- 07/10/2008 at 8:10 pm #6647
Me and the boys have been talking and I’ve made this season my season to land a kingi.
Most probably going to try landbased somewhere up durville/french pass way.
I’ve seen a school of a half dozen or so near Durville and hooked 2 kingis at low tide at Karaka point in Picton before. So my encounters with them have been limited..
So I’m after a few hints and tips
When do they start turning up around Marlborough?
Whats the best time of the year to target them?
Where are the best places to target them from land?
What line should I be using? I was thinking 50lb braid?08/10/2008 at 6:39 am #11148tracknzParticipant
Hey vip-yo. I am going to have a crack at catching a Kingi this year off black rock over at taylors mistake. There are always heaps of them around there over the xmas/ new year period. Will try with both a popper and livebait/ballon. Just need a nice day with a light norwest and the kelp to be within casting range.08/10/2008 at 8:14 am #11149
Yeah I’ve heard about kingis over that way. Casting from a boat around the floating kelp.
There were reports of them hanging around the pier last summer and I’ve also heard tumbledown bay can produce kingis.
How common are they down this far??
Would be good if i didnt have to travel so far08/10/2008 at 8:19 am #11150Jones Jr.Participant
I’m gonna definitely try for kingfish from my boat out off the heads etc when the conditions suit this feb / March. Hopefully things go well.
Aaron08/10/2008 at 7:25 pm #11152
Jones Jr.09/10/2008 at 4:30 am #11153fish onParticipant
Hi all im a keen rock fisher from blenheim mainly fish for snapper in the kenepuru but im keen as to get onto a kingi this season but am not to sure where to start looking
if anyone has any idea’s on any locations in or around the sounds it would be good to know ive heard you can get onto them at french pass but dont really know the area
Cheers09/10/2008 at 4:59 am #11156
Any point, head, cape which juts out into the sounds would be my choice. Baitfish and current should improve the odds.
The easiest to access would probably be Karaka point just past Waikawa.09/10/2008 at 5:57 am #11157
Anywhere deep enough to keep them from reaching the bricks.Try any of your normal haunts from december onwards and try keep live baits out all day.I reckon livies are the only way to go as far as kingis from the shore goes and hookin one is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
Ive seen them at tawero pt,hikapu reach,broughtons bay and I saw a large loner right up the grove arm cruising a stones throw from the jetty.
Ive seen people trying for them at Karaka pt but Its pretty snaggy there and ive lost more gear there than anywhere else but in saying that,I joined the 20lb snapper club there I put that down to sheer luck because after a bit of a battle the big red just happened to glide up to surface on his side and he slid right over top of the kelp and the rock ledge…I doubt a kingi would give up that easy
I planned on live baiting for them off the french pass wharf last summer but spent all my time down on the coast so hopefully this summer itll happen.09/10/2008 at 6:07 am #11158
oh btw,you got to have heaps of berly to get those baitfish in and some kind of net thing to keep them in.
Smaller Kahawai are the ticket but arent always around.The few times Ive tried,a large mullet sufficed and they seemed to have no trouble hauling a balloon around for a few hours….Just havnt had anything take them09/10/2008 at 8:18 am #11159
Kingfish also enter Port Underwood during the summer09/10/2008 at 8:36 am #11160
yeah yeah thats right I almost forgot about that Ive heard heaps of yarns about kingis patroling the rocks around whites bay,monkey bay etc.
Jeez been awhile since I been there for a fish.Good kahawai country09/10/2008 at 8:48 am #11161
The 2 I hooked into at Karaka were cruising just past the weed line. As soon as the livies made it past the weed they were nailed.
Was pretty ill prepared though.
20lb mono, lots of rocks and smartass kingfish heading straight to the bottom wasnt a good mix..09/10/2008 at 9:39 am #11162
Think I would do most of my kingfish chasing in the port this year, it takes only 30-40 minutes to get into Port Underwood compared with 2 1/2 hours to get to french pass. There is lots of nice looking points, one of the easier ones to access for landbased fishers is Ocean Point on the east side of Ocean Bay
To get to the nice looking point on the western side of Robin Hood is nearly impossible, would have to bush bash and it is quite a distance. The same applies for whites bay, although it might be worth the effort to climb and bush bash over the little hill and reach the bay to the west.
Seperation Point in the middle of the port can also be productive. Kingfish Bay should speak fot itself. You probably would need a boat/kayak to reach that area sadly.09/10/2008 at 6:34 pm #11163
I’ve never thought of the port. Have snorkelled around ocean bay but never tried a rod. But there were heaps of congers and crays.
Snorkelled around robinhood and a bit of fishing but never really came up with much.
Seen quite a few bluecod and crays whilst snorkelling though.
Out around the points look good but like you say you’d need a boat or Kayak. Might have to tow the inflatable up10/10/2008 at 6:12 am #11165fish onParticipant
shit i havnt thought of the port either have a kayak so will definitly try around the area
have also heard that cissy bay area can produce the goods (dont know how true that is though have never been there)
gonna try around schnapper point in the kenepuru as well as there is lots of current through there and its only a quick kayak from broughton bay to the rock
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