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    Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 6:38pm
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Tobez will keep us updated....   cheers for that Tobez. 
 
Just talked to Andy Kerr who was out today on 'Infinity'  -  word is today was pretty average and not so many boats out. I hear Epic went 1/1/0 and there was one stripey tagged. Nice water into almost 150m and should be even closer after this next SE blow. Big problem remains that there's no good concentrations of bait in that blue water so it's really a matter of running over one.
 
Yesterday::::
 
'Outsider' caught a reasonable stripey out from Whitianga yesterday and another small stripey weighed by 'Happy Daze' I think it was. 'Infinity' hooked and lost a decent fish (came in on a blue/purple 5.5 Zuker but ate a Pakula Beer Barrel according to Andy Kerr) which apparently was a serious string puller and we went 1/1/0 on ours - my 14yr old daughter Kelly was on the fish and is now more than extremely keen to catch one after seeing it jumping all over the ocean.  Thanks for an awesome day out on 'Enki Toa' Boulder!
 
Bait is in closer - we ran over a few alberts (no skippies all day but heard someone getting them in close - line between Ohineau and Castle) from about the 120 mark and while the water has a very definite green tinge to it, temp is up to around 20.5ish and no-one seemed to be marking bait out past 250m.  Our fish was hooked in 170m sth of the Hook and there seemed to be quite a defined bite time with 3 or more boats hooking up between 1.30 and 2pm or so and otherwise it was pretty quiet.
 
MBGFC Ladies tourney this weekend so will be interesting to see how that goes as there's obviously a few fish starting to show up.
 
Enki and her Dad.....
 
Kelly caught a couple of 'Alberts' for practice......
 
And then 10 minutes of aerials & acrobatics from a lively stripey.......
 
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nothing weighed today at this stage
 
yesterday 3 stripies weighed and a yellow fin
 
one gentleman who has been trying for 40odd yrs finally nailed a 125kg stripie - the head is getting mounted
the yellow skin went 25 something kilos.
 
if you have any info please text or call 021862948 or 021 TOBY4U - i spend most of my day fixing boats in a workshop so the phones always on - or drop us a PM - otherwise il be doing a daily call about
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Great Report - Good to hear the bait is getting close.. hope these easterlies coming push it in harder..
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great looking day out there Grunta, and a bit of fun is always a bonus. Nice to see the next generation getting passionate about getting out wide.

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  Was out there today too, all i heard was one tagged (Was it Basher?) and epics hook up. Did hear another guy on the wireless today say he got a blue yesterday, 150kg. All we saw today was a shark, a couple of sunfish and we hooked a couple of alberts. Water was bluer than yesturday and between .5 and 1 deg warmer today.  
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Enki and her Dad.....
 
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saw you drive past today boulder. call in and say hi if youre driving past.
 
congratulations gordon to your daughter for your  t & r today. Clap
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Good water is in much closer than it was yesterday. As gruta mentioned water had a green tinge to it but was much more blue today and still very little bait. Couple alberts for the day today. Enki Toas fish put on a great display and looked like a good fish, Cant wait for next time now... It will be our turn text time Dave, great couple days.
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Did a solo mission on Wed out to the hook from Opito.
Hit it late as i had to wangle a window away from the kids. Got told i could go so long as i was back to cook the kids dinner.
So on the water at 1130ish lures in on the 70 metre mark picked up first alberts 10 minutes later. Water around the 80-100m mark looked real good bait, warm 22.2 and nice colour. After that was pretty green till out near the hook where it looked very fishy. Lots of birds around, current lines good temp and bait on the sounder down deep.
Did a few circuits there before deciding it was time to go cook the kids bbqed albie for dinner.
Sht sht sht typical 1/2 an hour later ......bite time......... "hooked up" seemed to phrase of the hour over the vhf and all around or just south of the hook. One being a nice blue hooked and lost soon after. 
Oh well carry on back to the good looking water in close and picked up a few more coke bottle sized albies and back home in time to crank the bar b.
Awesome few hours out and anticipation was high so get out there guys after this crap blows through . I think it might fire.
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Where was the speargun sossles, no wonder ya didnt get one... its those dirty butters tainting shellfish LOL.....
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Had the guns at the ready the day before out wide of the aldies but no butters out there moit.  tryed chunking some albies up but couldnt even raise a bitey
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one mahi mahi yesterday  - only bit of news off the vhf i could find, wasnt weighed i dont think..
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yea i herd that too 
we got 2 strikes but nothing stuckCry
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6 or so  shortbill spearfish yesterday as well if i remember correctly from last night..
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My Bad (as 09er's may sayWink), mean night last night... that is so far this season weighed, but two by one vessel  that day. Sorry 'bout that Fred.. But find the skippy schools - if you can , and mr. spearo may pay attention. 160 - 200 is where the bait is, temp. and colour is getting better.  Cheers .  


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couple of results from the  ladies tourny
 
snapper to 2.3kg
albacore to 4.3kg
mahi mahi 9.9kg
kahawai to 3.1kg
 
not massive fish and very beatable - no marlin weighed but a couple dropped
 
RADAR took home a stripie in the shimano stand up at tairua and epic sounded like he was doing well with kings and albies.
 tried calling tairua this morning to get results for thier contest but got answering mschine- musta been a heavy nightEmbarrassed
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Cheers for the update Tobez. That Mahi would be primo in the pan, yum
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No Marlin ,No Tuna for the ladies comp ,skippies ,albies ,1 kingie 1 mahimahi lots of small snapper ,thats about it ,weather was the winner on the day .Most boats had trouble getting out past the Islands most opted to stay inside Devils and snapper fish .Anne and I in our 6mtre didn't make it past the Twins on both days ,2mtr swells plus wind chop on top not pleasant ,those that were big enough to get out reprted it was better deeper but not that comfortable ,Shimano standup cancelled there 2nd day Tairua bar to bad .Our catch for the comp 20 kahawai for the bait freezer ,none big enough to weigh and 30 x6 inch mackerel for the freezer on the baitstick ,the only rod i was allowed to touch all weekend  Thats the interesting thing from the weekend here in the bay every where you go there are clouds and clouds of Macks on the sounder never seen so many before ,why are the predatory fish not with them ,to my way of thinking there should be Kingies and Snapper feeding up large but doesn't seem to be the case Any ideas 
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We fished the Shimano Standup from Pauanui and found heaps of bait north of the Aldies from 70 out to 130m which was as far as we went.  Conditions weren't great but Radar pulled a 265KG Blue to clean up the comp.  Sunday was cancelled but Leon from Slipper Electrical pulled a 101 KG stripie in around 80m south of the Aldies. 

Epic's crew picked up all the Kingy prizes so well done!

Adam (DA Jnr) picked up the Junior Prize for a 2.6 kg Albie so he was happy with the comp!

They are having a top 10 Tuna tournament next weekend which would be worth a look if the weather comes tight.

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well done to the young fella mate and a nice blue too awesome.
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