Lake Tarawera

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It will be interesting to see how the season develops. Some of the smaller ones sent back were quite thin so it looks like the bigger fish have quickly figured out where the food sources are.
Checking notes from a similar time last year tallies with this year, having to work for some good fish with them scattered and varying condition until the food source gets big enough for all to fatten up.
The 60cm one did have a small layer of belly fat and was quite orange so probably feeding near the bottom on koura at the moment. 
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On Tarawera yesterday in the afternoon dodging showers with wind coming from NW.
Started at Humphries campsite trolling eastwards but sparse fish sign around the thermocline with the odd one deep. Thermocline was at about 20-25m and water temp was 20.7C at 1.00pm increasing to 21.2C by 4.00pm.

No enquiries and sign disappeared after an hour so across to near the landing and same thing - sparse sign and most fish deep at 30-40m with the odd one or two near the thermocline. Good shelter from the wind and rain so ran laps trying to get some interest in the tassie devils.

With sounder showing the odd deep fish at anywhere from 30-40m we decided to go deep with the downrigger. Finally picked up two about an hour apart starting at 3.15pm, 60cm 5.5lb hen at 30m and 57cm 4.5lb jack at 40m. Fish in great condition and plenty of fat on them when filleted, finished at 5pm when persistent rain showers arrived.
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Fished the lake 2 weeks ago was super slow on the jigs sign was few and far between saw 2 fish on the sounder dropped jigs on them and hooked up straight away that was the one fish for the day was in wicked condition though
Back to Okataina this weekend for an overnighter hopefully better results anyone fished it lately is the sand still built up on the ramp??
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