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Claude io
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New thread...to keep some order from other post !.

You all know, I like fishing .... DO YOU?

Show your pictures, big or small ... even bait will do...lol...

Today I had the day off, I went to lake Eucumbene, I hope that you all have seen my bad video!! and got a very close "personal best".

Happy" fishioing"

 

65 cm...2.8 kg cleaned.....

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kontiki fishing

Very nice Claude... as a kid we used to go to Lake Taupo for holidays and I did a lot of rainbow trout fishing in the lake and rivers then, but don't get to do much freshwater fishing these days. I do some surf casting but not very seriously and it's sometimes hard to get a good catch aorund here. Last year to improve my catch rate and as a bit of a fun shed project I built a Kontiki - don't know that they exist much outside of NZ (?) but its basically a small unmanned craft that tows a long line out to sea and then shuts off. You leave it out for as long as you like - normally about an hour - and then pull the whole shebang in with a winch. I live quite close to the west coast of the north island and during last summer was getting out quite regularly with it. A good catch is a few snapper - typically 2-3 Kg, and often get some lesser eating fish like Kahawai and Red Cod.

I'm still not sure if I get more enjoyment out of sending the boat out or catching fish, but either way it's a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours in the early morning or evening in summer.

First pic is the Kontiki itself - the motor is off a Mercury trolling motor - 12v, draws up to 30 amps and generates 30lb of thrust. The body is a piece of PVC irrigation channel pipe. The control unit includes auto low voltage shutoff relay, timer that is set using a universal TV remote (based on a Jaycars kit) so it shuts off after 5, 10, 15 or whatever minutes of runtime. There are 3 x 12v  9ah batteries in series in the back which counterbalances the weight of the motor. This pic was taken before I added remote control steering to help get it out through heavier surf. It does self steer due to the line pulling on the back, but strong sideways currents and heavy surf can knock it off course.

Te Horo beach - it's usually this empty. This was before I'd fitted the Kumhos that you see in the previous pic.

Baby Kahawai - the best bait so usually cut these up and send them out in the next launch.

Stingray on a night launch - winding this bu66er in killed the winch batteries

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That is some serious gear!

Wow, I've never seen anything like that! That's pretty cool, but I think I like fishing for its simplicity! Still bloody awesome though!

Here's my latest catch, an Australian Salmon caught off the beach a few weekends ago. Its the first proper fish I've ever caught off the beach.

I think they might be the same species as your kawahai. I ate this one, most people don't bother, but I enjoyed it.

 

Claude, was that a Rainbow trout or an Atlantic Salmon? I think we need to organise that fishing trip soon!

 

Size is not important; it's how you use it that matters!

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Kahawai

That does look similar to our Kahawai. They don't get eaten that much here either because the flesh is quite dark, firm and has a strong flavour. Beautiful when freshly smoked though.

Kontiki fishing does lack the simplicity appeal I agree and it's not really the same sort of sport with a battery powered winch and 30lb line! But i enjoy using something I had fun building and improving, its always a thrill to see what's coming in on the traces, and at the end of the day it's nice to come home with some fish!

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nice fish

I never seen anything like this, looks very practical....nice design...

Mine is a brown trout, I don't catch much of this size!!! and sometime...I get nothing!!! You can make fish cake with the Australian salmon, fish and potato mixed...

Happy fishioing

 

 

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Technique

Great fish photo technique there Claude - arms out, close to the camera...;)

Very nice fish

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Not quite the same but here is my fishing.......

Apologies for the poor quality photo, and it doesnt really show of their real size, they are about 8 and 10 inches along.

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nice fish

Beautiful nice fish, what are they? the one one the right looks to have Edwards syndrome !!

it does look like a very good size tank.

At least if I come your way....we got some fresh bait...lol...unless they have a name...of course...lol...

Happy fishioing.

Edit again, bad humour...sorry...

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winning trout

I have entered a competition with a couple of picture of this trout (see above), and I have just won an  "evakool" icebox....that fish has been born to make me smile...and smile again!!smiley

http://www.hooklinesinker.tv/classiccatch/page/12/ 

Happy fishioing

Edit, I just received my new icebox.....cool....:)

My best brown trout 3kg 65cm

 

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fishing

Nice work Calude.

Looking at some of the other pics on that site - is 'Mulloway" a nice eating fish? I hope so - the guy was using salmon for bait?!

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Mulloway

I never had eaten Mulloway but the feedback are very good....

I am so happy with that icebox, I wanted one for a while, but everytime I see the price, it got me to turn around!

Happy fishioing

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