Labour weekend has been and gone and what great weather to kick start the summer. Leading up to the weekend, those who set long lines have had very good results, landing some very nice snapper. Some boaties did not do so well with the rod, but thankfully the long line saved them from going home without a feed. As reported last month, snapper have started to congregate in deeper waters, though it is still a bit too early for spawning to start. Good catches are still coming in from the shallower water, especially at the change of light. Early morning or late evening have seen some impressive catches of snapper. Incoming tides generally fish better. If you have an incoming tide at the change of light, no doubt you will come home smiling.
Reports of some bait fish activity and birds working have started to trickle in and it won’t be long now before we will see heaps of work-ups in the Flat Rock area and around Kawau Island. The Mokes have also seen some work-ups and for those who have ventured that far, there have been some great snapper landed. This spring more big snapper seem to have been caught than last year. This is always a good sign for a healthy fishery. Keep putting back the 15-20 pound plus fish and our fishery can only get better.
After discussing the difference between leader line and trace last month, I thought I would discuss braided lines this week. Let me make it very clear that there is good braid and there is braid. Good braid is incredibly thin for its breaking strain. Those with a breaking strain of 20 pounds, for example, should be no more than 0.16mm in diameter. Some braids will be more than 0.20mm and sometimes as bad as 0.24mm, which defeats the whole object of using braided line. When using braid, you want two qualities – very thin diameter and near zero stretch. The thin diameter allows for reduced drag through the water – you do not want a big bow in your line when soft baiting or fishing deep for hapuka. Thinner braid also allows for better, further and easier casting with lighter terminal tackle. The near zero stretch allows for a better hook up rate when striking, especially with soft baits as the rubbery feel of the bait absorbs much of the bite. Unfortunately, the saying “you get what you pay for” is not applicable to braid. Thicker braids are sold at premium prices, in line with the thin braids. It is entirely up to you as the angler to check exactly what braid you are getting.
Anthony Roberts, Tackle & Outdoors