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    Posted: 06 Feb 2017 at 11:24pm
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Smudge and Co got a little bit bored of the harbour, so we decided to go with something a little bit different and head down to Gisborne and show Tzer a bit of hillbilly magic.. We departed the dock at 5.30am sunday morning in beautiful conditions with hopes of getting into some hapuku, bluenose, jemfish, kingis and terakihi.

Dad and Skoti were disgusted when they found out we won't be tageting gurnard, Skoti even felt phiscally ill

 But he got over it after an hour or so..
We went out to 200m first of all to get into some bluenose, jemfish and puka..
Rob was into the action early, picking up his first ever Gemmy

I was in next with a nice 6 kilo bluenose

Skoti was on next with great enthusiasm to prove he could still catch a gurnard


Unfortunately for him, it turned out to be an 11kilo bluenose


Dad Picked up another bluenose about 4kg, along with a few more gemfish.. I managed a puka around 7kg, before rob got onto a bigger model


We then moved in to load up on terakihi before doing a bit of mechanical jigging, plenty of rats around with this kingi around 10kg being the biggest picked up

All in all a very good day out aboard Tzer, massive thanks to Craig who put us onto fish in every spot we went to, this will definately be one for the memory banks for all of us.. Can't wait to do it again
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Great report - like any kid I love stories with pictures!  Liked.  Thanks
Good fishing trip nothing breaks, great trip catch fish.
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Great trip, report and pics ArronClap

...never seen Skoti sober for that long before!LOL
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Ooops, didn't check the login and it was under Arron's name. This is from Smudge:

Nice report Arron. Got to say it was one of the better charters I've been on and I have been on many!

Full marks to Craig (Tzer). We told him what we wished to target and he had a great plan for the day that maximised our fishing time and he managed to get us everything we wish for plus a bonus bass and some lovely gemfish. Very tasty smoked up!.

Tzer is a hard case and it pays to listen to him. He really knows the area well and tells it like it is. We had a chat over a few beers afterwards and all four of us were absolutely stoked. Full credit to Radman who took a ribbing all day but took it in his stride. He even wants to go back. The vote was 100% for an annual event but next time we will solely try for hapuku and bluenose which means we need an early start, a great weather pattern and some harden up elixer. Or we could just kindly ask to use the electric reels. Big smile

Top quality gear on board but I'd take my little inchiku jig set just to piss him off by using braid Big smile

Really enjoyable day on the water and one of the best value charters I have been on. My pet hate with charter operators are those who don't at least try to put you onto the fish. While we had a great catch he worked hard all day to keep us happy.

Well done Tzer.

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Good to know there are still Charters operators that care about the clients. Sounds like great customer service you guys experienced. Some nice fish too, good job.
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Originally posted by Arron Arron wrote:

Nice report Arron. Got to say it was one of the better charters I've been on and I have been on many!

Full marks to Craig (Tzer). We told him what we wished to target and he had a great plan for the day that maximised our fishing time and he managed to get us everything we wish for plus a bonus bass and some lovely gemfish. Very tasty smoked up!.

Tzer is a hard case and it pays to listen to him. He really knows the area well and tells it like it is. We had a chat over a few beers afterwards and all four of us were absolutely stoked. Full credit to Radman who took a ribbing all day but took it in his stride. He even wants to go back. The vote was 100% for an annual event but next time we will solely try for hapuku and bluenose which means we need an early start, a great weather pattern and some harden up elixer. Or we could just kindly ask to use the electric reels. Big smile

Top quality gear on board but I'd take my little inchiku jig set just to piss him off by using braid Big smile

Really enjoyable day on the water and one of the best value charters I have been on. My pet hate with charter operators are those who don't at least try to put you onto the fish. While we had a great catch he worked hard all day to keep us happy.

Well done Tzer.

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Cheers Arron/smudge (not sure who's posting), makes me feel a little bit embarrassed Embarrassed that someone has such kind words to say about me, I'm more used to the abuse my so called mates dish out. Happy to accommodate you boys any-time although I may have to put a surcharge on the next trip if you bring the Aussie fella backLOL

Enjoyable day it was smudgeThumbs Up
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Certainly going have dose yourselves up on some harden up pills if this is anthing to go by. You will of course need to learn how to use a rod properly first.
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Yeah that last Arron post was me. Nevermind.

Yeah not our usual gig for sure. Which of course is why we did it.


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Originally posted by Tzer Tzer wrote:

Certainly going have dose yourselves up on some harden up pills if this is anthing to go by. You will of course need to learn how to use a rod properly first.
This looks photoshopped to me !
My puku ain't that big Embarrassed
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Is this a piss take? Craig knowing what he's doing?
You have to be f-ing joking guys.
Guess you're just Tzing right?
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What depth of water were you fishing as judging by the size of the reels looks as tho it could be much shallower than required at most localities for those species, apart from maybe the Chathams where last week we were hauling in grouper / hapuka etc. from less than 30 mtrs .... no gemfish tho even if the blue cod were of a similar size to them.
 
Hauling in the literal sense, as hardly qualifies as being a contender for "sportsman of the year" for they use about 8 mm nylon hand lines & heavy sinkers fabricated from short lengths of 30 mm dia. reinforcing steel welded together. This makes bringing in a fish akin to pulling up a wriggling anchor .... certainly produces the results tho providing you are not adverse to "meat hunting"
 
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Originally posted by JasonEdward62 JasonEdward62 wrote:

Is this a piss take? Craig knowing what he's doing?
You have to be f-ing joking guys.
Guess you're just Tzing right?


We will see who knows what next time you down, no more me being the nice guy.Wink
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

What depth of water were you fishing as judging by the size of the reels looks as tho it could be much shallower than required at most localities for those species, apart from maybe the Chathams where last week we were hauling in grouper / hapuka etc. from less than 30 mtrs .... no gemfish tho even if the blue cod were of a similar size to them.
 
Hauling in the literal sense, as hardly qualifies as being a contender for "sportsman of the year" for they use about 8 mm nylon hand lines & heavy sinkers fabricated from short lengths of 30 mm dia. reinforcing steel welded together. This makes bringing in a fish akin to pulling up a wriggling anchor .... certainly produces the results tho providing you are not adverse to "meat hunting"
 


Bazza I can assure you that they were fishing much deeper than the photo of reels suggests. Since they were country JAFFA's I wouldnt let them use the electric ones and made them winch up from a shallow 130 fathoms (I don't do meters) if I got any lippyness from them I would've have taken them much deeper 250 fathoms.
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OK .. was never much good at maths but according to my calculations 130 fathoms converts to :-
 
130 X 6                     = 780 ft
780 X 12                   = 9360 inches
9630 divided by 40     = 244 mtrs approx.
 
Which is about what I would have expected to be the minimal depth for such species in most localities around NZ.
 
Reckon few species would rival gem fish when smoked yet strangely enough imo are no where as highly rated if cooked by conventional methods ..... wonder why that is ?
 
As for making things more difficult for them next time, that is likely to be an exercise in futility given that Smudge is well used to epic battles contested against monster Manukau gurnard, meaning anything less would be a "walk in the park" for him, or even to a lesser extent for Skoti ! 
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

OK .. was never much good at maths but according to my calculations 130 fathoms converts to :-
 
130 X 6                     = 780 ft
780 X 12                   = 9360 inches
9630 divided by 40     = 244 mtrs approx.
 
Which is about what I would have expected to be the minimal depth for such species in most localities around NZ.
 
Reckon few species would rival gem fish when smoked yet strangely enough imo are no where as highly rated if cooked by conventional methods ..... wonder why that is ?
 
As for making things more difficult for them next time, that is likely to be an exercise in futility given that Smudge is well used to epic battles contested against monster Manukau gurnard, meaning anything less would be a "walk in the park" for him, or even to a lesser extent for Skoti ! 


Quickest way to convert fathoms to meters is; fathoms x 2 = meters.
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What ???????? an error of 16 mtrs !!!!!
 
All very well for you East Coast cowboys, but not good enough for us Jaffa perfectionists, even if we don't manage to catch much !
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

Reckon few species would rival gem fish when smoked yet strangely enough imo are no where as highly rated if cooked by conventional methods ..... wonder why that is

Ha ha, a bit like you Northerners (of the Bombay Hills!) rate kahawai - says I as I am tucking in to my second fillet of pan fried kahawai
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Originally posted by KikBac KikBac wrote:

Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

Reckon few species would rival gem fish when smoked yet strangely enough imo are no where as highly rated if cooked by conventional methods ..... wonder why that is

A bit like you Northerners (of the Bombay Hills!) rate kahawai - says I as I am tucking in to my second fillet of pan fried kahawai
 
I concede that there are many ( even jaffas ) that prefer KY over other species, but personally I don't take to the somewhat stronger taste or the darker colour when cooked, yet conversely really enjoy it as sashimi if fresh caught, chilled & has had the dark meat removed.
 
Horses for courses I guess.
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All good Bazza, I have caught and smoked gemfish and it was absolutely devine - I must admit I have never tasted it "au natural"
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Hapuka use to be shallow as well. At Coromandel We still get the odd one in 25 to 30 meters. Just pups but still get them every now and then. Kelly Tarlton use to free dive them at the Poor Knights, I think I still have an old "Northern Advocate" paper from the 60's showing it.
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