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Hi all, just to let you all know, our EBOP KFC Comp for May 9 is now cancelled for obvious reasons. Setting our sights on 2021. Good luck with everything!
 
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Kayaking is permitted in level 3 and so is fishing from a kayak      All safety rules apply as well as staying close to shore.
Great to get out there again.     Pulled my kayak from under its cover and was quite shocked how much dust it has collected in the past couple of months.     All set for tomorrow to make use of the high pressure system currently over us.
 
Watch out snapper and gurnard the holyday is over.
 
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All the best Herb. Look forward to the report.
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Unfortunately I had a bad start.    Was fully rigged and ready to hit the water when a police car pulled up and a young lady police officer asked me if I was coming or going.    When I told her that I was ready to launch she very sternly told me that kayaking was not allowed.    When I replied that she was not well informed and should check with police station she got quite official and told me that she did not need to as she was well informed of what was permitted under Level 3     Since I had checked it myself in the morning I stood my ground.    It got very testy and I was asked twice if I was resisting.     She then recorded my name and other personal details.    I have no idea how far this farce would have gone maybe hand cuffs or taser; it turned  pretty ugly.   Luckily her male partner who observed it all at a distance phoned the station and then told her that kayaking was allowed.     Without any apology she got back into the patrol car leaving it to her much more reasonable colleague to wrap up this uncalled for drama.
 
I have worked with the police most of my working life and have met many great people but like anywhere a few big egos give the force a bad name.
 
What concerns me is that they go out on compliance patrol without making sure that they know the rules they are supposed to enforce.   
 
Had I not been so sure that kayaking was allowed I could have packed up and gone home and wasted my first great day on the water.
 
Did I catch some fish?    Lots of kahawai I did not really want.
 
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That wraps up this whole thing in one sorry mess.
Better luck next time Herb.

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Pulled out some nice carrots from the patch today πŸ₯•πŸ‘
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Big Albacore have arrived off New Plymouth.
 
Cheers and a Bountiful 2021 
 
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Great news. What depth Herb?
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Went out yesterday to 80m with not a sign of tuna     however a commercial tuna captain said they were catching them a 100m.     Water was cold but is warming up to 19degrees
 
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Thanks for the intel Herb. Sporadic at best still.
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Conditions looked good from the salt mines, and thinking you guys must be hooked up to some Donkeys out wide, this year they have arrived early, herb you need to use the secret sauce to bring them in closer πŸ‘πŸ˜‚
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Tuesday looks good   6am at the port.
 
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Will be giving the salt mines a miss tomorrow,see you on the beachπŸ–οΈ
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Three of us old farts went out to 97m roughly 10 Nmiles NE of the port for SFAdams.    Never saw any sign, birds or anything else related to tuna.    Total trip was 30nmiles  Water still cold and never went more than 18degrees even out wide.     Washed out blue colour. No wonder we  all felt buggered after dragging our backsides and yaks up the beach at low tide.    
 
Good trip all the same.    We must do this again soon
 
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Great effort Herb. You are in your 80s right ? Legendary effort and fitness.
I remember when you had a Frenzy and would fill up on gurnard.
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85 soon.    Just trying to make the most of what I have left.     Yes, I caught more gurnard with the Frenzy than nowadays with my much better yaks .    Truth is the gurnard have been overfished mainly by commercials for good number of years.    Maybe it is the same with tuna.    Would not surprise me as there are more and more supersainers/ long liners hammering anything that swims out in the Pacific.    I have already noticed a gradual decline in our tuna catch rate to what it was 20 years ago despite now having a better blue water yak, better fishing knowledge and much better gear.   
 
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Interesting Herb gurnard here are scarce as well. I barely catch any at papamoa.
I catch more Dory.
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Cheers for the report herb, Sounds like they aren't here just yet. Maybe the water will turn up early next year 

Interestingly every time i have kayak fished off port taranaki (Autumn 2015 - 2020) , the gurnard have been scarce or very small. 
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Missing Wellington Kayak Fisher
 
Like most of us Yakkers I have been following this search with great interest.
Unfortunately the unfortunate guy has not been found and hope is fading quickly.
 
Although this has been a massive search very few details have been released.    I wonder if the search team included persons with an intimate knowledge of kayak fishing and not just the usual Police, S&R, Coastguard and Maritime staff?     While they all have a valuable role and input only a knowledgeable kayak fisher can interpret or draw the right conclusion from some of the evidence.   
 
A published photo shows the recovered kayak on the beach.    It is a Cobra Marauder that was found floating the right way up.   It has not been established if during the capsize the guy rolled the kayak or exited without doing so?    if he turned over then rod and net would have slipped out of the rod holders and would be hanging from their leashes.    If that happened he must have flipped the kayak back and stuck the rod and net back in the rod holders.    To me it seems strange that this was his first priority rather than attempting to re-enter. 
 
What interest me.   Was the rod and the net in the near seat rod holders as shown on the photo when the kayak was found?     If so then it would be impossible for the person to re-enter as the rod or net would have prevented him rolling the legs back into the foot wells.    He would have discovered that on the first attempt and would have moved one of the above to a rear rod holder or ditched them altogether .
 
What about the fishing rod and line?    Was the hook and sinker stored on the rod or was the rig fishing in the water or was the line cut?    Every one of these options opens up a new possibility.    If he was actually fishing than there is a possibility that he got snagged and pulled himself over trying to break the line?    Or if the reel drag was set too tight a big fish like a stingray or shark could have flipped the kayak or at least unbalance him enough to fall overboard.    It nearly happened to me a couple of times.    To determine if the kayak has rolled one would expect water in the reel or inside the kayak as the hatches on the Marauder are not that water tight.
 
There is no paddle so one would assume that it was not tied on or stored in the paddle holder.     So lets start from the fact that the guy is in the water either holding the paddle or not.    Essentially he is no longer connected with the kayak.    Whether or not he righted the kayak is immaterial he is not physically attached other than hanging on to some part of the kayak.    This is made harder as the Marauder has no safety cords around the hull.    It is highly likely that at some stage he lost contact with the kayak and with even a light breeze  the kayak got blown away faster than he could swim after it.     So now he is in deep crap and has to make important decisions.  If he had a cellphone it is a safe bet that it is wet by now as he did not managed to contact anybody.    Decision time.  Is he going to float supported by his life jacket (I assume he was wearing one) until rescue comes or trying to swim ashore?   
 
Apparently divers have recovered some of his clothing on the bottom of the bay.    This suggests that he would have taken off some items and presumably the life jacket too as it would be very hard to swim some distance wearing all that.    Was he a good swimmer and what was the distance to the shore?    Also what were the conditions, seastate, wind, currents and water temperature at that time.    All the above is educated guess work.    The only certainty is that he never made it to the shore.   
 
Summing up.  He only had the Marauder for a couple of months and when adding the absence of some of the standard essentials ( paddle leash, VHF radio, lack of re-entry technique etc) suggests to me that he is pretty well a kayak fishing newby.    
 
Did the search team consider all of the above?   I really wonder?
 
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