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    Posted: 08 Jan 2011 at 4:41pm
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Has anyone here had experience catching kings around Banks Peninsula, Taylors, Sumner etc ? I have read plenty of reports of fish sighted or caught but haven't found much in this forum. I plan to drag some lures or drop some jigs from Sumner to the Lyttelton Heads this summer and would be interested to hear from anyone that has done this successfully. MAybe even beside the mussell farms mite work ?
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Ah, so you're a Cantab? I'm originally from ChCH but when I was growing up in the 60-70s the only fish that Dad targeted was herrings and the occasional kahawai in the Waimak, hand set net flounder at Sumner and the odd cod at Port Levy. Kingfish hadn't been invented yet, LOL.
 
My sister and her husband (ChCh) have just had a renewed interest in fishing and bought rods and reels for Xmas so I will watch your posts with interest...
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i've heard do the miles and look for the big clumps of kelp floating in the water, a lot of the kings are caught sight casting to kings under the floating kelp, poppers and jigs
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about 3km out for brigton pier, there is somthing out there, mates got some kings there last year, pm sal72 on here and ask him, you will find him in the spearo's area
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I'm a Cantab too Brooook.Smile

Back in the late 60's,  a mate of mine caught a kingi at the Rangitata mouth.

It was such an unusual catch, nobody knew what it was, true!

It got sent to the museum to be id'd

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Good luck with your quest SeaRaider & let us know how you get on

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Since I married one I am ! Originally from Auckland but decided the pace was too fast for me. Have had to learn how to fish all over again though. Now most of my time over summer is spent chasing salmon at the river mouths. Had I not got one my first season I would probably have given up by now as you put a lot of hours in without seeing a fish.

I have bait fished around the Lyttelton heads and further around banks peninsula and found some ok spots for blue cod but nothing spectacular to date and tend to head to Motunau of Kaikoura.
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Originally posted by Epic Epic wrote:

i've heard do the miles and look for the big clumps of kelp floating in the water, a lot of the kings are caught sight casting to kings under the floating kelp, poppers and jigs
Thanks Epic, thats the plan so will keep you all posted.
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Originally posted by Uncle Uncle wrote:


I'm a Cantab too Brooook.Smile

Back in the late 60's,  a mate of mine caught a kingi at the Rangitata mouth.

It was such an unusual catch, nobody knew what it was, true!

It got sent to the museum to be id'd

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Good luck with your quest SeaRaider & let us know how you get on

Thats really hard case. Now days you would post a pic on a forum and 100 people would ID it for you.
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Originally posted by fd3s fd3s wrote:

about 3km out for brigton pier, there is somthing out there, mates got some kings there last year, pm sal72 on here and ask him, you will find him in the spearo's area
Thanks fd3s, will do
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yep apparently, do the miles searchin for weed. kill the motor (cos there spost to be pritty shy of those, down here. cast poppers or blu n white grim reapers and crank like a bar steward!.
personally ive neva seen one down here, but those guys in the know seem to get quite a few.
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Dose anybody know if kingi's have arrived yet? Heard that they where with the Kahawai at the mouth of the Clarence (kaikoura) just after christmas ??? Wanting to have a go land based at taylors, water is now warm enough, but would have a bit more confidence if i was sure they was here. Has anybody seen/heard anything yet?
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On the canterbury fishing facebook page a guy claimed he caught one just before xmas at the waimak mouth, they are meant be be feeding on the kahawhi. Unless i see a pic of one caught in canterbury ill keep traveling i think.
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I haven't seen any yet, last year it was late February?  But they do appear around Taylors and Port Levy up by the mussel beds.

Lost a reel that was destroyed in seconds by hooking one, didn't know there were Kingfish down here, and wasn't ready nor expecting them.

From the ones I saw last year, only the very biggest make the trip or survive?  I'm looking at some gear that hopefully I'll be able to hook and land one or more.

But as I said, my snorkelling around Taylors I have seen none.  Maybe they just aren't in close yet?
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they'll be about by now, best to fish after a few easterly blows cos they push the blue water inshore, fish the weed rafts on the  the blue water line!
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Went out for a try at black rock, did some slide baiting and livebaiting but only got barracouta, will be going over again soon
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Originally posted by MadKeen# MadKeen# wrote:

Has anyone here had experience catching kings around Banks Peninsula, Taylors, Sumner etc ? I have read plenty of reports of fish sighted or caught but haven't found much in this forum. I plan to drag some lures or drop some jigs from Sumner to the Lyttelton Heads this summer and would be interested to hear from anyone that has done this successfully. MAybe even beside the mussell farms mite work ?

I'm a Cantab living in Auckland. The main reason I moved back here was because the fishing is so much better. If you want Kingies in Canterbury I suggest two places; the northern side of Pt Levy inside the headland catches a warm current that they like at certain times over summer, and on a good day you can see the buggers just basking there. A kayak would probably be your best bet with a small livie hanging below with a 1/4 ounce ball sinker on top of the hook. Otherwise the north west side of Magnet Bay has been known to hold them, but be careful if you are livebaiting because there are heaps of seals.

I've never seen a confirmed landbased Kingie catch in Canterbury, but I've heard elusive rumors...

Hope that helps.
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FYI for anyone who's interested. Kingies are back in Canty. Catching them out past Lyttelton heads. Haven't caught a legal sized one yet but there are some good sized buggers around so hopefully won't be long
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Good to hear mate and cheers for the update. I still haven't caught one out there yet, mostly coz the wind seems to blow everytime I want to head out. If you ever need a crew member who has all their own gear and knows the cost of running and maintaining a boat sing out and I'll tag along.
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seen massive splashes up the back of Kahawai school near the Opihi river mouth February last year, Blue water was in really close and the sea was the cleanest Ive ever seen,I reckon they where kingfish but cant be certain.
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Hoping to get out Sunday morning.
 
Anyone know how far out the clean water is at the moment?
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