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New dates for weather cancelled trip and more spaces available. Go to end of thread.



As those that have read the Fund Raising thread will know I am thinking about running a weekend charter to Barrier and beyond to help raise some extra funds for the kids team to use to attend the Robotics World Champs in the US late April.

I have had 6 people express interest (pending dates), and need 8 total to make it work. Will use this thread to discuss the trip and possible dates, as well as to gather the 8 anglers together if we can. You can post any interest or comments in this thread.

Timing
Lets try these dates -
Depart - after work or mid avo depending on what people can do on Fri 5 April.
Return approx 6pm - 7pm on Sun 7 April

Cost - $585 per angler + catering costs. That includes bait, ice, burley, deep water/game rods and tackle.
Full payment when you book please so i am not left hanging by people changing their minds last minute. If you do need to cancel you will get refunded as much as we can get from any replacement angler. Could be 100% or could be less if trying to fill a spot really late. Full refund if cancelled due to weather and can't reschedule or the trip doesn't go for any other reason.

The Trip
We can flex this around to what the team agree as their preferences but at this stage I would be thinking -

Friday avo snapper fish on the way across if we can leave early enough. Otherwise evening meal and socialising onboard as we cross to Barrier. After dark we drop to 8knt cruise for safety so you can hit the sack any time you like. Probably at Barrier between 10pm and midnight.

Sat morning early start for the crew and we head out to some of my Puka spots and maybe a new Bluenose spot we will be checking out next week. Probably an hour or two in the dark and then put some lures out for another hour or two. Guests can sleep in until they get hungry or we arrive at the Puka spots. Fish for Puka, Gemmys etc and then an hour or so trolling to the Bluenose spot. Fish for Bluenose then 2 or 3 hours trolling back to Barrier. Alternative is flag the Bluenose and head down to the Mokohinaus. Chase snapper and Kingfish there until dark and travel back to Barrier. Lunch on the run and late dinner back at Barrier

Sun morning early start and have boat setup for a shallow water burley and strayline session or a deeper water Snapper session depending on preferences. We will likely move around several spots during the day so can change techniques and do some drifting with jigs, softies, sliders etc as well. We can leave a bit of time for checking out any mid gulf workups on the way back, or leave Barrier late depending on what people agree on.

That's a rough plan to start with. Good mix of chasing big Snaps, Puka, Bluenose, other deeep water stuff, and maybe some Kingis depending on what people want. Some trolling for marlin etc as we move between spots in the right places. Weather and peoples preferences can change any of this. 

Some pics from Barrier and spots we may visit. Will add them when I can get the photo uploader to work sorry. 

For now imagine some big ugly forum guy holding a 20lb+ kelpie, a 30kg+ Puka, and a big chilly bin getting filled with pup Puka, Gemfish, and big Golden Snapper. The other Puka were all to big for the chilly bin, but those pups are great eating.






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OK. It let me post these in a new post so here are some pics.














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Hi I'm keen to come on this trip. 
advise me me bank account details and ill make a deposit when required
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Originally posted by Ho Dee Ho Dee wrote:

Hi I'm keen to come on this trip. 
advise me me bank account details and ill make a deposit when required
 
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The Dublin pensioners club go on a mystery tour on Wednesdays and to make it interesting they have a sweep to guess where they are going. Shamus, the coach driver, has won five weeks on the trot.
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Cheers Bazza. Will contact you and Ho Dee via PM. Have 2 more interested and checking dates with work etc so need 4 more to make up the team. I will put it out to a wider audience in a few more days once the forum group have had a chance to grab a spot.
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Three confirmed now and 2 checking dates so looks like we will be going on this one. 

Did I mention that my very (cooking) talented daughter will be preparing some serious baking for the trip!That and the post trip cleaning are her contribution to the fund raising part of this trip. 

Need at least 3 more so grab yourself a spot before I send it out to my other fishing groups. Would be good to have a forum only trip is we can.
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Man I wish I could make this trip!!! Arrgghh - all the stars are lined up for a epic adventure - experienced forum members, class ship, top captain with secret spots, the time of the year the weather not to mentioned said promised baking!!!
Grrrrrrrrr hope the young adults do well in the robot comp so there is a chance for another fund raiser next year!!!
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Cheers RD. If the interest levels are good I will run another similar trip later in the year. It is a good Winter/early Spring trip as that opens up some closer in Puka options and the Winter fishing for big Snaps is very good also. 

A lot of the previous generation of  forum guys used to do a regular winter mission to Barrier and have a fishing comp each year. Probably did that for 5 or 6 years using a couple of different bases. Did the Mercury's one year as well. Have a feeling that we might have topped well over 20 boats one year and a dozen or more would be normal. You had to crack 20lbs to win the Snap prize most years. Escorted a bunch of 6m boats back from the Barrier in 30knt+ winds one trip. just tucked in on Tagits transom and they were happy as. Escorted a 7m boat around from the back of the island to Fitzroy the day before and that was 45knts. Not so much fun and he wouldn't get caught like that again in a hurry I imagine. Boat was called Deep **** and that was what he was in. Barrier is an awesome place.
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Bugger! Jealous as! Have a great trip guys.
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I was keen but the stars just aren't lining up for me right now.
Too many other big bills lurking.
Have fun guys.
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I'm keen, got the ok from the 'boss'. Please PM with details. Cheers, Andre
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Thanks Andre. PM on the way
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Working on it... gimme couple days to get a plan in place. Cough cough sicky on the Friday....lol..

Dont hold it, if I miss out all good.

Q: there a gen set onboard need to run a sleep apnoea machine..
will use a batt if need to.... Havn't tried either of those yet...

Q2: depth for bluenose?  also anyone got an electric reel..... Big smile


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What sort of draw (amps or watts) does it take John? There are big batteries and an inverter onboard so we can power it OK as long as the batteries don't get flattened by it overnight. Have a single berth with a power point above it so that should work for you.

We will leave Friday avo but that could be 6pm or 2pm depending on when people can all get here. Earlier gives us time for a fish on the way over if we see a work up etc. Not a big deal if we leave later though. Will still be at Barrier late evening.

Can all those who have said they are coming please note here what time they can make it on Friday.
If John is good to go we have 5 confirmed, 1 pending, and need 2 more
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it works on 240v supply.... only need to run 5 hrs.... will see if can run lower volts...

working on getting Friday off....Monday also  lol
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I'm keen to leave as early as possible , the more fishing the better Big smile
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Originally posted by John_Ra John_Ra wrote:

it works on 240v supply.... only need to run 5 hrs.... will see if can run lower volts...

working on getting Friday off....Monday also  lol
The boat inverter will give you 240v at the plug just like home. Just need the amps or watts off the label to work out the battery drain. Seem to remember Bill (Billfish on here) using one a few years back when he was at Barrier on Tagit and it was fine.
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any time Friday works for me

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