Surfcasting at Kaikoura

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  • #8083

    yellowfin
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    If you are interested in shark fishing have a look at http://nzfishing.atspace.org/shark.html

    #8084

    yellowfin
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    Thanks. Seems like a good range of different hook sizes are required.

    10/0 for SevenGills

    5/0 for ‘general’ fishing.

    2/0 for moki fishing

    10 hooks for Elephant, Flounder, butterfish, mullet.

    But if the sea is calm. I would probably just jump in and spear a few Butters and Mokis.

    #8085

    yellowfin
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    I would think that size 10 is a bit small for elephant fish. I would use a 2/0 or 3/0 for elephant fish.

    #8086

    yellowfin
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    If i am fishing somewere where i havn’t been before and i dont know what can be caught i usually use a 5/0 or similer because people have caught fish as big as seven gillers on 5/0 and i have even had a yellow eyed mullet on a 5/0

    #8087

    yellowfin
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    Thanks.

    I read in a ‘fishing guide book’ to use size 8-10 hooks to catch elephant fish. I have never even seen one before.

    The quality and strength of the hook is more important then the size of the hook when catching large fish. I have caught large trout on small 16 size hooks before.

    #8088

    yellowfin
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    Yeah i have also caught some big kahawai on small size 10 and smaller trout hooks.

    If you have never seen a elephant fish, here is a picture

    #8089

    yellowfin
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    If you are targeting a certain species the style of hook can be near as important as the size and how well its goin to

    #8090

    yellowfin
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    I changed many of my lures to single hooks, but I found for the expensive lures like Rapala the single hooks changed their motion so had since put triples back onto them.

    #8097

    yellowfin
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    Do the Moki hang around all year (over winter), or head North????

    #8099

    yellowfin
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    There should be moki around all year, but around August they spawn around Gisbourne.

    http://www.rsnz.org/publish/nzjmfr/1981/30.php

    Abundace Peaks
    August-September in Gisborne.
    June-July and September-October at Napier
    September-October at Wellington
    May-June and October at Kaikoura

    So according to this data the next couple of months should be the prime moki fishing time.

    [quote:5hue3r3l]The fish make an annual spawning migration, swimming north from Kaikoura in May-June, reaching Gisborne to spawn in August-September, and then swimming south, passing Kaikoura again in October.

    #8100

    yellowfin
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    Just been into town and brought a few hooks ready for surf casting.

    Got a Bulk Pack of 50 5/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hooks. At 70c each they are not cheap but if a big fish gets on I have complete confidence in them.

    Also got 8 2/0 Owner hooks for Moki fishing this weekend. They cost even more then the Gammy hooks :? .

    I also found a pack of 5 10/0 Gammy suer Octy which I would use for 7 Gill until I get a few Mustad Tuna Circle hooks.

    #8125

    yellowfin
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    Just got back from Kaikouria. I spent the afternoon diving around and scaring the fish. Just on dusk heaps of mokis appeared out of the weed.

    Then after grabbing a feed (I was frozen and tired) I went down to the ‘new wharf’ (ok, I followed the sign which said new wharf and I got to a grotty old wharf…. with a single green light.

    So I fished off that wharf and there were quite a few piper, garfish and other small bait fish on the surface. I think I saw a baracouta zoom past once. Fished there for a couple of hours and a couple of other people joined me. I was mainly using Size 2 hooks with small bits of Squid and snail for bait. I got half a dozen bites and landed 1 small perch. The others landed a small red cod. At about 8:30 I had enough and left.

    #8126

    yellowfin
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    I have never tried using snail for bait. What did you get the perch on? The squid or the snail?

    #8127

    yellowfin
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    Snail. Just a small random one I grabbed.

    Its texture was identical to Paua. Well pauas are also Snails. If the fishing was good I had a whole paua ready to use.

    #8185

    yellowfin
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    Thinking of heading down again next weekend for a fish around Kaikoura.

    Just wondering if there has been any updates. The winter cold might encourage the red cod into the shore. But I can catch these up in Marlborough.

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