- 04/02/2007 at 2:41 pm #6436
just a quick question to see if anyone has04/02/2007 at 4:53 pm #7583
Nape Nape and Gore Bay. The surf fishing at Nape Nape is not a patch on what it once was some 20 or 30 years ago. Back then big 8 foot sevengill sharks where often taken during the annual surfcasting contest held in January each year. There is a reef approximately 100 metres from shore which runs parallel to the beach from the bluffs at the south end of the beach to the dry Ryton River mouth where the road comes out of the Ryton Valley. I once lost a fishing kite off the end of the Ryton Valley and several hundred metres of long-line thinking I was clear of the reef. Luckily it was a cheap homemade kite!12/02/2007 at 1:56 pm #7614
When I was a kid my family used to go camping at Nape nape all the time over the summer (having a father who was a school teacher meant that there was plenty of time in those days – in these times the world seems to have sped up so much that everyone works weekends and through the year with little time to stop and relax – but thats another whole topic!!)
As I remember it, large schools of kahawai were a regular occurrence up and down the beach in front of the old camping ground. At times the schools (which attracted large numbers of terns picking up the hapless baitfish from the water’s surface) would come in so close to shore you could literally step out into the fish in knee deep water.
There was also a small bay/cove on the other side of the white bluffs in the picture above, which you got to via a walking track which took about an hour or so to get to. There was great rock fishing over there and it was where my dad taught me spearfishing.
Oh, and there were 2 still slimy ponds near the beach which had the most enormous eels, and large numbers of frogs to catch.
Ahhhh….happy memories of that place. Its been about 15 years since I was last there, and I did hear that the campground had been closed. A shame really.12/02/2007 at 3:42 pm #7615
Fished at the Nape Nape surfcasting contest on24/02/2007 at 10:05 pm #7715
nice i fished the nape nape tournament as well but didnt catch n e then wasnt my day… lol did u c that guy catching all the congers man he was just hauling them in caught so many he had to start throwing them back to give other ppl a chance25/02/2007 at 9:29 pm #7717
Yup i think he won 6 prizes all up, I heard a rumour that some guys up there were dumping weighted sheep carcases off the beach prior to the contest and thats what draws the congers in26/02/2007 at 10:21 pm #7729
yea thats wat he did he had loads of buckets just filled with blood and guts as wel…
dam good idea tho!30/03/2007 at 5:33 pm #7804
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