>
 
> FishingBoating-World.com
 
 
News Home Newsletters Photo Gallery Powerboat-World Australian Cruising World Cruising MarineBusiness-World Animated Knots
Video Gallery MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : Jigging for kingfish – Part 1
Jigging for kingfish – Part 1

'The results'    Jarrod Day    Click Here to view large photo

There are very few species in the world that manage to rip 50 or so meters of 80lb braid off your reels spool even though you have tightened the drag knob with a pair of pliers. With that said Yellow tail kingfish are one such species and on a recent trip to Tauranga, New Zealand I got to experience first-hand at what these brutes can do to a man.

Having jigged for some of Australia’s toughest species over the past 10 years, I was eager to skip the country to sample New Zealand’s fine fishery. A location I had always wanted to visit had come to just hours away from dropping jigs to the deep, my dream had come true.

Along with six other keen anglers, we boarded our flight and only a few hours later touched down in what looked to be very grim weather. Arriving at our new home for the next five days, we settled in with an early night keen to get tight lines the following morning.

The weather gods must have known we were coming and scheduled a magnificent forecast with 5-10 knots of wind for most of the week with one day pushing into the twenties.

We were met on the pontoon at Sebel Trinity Wharf, our accommodation for the next five days by Mark Armistead from Extreme Sportsfishing Adventures who quickly loaded us up. Heading out of the Tauranga Harbour, the towering Mt Manunganui over looked the ocean. Mark didn’t hesitate to get us tight into the action and took us directly to a shallow drop according to him. Schooner Rock as it is known was 67 meters deep and the sounder lit up like a Christmas tree instantly, Kingfish haven we thought and each of use let fly our already rigged jigs. By at least the second drop; few had hooked up and were getting their arms almost ripped from their sockets. Immediately after boating one fish, it was back to drop again for a little more punishment. This continued on all day with fish of 15, 16 and 18 kilos a common catch. All fish were released.

Extreme Sportsfishing Adventures showing the boys how its done on a patch of kings. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

The second day we had decided to head wide and get away from the school fish and look for something a little larger. This time we found ourselves jigging in 140 meters just water which can take its toll on your fitness very quickly. Nevertheless we all slugged it out until just before the tide change six anglers all hooked up. These were no ordinary fish but rather the grand daddy’s of what we had caught the following day. Still, locked drags and being almost pulled from the boat was enough entertainment to keep us huffing and puffing until each fish was landed.

When your down this far, you know it is a long wind up. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

With the best going 50+ pound and five others all around 40 pounds, no one was complaining. With flat conditions install for us for a third day, our options in hitting the school fish were limited as other anglers let us know they had shut down as it was too calm. That was fine for us as it gave us another opportunity to target the big brute for another gruelling day. Once again we found ourselves digging deep keen to hook something epic. Fish were sounded, jigs were dropped but unfortunately the fish didn’t want to play our game. Working hard we found ourselves almost burnt out when out of the blue one of the boys hooked up.

The fruits of fishing wide, two kingfish over 45 pound each. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

This was it, action stations. Each of us quickly moved in dropping jigs right next to Jason as he battled his fish. Instantly, two of the other boys hooked into some solid fish. After releasing the ones caught, our short session had come to an end and the fish we sounded had all but headed off. Nevertheless, the fights were fast and furious which is what we had come to expect in such calm conditions.

The following day we were greeted by a strong South westerly blowing around 25knots, but it was still easily fishable. Back to the school fish we headed and there was no down time once we arrived back to schooner. It took a little while to find the fish but once found, I looked around and each of us were tight to fish. A four way hook-up, now who would complain.

The end result after a four way hook-up; who would’nt be happy. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

Nonstop action continued on for hours. By this time it was 4pm and time to head back as with the blowing wind we were looking at a two hour travel. Still, tired arms, sore backs and weary eye’s we were all glad to pack up and head in.

Each day we would head out looking for underwater mountains where bait and currents would converge. This had the kings schooling up and it was a matter of dropping the jig into the domain before hooking up and holding on. By the last day, on one wanted to fish, rather we just enjoyed a nice day cruising around but when fish were found on the sounder, a few of us had one last go with no real intention of actually getting tight. Still, with longer arms and worn out backs, we were all pleased that we had endured such hard core fishing over the previous days.

Our total tally was estimated at around 160 kingfish to over 50 pound caught and released, five snapper to 6.5 kilos caught on the jig, kahawai and a few other species only the New Zealanders would know. We sacrificed around 30 jigs, 30 hooks and a lot of leader but that is all in a week’s fishing.

The author displays a solid kingfish caught from the depths. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

Snapper are also a common catch on jigs when the retrieve is slowed. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

Scott hooked up to a solid king. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo

A good selection of jigs and terminal tackle is imperative for this style of fishing. -  Jarrod Day   Click Here to view large photo




Next week we look at the gear requirements and the ins and outs of gearing up for a New Zealand kingfish adventure.

Read Part 2 here


by Jarrod Day

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.fishingboating-world.com/index.cfm?nid=103378

1:35 PM Thu 1 Nov 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







FishingBoating-World























Dispersant from Deepwater Horizon Spill persist in environment by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,






Understanding the Ocean's role in Greenland Glacier melt by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),


Dangerous conditions for boating on entire NSW Coast by Transport Roads and Maritme Services,
















Baby Nemos finding their way home by ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,




Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters by Roads and Maritime Services,




Whale freed from rope at Byron Bay by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,












Man fined $2000 for hawking abalone from an East Gippsland reef
New catfish species ‘hooked’ in North Qld
Emperor penguins in danger of dramatic declines
Tags reveal Chilean devil rays are among ocean's deepest divers
Auckland On Water Boat Show to hold world record attempt
Alvin's Animals - Previously unknown species discovered
Zodiac at Sydney International Boat Show 2014 – Australian
Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Exhibitor space filling fast
Lessons from the West: Great Barrier Reef in danger
If we stop killing parrotfish we can bring back Caribbean coral reefs
Decade of benefits for the Great Barrier Reef
Climate change could stop fish finding their friends
Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds reduce engine bay temps on superboat
Reminder of safe distance requirements for whales
Changes to Australian bass closed season
Commercial fishers on shore for mullet season
Management measures implemented to reduce large whale entanglements
Scientists use JeDI to create world’s first global jellyfish database
Sanctuary Classic off to a great start!
New Murray cod limits proposed to improve fishery
Up close and personal with whales on the Gold Coast   
SA Marina Day encourages South Australians to enjoy their marinas   
Southport Yacht Club raffle: Dusit Thani, BRIG Falcon, Marriott stay   
Fish stocks Northeast Atlantic recover, overfishing in Mediterranean   
Enjoy the whale spectacle, just keep your distance   
Satellite images reveals emperor penguins are more willing to relocate   
Whale research - new techniques expand for non-lethal methods   
The Dinghy Nav Light Solution- a brilliantly dumb idea   
Extension granted for salvage of a paddle steamer on the Murray River   
Spike in water temperatures evidence of ‘irreversible’ El Nino *Feature   
Third CYCA Solas Trusts grant to Australian Volunteer Coast Guard   
Severe weather warnings prompt reminder to boat owners   
Hobie Sailing Scene is reopening in Mona Vale this weekend   
Predictwind unlocks more features on free accounts   
Biggest Display ever and 18 launches at SIBS   
Gold Coast International Marine Expo helps Sailability grant FREEDOM   
Free app for managing your yacht   
Marine World Sales: The latest in buying and selling marine online   
Lifejackets are imperative: don't rely on sheer luck   
Catch some fun at Marlin Fest   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW FBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT