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    Posted: 01 Oct 2015 at 12:17pm
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Game-fishing reports, updates, pics here and good luck for the 2015-2016 season.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Oct 2015 at 4:51pm
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Dates for this summer's Game Fishing Competitions out of New Plymouth 

* 9th January Yamaha Tasman Marine
* 20th to 27th February Nationals
* 5th/6th March Ladies / Lassies
* 9th/10th March Cockies Competition
* 12th/13th/14th March West Coast One Base (Taranaki long weekend)
* 9th April Tasman Marine Kilwell Classic 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Dec 2015 at 12:12pm
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Two blue sharks seen at 30m off the port.    Water temp.  17.5 degrees at 55m.    Time to have a look out wide.   Marlin caught at Manakau.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2016 at 10:18am
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Water temp @ 50m off Albatross 28th Dec was 19.8, albies were about, got 6, apparently a marlin was sighted same day, same place free jumping.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 10:05am
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Shot out of Kawhia on Wednesday for our first look of the season. The Northerly was kicking up some niggly chop on the way out but the new Garmin Reactor Autopilot I installed recently just ate it up. Dropped the gear in at 75m once we got some ok water temp & colour. Picked up some skippies around 116m and headed NW of the 124 towards where we picked up a fish on the same day last year. Conditions flattened off nicely mid morning.



Turned and headed south back towards where we had picked up the skippies and had a solid blind strike on the Bonze D-Shackle on the short corner. Didn't pull much line and as we turned and started to clear the teasers we had a spectacular strike on the long corner with a solid Marlin crashing the Bonze undertaker vertically from below. Unfortunately we got a suspected tip wrap and the mainline snapped on the strike. 

Never less we were still hooked up on the initial strike and I got stuck in to whatever it was that was digging in deep. 



After a tug of war for about an hour and a half we were stoked to see a nice stripey come up and we were surprised to see both lures in its mouth. The hungry bugger had all four Bonze platinum light gauge hooks buried in its mouth!



Measured the fish at 2.55m so guess it was in the 115 - 120kg range. Popped a tag in its shoulder and sent it back to fight another day.







Picked up a few more skippies throughout the rest of the day but no more fish seen. Went out the following day in some pretty uncomfortable conditions and found better water in closer (around 75m). Had another Marlin up in the gear for about 15 seconds but couldn't get him to bite. Stoked to get the our first fish for the season and good to know they're out there!

It's better to be lucky than good!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 10:29am
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Congrats and some great pics there
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 10:40am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 10:45am
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Awesome underwater pics! Congrats
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 11:27am
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Great report that and some top pics to go with it. Thanks for sharing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 12:07pm
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Sweet pics and report Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 1:18pm
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Love the water pics.

Just cruising in my now sweetas pimped out Southern 755 HT0!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 5:27pm
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Mint. Glad to see you got your lure back too. Great story. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 9:43pm
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awesome story cool pics!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 10:33pm
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Great going guys and excellent photos!

Did 2 people wind that greedy girl in - freaky, eh?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 11:38pm
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Nah mate, mainline snapped on the second strike. Was gutted at the time thinking we'd missed a double strike but in hindsight was probably pretty lucky.
It's better to be lucky than good!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2016 at 1:32pm
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Great stuff lads
Interested in how you got the water shots.. swimmer??
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2016 at 5:51pm
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Awesome work, those are some great shots.
Yes its cold... no I dont care that you feel the cold easily... no we can't get out....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jan 2016 at 11:17pm
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very interested in your pic's Surtees6.1, are they from the extesion for a water proof camera ????
must feel great to get that first one away, i predict plenty more for the West Coast this year, these winds will certainly help the Westies out this season,

i dont think i need to wish you guys luck just the symbol of Thumbs Up

hope to hear lots more from you guys. 

Thanks for everything you did for us Eric. may you rest in peace, You were one of the real legends of NZ recreational fishing
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 8:43am
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something like this (Knekt Dome)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jan 2016 at 9:39pm
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Thumbs Up Nice fish.
 
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