Well this trip report is a bit late, but I thought it’s worth mentioning that I finally caught my first squid from the kayak!!
A few weeks ago I went to Sandy Bay in the Coromandel for 2 days. Arrived there midday on the first day and immediately headed out for a fish, which resulted in nothing at all. As it happens I have not had much success in Sandy Bay, but I’ve had a whole bunch of firsts there and this time was no different. Went out again that evening, targeting squid instead of Snapper.
At one point as I pulled my line in I thought that I’d gotten it snagged on the buoy that I had attached my kayak to, but then the snag turned into those familiar pulses than only a squid can deliver and up came my first squid on the kayak!!! Yay!!! Certainly took long enough!
I sent my brother a photo and said look how the squid had inked my kayak full of black patches even though I thought I’d waited for the majority of ink to be dispensed before lifting it into the kayak. 2 days later as I was packing up to go home, I realized that there was only one small ink spot and the rest were black paint from my “Cherry Red” (Black and Red) painted kayak!!!
The next day I caught one snapper just short of 60cm and the following day I almost collided with a shark, which felt like it was aiming to intercept my kayak. I’m sure it wasn’t, but it felt like that at the time. Other than that I also experienced the biggest swells I’d been on on the kayak (a claim which previously also belonged to Sandy Bay) and I lost my nerve when I could hear the top of the swells “breaking” like a wave would, except that I was in 30 meters of water!! Too much stress for me, thank you very much. So I think that was my last trip to Sandy bay, at least for the time being. This decision was helped by the fact that there was no hot water in the outdoor shower at the bach I was staying at and it was the middle of winter!!
Anyway, I did catch my first Kingfish, Squid, Terakihi , Cod, leather jacket and broke the 60cm mark for Snapper the first time in Sandy Bay, but despite that, fishing has been pretty slow there and I hear the same from other people.
Heading North next time.