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It was a good fishy day down at the local, there were boil ups aplenty and big bait balls showing up on the sounder, with trevs and macs helping them along, and a few good sized arches trailing them. My Kahawai had a handful of 10cm anchovies in its gut.
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awesome mate on the big trev, bloody good eating they are
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Hey HY! With the flea, are you casting ahead and retrieving or just straight drop and jig ?
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Thanks Banana boat, Trevs sure do make nice sashimi, the big fella pulled a lot of string on the light gear, I felt lucky to get it in the yak. 
As for the Flea Mr Miyagi, I just drop it straight down and use the action of the reel to keep things lively, quarter turns, half winds, that sort of thing, rinse and repeat. 
When  good fish are passing through and they are hungry, like they were today, my basic tools and technique seem to work:)
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Great Trev HY. 👍
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Was very nice fishing off bays this morning, saw Dave/HY coming after I came out, Was minto, my brother and I ( fishing nearby caught some nice fish. There was big workup in close near end of our fishing, more Murray’s and Mairangi, but in close. Probably just smaller snaps as that what I got dropping jigs in them. Whereas did best on flood damaged tiger prawns for my best  42cm snapper out wider.
Some pretty big yellowtails cruising around as well. But you’d want some bigger gear for larger one .and probably in a boat… Dave be careful what you wish for, especially tomorrow.
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Dave also well done on Trev ,  was a beauty … and hopefully excellent sashimi.

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I targeted Kingies today, I got a nice string of Macs before 8:00am, and bridle rigged one to a  seven recurve hook, and off I went, up and down, in and out for hours, but there were no birds or boil ups today, so no King for me, but I did get a nice booby prize, a 49cm Snapper trolling in 6m off Mairangi Bay, just out from the surf club, I was probably going 3-4kms when the snapper struck, the bridle rig with a rubber band and the recurve hook seemed to work well.
 It's not a King but the neighbors are happy with it.

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Thanks Shane. 
Trolling has its own sort of fun, nothing, nothing, nothing, then the reel goes off.
I popped down to the beach after lunch today and there were huge boil ups with birds, yesterday there wasn't a bird or fish to be seen, except around Kennedy's when I was trolling in close, there were dozens of Terns sunning themselves on the rocks, too fat to fly, they had a rest day, but they were back at it today.
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Been a while between TRs from me been bloody busy and not a lot of fishing really just the usual 4 or 5 pannies from OP over summer and a few trips on the boat with the kids. I've found some real disappointing weather reports over the last 6 weeks, waking up and seeing not a breath of wind when 15- 20 knots has been reported.
Any ways I was going on Sunday regardless and found myself setting up at OP alone and paddling out in the dark into a stiff easterly with mist and drizzle blowing over from the Coromandel. The chop had soaked me from the waste down by the time I got to my usual spot ,but a double hook up while dropping SB out back and   first cast out front got me smiling. Went quite for a while then had solid hook up and reel was hissing a good fight and up popped a solid snap. Wind had picked up and the drizzle kept coming, I thought one more will do the trick but only managed a few throw backs, decided to paddle straight back into wind a give it one more drift ..... glad I did. Was getting thrown around in the chop wet and cold asking myself what am I doing out here when soft bait got monstered, blistering first run, once it stopped I cranked the drag up a bit and got one wind in and it took of again, first thought was kingfish it stayed high in the water column and every time I got a few winds in off it went again. This went on for a good few minutes, desperate to see it as I gained line it got within a few meters then started darting left and right the red beast was angry. Struggling to get it in my net the fish was spent and dragged over the side of yak. The 45min paddle home was more of a victory lap and definitely gave me the time to reflect on why kayak fishing is the best!

Big one went 78cm
Small one 65cm.
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Mighty fish Mr Hopkins, he got a real purdy mouth.
I can see why you enjoyed your paddle back after that.
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Nice fish mate, well done.
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Awesome fishing Hopkins.
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Cheers lads. Always good to catch a big fish on your local..... HY still jealous of your mid week trips. I'll try to do better to keep this page going. Auckalnd yakers 👍
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 The birds were at Campbells today, yes all of the birds, I've never seen so many birds. It was a hot session, and surely a bad day to be an anchovy, one of the large kahawai I kept had 28 anchovies in its gut. I was lucky to be the only one out fishing. But the squalls were getting over 10kts so it got a bit difficult to fish from the yak, if it was calmer I would have put a livie out, as I'm sure there were Kings about, but I really had my hands full with a small metal lure catching snaps and kahawai, but there could be a chance next week...
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Really changeable weather of late, wasn't too sure I would be able to get out for a fish
Weather would say sweet as in the morning, then change to "no way" later in the day for an evening sesh
In the weekend just gone on the Manukau, I got to my spot, wind got up quite breezy then drop right off
Anchor down, berley in..... few minutes later a nasty short chop happened.... very lumpy
Berley back up, anchor up, paddled back in. On & off the water in 30mins
No baits in the water actively fishing, so I dont count that as a skunking
2hrs later it went variable 5kt.... buggar

Yesterday, similar conditions at Pt Chev... sort of
Westerly wind made a short chop coming from Te Atatu side, with some of it breaking further out, looked ok, so headed out.... wouldn't even bother going out if that was the Manukau
Basically, the sea was side on to the yak all the way to my spot, quite lumpy in close under 1m depth, better further out deeper
Got to my spot, looked ok, sort of. Nose of the yak pointing one way, baits in at 9 o-clock to the yak
Took a while but the fish started to come on.
Nothing big & seemed skinny in size. Got 5 keepers 34-41cm, few undersize & legals around 32 going back within 1.5hrs
Over my shoulder towards Hobsonville ways, I could see the showers forming around that direction heading towards the sugar refinery, breeze was up around 8kt, gusting at times much more
Then the rain came, faaaark. It was so heavy, like the stuff you get on your house roof during the night that wakes you up, have never experienced anything like this on the water.
Visibility went from around 2km to less than 100m. It bucketed down for over 10mins or longer. The splashes were beer bottle high from the rain hitting the sea water.... an unusual feeling of being in nature while its doing its thing.
Next thing, the wind dropped right off & the sun stuck its nose out with patches of blue skies
The bite stopped when the rain went thru. The last hr was undersize & bait thieves
On & off the water in just over 2.5hrs.... glad I went out & got my fix
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I paddled out this morning for a trolling session, hoping to catch a King before the anchovies move on. I didn't see any boil ups or birds, so the anchovies were somewhere else today,  but the water was very clear, which I thought was a good sign. I caught a large Mac, put a 7 recurve through his nose and trolled him around for a couple of hours.
 I did a couple of welfare checks and he was still as fit as a fiddle , finally when I was heading back in the reel went off, he pulled a bit of string and went under the yak, but I got him onboard and measured him at 63cm before releasing him. I also picked up a few pannies with my metal lure.

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Good work BB, i two have become frustrated with weather reports, sometimes you just gotta go to know for sure.

Another midweek trip HY ! But was it a kingi?
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