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Mat M
03-23-2008, 11:29 AM
New Zealand well known for its trout fishing has a great big secret when it comes to fly fishing..... its saltwater. I have just arrived back from mainly a trout fishing trip but did manage to get a couple of days on the water in the salt and got to reaquaint myself with one of my favorite targets yellowtail kingfish. The really are a mean fish and at any size test out your gear. Can't wait to get back next year to get beaten up by them again.

Trevor B
03-23-2008, 12:03 PM
Great pictures ! Look forward to hearing more about your trip, sounds like it was a great warm up for some big tarpon in a couple of months :)

Mat M
03-23-2008, 12:47 PM
Hi Trev,

Can't wait for the poons. Will drop you an email this week with lots of info once I am over the jetlag.

Look forward to sharing a beer with you in May.


Trevor B
03-23-2008, 02:17 PM
Hi Mat
That kind of jet lag is not much fun, I look forward to hearing from you , no hurry though. I think I have read every book and seen every video there is to see on Tarpon so hopefully I'm ready for them. A beer in the sun sounds so good after the winter we are having here, it's not a lot of fun practicing casting in -15c windchill ! but hopefully worth the effort.

Bob Bergquist
03-23-2008, 04:10 PM
Is the first fish the same as a California Yellowtail? the second some sort of overgrown grunt, or a snapper? Very nice.

Trev where are you headed for tarpon?


Mat M
03-24-2008, 03:32 AM
Hi Bob,

Yeah its the Pacific yellowtail kingfish. Same fish that is found in California. New Zealand and Lord Howe island have amazing fisheries for them. Can be caught casting poppers or deep dredging and have even been a few captures on the flats, although this is little explored. The world record comes from NZ:- 25kg on fly. That would take some serious stopping. The live baiters and jiggers land fish to over 150lb but they are impossible on fly gear. I had a 20kg fish come and eat a large Kahawai I was fighting. If they had teeth they would be dangerous.

The snapper is found in both NZ and Australia and is highly prized for the table and gets up to 40-50lb.


03-24-2008, 06:17 AM
Sounds like a great extra angle to an already great resource.

I looked it up out of curiosity and apparently the california yellowtail (Seriola lalandi dorsalis) is 1 of 3 regional subspecies with a pending world record size of 91 pounds and change. The southern yellowtail or kingfish (Seriola lalandi lalandi) record is 114 pounds 10 ounces. The Asian yellowtail (Seriola lalandi aureovitta) subspecies record is 61 pounds, 8 ounces and is the buttery rich "hamachi" sushi.

Considering a 10 pounder is a handful on the fly...

Trevor B
03-24-2008, 01:46 PM
I'm going to Mexico in May to try my hand with the Tarpon, its been on my TO DO list for a while now, this Saltwater fly fishing has got me hooked everything else seems to pale in comparison.
I'm so happy to see your new place working out so well on Acklins and the bluewater fishing seems limitless in it's potential
you done a great job with it all Bob !

Bob Bergquist
03-24-2008, 04:58 PM
this Saltwater fly fishing has got me hooked everything else seems to pale in comparison.

I told you it was dangerous! Have a great time and get some pictures.:)