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Had a look up the Wairoa Channel this morning to catch the last of the outgoing and first of the incoming which I find is the best time for kahawai action. Using the Echo 369-3 and a Charlie type variant that I call Barbie's charlies. Obviously, the fly is bright pink. Only wanted three kahawai, one for lunch and two for tea, and it didn't take long. All were prespawners in good condition. The first had eaten a squid and a cockabully that was still alive, and was released, the second had eaten 17 mud crabs, and the third, four mud crabs. The three provided great sport, so I will be back tomorrow morning. The three royal spoonbills that were filter feeding near me provided a perfect end to the excursion.
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Heres a little clip we shot of an Epic Bandito loaded up on a gulf kingi. 

It aint no use if it aint chartreuse!
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That's incredible footage Troutzilla. You wouldn't want to be doing that on a graphite rod. It has really opened my eyes. What was the outcome? Cheers
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When the importer told me that they had one of the older model Redington Butter Sticks left, I had to have it. I was after the #3 weight, but the remaining one was a #4, a 476-3, so I grabbed it. I picked it up from Hamills in Tauranga and they gave me a very good deal. I took the rod out this morning and fished the edge of the Otumoetai Channel on the first of the incoming. I was fishing one of my Barbie's charlies flies. I saw a few bust ups, missed one kahawai and broke another off. Just thinking about backing out because of the incoming when I took a heavy strike and hooked up. The kahawai took me well into the backing twice but eventually, I brought it to the net. At very close to 2kg, a was very happy with the capture. A really good christening for the Butter Stick
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Can't complain about that. The Redington rods are outstanding hey? I believe THE most underrated manufacturer out there.

I'm up fishing the canals with Jaapie right now, and my wife's 6# Vice is just a brilliant stick for heavy nymphing.
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Originally posted by Troutzilla Troutzilla wrote:

Heres a little clip we shot of an Epic Bandito loaded up on a gulf kingi. 





Must resist............approaching bankruptcy but the allure of a 12 wt glass rod.......

https://swiftflyfishing.com/collections/fly-rod-blanks/products/epic-boca-grande-12-fly-rod-blank
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Great thread. Keep the pics and stories coming.
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Originally posted by Mudfish marquand Mudfish marquand wrote:

That's incredible footage Troutzilla. You wouldn't want to be doing that on a graphite rod. It has really opened my eyes. What was the outcome? Cheers

Hi Mudfish,

We hooked that kingi in 3 meters of water right against the rocks with gannets raining down around us.

We managed to lead him out into 8 -10m which is where that footage was shot. He wasn't huge but fought like a demon  - about 850mm from memory.


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What a great story and a mighty picture. Quite unreal looking at the bend in the rod. I bet you cringed when you saw the footage later. Bloody good effort on the glass. Cheers
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A few shots of Mudfish in action with his UL Butterstick on a kahawai down in Tauranga yesterday - more to follow. Fibreglass really follows those fishy lunges!




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Ha ha! Brilliant! Used to love the noodle sticks
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Had an interesting day today fishing the Otumoetai Channel with two Rotarian friends today, for the last of the outgoing and first of the incoming. My friends were using #3 outfits, while I was using my #4 Butter Stick, with a Rio CamoLux WF3I. I was very happy how the glass 4 weight handled the lighter line, in my opinion, close to perfect. We all caught nice size kahawai. I had a pull, set the hook and the fish did a powerful and long run, testing the rod, my Sage III Click reel and 4 pound tippet to the max. After a long and sustained fight, I back out to shore and eventually landed an eagle ray foul hooked midway between the snout and wing tip. What amazed me was that the length of leader held out. I will mention the brand because it impressed me, Black Magic Deception, 4 pound, 0.18mm. Cheers
 
 
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It was really good to watch. U handled that beautifully
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