Road to the Sea - howz da 4x4?

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Road to the Sea - howz da 4x4?

Post by 808Moshin » Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:00 pm

How mean is the road down to Smoking Rock? Will a stock Dakota 4x4 make it?

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Post by red » Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:24 pm

the road gets pretty bad but i would think you would be able to make it, my stock 91 toyota x-tra cab makes it with no major problems. if you are going to the rock, the only rough part is right before the rock when you come down the hill, cross the sand, and climb the hill to the rock. might be better to go with someone who can help spot for you, or even better, someone who knows the road. its also a good idea to drive it in the day so you can see better.
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Post by Ciguatera » Wed May 04, 2005 2:55 pm

Red, has it gotten worse over the years. I use to go way back when neva had pipes in the rock. The road was alright. I think they just finished the Smokin Rock to Manuka road the last time I went there. Took us 45 minutes to reach there. How long now?

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Post by kohala-boy » Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:22 am

i went there about a month ago, at night time i got there in like 45 min, day time like 30 min to get out

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Post by whitewash » Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:34 pm

by any chance does anyone know how deep the water is at the rock?

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Post by B.I.U.C. » Mon Dec 11, 2006 4:57 pm

right off the rock is about 30-40 ft then slowly progresses and the dropoff is about 100 yards out. there is a channel in the middle to right section most of my strikes have been either left field or center. but some of my friends have had strikes on the right, and i had some hang bait action early in the morning also. havent been their in a year though need to plan a trip soon :D

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Post by uluapoundr » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:18 pm

Was just there, road is easy down to the bottom but to the rock will need some careful off-roading. A stock truck may rub, but will make it in. The water is deep, especially if you can honk it out 100yds plus. Probably one of the deepest spots I fished. Getting the spot is much harder than getting to the spot :lol: .

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Post by Ciguatera » Tue Dec 12, 2006 8:50 pm

uluapoundr. Do you think its deeper than Mckenzies? Last time I went to Mckenzies all the guys launching it straight out still ended up with the line parallel to the point. I once fish with Roy.. an old timer over there... and he just lobbed it out and stuck it to the side of the point cause he said deep enough.... let alone he caught a 137 hanging it there. When I fished Smokin' most lines still angled out. I haven't had the chance to sound next to the point with the depth recorder but friends in puna said its 100 plus right next to mckenzie. Kona friends say that the 240 fanthoms is still pretty far from smokin rock. The deepest I sounded was Derasin's place with 300 feet less than 100 yards from the cliff. We hooked some nice ono next to their lines back in the days. :)

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Post by GTULUA » Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:25 pm

Good fun off roading! :D :D :D :D I made record time down to the bottom breaking 2 spinning poles and my BG 20 in the process. Not to mention the big hills over there, Better to leave em to the quads I almost drove off of one by accident got to the top and thought I better turn, my buddy was like dude you are like only 3 feet away from the edge :o But if you like to 4x4 down there is an awesome place to do it

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Post by whitewash » Wed Dec 13, 2006 9:03 am

wow, i thought nobody would look at this old thread. haha. if the rocks taken, and when i go it most likely will be, what are some other places down the road to fish at besides manuka

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Post by kohala-boy » Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:53 am

theres spots past the rock

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Post by BaitKasta » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:48 am

Once we went down there and the rock was taken so we went about a mile past and we fished at a spot where there were big openings in the lava about 30 yards from the ocean where the surge would just wash up and down like a toilet bowl. No big boys but lots of small game. Nice spot but got to be careful walking around at night.

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Post by Ciguatera » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:57 pm

I saw some spots to the left when you go straight down. Pretty shallow but gradually gets deeper. When I went whipping long time ago had some 20 pounders just cruising around not willing to bite the lures.

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Post by kohala-boy » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:21 pm

when we went there, i was dunking on the beach to the left in the morning, there was a bunch of dead nehu along the whole beach.... laron said they may have jumped on the sand cuz a papio or ulua was chasing it. crazy! 8)

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Post by Lawai'a » Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:44 pm

From the \"Rock\" to the right are some other spots. The trail get real bad and you need a good 4x4. From what I hear if you go far enough you come to an area where the lava is flat and can hold lots of poles never did go far enough to see for myself. The beach might be kind of productive as my friend caught some Moi throw netting there back in the 90's.

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