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Three Kings Islands Jigging trip in April 2018

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    Posted: 15 Apr 2018 at 3:14am
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The Three Kings Islands trip is finally over.
It took 20 hours from NJ to Auckland, NZ.
Three of us from the US arrived almost at the same time though we took different flights.
We spent the first day relaxing in downtown of Auckland.















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Anglers from NZ provide transportation which is a big help for us.



After driving 5 - 6 hours, we arrived at Mangonui Harbor. We found out we were fishing on the Cascade with Capt Mike, not the Tracker. That was great as I fished on the Cascade in 2005 and 2007.
Capt Mike turned out to be very diligent and likable Capt.
Jason who works for Catch Tackle was there already.











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We left 4 pm. We ran 6- 7 hours to anchor in a bay in northern tip of island.



On my previous trips, we ran to the Three Kings directly.
On the next morning, we ran about 2 hours to jig kingfish. After we caught small kingfish we ran another 2 hours to fish King Bank.
On the way to the Bank, we got a nice yft on troll




I fished with 6'8" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch with prototype IRT 600 duel drag reel.













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On the next day, they tried to catch bait for two hours early in the morning which is the prime time to jig. I thought this trip is exclusively for jigging and I was not happy about it. But Capt and majority fishermen like the mix of jigging and bait fishing. So I had to adjust myself for peace in mind.

After bait fishing, we fished near the Three Kings Island group. I got my biggest kingfish on this trip using 6'8" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod and IRT 600 reel filled with 60 lb JB Hollow/100 lb leader line. I used 400g local Catch jig.






After fishing Three Kings for a while, we ran to Middlesex Bank. We got there in the afternoon. Unlike my previous trips when we got big kingfish there, kingfish were not responding well this time.













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Great stuff Kil Song, thanks for the pics! Some good looking fish there, and stunner weather.
And yes I understand about the 'lets get some livies' time spent heh heh.
You using a swivel with the 400gm jigs (puka shot) ?
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Capt Mike decided to go hapuka/seabass in deep water on the third day.
I thought he would go to King Bank for mix of hapuka and kingfish we we did in 2005 and 2007. But he ran the boat 3 hours to the different spot. We fished 250 meter ( 750'). We used to catch big hapuka and bass in 150 meter water after fishing kingfish on top of the bank.
we got 50 - 60 lb bass, but mostly were small hapuka or bluenose.
I asked Mike why he had to run so far for hapuka/bass. He said hapuka/bass were wiped out on the Banks by commercial fishermen. Sad story.

I tried to use 26 oz glow hammered diamond jig for the light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/JM PE6 reel. It is mismatch for fish 250 meter with such a light setup, But it worked.
The problem was the glow jigs attraced small fish like rosie.
John got about 15 lb hapuka and I had about 25 lb bluenose with the setup.

We stayed there almost until 2:00 pm and I suggested to go for kingfish. It was about 2 hour run to King Bank.
We had decent catch of kingfish there. The Pursuit joined us and fished next to us.




John fighting a decent hapuka using the Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/JM PE6 with 26 oz jig. It was rule to wear a skirt for anglers and that day was John's turn.




The heavy glow jig attracts small fish.



Tony's big bass on a jig




I got bluenose using Black Hole Cap Cod Slow Pitch rod/JM PE6 on 26 oz jig in 250 meter ( 750 ft).



John fighting a kingfish using 250g Black Hole Cape Cod Special rod/Stella 20000 combo. He broke handle of 10000 Stella the other day while fighting a big kingfish.



Murray got his personal best kingfish.


fighting a kingfish using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT600 reel.



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Today is the final day.
After spending some time to catch bait, we fished around Three Kings. Immediately we got kingfish on jigs left and right.
I used the same Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT 600 reel with 400g Catch jig. After releasing two, I asked John to use my gear to take video and pictures. John got a monster, but the main 60 lb JB Hollow line got broken while fighting.
He was very unfortunate for the whole trip as he even lost big kingfish as his Stella 10000's handle got broken while fighting a big kingfish.

John fighting a monster kingfish using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT 600 reel.



John fighting using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch/IRT600 reel and Scott, IRT reel rep, fighting using Black Hole Cape Cod 450g rod/IRT800 reel.





John's kingfish was eaten by shark. We lost some kingfish to shark.



John got another kingfish eaten by shark.



Andrew fighting a kingfish



Jason of Catch Tackle got a nice kingfish.












When kingfish bites slowed down on jigs, bait fishing took over.

We had a great trip with great anglers and with crew.
We left at 3:00 pm for the dock and we arrived at the dock at 1:00 pm next day.

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Cool......Mike hasnt changed a bit.....Nice conditions too.Wink
Once the idiots turn up..Im outta here...No time for Drama Queens.
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Capt Mike did fabulous job and his cooking is amazing. :)
Yes, we were blessed with good weather for the whole trip.
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Thanks for the great report.
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Great reporting, honest and comprehensive.
Glad you enjoyed your visit to NZ.
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Kiwi anglers are great. They make us comfortable for the whole trip. Thanks Andrew, Tony, Murray and Jason.
I love NZ. good weather, good people and good fishing. :)
You guys are truly beer lovers. :)









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