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Friday 3rd August

PDS and I drove up to Omaha on Thursday night, launched the boat, and parked up in the estuary, ready for an early departure for Great Barrier and the pirate party…..Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggg!!!

We stopped off at one of Damo’s spots around 6.30am in 50mtrs at the waterfalls/Little Barrier for a softbait. Managed a few pannies and then decided to head to Jimmies for a drift before heading into the Great Barrier for an in close burley and fresh bloody bait session (which is what we came for).


Well Jimmies had birds and bait but the fishing was slow and the wind had chopped up Craddocks so it was lumpy as. Next spot was a drift along False head in 45-60mtrs with no luck on softies and jigs again. Squid says lets come back here with some fresh bloody baits later and I bet we get smashed!?

We had a bit of a cruise around and bumped into Tagit with his crew of Dead Ant, Grunta and Boulder. Nothing happening lets head in closer…then squid spots some birds in a bay rounding up bait.

5mtrs with a kelpie bottom…looks like a skull dragging spot. Time after time squid casts his fresh KY bait into one of 2 green holes amongst the kelp and catches one of these fine dark red specimens. This was sight fishing at its best in clear pristine waters…we were amped to say the least!



We stayed the night at this spot as it was very sheltered and the snaps were there right into the night!

Saturday 4th August

What a view to wake up to in the morning.


Squid says let’s try big bloody baits off False Head in 50mtrs, I reckon that we will get smashed bro! What I have learnt since meeting PDS is if he makes a statement like this you should go with the flow. And what do you know.



This guy had an interesting piercing and was smashed by and angry snap.


A couple of these turned up and went back as we had more than enough meat!




Well that was fun – time to head into the Fitzroy Hilton for a raft up, late lunch, and catch up with fellow pirates before the big night.


Karp as usual looked after the boys with a great venue, food, and company!



Ewen was in great form and kept us entertained all night. It was great to meet another like-minded westie and look forward to getting you out for a fish soon bro!


Sunday 5th August

All good things must come to an end and after helping Kim clean up a bit we were off to give False head one more try on our last 3 baits before heading home. Second drop on a manky, soft pillie and BOOM! A nice way to depart the barrier.





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OMG you guys are insane, can just imaging the amount of pi$$ drunk over there...
cheers for the report Snap great to see a excellent turn out...
some nice fish there...
Thanks for everything you did for us Eric. may you rest in peace, You were one of the real legends of NZ recreational fishing
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Bloody awesome stuff ye Pirates...
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What a great way to spend a weekend. Well done everyone. Clap
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Massive thank you Nik for the great time away and for getting us home safe and sound. The smuggler kept us warm and dry and comfortably got us around to all the places that we fished in.
Well we were blessed this year with flatter seas an warmer temps than in previous parties, time flew and beers tasted mean!
thanks Karp for hosting us and cheers to the crews that come to play and the fullas on aftica  for setting up the site, Churrrrrrrr..

way to go Miltdogg, winner of Karp Cup biggest snapper
ps hey Eric, that pro sabre loves getting worked hard still going strong


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mean looks like fun , nice sunrise pic doesnt get much better than waking up to that and crackin a heiny.
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Did you try for any Puka or just snapper and kingfish? Some amazing fish you have there well done
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Receiving txt reports of yours and PDS outcome was like torture.  The use of fresh and bloody baits into those gaps between the kelp and seaweed was outstanding.  Good stuff men!  And I look forward to a personal debrief on the finer details soon!
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awsome snapp...great shots
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awesome report nick good to see you guys too!!
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Some good pic's from a awesome weekend. It was mean to meet all you guys too!! And thanks to kim!!Thumbs Up 

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Great report & pix Nik - nice work.
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Originally posted by ponty ponty wrote:

Did you try for any Puka or just snapper and kingfish? Some amazing fish you have there well done


Just snapper Ponty!
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kezzdoggg on the camera..
  the pirates gatherin for copious amounts of rum drinkin
 
it was about then when things got a bit blurry  lol !...
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I am always amazed at the exploits of you two and this report is a nice addition! well and truly jealous of the great fishing you get the privilege to do.
Thanks for the great report!
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Choice report snap, I want to do again already.
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