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    I’m just getting my head around it here but a few things I have learnt so far.

    Spend the time locating good current lines and the clumps of kelp, logs etc that you are looking for will be close by.

    I’m finding that the fish are very boat shy and when you have spent the time and effort in finding them don’t blow it by being impatient and charging in range with the boat for a cast. Use the wind to drift silently into range and get that first cast spot on. Better still try and line up several objects for the same drift.

    The wind yesterday morning made things hard work, but there were a few fish around. Hooked another 2 which is bloody exciting on the surface with a stick bait but am yet to boat one so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

    Keen to hear how others are getting on.
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    Been having a pretty good season on them so far, have been giving top water a fair nudge this year with no luck, we catch ours on jigs around the weed. Have alot more luck when we’re in the Bluewater and the sea is flat. Never seen so many boats out chasing them as I did today normally you might see 7 or 8 boats I didn’t bother counting as there was that many.
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    Thats awesome to see, I have just got back from Picton and there are really good numbers of good sized fish as well. I only caught them on Rapalas but the guys who had the stick baits did 10x better than me. Just wondering what size stick bait are you throwing at them?

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    Does anyone know if there’s still some kingfish around at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr300WSM View Post
    Does anyone know if there’s still some kingfish around at the moment?
    Yes there are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt2308 View Post
    Yes there are.
    Thanks

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    Some fella caught a good kingy on a livie from Black Rock a few weeks back. That's the holy grail! I think he got a kahawai at lyttelton and transported it (lugged it) in a chilly bin. Hard earned and well deserved IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Some fella caught a good kingy on a livie from Black Rock a few weeks back. That's the holy grail! I think he got a kahawai at lyttelton and transported it (lugged it) in a chilly bin. Hard earned and well deserved IMHO
    Haha. We used to do the same thing up East Cape. Go down to Hicks Bay and catch small Kahawai in the surf and then carry a chilly bin full of them around the cape to Midway point. Usually 4 of us so we could share the load. It was well worth it if there were kingies about but the hooking to landing rate was never that flash.
    Experience. What you get just after you needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Some fella caught a good kingy on a livie from Black Rock a few weeks back. That's the holy grail! I think he got a kahawai at lyttelton and transported it (lugged it) in a chilly bin. Hard earned and well deserved IMHO
    Interesting. I saw some one fishing with a live bait there a month ago.

 

 

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