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Having read some of the other area reports it is about time someone got the ball rolling for the big smoke!! It may be hard going trying to get reports off others tho as I appreciate the number of guys who kayak around Auckland like top keep spot X's to themselves and rightly so. Anyway I will kick it off with a decent report.........

Left Saturday morning with Kingiebasher on his first ever fishing from a yak mission up too a very popular spot north of Auckland(see secretive!!). We started poorly in the carpark with him breaking his rod testing his drag it was'nt funny....LOL. After rerigging some rods we headed out to a spot where in the last couple of weeks I have been getting some decent snaps 5-6lb. NWester was pushing us along and we were flicking softbaits into the shallows I landed a few goldfish. I made a cast right next to an exposed rock and wham the line peeled and the hook set home, the first run I thought Kahawai as it stayed high up in the water. Then the nodding started and a bit more weight came on definetly a snapper might be a 10lber I thought. Kingibasher is about 100 m behind me and I yell to him I got a decent one on. A minute or so gone by and I think bugger this lets get this bugger up I wind hard out to get him in as I am heading in right into the shallows now. All of a sudden a huge lump of 20lb + snapper dark kelpie rolls next to yak I yell to Kingibasher to get down here, it makes a dive under the yak. A oyster covered bommie suddenly appears the big bugger dives into it and snags me on the upwind side and I am getting blown down the other side. In a desperate move I let disengage the bail arm and the fish bolts out I flick it back over and as soon as the weight came back on the braid parted.............Arrrrrrgh!!!Angry
My dream fish gone in an instant I sit there cursing myself as Kingibasher paddles closer to me I was gutted.
I rerigged caught a nice fat 35-40cm ish pannie and about an hour or so later landed my first 10lber(released) off the yak. Kingiebasher got one around 40cm too take home too but overall apart from that it was steady without being as consistant as the last couple of trips.
Still feeling the sting of losing a local 20lber today but the fact they are there gives me more drive to go out and get one onboard next time. I will do things a little different next time I hook one that size in that shallow water and for the record it would have gone back too.
Planning on a Takatu shallows trip next week or Motoreke (spelling)Island weather dependant hope it is as goodThumbs%20Up   
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Shet, you guys are secretive. I never new there was a place called Auckland - you do realize this is a New Zealand forumWinkLOL

Good report. Hard luck on the 20lbder - Sounds like you got a feed though
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I feel you pain muppet seems you havent been the only one losing monsters this weekend. Me and Hermit got busted off also. Bring on next time!
One day I'll paddle fast enough to run over a boat so lookout:)
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You mean there are fish in Auckland?

Good on you for taking the initiative to start an Auck Yakkers thread.

I'd do a Northern one, but I'd end up arguing with myself.
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Auckland - Auckland??????????? Hmmmmm - thats north somewhere is'nt it??????
 
Hey - bugga about that one Muppet, but we've all been down that road before!!!!
Good to see the report!
 
 
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Bad luck on the big mooch, sucks when you do all the hard work and then it suddenly turns to custard right at the boat. Still, bent rods and that flash of big red beneath the boat is what keeps us comin back. Tried Browns Bay for the first time today and seems like every other yakker in Auckland had the same idea. Several hours with bugger all bites (and lots of head scratching as to why so many boats thought it was spot x) then finally got lucky and fell over a 10 ish pounder plus a few other smaller pannies. Great way to break in the new P13 though nice day and a good feed. Very friendly bunch of yakkers out there too!
 
Anyone else do any good there on sunday? 
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I didn't fish Browns Bay today but yes it's a very hit and miss place... and yes it can be like a supermarket out there at times, combination of easy parking, easy launch, easy paddle, and close structure I think...

I can sometimes be found there but normally head a little further north, but on Sunday I was in front of the box watching Bathurst...
 
Well done on catching a feed though!
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The wind on Saturday was more than I expected of which I was glad  it seems to keep most yakkers in bed I normally expect this place to have a few kayaks around on a weekend morning..... it was Army Bay OK!! Sounds like you bumped into them on Sunday morning Ambo which I would'nt be too surprised about nice one getting the 10lber.

I am in the process of figuring out a pattern to fish the Auckland area as a general idea of who's catching what and getting the info out. Spoke to some guys at Just Fishin on Saturday who had heard reports of big moochers around the Takatu area in close. A mate of mine reckons Torbay wormbeds are worth a shot for the next couple of months. All good reasons to get out this weekend...........

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i dont feel any pian muppet what about my rod hard luck man
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Hey well I made my inaugural yak trip on Sat morning at Hatfields - chosen for criteria listed above, close to water, easy launch, easy carry blah blah. On the water before six, really a shake down trip to figure out what I could do better in terms of the rig... fish finder played up from the start. Fly fished the rocky headland at north end of beach (always wanted to know what sized houses were up there!) for some small kahawai, then tested anchor rigs by deploying them (yeah yeah boring for all the pros but it was a learning trip) - both anchor and drogue, then soft bait fished for some small snaps. Then chased gannets around. Then realised that gentle SW west pushes you a long way out to sea when you're having fun. The dodged stinkboats on way back. Home by 10 am.
 
 
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Hi Nick,

Yes I've had a plan to do Hatfields for some time to do the "exercises", I'm still to yet deploy either of my anchors... and I haven't done the fall out and get back in practice yet either... Embarrassed


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A couple of yakkers turned up as I was leaving.. seemed they were keeping gentleman's hours. Definitely a good spot to practice tipping out and getting back in, very user friendly place on an offshore wind. Not sure about fish potential though.

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Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

The wind on Saturday was more than I expected of which I was glad  it seems to keep most yakkers in bed I normally expect this place to have a few kayaks around on a weekend morning..... it was Army Bay OK!! Sounds like you bumped into them on Sunday morning Ambo which I would'nt be too surprised about nice one getting the 10lber.

I am in the process of figuring out a pattern to fish the Auckland area as a general idea of who's catching what and getting the info out. Spoke to some guys at Just Fishin on Saturday who had heard reports of big moochers around the Takatu area in close. A mate of mine reckons Torbay wormbeds are worth a shot for the next couple of months. All good reasons to get out this weekend...........

 
All good reasons indeed Muppet. The pattern is a good idea. I've had a landbased one for a while now that works most the time. In the stages of building one up for the 12footer and getting more and more good quality info.

Went out sunday morning early in my mates 12 and got a few of area said above. Some reasonable fish in there!
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And where exactly are the "Torbay wormbeds"?
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Originally posted by MentalDev MentalDev wrote:

And where exactly are the "Torbay wormbeds"?
 
Launch at Waiake head straight out on the edge of the cable zoneWink.
 
So you raided the shallows too JKLOL there is definetly some nices around at the moment.
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Thanks Muppet Wink
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Did any of you soft plastics guys get dealt to by squid? On a couple of occasions I pulled up squid on the nuc chook and managed to shake them off before getting inked (yeah I know they would have made good bait but they are messy little *******). Anyway gave up on the SP's pretty quickly and tried with the pillies, seemed that the guys on smellies were the only ones catching anything where I was anyway.
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Hardly got touched by squid this week compared to a couple of weeks ago hardly surprising with the big moochers hanging aroundEvil%20Smile They should slowly start to get less abundant from now tho too. Saw guys get inked a couple of years back on their kayaks on saddle island reef which was messy.

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Nice report there Muppet Ya got to be gutted with that one on the plus side with these longer days gives you a few more hours to chase another...
I take it you are based on the north shore?
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Yeah I am on the shore nylg1. I take it you are too? 
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