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Get hooked line and sinker
Tour guide: Jeff Skidmore at a
shipwreck in Martin's Bay.
Weighing in: Members of the East Auckland Kayak
Fishing Club weigh and record the fish caught.
Soft baits: The kind of lure used on a casting set up.
might snag a bigger predator
Or casting into a current and
reeling back in, jigging the bait as
you go to replicate the swim of an
injured fish, could be the answer.
We try both methods and as the
day progresses my casting
improves and I start to feel
confident I'm not going to tip the
whole vessel. The kayaks are solid
Paddling, naturally, is a big part
of the experience.
It's tough work at times,
especially when the breeze picks up
towards the end of our trip but ulti-
mately an enjoyable and satisfying
part of the day.
Short of spear fishing, you
couldn't get closer to the water and
feeling the current pull you forward
or being able to land on a rocky
beach so easily makes for a great
Jeff tells me when you latch on to
a big snapper or kingfish reeling it
in can be an exhilarating experi-
They pull you around,'' he says.
It can be a lot of fun.''
I'll have to take his word for it.
After a couple of hours fishing
I'm still without any action so we
head to a gap between islands at
the top of the bay where the cur-
rent picks up speed as it funnels
Here we deploy the drogue and
give it one last go before the long
Then -- I'm on. I've actually
caught something. A moment of
panic just about sees me overboard
but gives way to determination and
I start reeling in.
It's no monster from the deep
that's for sure and the little fella is
returned to the sea but it's enough
of a taste to see how people could
get hooked on the sport.
Then the paddle home begins.
Drifting is a big part of kayak
fishing and the paddle back to
shore is more often than not
against a headwind so it's head
down and shoulders working.
At the end of it all, Jeff reckons
we have covered 7 or 8km, so I'm
feeling pretty chuffed to have
pushed through. Back on shore the
fishers compare notes from the day.
Some fared better then me and
the fish of the day is a 2.4kg snap-
per but the consensus is it was a
morning of hard fishing.
But despite not catching any-
thing I don't go home empty-
handed, Jeff kindly donating his
catch of the day -- a 35cm snapper
that suits me fine but won't go far
in his household.
Go to eakfc.org for more
Work ahead but mayor confident in city's future
By MAYOR LEN BROWN
Massive task: Mayor Len Brown says
a future-proof public transport is at the
heart of plans for regional growth.
The year 2013 will be another big
one for us all.
The Auditor-General's report
into the first two years of the Auck-
land Council notes the can-do''
attitude and commitment staff,
local boards, councillors and
have to making a unified region
This is consistent with the grow-
ing sense of pride and possibility I
see in my travels across Auckland
We all know we have a big job
Last year we welcomed our 1.5
millionth Aucklander and in the
next 30, we will welcome another
One million more to house,
transport, employ and entertain.
We will be ready.
The Auckland Plan is in place to
guide our physical, social and econ-
omic development, and in March,
we will be seeking your opinions on
the Unitary Plan, a single region-
wide rule book that sets out where
and what we can develop and how
we protect our environment and
Next month, new ferry services
will connect Beach Haven and Hob-
sonville Point with the central city,
another milestone in Auckland's
integrated transport plan.
At the centre of that plan is the
Central Rail Link which, with our
new electric trains, will mean more
services and frequent services
across the network. It will also
future-proof our transport network
for an additional Waitemata Har-
bour crossing, rail to the North
Shore and the airport.
This year we will continue work
designating and protecting the rail
route, and discuss alternative
funding mechanisms for much
needed transport infrastructure.
We continue to work hard to bal-
ance financial prudence with
investment in local communities,
transport improvements and
boosting our local economy.
We're proposing an average
rates increase of no more than 2.9
per cent this year, down from a
forecast 4.8 per cent.
We have reconfirmed our strong
international credit and top 10
most liveable city rankings.
I wish you and your families a
Happy New Year and enjoyable
Our events programme is in full-
swing across Auckland with hun-
dreds of options whether you are
into music, sports, films, art, cul-
ture or just hanging out in our
lovely harbour setting.
I'll be out and about in Auckland
communities, attending your
events, and listening to issues at
my Mayor in the Chair lunchtime
and evening events again this
Drop by and let me know how
you think Auckland is doing -- we
taking great strides to making it
the best it can be.
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