Gamefishing Updates - Tutukaka - 17/18

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Well you got nothing to lose and it has been done before. Maybe they just needed to see a new trick. 
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When we were out off the mokes and Dmitry got his marlin on the stickbait it sounds like the same scenario.

We had 3 or 4 marlin working a bait ball of jack macs hard and we trolled over and around them for nothing. Even trolled a live jack mac for nothing. First hit we got was from the 1st cast of a stickie right into the middle of the bait ball and it got smoked in seconds. We had been trying to hook them for 20 minutes previously.
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Skip Dead Kahawai Bait worked for me over the weekend, tagged 2 from 4 bites all on dead kahawai skipping along at 5 knots , just like when I started marlin fishing 40 years ago, except now we use circles on nose of baitfish. Just tried twice to post image, not working, must be me?
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No, Steve, lots of people having trouble posting pics. Problem is odd. IT dept are scratching their heads.
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I had success last year catching livies on site. They were all slimies and as well as the two marlin I landed I had three eat fish I was winding in on the sabiki rigs. Lost a few of them...
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Has anybody tried dropping a livebait down onto the deep bait schools like they do off Port Stephens, or trolling a livebait down 30 or 40m on a downrigger?
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Hey Vance, yes I spent all of Saturday dropping live Kahawai baits down deep on the bait schools using downrigger to 40mtrs, not one bite, I was marking Marlin on sounder around bait schools, however as soon as I used dead skip baits next two days had 4 crash bites for 2 tagged , so I think they get very focused on the fish of the particular bait ball they are feeding on, which were slimy mackeral from what I caught on sabikis. The bait schools were moving very fast so hard to keep track of them, need 360deg searchlight sonar , anyway awesome to see so many marlin feeding and free jumping, bloody exciting even though I have caught hundreds of them over past 40 years game fishing, cheers swordfishsteveSmileSmile
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Yep I too had a deep one out most of the time (just a Jack though) and that is the bait we lost one on on Sunday. 
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It is interesting that the bait schools are moving around so much, which is typical of the slimey schools we see on the surface as well, whereas in Port Stevens by all accounts the slimey schools are fairly stationary and boats drift live slimeys down to the deep bait balls.
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Nice Steve. Sounds like you got the technique right to trigger bites. Amazing how they can just simply ignore lures when surface feeding like that but will take a real fish skipbaited... and even take that in preference to a livie it would seem. Good takeaway in terms of learning for next time.
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WOW Shane, did you try to throw a stickbait or dead bait perhaps? A school of Marlin.. That would been an amazing site to see.
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No Kenshin we didn't. throw a stickbait .. didn't have one ready but good lesson to maybe have one rigged to go in future.
Only time I've ever seen marlin school feeding in those numbers and doing so for sustained period of half an hour ... but proves does happen albeit occassionally.
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Sounds like a good bite out there again today, details boys ????
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Hey Shane , whats the ngunguru motor camp like to stay at for trailer boats in cabins or better at Tutukaka Motor / prison camp cabins, looking at next weekend with a few boats/ crews ??Smile
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Tutukaka Holiday park is great place to stay. Just need to be in if in a vehicle by 9.30 at night and they will let you out in morning to go fishing early. Facilities very good and camp management friendly unless one behaves like a complete idiot (which you clearly wouldn't but I might have tested the boundaries in yester years) and as long as don't disrespect other campers ... drinking too loudly after 10.30pm. Is also a family friendly camp and a lot of tourists (Welsh, German, Dutch, Swedish, American) but also regular group of repeat fisher people. And we have a very good time there and have done for years. Very cool and chilled place to stay. Range of cabins. Full cabins with toilets and showers or basic bed only cabins if more on a budget Great washdown and fish filleting facilities. Can walk to club so no drink driving. Perfect really. Be good if we see you there Steve.. will be up in coming weekends once weather improves
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Last day of the small boats was a screamer. Buckets of marlin caught and lost. One boat got 3 more today to take out the comp. Total of 5 (sorry no names in case I upset someone). Mates got one and lost all 3 of a triple earlier in the day. I wasn't game enough to venture out. It was snotty today. Out tomorrow though.
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Heading out now, good luck all
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Thanks for the info Shane, all good, sounds like a great base camp for next weekend, weather looks good too, good luck Krow, sure to be feeding hard out< cheers swordfishsteveSmile
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Plenty boats alright at one stage I counted 33 in front of us without even looking behind. There was 8 boats getting livies at the Frenchaman and another 1/2 dozen or more at Quango.
Once again plenty seen and caught. We saw a couple and managed a distant release on another 2. 

Hope they stay for round 4 Saturday. 
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Hard luck on those drops Doug. Plenty of fish about but a bit fickle and made harder with all the boat traffic. We livebaited for 5hrs this morning for nothing then managed to get one on a lure and another on a bait this evening.
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