Western Leader : January 21st 2011
Our office is now open for 2011, wishing you a prosperous New Year Ralph Hendricks 836 9310 Avondale New Lynn Green Bay Blockhouse Bay Te Atatu Swanson/Ranui Hobsonville Massey Lincoln Rd/Lincoln North Glendene Henderson Central Motoring Education & Features Consultant Titirangi Glen Eden Shannon Jones 836 9300 Charles Pierard 836 9302 Katrina Larsen 836 9306 3412332AA www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, January 21, 2011 By VANITA PRASAD Marlin magic Marlin magic Big beauty: Dave McKeown's 125kg striped marlin caught in 70 metres of water off Piha beach. PHOTO: ADAM BARTLEY-SMITH THE LA NINA weather phenomenon linked to flooding in Australia is bring- ing big-game fish to west Auckland's shores. Tuna and striped marlin have been caught off Piha and out of Huia and the big fish could also be drawing sharks. Department of Conservation marine ranger Martin Stanley says the weather pattern has warmed up North Island waters. But while it suits big fish there is less small marine life around to feed seabirds and penguins. In La Nina conditions you've got warmer water closer to the shore,'' Mr Stanley says. Warmer water holds less nutrients than the colder water so there is a short- age of small marine life which the seabirds usually eat. They are starving.'' Mr Stanley says dead birds and penguins have been found at Karekare and Piha beaches and there are fewer seabirds on the water. They are not around in the same numbers as usual. We suspect they have moved to find cooler water.'' But the warmer water close to shore is bringing in good fish. You do tend to get some of the larger game fish coming in earlier than in a usual season. That is why there are a lot of tuna and there have been a few mar- lin sightings as well.'' A few anglers have caught the prized striped marlin in Piha's waters. Last week Dave McKeown and his fishing buddies Eric Morman and Adam Bartley-Smith landed a 125kg striped marlin after launching their boat Ragin' Bull at Little Huia. Mr McKeown says after a few hours of trolling their lures they got the bite and began a 30-minute battle with the mar- lin. When they first get the lure it's pretty impressive how they come up and walk on the water. It was the first marlin I've caught on my boat so that was pretty sweet,'' he says. Markus Wunderlich caught a 140kg striped marlin off Muriwai on Saturday after a two-and-a-half-hour battle. It was the Titirangi resident's first time fishing off the west coast and he was in a 4.8-metre boat. Piha resident Mica McKenzie say the fishing has been great this summer. As far as seasons go this is as good as any I've seen. There are lots of big fish around at the 40-metre mark straight out from Piha -- snapper, albacore, skip- jack, kahawhai and striped marlin.'' He says the big fish have also attracted a lot of sharks. There are heaps of sharks about -- mainly makos.'' Paul Robson of the Piha Deep Sea Fishing Club caught a mako shark last weekend along with plenty of albacore tuna.
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