29/08/2010 at 5:19 am #6931
I was talking to a friend and he heard someone hooked a broadbill in kaikoura. There must be some swords in kaikoura. The whales eat big squid, broadbill eat big squid, how come no one fishes for them???09/09/2010 at 7:36 pm #15979elmo22Participant
me and the wife are off to kaikoura at lunch time today hope to do some fishing and whitebaitting up there…only going to get away from this quake the wifes a mess,,does any one know were to w/bait up there… have seen them w/baitting by the river a pukata dont know if there is any were else10/09/2010 at 9:12 pm #15988Fishy BishyParticipant
Theres a big slip at Pukata, (Pukete??? whatever it is) Road closed for a while.
There’s a reasonable spot just after the tunnels, a biggish river near the airport, always a popular spot but Ohau Stream, Kekerengu, basically whitebait will enter pretty much all of them, just find one with flat access and you are on the money.10/09/2010 at 10:40 pm #15989
might not be a bad spot in that stream near the golf course. i have baited in little streams like that on the coast before and have done not too badly11/09/2010 at 1:52 am #15991
Seen quite a few people baiting at the small stream in the middle of Kaikoura town.12/09/2010 at 6:53 am #16005
no broad bill yet12/09/2010 at 7:12 am #16006
Lots of baby ones around the wharf last night, might of been piper when I think about it. Nah, probably Broadbill.12/09/2010 at 8:27 am #16010St_PaulParticipant12/09/2010 at 8:38 am #16012
Shit wont be wanting to use to big of baits off the beach then this summer might catch one of the crunts (subtract the r and ull understand) . then as i got the female dog on the line a giant squid will attack it followed by many many sunfish getting their own back and ill just have a 100lb head spine and tail.01/11/2010 at 2:19 am #16246
About 8 years ago i was diving at racecourse reef in kaikoura.The sea was as flat and clean as i can ever remember seeing it, and the viz was just amazing.I was diving on my own with my mate up on the beach waiting.When I returned to shore I started to sort out the crays I had when I noticed a disturbance in the water that at first I thought was a seal about to beach itself.Then a fin broke the surface and I said to some passers by that a shark was cruising along the shore so we all ran along the beach to get a better look.However, the “shark” disappeared only for it to show itself again further out in the bay and at that time it became obvious that a shark it was not.The tail was perhaps a foot or two out of the water,sweeping from side to side and it was sickle like as was the dorsal.It came in close and started to cruise in a circular pattern, while diving and surfacing at regular intervals.We couldn’t work out what it was but we thought it may have been a massive tuna or marlin, but in kaikoura? Then it dawned on me that it was most likely a broadie that was perhaps sick or wounded and perhaps not far from death.In the end we just left it there,but the next day I was in the fisherman’s loft at the same time as Peter Shutt,and after having retold what we’d seen we had a look at a NZ fish species book, and the only species that had fins matching those of the fish we seen was the broadbill!!.Also,on an old episode of gone fish’n a charter skipper up north who had been a commercial fisherman for 20 odd years, said that broadbill where common right round our coastline..Kaikoura could be a hot spot but nobody targets them,much like the west coast tuna fishery up until a few years ago!!01/11/2010 at 3:33 am #16247
Certain it was not a thresher shark you saw?28/11/2010 at 10:36 pm #16422
No,like I said it had a sickle tail,very thin like a sword.It was clearly obvious that it wasn’t a species of shark, the tail wasn’t even close to that of a thresher!!03/12/2010 at 8:16 am #16463
i knew they were up there.18/09/2014 at 7:32 am #25181croozerParticipant
Not at all uncommon to see Broadies on the surface. Off the coast of Peru, they are targeted with kites and baits whilst cruising on the surface.Because they generally hunt and swim at great depths, they quite often come to the surface to sun themselves , apparently for warmth. There are many reports of game fish acting strangely on the surface after eating oceanic toads. The chemicals that are a toxin for humans is a narcotic to the fish. They actively hunt them out, marlin, tuna and broadies. Kaikoura has all the attributes to be a broadie hot spot. A bit of time and effort would definiately reap big rewards.18/09/2014 at 8:43 am #25182
I remember Peter Ritchie, a well known taxidermist, making a fiberglass replica from a broadbill swordfish that was washed up already dead on a Christchurch beach. I think it was in the early 1990s.
I think a good way to fish for them is on a lumo squid at night. Several guys in the old Canterbury Sport Fishing Club talked about mounting an all out attack to try and catch one off Kaikoura down towards Motanau. There have been reports of sightings on the surface in the area over the years. However there was, and likely still is, a lack of suitable large launches, and skippers, capable of fishing that area in deep water, far from shore, and at night.
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