The spring equinox is here, and the dreaded nor'westerlies have arrived.
The only good thing about them is they make our east-coast shores fantastic for diving, cleaning up the water to give good visibility for a feed of paua or crays from Mataikona to Ocean Beach.
The commercial paua divers began their new season on October 1, so you will have to compete with them.
The easy possies - like the road front at Te Awaite - will be hammered first, as they can do it with a shore dive. If you want an easy feed that's where you should try first, before it gets stripped. The north end of Riversdale Beach is also a good early bet before the holiday season.
Ngawi Club member Kaine Austin caught a monster kahawai from Maungakuri, east of Waipawa, while fishing with his father in a small tinnie. The fish weighed 6.5kg and was probably a Kermadec kahawai.
Only two couples braved the screaming nor'wester to fish off Tora mid-month. However, the fishing was great, with the four anglers landing over 70 fish between them, and most being released to fight another day. Tony Browne landed 16 fish, while 'her indoors' Vicky landed 19 and won $20 for the biggest fish with a skate weighing 5.02kg.
By the time you read this, Labour Weekend will have come and gone, and all things fishy will be returning to what they should be. Groper will be on the shallower foul, tarakihi will be easy to find, and crays shouldn't be too hard to catch.
Recently a couple of chaps pulling a net off Tora got into strife when they tangled it in their prop. This is a timely reminder to always retrieve a net, long-line, cray pot or anchor into the wind. Unless the tide is running more strongly, you really can be in a pickle if you're not careful. And if you do get a prop-wrap, be prepared to go over the side with a sharp knife - quickly, if you are amongst the bricks. A jammed cray pot can be another hazard, especially if pulled from the side of the boat; having the line tied off short when a big swell comes along can mean a capsize, and has been the cause of lost lives in the past.
Wairarapa by Graham Howard
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