Good fish in the firth

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Picked up a nice 14.5 pounder this morning out on the firth in 8 mtrs of water. I was dragging a baitjunkie curly tail motor oil colour.

Picked up another 4 snapper around 350mm and a nice sized gurnard on an orange Kaveman micro jig. Nice day on the water.
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Well done Kandrew,seems both sides of Firth fishing well.just waiting on Nephews report on Deadmans Pt.
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Yep seems to be good fishing all over at the moment, Whangaparaoa fishing well too.
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Unfortunatly wont able to get out till easter Saturday/Sunday.
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Nice Fish Kandrew! Cheers for report...
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Originally posted by Snappa Geoff Snappa Geoff wrote:

Nice Fish Kandrew! Cheers for report...
Thanks Geoff
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Nice fish Kandrew
Best gurnard fisherman in my street
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Nice fish Kandrew
thanks smudge, there’s always an amount of luck when you’re dragging soft baits around and a fish like this swims past, but what the heck I’ll take it.
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Originally posted by Tonto2 Tonto2 wrote:

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Great stuff, Kerry.
A very meritorious catch in an area where big fish are relatively uncommon - it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand.
Curly tails seem to be deadly in that situation.
Looks like a stunning spot you have down that way - there are so many classic Kiwi settlements along the Kaiaua coastline - great community vibe.
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" it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand."

totally agree. I took a couple of near novices out y/day. I didn't fish - 2 rods down was enough. The first hr or so was slow. They wanted to hold the rods. Dropped fish, small fish, no fish. Finally I got them to place the rods in the holders - let out just enough line and wait....Bam. The catch rate shot up. They came home very happy. 90% of the useful fish were caught this way. This was with bait. but small squidly type skirts on the rig. 
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Great stuff, Kerry.
A very meritorious catch in an area where big fish are relatively uncommon - it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand.
Curly tails seem to be deadly in that situation.
Looks like a stunning spot you have down that way - there are so many classic Kiwi settlements along the Kaiaua coastline - great community vibe.
We are on the Thames side couple of bays up from the Tapu Pub.Yep good sized fish for the Thames coast nowadays.
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Originally posted by Alan L Alan L wrote:

"<span style="color: rgb54, 54, 54; font-family: "hk grotesk", Arial; : rgb251, 251, 253;"> it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand."</span>
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<span style="color: rgb54, 54, 54; font-family: "hk grotesk", Arial; : rgb251, 251, 253;">totally agree. I took a couple of near novices out y/day. I didn't fish - 2 rods down was enough. The first hr or so was slow. They wanted to hold the rods. Dropped fish, small fish, no fish. Finally I got them to place the rods in the holders - let out just enough line and wait....Bam. The catch rate shot up. They came home very happy. 90% of the useful fish were caught this way. This was with bait. but small squidly type skirts on the rig. </span>
<span style="color: rgb54, 54, 54; font-family: "hk grotesk", Arial; : rgb251, 251, 253;">Alan</span>
Alan when I fished the Kaipara in the winter for gurnard, I would anchor up and cast my bait out the back, put the rod in the rod holder and wait. The gurnard would come along and harass the bait, old Bazza would go for the rod and I would say to him just wait. Then a couple of minutes later bang and they were on.

Great days fishing with our old mate Bazza
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Originally posted by Kandrew Kandrew wrote:

Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Great stuff, Kerry.
A very meritorious catch in an area where big fish are relatively uncommon - it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand.
Curly tails seem to be deadly in that situation.
Looks like a stunning spot you have down that way - there are so many classic Kiwi settlements along the Kaiaua coastline - great community vibe.
We are on the Thames side couple of bays up from the Tapu Pub.Yep good sized fish for the Thames coast nowadays.

Aha, I thought that lump in the background was the Coro ranges, but I guess it's the Hunuas or similar looking back the other way. 
Lovely part of the world - especially on those days where the sea is glassy and the hazy edge of the sea meets the pale sky - it seems to be a phenomenon along that coast, I've seen it a few times driving along there.
Is the bottom mud, or shelly gravel?
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Originally posted by Kandrew Kandrew wrote:

Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Great stuff, Kerry.
A very meritorious catch in an area where big fish are relatively uncommon - it's amazing how often Rodney Holder brings home the bacon - my theory is the action of the boat and chop gives lures a jerkiness that we can't replicate in the hand.
Curly tails seem to be deadly in that situation.
Looks like a stunning spot you have down that way - there are so many classic Kiwi settlements along the Kaiaua coastline - great community vibe.
We are on the Thames side couple of bays up from the Tapu Pub.Yep good sized fish for the Thames coast nowadays.


Aha, I thought that lump in the background was the Coro ranges, but I guess it's the Hunuas or similar looking back the other way. 
Lovely part of the world - especially on those days where the sea is glassy and the hazy edge of the sea meets the pale sky - it seems to be a phenomenon along that coast, I've seen it a few times driving along there.
Is the bottom mud, or shelly gravel?

bit of both but mainly mud, do a few fantail bay missions from there during the year.
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