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For a variety of reasons have not been out on the Kaipara for 6 or 7 weeks.
 
Up until then the fishing had been full on but with one trip that could only be described as complete bummer ... also normal fishing spots generally were not producing at all.
 
We are going out Thursday & according to reports here the action has been fairly rewarding,
 
Never thought I would feel the need to do this ... but ... any advice appreciated as to current favoured water depths etc. etc.
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Morning chaps

I'm heading up to stay with a mate up Mangatoroto waytomorrow and wondered if anyone could give me a few tips about the best place to launch.  It looks like Batleys is the closets Beach/Ramp to his place so wondering what thats like a low tide?

Any tips greatly appreciated.

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In weekend was good just after low tide in the confined drain channels, mid tide was hard then at full found good fish up on flats in 2-3m. My mate got better size on bait but i was using fly and we got a good mix of pannies snaps, mackeral and kahawaii
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Tom,
Batley is fine at low tide. Pahi is ok too & a bit closer depending on where you'll be based. 
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watch pahi at low. drops off real quick. step it out first to find the drop off, better than bottoming out the trailer.
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Wow ... was really stinking hot out there on Thursday & water temps at a point where fish caught were almost par boiled.
 
Combined with the highest / lowest tide levels I have ever seen maybe 150 mm lower than the dropoff at steep end of the Mungakura ramp at low combined with a heavy layer of slippery mud meant delaying launching for an hour or two & even so was with much trepidation for fear of launching the wagon along with the boat.
 
Finally did so & I suspect more by luck than anything else succeeded in navigating the way out without mishap in time to collect a pail of oysters. Started fishing soon after but with the ultra king tides found
anchoring anywhere in or near the channels akin to fishing Huka falls as was near impossible to get line to the bottom even with a relatively heavy sinker. When the fish did start to bite was mostly small snapper & was not until the tide started to slow down towards the change that we scored decent size fish with one going probably 600 mm plus & was fat as.
 
Having endured the heat was left feeling a tad lethargic for quite some time afterwards ... nevertheless part of the price we fishos pay towards our sole objective of providing fresh food for the table, a dedication our womenfolk so often fail to appreciate or even acknowledge !
 
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Mix the seed with the yeasty residue found in the bottom of home brew just before sowing.

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Well done for your dedication to your duty👍. The sweat from your brow should surely suffice and the missus should consider the fare for the table as an added bonus on top of your hard work...😁

You are right about the heat and the current ☹️, I have been fishing the flats on the incoming and found it quite fun and productive. Been able to strayline with minimal or no weight and had fish and Ray's flying around the boat.

Hope you enjoyed your parboiled oysters...
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Originally posted by Transformations Transformations wrote:

Well done for your dedication to your duty👍. The sweat from your brow should surely suffice and the missus should consider the fare for the table as an added bonus on top of your hard work...😁

You are right about the heat and the current ☹️, I have been fishing the flats on the incoming and found it quite fun and productive. Been able to strayline with minimal or no weight and had fish and Ray's flying around the boat.ed

Hope you enjoyed your parboiled oysters...
 
Fortunately Shaun the oysters are unaffected & even seem to be enhanced by using a procedure I have devised over the years namely:-
 
Harvest selected specimens into a 20 ltr pail covering with sea water, then rock about to remove excess mud then drain repeating several times finally leaving covered & the boat movement once underway will further the cleaning.
 
Back home leave them immersed for a day or two to keep them alive.
 
Next step is to tip them out & water blast for a final clean but is essential they are still alive so as they remain clamped tightly shut so as to prevent any egress of freshwater which is a definitely a no no.
 
Return them to the empty pail once more storing somewhere cool for a  day or two for them to feed on retained water which seems to fatten them at the same time reducing any excess saline taste in favour of increasing structure & creaminess.  
 
Next transfer to freezer ( in the pail if you so wish) still in the shell which provides a ready made individual sealed package for the oysters.
 
Once frozen they can be removed however many you want then spread out on newspaper to thaw for about an hour or so.
 
At this stage the will be relatively easy to open mess free using the sharp point of a paring knife & twisting it back & forth on the join of the shell. 
 
Occasionally there will be one or two reluctant to open but this can be overcome by trying elsewhere on the join.
 
Unsure if it is a fact or not but there are some that maintain they are still alive once thawed & when fully re aroused simply yawn & exclaim "Gee ... that was a bloody cold night !!"
Tip for sowing grass seed :-

Mix the seed with the yeasty residue found in the bottom of home brew just before sowing.

Then your lawn will come up half cut !
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Jeez Bazza, you really put a lot of effort into caring and preserving your harvest. Long may you enjoy them.
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Originally posted by Transformations Transformations wrote:

Jeez Bazza, you really put a lot of effort into caring and preserving your harvest. Long may you enjoy them.
 
Not a lot of work Shaun even if it sounds like it but in actual fact is simply a procedure that imo gives the ultimate results however some steps can be left out if time or circumstances don't suit, such as the water blasting or cleaning ... just means the shells might not be as clean but the meat inside will still be fine.
Tip for sowing grass seed :-

Mix the seed with the yeasty residue found in the bottom of home brew just before sowing.

Then your lawn will come up half cut !
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