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    Posted: 18 hours 43 minutes ago at 11:44am
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Cheers guys.

Does it take long to motor out to the Papakura channel from there? Looks a wee way on my gps. Usually launch at Waiau Pa but if I can launch 3 mins down the road instead I'll be stoked.
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The ramps good at high and low tide in between its a bit shallow.Dont walk out to far at low tide as it drops off,The rocks stick out at low tide from memory about 100m from ramp towards the motorway.Also be carefulparking your car on the tarseal on a full spring tide as Ive seen cars parked there at high tide with the water up to their doors , quite funny ,cheers
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Has anyone launched from bottle top bay in Papakura/Karaka before? Wondering if it is worth using this ramp as i am only a couple kms away from it.
Take a drive down at low tide,few rocks a bit out from ramp.
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Has anyone launched from bottle top bay in Papakura/Karaka before? Wondering if it is worth using this ramp as i am only a couple kms away from it.
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Been a fair few years since I have regularly contributed here but the lock down boredom has brought me back to find my old login!

Recently relocated from the Titirangi side to Papakura after living and fishing that side for most of my life so I am relearning the big muddy in some aspects.

Have been launching regularly from Waiau Pa and Clark’s over the summer and heading up the Waiuku and fishing the Papakura and even Ropers. Still yet to find a decent mark that is consistent and so far have caught a few fish at each spot but at other times it has been very quiet. On the plus side I have a few promising spots to try for carrots when the weather cools.

Been a bit hit and miss at my usual spot in the Papakura channel. Last year around this time I would bin up very quickly but yet to catch a thing at the same spot so far. Funny thing this fishing.

Hopefully we see some normality return in a couple of weeks. The boat and tackle is all maintained and ready to go. Also going to treat myself with a new TLD15 for when I am able to get back out there.

Good to hear from you again Gurnard.

Fishing has been a little hit and miss this year for sure. I'm predicting a good gurnard season though!


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Been a fair few years since I have regularly contributed here but the lock down boredom has brought me back to find my old login!

Recently relocated from the Titirangi side to Papakura after living and fishing that side for most of my life so I am relearning the big muddy in some aspects.

Have been launching regularly from Waiau Pa and Clark’s over the summer and heading up the Waiuku and fishing the Papakura and even Ropers. Still yet to find a decent mark that is consistent and so far have caught a few fish at each spot but at other times it has been very quiet. On the plus side I have a few promising spots to try for carrots when the weather cools.

Been a bit hit and miss at my usual spot in the Papakura channel. Last year around this time I would bin up very quickly but yet to catch a thing at the same spot so far. Funny thing this fishing.

Hopefully we see some normality return in a couple of weeks. The boat and tackle is all maintained and ready to go. Also going to treat myself with a new TLD15 for when I am able to get back out there.
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Been watching the Waikato bar  gutted...
 Been down since tues and will be right thru to at least next Monday, wind good  go out over the high come back on the 3/4 incoming...
 Thu it looks like the main channel has got narrower and heads further to the nth... cut that left(sth) cnr and could be in trouble.
 I have been told by a professional and very experienced source who had the privilege to spend a bit of time in the bar with.. just hanging out moving around on it...
 When have long calm periods the mouth thru where the waved usually break moves to the nth like this.. get a period of serious weather over the bar , it moves back to a dog leg.

One can see this espec on low tides how and where the swell breaks.

If someone has the time, can check daylight hrs on the waikato cctv historic records if any boats have actually gone over...
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FlawOne - it's always funny how a boat a few meters away seems to struggle and you do well. We had the same thing saturday morning.
Kept 4 good snaps 35 up to 45cm, with a couple decent ones lost - kept a decent kahawai, and a few Jack mac's.
Biggest snap caught on a whole pillie.


Heading back over to cornwallis we stopped in the middle to play with small kahawai and jack macs. Seemed to be heaps of them.
Magic morning out - glassy calm. The water looked clear too, and was warm.
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Arron and his mate took the boat out yesterday morning and straylined the shallows. Similar results as above with 3 kahawai, 2 gurnard and 5 snapper to 42cm. He also got hassled by a couple of very big tope one of which shortened his rod a little Big smile


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Nice one Mac Skipper, you really are having plenty of success this season on the Muddy in your new tin boat!

I too fished the Papakura but on the turn of the low, got straight into some good fish while a boat only 20m away from me struggled 😉

Once the current got too strong I headed for old fav gutter on the back of the Te Tau bank and as the sun set we got some scorching runs on the 1/2 oz straylines! Finished the day with 10 decent snaps up to 40cm as the sun set across the ranges.



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Nice looking fish ,and all look to be in great condition. A morning well spent.
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Got out this morning Papakura channel 3 of us in a boat for 3 hrs Embarrassedbit slow moved twice but 3 Snapper biggest 38cm and 4 Kahawai - very calm and quite a few boats out.
Nice to do something normal and not worry about corona virus we wont catch from NZ fish!



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Originally posted by seahunter seahunter wrote:

Went out from Cornwallis on a magic Saturday morning. (I'm 50/50 on getting a larger boat at the moment, on low tide mornings like that, the little Frewza 14 is perfect - I could probably launch it on a heavy dew)
Not many boats around was surprising, maybe everyone was out buying toilet paper.


Headed over to our usual spot, water looked pretty 'dirty' - but there were huge schools of tiny (5cm) fish around. Fishing came on a bit slow - a few snaps in the just ~30cm range... Then a really solid Gurnard, then 2 decent Snaps at 35 and 40cm, a stonker stingray, an eel (a first for me), and a couple jack macs, annnnd then absolutely dead. So 3hrs after launching and we're back home and there's a feed to prepare.
Those small snapper (~35cm) are perfect for eating whole. So thought Id share a couple of different dead fish pics than the norm....



Scale it, grab some scissors and cut off the tail & fins, and make 3 or 4 deep angled cuts (down to the spine) and then dust with flour.

Shallow fry it in a few cm of hot oil for about 4or 5mins each side.


Knock up a sauce with lime juice, soya, coriander, fresh ginger, onion, teaspoon of brown sugar, chilli and a squirt of fish sauce - and cover the fish with it.

Hands down our favourite way to eat this sized fish. Feeds 2 of us, its quick, and importantly to us, there is no waste.
So fortunate to have something like the Manukau right on our doorstep!

That looks tasty Thumbs Up


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Originally posted by Legacy Legacy wrote:

"I got a 4.9kg fish which wasn't big enough for the two snapper prizes,"

thats a really good Snapper smudge -  you should enter the huia fishing club competitions - that would have won you $300 yesterday .
We managed four legal  snapper with one going just over a kilo and some big kahawai, weighed one kahawai to see what size they were and it came in at 2.4kg .
 Got two gurnard also.
 
I don't normally fish comps outside of my club's ones, but yeah it was a good fish. Not that unusual for this time of year- from here on in to july is when we tend to get most of our bigger snapper. There have been some big kahawai caught recently up to 2.9kg but we can't find them.


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"I got a 4.9kg fish which wasn't big enough for the two snapper prizes,"

thats a really good Snapper smudge -  you should enter the huia fishing club competitions - that would have won you $300 yesterday .
We managed four legal  snapper with one going just over a kilo and some big kahawai, weighed one kahawai to see what size they were and it came in at 2.4kg .
 Got two gurnard also.
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Went out from Cornwallis on a magic Saturday morning. (I'm 50/50 on getting a larger boat at the moment, on low tide mornings like that, the little Frewza 14 is perfect - I could probably launch it on a heavy dew)
Not many boats around was surprising, maybe everyone was out buying toilet paper.


Headed over to our usual spot, water looked pretty 'dirty' - but there were huge schools of tiny (5cm) fish around. Fishing came on a bit slow - a few snaps in the just ~30cm range... Then a really solid Gurnard, then 2 decent Snaps at 35 and 40cm, a stonker stingray, an eel (a first for me), and a couple jack macs, annnnd then absolutely dead. So 3hrs after launching and we're back home and there's a feed to prepare.
Those small snapper (~35cm) are perfect for eating whole. So thought Id share a couple of different dead fish pics than the norm....



Scale it, grab some scissors and cut off the tail & fins, and make 3 or 4 deep angled cuts (down to the spine) and then dust with flour.

Shallow fry it in a few cm of hot oil for about 4or 5mins each side.


Knock up a sauce with lime juice, soya, coriander, fresh ginger, onion, teaspoon of brown sugar, chilli and a squirt of fish sauce - and cover the fish with it.

Hands down our favourite way to eat this sized fish. Feeds 2 of us, its quick, and importantly to us, there is no waste.
So fortunate to have something like the Manukau right on our doorstep!

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Thanks Smudge.  They dont get much better than when they put on the fat along the gut,and in shallow water they really go.
Gotta get out there again soon.The constant S.W wind and lately big tides have sent me gulfwards. But there is that something special about the manukau. Hard to put into words. That special ,remote west coast feel.
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Hi Cirrus. That was Grant's fish. Lots of fat on the fish we usually don't see them that good this early. The better fish were all caught on the last of the outgoing to within an hour or two of of incoming. That fish was 2.6 kilos.

We only caught two tiny ky which turned into really good snapper  when bits of them were put on a hook.


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nice condition on that snap smudge. yep you dont need to go deep for good fish.
what phase of tide did fish come on. Any kahawai sighted.
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Solid harbour snap there smudge, it's a good feeling putting someone onto shallow water fish that they thought wasn't possible.

Yeah it's cool alright. Was shallow like where me you & Brooke fished, they were blown away with the fish we caught.


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