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Shorething for kontiki

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Category: Saltwater Fishing
Forum Name: Kite Fishing, Kontikis & Torpedo's
Forum Description: The place for chat about beach toys!
Printed Date: 03 Oct 2022 at 9:13pm

Topic: Shorething for kontiki
Posted By: fishjew
Subject: Shorething for kontiki
Date Posted: 10 May 2018 at 8:13pm
I am seriously considering buying a shorething for my kontiki as there are plenty of sharks around where we fish west coast north island. I cant really find many reviews anywhere on use ,ease of use etc has anyone used one sucessfully ..?? I have watched all the videos on utube etc any comments from an owner
Thanks Fishjew

Posted By: macrayfish
Date Posted: 11 May 2018 at 5:56pm
I've had one for a few years now, and love it.

I regularly fish Karioitahi on the West Coast and have had no problems losing the torpedo to sharks. They just regularly bite through the traces on the dropper line, but I always get my main line back intact.

I have an early model with the clockwork release mechanism which I understand has now been replaced by a dissolving lolly method.
Not sure how successful that is - you need to talk to Ian at Paul Barnes about it. 

They do require a bit of experience and understanding to get the best from, but once mastered you should have no trouble.

Happy to share my knowledge - PM me if you think I can help.

Posted By: fishjew
Date Posted: 11 May 2018 at 6:09pm
Thanks for the info, I talked to them about the dissolving lolly method , hopefully someone with a dissolving lolly spring method will reply as well . Cheers

Posted By: Teesha
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2019 at 12:34am
Hi, my partner recently purchased a shorething and unfortunately we have had nothing but trouble. The hooks wont deploy 90% of the time and for some reason, it just wont go straight. It steers off to the right and then beaches itself, very fustrating! Will be contacting the Shorething team first thing tomorrow to return the damn thing. Its a total waste of money. We have been longline fishing for over 14 years and never ever had so much trouble as we have with the shore thing. i would rather take my chances with the sharks!

Posted By: macrayfish
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2019 at 7:17pm
Teesha, I'm sorry to hear that.

It sounds like the weights aren't dropping, and with nothing to anchor it, the current, and, or, the wind is simply washing it back to shore. 

I've had this happen to me a few times so I know how you feel.
However I've just come back from another successful day at Karioitahi with three lovely snapper, so they do work, and there is no reason why yours shouldn't either. 

Let's try and sort it out:

What torpedo do you have?
Does it have GPS?
How high was the swell when you launched.
What system does your Shorething use to drop the weights? (dissolving lolly or clockwork release).
What batteries do you use, and how far out are you getting with them?
How long do they run before completely discharging?
What coast/ beach are you fishing on? 
How long is the tether between the torpedo and the Shorthing?

If you can't get your money back, don't despair - PM me, and I will help you.

Posted By: Darkmoon Angler
Date Posted: 20 Jan 2019 at 7:56pm
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