Steve visit page 1
My brother Steve came up for a week's holiday from Christchurch. We fished the 5 Mile Bay to Waitahanui area early morning on his first full day here. It was chilly with a stiff SE wind first thing, but it died away to nothing about 8am. We caught a lot of fish, many slabby, but Steve got one nice silver keeper. Which we took home for lunch.
In the afternoon we checked out the "free" A1 GP practice day at the Taupo racetrack. Then in the evening tested the Pouch sailing kayak in light breezes back at 5 Mile Bay. Perfect for a first test sail, it was very relaxing. This kayak will never win a sailing race, but it is easy to sail quietly along. Just a little bit more breeze would have been good.
Next came some fishing down at Rotoaira, a bumpy evening fish with no photos, that had us feeling like we were still bobbing on the waves when we were back on dry land. Then a nice calm morning down the Poutu end of the lake.
Steve caught 11 trout, most around the size of the one above. I caught a couple of small ones and maybe 4 around this size. There were other kayaks on the water this morning too, which is unusual, maybe they are starting to get more popular for lake fishing ? A green sit on top type with pedal power, and a Minnow, fished the channel end of the lake with us. And two Tui model kayaks were out fishing back at the camp area.
Steve had one beauty on that could have been 5lb, I saw it jumping close to his kayak as I paddled over for a picture, but it threw the hook at the last minute.
A couple of days later we went out for a paddle at Whakaipo Bay, Taupo, in the hot afternoon sunshine. The wind made the lake lively, we caught one fish each too, which we hadn't really expected at that time of day. It was a very enjoyable paddle for a couple of hours, a scenic spot with a more interesting shoreline than the open sweep from Wharewaka down past Waitahanui that is my "home bay".
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