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I know, Dan... it's fun catching snaps on a little graphite or alloy Twinnie or Brazino mini reel ... on an expensive hi mod graphite light rod with brilliantly coloured light braid that probably breaks over 20 lb.
But hard to beat the pull on an alvey or old metal spin fisher (manly reel) on proper 6 or 8 kg pre-test nylon that you can actually feel the big tail thumps through an old e- glass rod.
Progress ain't all what it seems....
As to areas ... Leigh versus here, don't reckon there's that much in it now. Will be less in it it for sure as time and fishing pressure marches on. Sadly! /
Definitely agree on livebaits though .. šŸ˜‡
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I don't fish Leigh though Shane.
And I won't be anywhere near Leigh all spring.

As to softbaiting I promise you they are not just chucked and hope for the best. They are laser guided missiles hitting targets seen on the screen. 

Got an old metal spinner, 10 year old Stella 4000 on a glass rod Tongue

I did the whole rock fishing thing with mono etc when I first started and there ain't no going back now kayak fishing with the modern stuff is way more fun. 
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Fair call Dan and my bad on the Leigh & MB assumption. But definitely helps me narrow down where you might be fishing ... if I ever motivated enough to put yak on to roof of car in search of greener pastures in spring.
Good to hear see value in glass rods, although I m a bit of a hypocrit and must admit to presently enjoying using a light graphite rod with a 40 yr old alvey . Whatever works I guess... and I still softbait when conditions suit.

Stella 4000 sounds nice... thinking getting another spinner at present in 6k to 8k size.

Actually love combining something new with something old. Would quite like a dam 4001 if anyone has one in good nick or perhaps a USA penn 550 ss ... to go with one of my cheap new glass rods   
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19 lb snapper taken off our local beach this week by a surfcaster fishing off beach (not the rocks) according to the local village grapevine.

Biggest fish I've heard of landed off bays for few years. Hope to get out this weekend for a short paddle to see if it has few brothers and sisters still hanging round.
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Originally posted by shaneg shaneg wrote:

19 lb snapper taken off our local beach this week by a surfcaster fishing off beach (not the rocks) according to the local village grapevine.

Biggest fish I've heard of landed off bays for few years. Hope to get out this weekend for a short paddle to see if it has few brothers and sisters still hanging round.


Good report Shane, Iā€™m sure fishing is improving from 15 years ago....
I took my Stradic reel into Greg at GoFish in takapuna this afternoon, the drag was stiff. Within 2 mins he diagnosed problem, drag washers worn out. He put new carbon ones in on the spot and price was really good. Shows when u buy local the backup service is amazing.

Ready to pop out tomorrow if anyone going for a spring fish?
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I'm gonna tuck in on the south side of the peninsula on Sunday arvo for the outgoing. Should be reasonably sheltered as long as the NE isn't too strong.
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It's a great shop Brent by far my favourite as real fishing shop with proper service.
Anyways just been on swellmap, very weird forecast tomorrow pretty light wind, but swell and tides not really well aligned although tomorrow still looks better than on Sunday. Not sure when to go will just have to take my chances I suppose. Probably try earlier and if crap hope it calms down and try later.
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If you wait for the perfect day during spring you maybe waiting a while. 
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Went out yesterday with pizzaeater fishing the shellfish banks at first light. Pretty bad start he broke his paddle and I broke my rudder LOL So we headed out after Paul had taped his paddle together. Fishing was surprisingly hard, in the fact there was a lot of sign really good sporadic schools of snapper and feeding hard on the bottom. Leaving the bait down was the trick and we both caught a kept a few fish to the 40's.

A kayaker came past said some guys were catching good snapper just away from us we went around to have a look but again was slow. Paul headed in for a lunch date and I fished on in close in less than 10m bright sun picking up the rest of my limit.

So still no big uns as yet what was surprising was no fish took my bait on the drop all once it got it down. The only conclusion is the bigger baitfish feeding snapper are not quite here yet and no gannets were spied either just the odd one flying around.

 
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Yeah real hard day for us in the boat yesterday we did much worse than the kayakers with only a few pannies. Should have stayed at Langs, had a ripper of a day with dolphins and a few gannets, could see kingfish everywhere, old man got his PB snap of around 12lbs in the week of his 65th birthday. I got my PB snap off the yak at around the same size and also my first kingfish which went 12kgs both on live pillies and on a set i took out to catch John Dory, had a nice tow around.... all within about a km of the beach. Hopefully the pillie boats don't come any further south for next week.
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Gee deacs that's pretty good fishing off Langs. Seen it like that in spring few years ago as have mate with bach there.. Last we time fished there we got big snaps up by Waipu camp and had good session school kings just off Langs .. managed to snap softie rod on a rat throwing it over side before had unhooked it,with rod in rod holder.

Good to see you got a nice feed of snaps Dan.

I didn't get out yesterday but did get out and give boat a long needed run this morning. Went this morning as my brother wanted me to take him and my nine year old nephew out. Brother got one ok 40 cm on arrival but was slow after that and we soon had to come in early as young fella started feeling sick, just after I got my one and only decent run.

Back at castor bay was good to see two kayakers we had passed going out who had been braving sloppy conditions out round back of Castor bay reef / kenenedy park direction had done pretty well. They had not caught anything out in rougher water, so said they had come in close to the more sheltered shore line just between the marina entrance at Milford and Castor bay beach. They had at least several nice fish 40 cm plus they were gutting down one end of beach.... feeding the sea gulls.
Easterly must have pushed a few better fish in close to spot which occasionally holds fish. Hard case where good fish can be found sometimes... literally less 100 meter paddle along beach launch point.

Also helped support favourite tackle shop saturday morning with purchase of a 6000 size penn fierce spinner based on favourable reviews and my curiosity around value for money reels... and to take out some less expensive kit out for enevitable day I drop one of rigs overside or worse capsize in yak . as not a fan of leashing.
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Launched at Arkles this arvo around 2.30pm. Was a lot more easterly than I was expecting and pretty rough with the outgoing tide against the wind. Drogue off the front and zman new penny curly tails on 1/4oz jighead worked ok with 5 snapper to around 40cm and 1 gurnard kept. Best bite time was around 5.30pm just before low tide. My mate did better than me on a 40g slider. We were fishing in around 11m.
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Did any of you guys notice the water temp over the weekend?
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we had 14. 4 so still pretty cold, will hit RP in october
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Not a bad haul nonetheless Muppet :-) 

Pretty slim on t he south side of the peninsula sunday morning. Saw sign, but struggled to get them to bite again. I only found one patch of snapper that was game, and then only took three as I didnt want to damage the school too much. Spoke to another fella who headed off the northern end and they didnt do too well either...
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Sure felt quiet out there on Sat. Not many bait schools, only sporadic snapper schools and bugger all birds. RP was quiet.

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Sounds like its still a bit early and a bit cold for the springs schools. Wont be long though!
Biggest challenge these days is negotiating with the mrs whenever she trys to book weekends away in October!
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Ban that for a start Wayno LOL
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I may get a pass Sunday am. Half tempted on grunters
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