that greeted us was primarily sandy, a shelving drop, rumoured to produce quite a variety of fish and reminiscent of North Shore Road. The day before they were catching snapper here a local told us. We could hardly wait. After a slow start the fish began to arrive, firstly Kahawai and then Mark scored a nice gurnard. Things were looking promising, but the fishing gods had other ideas.
Whangamoana Beach: Full of Promise
Meanwhile over on the other coast Jim and Trish were also giving it a good crack, fishing the plentiful shellfish beds of Te Horo. Trish had a kahawai and Jim lost a good snapper. Then the weather kicked in with wind and increasing swells and things took a turn for the worse. Meanwhile on our side, well protected from the weather, the sea remained perfect, so perfect it was an invitation for some less welcome species. We soon became plagued by spiny backs.
We changed tack, throwing out mussels to try and snag that elusive Moki. They were frequent visitors to this beach, so we were told and perhaps they were. But another pest also arrived, our old foe the red cod. As the moon rose high in the sky and tide ebbed we called it a night, determined to throw everything at it in the morning. And throw it we did.
Spiny backed sharks were prolific. Two on one trace on this occasion
Unfortunately, the spinys decided to return as well and latterly the red cod. Somehow Mark found a way through and picked up a couple of nice kahawai and then an awesome 1.3kg gurnard. But I struggled, bagging cod after cod, spiny after spiny. As the clocked ticked round to nine am it was almost a relief to head back to Upper Hutt to the weigh in. We’d certainly given it a good go all the same.
At the weigh in it soon became obvious that locals definitely had the edge. A good range of fish were passed over the scales including some top-class kahawai, gurnard and especially Moki. While the Pania team were unable to match the epic hometown catches many lessons were learned about this vibrant fishing location. A few new spots were discovered, a few different approaches learned and bait ideas revealed. Those who participated were much wiser at the end of this competition and will be better prepared for the future. It was a weekend well spent and one I enjoyed. I’ll be back again for sure.
Sunday April the 15th is our last casting day for the season, its at Kahuranaki Airstrip, with only one more chance to improve your placing the top three in each section are:
Open. James P, Hamish, James B 6 points cover these three
Accuracy. James B, Sue K, James P. Only 4 points between top three
Veteran. James P, Yoey, Peter K. 2nd and third need to improve
Ladies. Sue K, Trish, Sue L, Look out for Estella
Junior. Lochlan M, Xavier M Xavier B. No changes here
Golden O. Gary K, JP, Where’s Mark R ??
Overall very very close, please make the most of the opportunity to improve your placings and a reminder to those who wish to compete in the champion of champions that you must have a casting result to be eligible to place in this section.
Kahuranaki airstrip is a couple of kilometres down Kahuranaki rouad from Red Bridge
Field weekend 9 was sponsored by Hunting and Fishing Napier and was the second of our early start weekends.
14 members fished with 47 fish crossing the scales consisting of 25 snapper, 15 kahawai, 3 gurnard, 1 blue moki, 1 barracuda and 2 jack mackerel.
Standouts for the weekend were Kane with 10 snapper and 5 kahawai. Andy B with the only pin fish of the weekend with an impressive blue moki weighing 4.35. Andy also weighed the heaviest snapper at 2.62. Roy and Sue K both weighed snapper of 2.54 and 2.15 respectively.
Kane’s haul of Snapper
Andy’s pin Moki and a nice Flounder
Thanks once again to Hunting and Fishing for their generous sponsorship and continued support of our club. Please make an effort to support our sponsors.
Next field weekend is 21/22 April.
Field Weekend 9 17-18 Mar 18 Full.pdf
Well looks like A repeat of our last early bird weekend, at this stage Friday night Saturday morning is looking to offer the best fishing conditions, Great to have Hunting & Fishing on board again, and putting up a similar prize pack as last time the prizes were fantastic, there will be prizes for best Snapper, average Kahawai, best other and Gurnard. Including the Gurnard jackpot we will be fishing for over $500 worth of prizes. Start fishing is 6pm Friday through to weigh in midday Sunday, good luck everybody see you at the weigh in.