Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fishing At Tutukaka, Auckland, New Zealand

Tutukaka was actually our third and last day fishing at New Zealand but i have enough time for only a short article so i'll start from here!

Tutukaka was actually not planned in our itinery but we were loving New Zealand so much that we extended our stay for another 2 days! Thankfully, Tony over at Yeehaa Tackle arranged a trip at short notice for us with Alan. Alan is our guide for the day and he is from Beijing.

At Yeehaa
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The boat cost was $800 NZD for the day and Alan's fee was 100 NZD. We felt it was pretty reasonable as Alan drove all the way to Tutukaka from Auckland. It was a few hours night drive! Petrol was split at the end of the day.

Tutukaka!
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We finally reached our boarding destination. I saw that our skipper was a good old skipper who looked very experienced. He had the looks of a good ol sea salt! He may be old but he knew jigging alright!

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Our boat!
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The Skipper brought us in the "World's Largest Seacave" to have a look. How nice of him!
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The Skipper got us to the reefs and made us jig in no time! Alan immedietly hooked up a Giant Kingfish but he lost it to the reefs! Jamie and me were only getting Barracouta! Well, Jamie eventually got his small king but i was still hitting Barracouta! The Barracouta loved the Skill Ls!

A baby!
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Damn! Lost it!
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Alan hit a good sized keeper! Oh man this guy was good!
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Well, it was soon getting choppy and we went to do some Snapper/Hapuka fishing. The experience of the skipper was shown here. He actually knew the size of the reef and parked at the very edge, telling us that the current will bring the scent of the bait down to the Snappers and they will come readily! He shifted a few time just to get it right.

Verdict? If you used bait, you will get a snapper in NO TIME. It was THAT effective! But we tried jigs and we got hits too! It so was choppy that when we left our rod on the holders with the jigs at the bottom of the sea, the waves helped us to "Auto Jig" and we actually had hits on the jigs and landed some snapper! Talk about "baitless" baiting!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves using light tackle for the Snapper!

Auto Jigging
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Snapper fishing pictures! Ima gun, crippled herring and Williamsom jigs with skirts!
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A pesky Barracouta!
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1 comment:

Paddy Pike said...

Thats a great Tackle Shop, And all the Fish you caught are tremendouse, But my favourite is the tunnel through the rock thats impressive,
,,,Paddy,,,

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