Mana Cruising Club Fishing Section
We started running regular monthly fishing evenings at the club in July 2022 with a view to providing our members with a forum to discuss and share their fishing stories, meet fellow fishers, and provide information that may be of interest and assist in enhancing the fishing experience. If fishing is your thing, come down and join us every third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Each night generally follows the following format:
- Black Pearl Fishing Report
- Maori fishing Calendar
- Latest Fishing News from Fisheries New Zealand
- Niwa Seasonal climate outlook
- Mix and mingle
Past Monthly Meetings
6th December 2023 Christmas roundup.
This was followed with an introduction to the Club' Annual Photo Fishing Competiton.
- What checks on the motor should I make before and after every trip?
- What maintenance should be done?
- Is this different for 2 stroke and 4 stroke motors?
- How often should an outboard be serviced?
- What servicing can I do and what should I leave to the experts?
- What is the average life of an outboard motor?
This included some valuable safety advice and tips as well as a reminder for those very experienced boaties that accidents can happen to the best of us. If you missed the night you can see their web page at https://www.gw.govt.nz/environment/harbours-and-coasts/boating-safety/advice
They also gave a demonstration on inflatable lifejackets and their use. This gave us all a graphic reminder of what could go wrong when a showing what happens when you pull the tag on an inflatable lifejacket resulted in nothing happening. The cord was caught behind the cyliner and it it was a real emergemcy, it would have been sdifficult to figure ot what was wrong and fix.
Tony is the Department of Conservation’s marine reserve Ranger for the Kapiti Wellington District and he spoke to us about his work.
His main focus is the two marine reserves in Wellington, Kapiti marine reserve and Tapu te ranga marine reserve on the south coast. He outlined that although the two reserves are quite different in makeup and structure, they are both very special places, something we can be very proud of and to be treasured.
He shared his knowledge via the big screen linked to his mapping app on a tablet and this gave us all some valuable insights on how this works and how to apply to our fishing.
The background being the declining fish populations with some species harder to find and what we can do to ensure our children and grandchildren will be able to catch a feed.
Chris Jupp is associated with the LegaSea Kai Ika Project in Auckland, their plans to help in our region and how we can help our region improve our fish utilization and our community.
Along with the talk there was a slide presentation, some boating give aways
He also explained the Marlin Satellite Tagging initiative, the stuggle to get it going and the great rewards now being achieved through this initiative. In the image below the three dots show where tags put into the fish off Taranaki released from the fish.
All in all an amazing night and one that may be repeated.
Flelix spoke about reels, selection, cleaning, maintenance etc .
The night was such a sucess he is happy to return and do an interactive demo on a sounder through the big screen. Watch this space for dates.
Riley has demonstrated a range of knives and explained how to keep them sharp. He provided practical advice on how to sharpen knives using diamond steels, steels, whetstones and stones.
A highly informative evening.
Members had the opportunity to chat with Riley and get information on the latest in fishing gear.
Fish of the month: Hapuku
Mark and Jurien Loper with this hapuku.
In Mark's words "we caught this Hapuku at the start of November this year. We were fishing out of Makara, it was our first time launching our boat at the cruising club and our first Puka for the new boat."
Guest Speakers:Trevor and Geoff, both life members of the club (between them members for over 50 years) have both also made over 500 crossings of Cook Strait in the last 10 years. The club is fortunate to have members with this level of experience and who are more than happy to share that vast amount of knowledge. We heard what makes the strait such a treacherous piece of water (it is a natural wind funnel bordered by high geographic features on the North and South Islands), Topics included wind, tides, tide sets and tidal streams, sea states and lots, lots more - basically everything you need to know to be able to plan and make a safe crossing and return.
Thank you Trevor and Jeff.
Damien Kelly with this terakihi. In his own words" New club member this year. Loving the fishing launching facilities thank you. I caught a tarakiki 1 october but in the harbour so not sure if it counts. Was a windy day so we hid in the harbour. 12.8 degrees and we got two legal snapper (one released)."
Matt talked a little about himself and his operation and how he fishes the west coast on any given day. He explained how working the wind and tides can affect fishing and how to improve your chances of getting some fish.
He also shared how to make maximum use of the day, how to get the best rewards with different styles of fishing when targetting Snapper, Kingfish and Grouper.
A most imformative talk that was well received.
Thank you Matt.
Our winner, Mike Walter, won himself a new reel to target more for next month with this nice cod.
Riley from KP Marine came down to the club and gave a presentation on slow jigging. A most informative talk was follwed by him showing a selection of jigs and rods which were available to purchase.
It had been suggested that the committee establish a Fishing Section with a view to sharing knowledge and getting to know fellow club members who enjoy fishing.
There was a great turnout for this first meeting which outlined the reasons for forming this adjunct and presented the proposed topics that will be covered each month along with intended speakers.
Matt from Black Pearl Charters shared a bit of impromptu information/ local guidance on current fishing.
Those who came provided great feedback and support to continue running these meetings monthly.