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    Posted: 21 Mar 2021 at 11:08pm
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Got this very beautiful Gulf king this arvo on a very large Kahawai livebait.  Scales bottomed out at 60lb.
Put a up a very strong fight but eventually the ugly stick heavy jig rod  and penn fathom 25n stardrag did the job with 80 lb braid and 120 lb trace.
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That's a better pic.  The one alongside the boat on the Auckland Yakkers forum doesn't do it justice.  Nice fish Thumbs Up
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yeah FA wife took this one, and definitely better shot and on the water. My mate’s son took the other one when we got home, and fish was so slippery I couldn’t hold it straight. 
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Wowee that is a good fish alright
Best gurnard fisherman in my street
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Well done Shane - that's a beast for our local waters
You can never have enough fishing tackle
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Nice one Shane👍
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Beautiful fish and sounds like you have great time catching it Clap
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Btw. that looks like half the length & weight of your yakk LOL
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what a beast Shane.  Well done. 
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Well done Shane, beast  of a harbour king alright!ClapClap
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau
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Looks like two old fellas hooked up👍....really great fish. Well done.
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All going good on smoker tonight.
And red wine flowing.
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Somes been eaten.. but lots went for sushimi (my favourite) and frying.
Enuf for few smoked fish kingi pies for next few weeks though.


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Nice Smile
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Thanks for congrats fellas. Main thing showing here is with fish like that is if it has to die which this did as was hooked deep. We waste none, including taking cheeks off last night when tired and cutting all head parts out. Some of best parts for us , plus all scraps for cat.
Have shared a lot of fish to mainly very appreciative friends.
Clay and Steve, there are few bigger kings around if you want run bigger kahawai baits ... and we get them even close to bays sometimes this time of year as you probably know.
Thanks Al and Roy and others for kind comments. Makes my dismal marlin season very palatable getting some excellent kings down here close to where we  live and launch.
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Great fish Shane. Well done
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Nice Kingy Shane. Always good getting solid ones close to home
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Cheers JK and Johnny, hoping get out again at Easter if wether plays ball.
Otherwise will be finding some quiet water to chase piper from shore.
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We waste none, including taking cheeks off last night when tired and cutting all head parts out. Some of best parts for us , plus all scraps for cat.
Have shared a lot of fish to mainly very appreciative friends.

Not just a great catch
Also great respect for the catch.
 A true rec fisherman.
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Originally posted by Steps Steps wrote:

We waste none, including taking cheeks off last night when tired and cutting all head parts out. Some of best parts for us , plus all scraps for cat.
Have shared a lot of fish to mainly very appreciative friends.

Not just a great catch
Also great respect for the catch.
 A true rec fisherman.

Great call, Steps.Clap

I somehow missed this post earlier, big congrats Shane. I respect how - like Johnny W - you have obviously put in the time and effort to learn the fishery, know your gear and your chosen methods intimately, and get the results! 
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