Holy Guacamole! I am new to kayak fishing, just got a double kayak this x-mas and I'm in the process of turning into a fishing-kayak. Today I took it out for only the second time in Auckland Harbour, off Tamaki Point, paddled into the deeper channel, anchored and right away hooked into some snapper. It was a calm and sunny day. I was stoked! I usually don't catch much, so I wasn't really prepared for any big fish...no net or gaff. Within 10 min of fishing I get one BIG hit and my little reel starts screaming and after a good 5 minute fight this big orange glowing monster comes to the surface. I grab the leader of my dropper-rig and yank it onto my kayak and as I am trying to figure out how to stop the fish from flapping like crazy it snaps the double leader and slips out of my fingers. It was gone. The Beast was at least a 10 pounder and the biggest snapper I've ever seen! Within one hour I caught another 7 decent size snapper. And then once again I hook a big 6-8 pounder that I was able to get right up to my kayak, but which again got away. That got me pretty pissed and I packed it up. I gotta say I did learn my lesson: Never fish off the kayak without a net or gaff and be prepared for anything!!!