Shane French /

March 28, 2007

28-03-2007A bit harder on the Waitahanui today, although there were a few fish around the Reids pool area, they had their mouths firmly shut. I shot of to the Hinemaiaia and managed to get onto a good group of fish just up from the bridge. I landed 8 in a two hundred meter stretch keeping the 5.5 pound Jack in the picture. All took a Champagne RED dot glo bug in #14. I was busted off by a monster of a fish as well. I will have nightmares about loosing this bastard for months to come. I had followed it down stream for well over two hundred meters through some horrible water dragging it out of scrub and crap only to loose it IN THE NET. I juggled it as I scooped it up,(it was too big for my net) and when it hit the water the hook pulled,sob sob!! Lucky no one was around. It may have gone eight pounds.

We have had some rain today, not enough to make a difference to water levels but certainly the drop in Barometric pressure will make the fish move. The temp in the lake has dropped over the past few days as well which may activate some spawning urges. We are due a little more rain and North easterly winds. The rips on this side of the lake are all fishing well and with the extra cloud cover tonight may be worth a little look out there.

Tight lines
Regards Shane