Abridged from an article printed in "Fishing News" April 1993
I spent my holidays Kayak fishing with a longline at Tauranga Bay in the far North.
I am a kayak fisherman and as far as I'm concerned the only way to fish successfully from a kayak is with the right gear, you simply don't have room for anything that isn't compact and the best available.
I use a Paul's Fishing Kites boat longline on
a handspool modified for use off my kayak. I use only Target snapper hooks and have recently started using some of Paul's new floating bead traces.
We headed out to a spot where the current slowed and swirled into a deep bay around to a weedy reef ledge.
We set the longline using two floating bead traces in a row then 5 normal Target hook traces in a repeating pattern (six floating bead traces
per 25 hook longline).
I got really excited when I pulled in the line. We had several snapper and all were in excess of 5kg each.
After two sets each we had 11 big snapper and 1 barracuda, all the big fish were taken on traces with the floating beads.
The next day was even
better, we returned to camp around 7 am loaded down with big snapper weighing from 3.5kg to 9.5kg and again the floating beads caught the biggest fish.
Back at the camp everyone wanted to know more about the gear I was using to catch such good fish when they were struggling to catch legal sized ones.
I told the other campers about target hooks and how they do not gut hook and waste small fish as the majority of them were concerned about of the amount of gut hooked undersized fish they were getting on other hook brands. They were also interested
in the floating beads.
I wound up having to part company with some of my spare tackle to prove how superior this gear is.
Glenny, a fellow camper, managed to twist my arm into telling him my hot fishing spot and I told him he would not catch the size of fish I catch without the Target hooks, so the challenge was on for the next morning.
On the 2nd of January I got to the spot we had been fishing during the past week and asked Glenny and his mate Roy, who were already in position, if they'd had any bites.
With a sharp reply of NO, I said, Don't worry guys, I'll get some for you.