Thank you all for the interest, questions and salt water experiences shared re , velocity and halfpounder
chromedrifter; you got the species bang on, Kahawai , yes they readily pursue a well presented fly and give a very good account on the line
end in the shallow estuary waters using the current and wave surges to their advantage.
speyday:the rod is 11'1" with the grips done switch rod length not as per CND beach rod spec. The skagit is SA intermediate sky blue.... will try opst 325gr float and tips, still to try an over head line but with all the drift wood at my back and steep sand shelving I'm happy to stay underhanded.
Tom.B Tailor would be a very rare catch in NZ , the humble Kahawai, Arripis trutta, is the species, yes the quite different and unique black sand... or iron sand, rich in minerals and a valuable mining resource with some major players wanting to start seabed mining operations off the coast.... no way man!!!!
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