Headed out to Kawhia harbour to take our new Fish City FC390 with its 30hp outboard out for its first run, after a bit of humor at the ramp getting used to the tiller steering, the tide was heading out and blowing an easterly which made for a choppy trip out to Te Maika we were accompanied by a mate of mine in his 12 footer who knows his way around the harbour.
After anchoring for an hour or two between the wharf and the point and catching nothing we decided to head further towards Nathans point into calmer waters and check out the Te Waitere channel till just before dead low tide where my ugly stik black tiger and baitrunner 6000 combo got a good workout on an eagle ray which was released once up to the side of the boat followed by a couple of undersized snapper that were thrown back to fight another day.
After that my partner and I decided to head back to the harbour mouth where we anchored well back from it once we had seen it had calmed down to give the deeper water a go which was a good move as our baits started to get hammered the minute we put our baits over.
My partner got 3 nice pan sized snapper then she got what she had not bargained for something bigger that gave the Penn 850ssm and 7ft jarvis walker combo as well as the missus a very good workout with my guidance on how to play it to the side of the boat so she would not lose the fish the result was a nice 3KG snapper was netted and bought into the boat we were stoked with our results.
Even though I had only caught one snapper at 30cm which is the rule on our boat that nothing under 30cm shall be kept with the exception of bait fish and livebaits i enjoyed seeing the other half enjoying a fishing trip for a change as all of our previous fishing has been surf casting and now that we have a boat she is able to take part a lot more in the fishing than when we are at the beach.
My partners first good sized snapper and one of many more
Till next time tight lines