Monday 6 February 2012

Monday Fish 4, The Wairau Bar

Kahawai caught at the Wairau Bar, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Last Monday saw Jim and I have some success, at last.

The kahawai were going crazy at the Wairau Bar. A lot of fish were being caught. We both took home two nice-sized fish. I weighed mine when I got home – one was five pounds, the other six.

I was using the new six and a half foot two-piece rod I had recently bought from It was perfect for catching the feisty kahawai in the current of the out-going tide. Most people were using heavier gear, but I found the rod with my Jarvis Walker reel to be a great little combo.

I fished there again on Wednesday, using the same reel, but with my Kilwell four-piece rod. The rod is a little longer than the other one, and has more of a whippy action – better suited for use up the river, after trout. I felt I was punishing it a bit much with the kahawai, but still landed two similar fish.

Jim fished there again on Tuesday and Thursday, landing four and three fish, respectively. 

There’s plenty of fish to be had!