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Dont give up Pizzaeater just try to refine your technique. Always use a drift chute to slow yourself down, cast ahead, use the correct size jighead weight depending on current etc, and keep in touch with the softbait so you dont miss any bites. Try and go out with some others who softbait and follow their styles if they are catching.
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Bait would'nt be a bad idea pizzaeater I know of a couple of guys who drift the ECB coast using whole pillies who do really well, softbaits should work fine too just make sure you have on the correct amount of weight. A mate of mine got a 7lber off Castor bay this morning on bait.

Hit Army Bay again this morning myself after being let down on a a Takatu trip. Got 3 40cm snapper to take home the little buggers made me work for it today having to cast right into the kelpy wash to get bites. Hard work in bright sunny conditions. Lots of squid around today which indicates to me theres no bigger snaps around. Got the bonus of seeing a pod of orca again today heading back into the ramp they did'nt come close this time tho still nice to see that giant dorsal fin again.
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Got spanked bay a pretty reasonable fish that took a soft bait early yesterday morning down walking the rocks between castor and cambos. nothing after that but tide did come in and push me off my spot. I think they are there... 
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Yeah I was using a drift shoot but drifting really fast today (need to make a bigger shoot) with quite a strong wind when I first went out. Tried to postion myself to drift close to the rocks where all the rock fisherman go (it was high tide so they were covered).  Did that for a quite a while then saw a few birds working the next bay up and decided to head over, but by the time I got there it was all over... Oh well, it was a good fun morning though.

What colours/types of softbaits seem to be working for people at the moment?

Yeah, squid... I had one follow my softbait right up to my kayak a couple of weeks ago off stanmore bay... Those buggers are agressive.. I was amazed the way it was attacking the softbait.. It got so close to my kayak I could have put my hand in the water and pulled it out..
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Nice JK the fish are definetly in close at the moment.
 
Pizzaeater the fish I got yesterday were all taken on the drop after making a cast the one fish was did'nt even let me strike it hooked itself it hit the SB that hard right on the surface.
I am finding all colors working well at the moment just keep swapping and changing patterns it keeps them guessing too!!
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Hit the Browns Bay reef last nite, arrived just as another yakker was leaving. Drfited around until high tide, a couple of pannies was all.
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Originally posted by pizzaeater pizzaeater wrote:

Yeah I was using a drift shoot but drifting really fast today (need to make a bigger shoot) with quite a strong wind when I first went out. Tried to postion myself to drift close to the rocks where all the rock fisherman go (it was high tide so they were covered).  Did that for a quite a while then saw a few birds working the next bay up and decided to head over, but by the time I got there it was all over... Oh well, it was a good fun morning though


Heh heh - chasing workups is a different story in a yakLOL  If you have a sounder, keep your eyes on where it was and have a snoop in the area.  The workup is the visible action, but there will usually be something following behind picking up the bits.

You don't need a really big drogue for a yak.  Are you attaching the drogue to the pointy bits or just off the side of the yak?  If you're side on to the wind, you will still drift quite fast (More so if the current is going the same way).
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Anyone heading up north for Labour weekend out of interest?
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Could do whats your plans HLD?Wink
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Spend as much time out there at possible...need you askLOL

Was planning on bumming around the entrance to Whangaroa...or somewhere.
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BOI nice wots wrong with the fishing round there apart from the armada thats gonna hit there this weekend!!
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Nothing wrong with it - just nice to have a change of scenery from time to timeWink

...And the armada, of course.
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Fair enuff I would be keen on a trip up your way in the near future with ya HLD a leave pass to go up there for this weekend was'nt granted.
SWMBO has a chore list ready for this weekend I will stay local and face a bigger armada!!LOL
 
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Yep I'd be keen to come up and have a fish up there HLD one day too (not this weekend), sounds like we might need to plan a boys trip up north...
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Sounds like a plan MentalDev was thinking late Nov/ Early Dec.

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banzai,has anyone tried the taka cliffs,ive read in the reports forum that it can be quite good close in to the reef and cliffs,but the fizz boats cant get right in.Im thinking this could be yak country?tides/spots appreciated...Smile
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Hey HLD, attached the drogue to the points of the yak using a running rig but the shoot I have been using is made from some old material out of the garden. It was a first attempt and although it works pretty well it could be a touch bigger.. 

I definitely see a sounder and a GPS as being the way forward... Maybe Santa will be kind this year!

Seeing you are up that way, have you ever fished of coopers beach/ around Mangonui? I was up there over christmas and saw some dude catch the biggest snapper I have ever seen off the rocks at the north end of the beach.. Next time I go up I was going to have a paddle around and try my luck...
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