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I heard a rumor a 188kg Stripey was caught off the  Waikato river mouth yesterday, anyone confirm?
Why choose either diving or fishing when you can do both. Besides crayfish tail is very good bait!!
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Originally posted by Xtoad Xtoad wrote:

Apologies for late post but been on the water east and west for five days straight and not all fishing. Obviously had a great day Thursday finally getting my brothers first marlin. Saw it freejumping from 500m away and managed to catch up to it after 30 or so jumps, first pass in front of it and it hoovered the short corner like a monster from a horror movie. First hook up I’ve ever had from a free jumper. It peeled off 400m and sounded. After two circles around it I realised it hadn’t moved and stopped the boat - nothing happened. Cranked it straight up from 137 straight off the bar and it was stone cold dead. One side was covered in mud still...
Real shame as mark was intent on releasing it. Anyway thought we would get some pics strung up and a huge thanks to Smudge for the courtesy weigh, great to finally meet you after stooging around this forum for so long.
Had a day back out there Friday on a mates boat for a few albies and one seen tailing. Quick two days down the bottom end to keep the boss happy and filled with scallops and I was back out today. Found skippies in 90m just north of bar and bugger me if we couldn’t catch one for an hour. First one in the boat got bridled and chucked back in. While I was searching for a rubber band the bloody thing got eaten out of my hand after all of 30s in the water. Bit of chaos ensued and after coming tight and peeling off 50m it was all over. Things went a bit dead after that and couldn’t find bait anywhere for a few hours. Sank a few (great handle mate) and wandered in to cap off a great few days on the water. Jeez we are lucky.
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nice work Stu....may need to stay home for a couple of weeks and head west me thinks
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Green water out to 95 mtrs behind the bar today .
Around the 100 to 115 was good blue water with temps to 22 , acres of skippies so worked the area on our own for an hour or so before a half dozen boats turned up .
Hard work finding a line before having to give way , some baitballs on the sounder and gannets working them .
Saw a solo guy hook up in our patch so left him to it .
Smudge discovered snorting flies didn't give him the buzz he was after LOL
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Was great day out there today loads of skippies and hope mega trawler we saw going out as we were were coming in around 3.30pm doesn't take em all. No marlin for us but couple of welcome albies for the bin. Just had some sea chicken and chips, with well deserved rum and coke.
Was sent a photo of one that was harpooned out back of bar today by a spearo. Very nice looking marlin for one of NZs top spearos. Well done that man who has been working up to it for few years.
Bar kicked up a bit on way in with big tide going out, after being very calm this morning.
Some nice water at over 100meter mark. Heard one boat tagged 2 and was on 3rd fish as we were on way in.
Happy days!
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Originally posted by Skoti Skoti wrote:


Smudge discovered snorting flies didn't give him the buzz he was after

Always surprises me how far offshore you still get bloody flies, you wouldn't think something that small would go so far.
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Long time reader, first time having something to post about. Headed out over the Kaipara Bar Sunday lunchtime for an over-nighter. Gear in at 50m and filled up with skippies all the way out to the 100m. Hooked up to a marlin north of the bar about 4pm in 93m. Awesome aerial show, splashing and jumping on a long run. 15 minutes in started to go deep then all of a sudden hook pulled - gutted! Towed the rest of that evening and Monday until lunchtime for nothing else, heard of another boat hooked up though.

Second fish lost for us in 2 trips, gets the blood boiling but keen to get back out and make amends.
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Awesome work bigbrekky, keep at it, and it will happen bloody awesome coast to fish out there. From a someone who mainly fishes east but scored his first and a few there in years gone by. It's a real privilege to get a day out there... so much more fish. It's an amazingly wild fishery. Usually full on action westside. Reckon on balance your odds are better off that coast... just got to respect it more.
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Originally posted by TheBigBrekky TheBigBrekky wrote:

Long time reader, first time having something to post about. Headed out over the Kaipara Bar Sunday lunchtime for an over-nighter. Gear in at 50m and filled up with skippies all the way out to the 100m. Hooked up to a marlin north of the bar about 4pm in 93m. Awesome aerial show, splashing and jumping on a long run. 15 minutes in started to go deep then all of a sudden hook pulled - gutted! Towed the rest of that evening and Monday until lunchtime for nothing else, heard of another boat hooked up though.

Second fish lost for us in 2 trips, gets the blood boiling but keen to get back out and make amends.


Bugger. Did you stay outside the bar overnight? Always wanted to do that.
What lure and hooks were you using?
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Yea stayed outside overnight. Have done it a couple of times now, we stay about 10km north of the bar in about 25m of water. As long as the wind isn't too bad it can be pretty good conditions in there. Also find it is a good way to time bar crossings with incoming tides if the times aren't quite in your favour. Seems to be no shortage of snapper over 10lb there either, so guaranteed to come home with something.

It took a blue, white and silver Black Magic lure, not exactly sure on hook size, but not light gauge. Seemed a bit funny to pull the hook after all the thrashing on the surface (would have thought if it was gonna drop it would have been during that) but guess that's just the way it goes.
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Yeah but only a shadow of what it was 30 years ago.
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Originally posted by Cocker Cocker wrote:

Yeah but only a shadow of what it was 30 years ago.

If the coast is only a shadow, inside the harbour is the remains of a shadow. I'd imagine it will have to hit rock bottom before anything if anything is done. In one recent comp not one snapper was brought in and not even a kahawai was caught. That is so sad it's laughable.

I've seen tonnes of dog sharks a week taken out of here for weeks on end. Catches of 2 tonne a week for single operators are not uncommon for a few months then nothing. The red weed is the only thing that stops a complete wipe out.

Not even 30 years ago you could regularly see bottle nose dolphins smashing mullet in the shallows. Ask yourself why you don't now. I guess the dolphins cant get near the fish shops in Glenn Innes. 

There will always be isolated stories of success and social media will always have it's hero's claiming they have spots etc. It keeps people dreaming and sells gear.

Carry on chasing shadows boys and girls, and kidding yourselves this harbour is anything like the other fisheries around NZ. As long as you're having fun.



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The paddock at Huia was locked and had cows grazing yesterday, anyone have any info on this, cheers
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It may or may not be related to the upcoming fishing comp, possibly trying to preserve the grass area as much as possible. 

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Anyone out west yesterday or today?
Looking to head out tomorrow.
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Freaky day off the manukau yesterday. Great bar conditions through SW channel, mackys in close and rain smoothing off the sea all day. Cloud and mist down to sea level much of the day. Went south to37 18 or so, found a good 1 deg edge that ended up being a small patch of warm water about 4nm across and work the edge of it most of the day. Bait all round the edge but didn’t see any marlin. Average creeping down out west...
Got some nice alberts up to 10kg which I havent seen for a while out there.
Didn’t see a boat or land for 8 hr until one of the lads loomed out of the mist 50m away which scared the ****e out of me.
Hope those who went out today had a minter.
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South seems to be the place alright
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Any updates available on the westcoaster
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It was pretty rough  across the coast yesterday. I heard most if not all boats stayed in the harbour or went out and straight back in. Hopefully it will be much better today. It looks good on Swellmap but 1 day isn't much time for it to settle down. Smallish tides so hopefully!
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Good luck all, I’ll be out there tomorrow cleaning up the dregs you’ve left behind...
What vhf channel is the comp using?
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