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Old 03-06-2018, 01:20 PM   #1
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First pole speared YT

My girlfriend, Jason O, and I flew to New Zealand last week where we met up with Greg G from Alaska. The first day way pretty terrible as my girlfriend was battling a cold and Greg showed up looking like he was on his death bed.



The second day Jason and I went out on our charter but the other two were too sick to even give it a shot. At the first spot we saw a few kingfish, but nothing big. Right before we left Jason had two giant black marlin swim by him but didn't feel like taking one. At the second spot Jason shot two kingfish.




The kingis were out in numbers at this spot. I did a drop and nailed my first yellowtail (and first pelagic period) on my pole spear.





We hit another spot where we shot some kahawai and pinkies and then went in.



The second day the others were able to give the charter a try but were both still pretty messed up from being sick. I woke up and felt like I had strep throat. We stopped at a giant cut back into a cliff that was only maybe 50-100' wide, but a quarter mile long and a couple hundred feet deep.




At another spot there were a dozen giant fish swarming the pinnacle. I did a drop and over my shoulder a big 40+ pound fish swims right into range and I let my pole spear fly and see an excellent shot with great penetration.





At first I thought I stoned it because it sank almost motionlessly to the bottom. As I start yarding it in the thing comes to life and tows me around. I end up right next to Jason who has one on the line as well, and a 10'+ bronze whaler shark is coming up towards us. After some fighting I get it up, brain it, and take it to the boat.





On the third day I'm feeling like garbage but the other two sick people are feeling much better. I swim around buddied up with my girlfriend. She takes a couple drops and misses a few shots, but eventually lines up and gets one.






Greg gets a nice sized one, Jason gets another one or two, and we head in to a scallop bed. We spent about 20 minutes pulling up 30-40 scallops, which are free swimmers in NZ, and head in.



All in all a fun dive trip. Here's a short teaser clip.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUNucFmOMlQ




Sorry about the annoying large pictures. Don't know how to fix that.
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Old 03-06-2018, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: First pole speared YT

Nice Yellow!! Congrats on an outstanding catch. It's about time Jason threw down on some yellows!!
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