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Big Day out - Omaio kayak fishing report

Written by Tim on January 12th, 2016.      0 comments

The story goes... 
Quinn got Viking Profish GT for Christmas and was keen to catch some fish. He'd done a lot of trout fishing but his dad said he needed to learn from someone experienced if he wanted to go out on the ocean. He came to 
NZ Kayaker and booked a Big Day out ($350). After discussing his needs we decided on Omaio as the perfect location - it's sheltered, there are good fish relatively close, and it's easy launching. Throughout the day fishing wasn't straight forward, but having 8 hours to find them, we were able to change locations and tactics until we ultimately found the secret spot. Well done mate...a 4kg beaut on your first day is a record that will be hard to beat!

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Location: Omaio (East Cape)
Getting there: on state highway 34, approximately 2.5 hours from Tauranga
Launching: from the beach behind the big group of rocks. These rocks form a protective barrier so this is a really sweet spot.
Fishing: starts as soon as you hit the water. Troll softbaits for XXL sized kahawai as you paddle out. Best method is bait and burley for the bigger snapper out near the point in 12-17m of water (anchoring up). Softbaiting also works well throughout this area. Tarakihi are prominent in winter so take a ledger rig with 1/0 hooks. Look for cray pots to identify where structure is. See map below for an idea. 

Tim's tip: kingfish abound in this area. Use a sabiki rig to catch jack mackerel and run them under a live bait rig. We had them out all day, and while we had no hookups, we had great fun watching the kings harass our poor livies...untill next time big fellas! 

​For anyone new to the sport of kayak fishing and is thinking they need some help, consider doing a Big Day Out fishing charter with me. While $350 sounds like a lot of money, consider that it includes all your bait, tackle and equipment. You get to experience cool locations, and learn kayak fishing from top to bottom with an expert. Young Quinn walked away with more fish than he could carry so the value of that alone easily paid for the day! 
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