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Video: Catching Australian Salmon / Kahawai in New Zealand | Category: Fishing Talk

Mark Totzke 1 year ago

We made a slightly clumsy but funny video of our latest Kahawai fishing.
We went to the Whakatane River mouth in New Zealand and the Kahawai (as we call them here) were running up the river.

It was almost like a fish market with a hook up on every second cast.
We went during a major fishing time coinciding with sunrise and as you can see we had heaps of action.

I used very light spinning gear and it was a real challenge to land them and to prevent them from heading into the rocks.
After using my landing net it got a bit easier

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
itsaboat 1 year ago

Thanks Mark. Looks great.

However, you said it was going to be could have at least fallen in haha.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
Mark Totzke 1 year ago

haha - yeah, I'll try harder next time

a snapper a day keeps the doctor away
JewCraze 10 months ago

I've been trying to catch one of them for a while now, off the beach, without success. Not sure if they're just not there, or me not casting far enough or they don't like my baits

itsaboat 10 months ago

What beach are you fishing?

Look for gutters...If you cannot find any gutters then cast out as far as you can and slowly retrieve. Or if using a lure a medium to fast retrieve.

They like pilchard and shiny metal lures.

You can also get them off rocks. My experience is they prefer the southern side of rocky islands. They will also come into rivers and lakes.

What bait are you using?

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
JewCraze 10 months ago

I've using salted pilchards, but not sure if they're too old for them Breams and Tailors in the rivers are still taking my salted pilchards though. Not sure if the sambo are more picky.

I fish Narrabeen beach. My problem is I can't identify gutters. And it seems that every time after I've tried to cast as far as I possibly could, my line, bait and all get washed back up closer to shore :-( And I was using the heaviest star sinker that I could cast

JewCraze 10 months ago

Forgot to mention I tend to fish during dark hours. I wasn't sure if they tend to hunt during daylight. But a guy fishing like 100 - 200 m away from me caught 3 on pilchards.

itsaboat 10 months ago

Gutters are simply channels that are deeper than the surrounding water. A bit like an under water creek. They can run parallel to the beach or at 90 degrees and any angle between.

They are usually darker because they are deeper.

The most common way to spot a gutter is to watch the waves...Waves break in shallow water. So when you see waves breaking with a gap between them, there is a gutter. Like wise you will often see waves break a fair way out then stop and re-form closer in which indicates a parallel gutter.

I am not sure about fishing for salmon at night. I think it is better at sun rise and sun set, but you can catch them any time of day.

This might help...There are plenty more on Youtube but this one is short and to the point.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
JewCraze 10 months ago

Thanks itsaboat!

I've watched this one and several others, but when standing in front of the wave I get confused by what I'm seeing . I supposed I'll just have to keep trying and will eventually figure it out through trial and errors, having already watched those videos.

itsaboat 10 months ago

I don't know how good this will work...When you see a gap between wave breaks it indicates a gutter. When a wave breaks then stops before getting to the sand, it indicates a parallel gutter.

itsaboat mate...Life is just a boat and then ya marry one !
JewCraze 10 months ago

Awesome drawing itsaboat! Thank you!

Will memorise the sketch for my next trip!