The wind was high so we went flats fishing again in the protected bay . Now flats fishing is great fun but you need to have two scenarios .
1. A protected bay with weed and sand patches . The weed has to be light , don’t go if the weed is thick and heavy , especially if there are no sand patches . The fish will often hit in the sand patches , they are either there or just hiding next to it in the weed . Fish light and cast with the wind and drift with the wind .
2. Go where there is clear water and you can see the sandy flats amongst darker water . If the sand has ridges where the water is slightly deeper , that is where the fish are . Even better if there is some rocks or weedy patches around . Stick to the slightly deeper water and cast to the shallow water and bring the lure back to you hitting the bottom at all times . If the flats are clear and not weedy you can use five inch soft plastics and heavier jig heads to cast further .
we chose the first option here as it was windy . Light gear as mentioned in previous blogs . Two hits and both of us missed them . Then on he next drift one small flathead , sent back only forty cm . Next drift in comes a beaut fish , 57 cm long , just one cm short of me throwing it back . The fight with this flathead on 8 lb leader and 1000 reel was terrific . This is fishing . It ran and ran , four or five times when it saw the net . Keeping the rod tip down near the water and pressure on the fish got the job done . With light gear and flats fishing keep the drag at 1/3 rd of the breaking strain of the leader and you will have no trouble landing it eventually . See the photos .next time I will get a video . The fishing went quiet so we ventured out into the channel behind an island to get out of the wind . First drift another good flathead 53 cm , and that was it . Nothing else after that . Three nice flathead , two let go .
Over in New Zealand for a few days , the three of us managed to get out for a fish on one day . We went out from Waiheke island , just off Auckland for snapper and a king fish if possible .
The wind was up and it was very choppy but the 6 metre boat handled it well . On our way to a reef we saw the birds working so after them we went . Never go past birds working ! Well it was the right decision . For the next 3 1/2 hours we caught fish after fish . Paul was on bait , Chris on soft plastics and I was on a micro jig 40 gram . All of us had light gear ,1-3 PE rods and 2500 reels with either 10 lb or 15 lb leader .
Just about every cast we each pulled up a Kawai ( don’t know the spelling but it is the same as an Australian salmon ) . We must have caught over 60 of these . They were making it hard to get to the bottom to hit the snapper but who’s complaining . It was a lot of fun .
In amongst that we did catch a lot of small snapper , but some ice size ones for the table also were boated . The micro jig caught the biggest one . Just as we were about to change spots I hooked a great fish thinking it was s big snapper . The fight was too great for the snapper and in came a niece big kingie on the 40 g micro jig . On my little 1-3 rod and 2500 reel this was a great fight . The fish of the day .
All in all we must have caught and released more than 100 fish . Worth the effort , a lot of fun . Then back to land and off to the wineries for the afternoon . See the photos below .
First day of four days fishing . The wind is howling but we decide to go out to the fads for yellowfin .it is not really a fishing trip as we have our wives with us so half days are going to be the norm . Once we get to the fad its micro jigs out to get some skipjack for bait . First drop all four of us hook up to rainbow runners . These fish are cousins to the kingfish . Next drop all four hook up again , this time two rainbow runners and two skipjack . Then it went off so we started trolling and using our poppers out the back . I also put out a 7″ soft plastic in white to see if they preferred this . Over the next hour the soft plastic worked and in came 4 nice yellow fin tuna . A few more skip jacks and at 11 am we headed for calm water as the swell was causing us havoc .
Back for lunch at the resort with the girls and they were not keen for the boat two of us went out into calm water chasing dogtooth tuna .
The next two hours gave us no joy , only a shark and a couple of small fish . See the video below of the shark and the days catch between two boats .
On the way to lake Louise we see incredible scenery and mountains . Have a look at the video , mist on the mountains , snow , and glaciers in between the mountain peaks . The video tells the story . After this , the next video is the glacier you can walk on. 3 days till the sturgeon fishing.
This next stop was the Athabasca glacier on the Columbia ice field . Have a look at the steep road down to the glacier in the bus . This bus costs over $1 million to be designed to go on the glacier . Once there we can get out and walk around . It is like walking on a bed of the ice cubes you buy for your esky . At the end of the video you can see a small creek of melting water and how clear it is .
enjoy . More to come.
At the moment I am talking flathead , but we will talk bream , snapper , kingfish , jewfish ,tailor salmon ,and many others as we go . Also micro jigging, soft plastics , hard body , trolling , popping , deep water jigging , vibes , sometimes live bait , but never never smelly old bait or dead bait !
let me knew your success stories also , but make sure you include , rod , reel , line weight , leader , jig sizes , hook sizes and lure .
this way we will all learn .