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Have always thought snapper dont enter the harbour in numbers until jan-feb after they have spawned out on the open coast and then come inshore to feed up pre winter. Maybe am wrong on this assumption.
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We went to our summer snapper spot, still a bit early but it suited the tide and we thought it was worth a try.  Didn't do great, but my wife got a couple of gurnard so at least we had fish for tea -been a while since we've managed that.  I had small snapper and a shark, I seem to be catching sharks a lot at the moment.

I've got a 14'6" Sean Nymph, the one with the half cabin.  It's called Galactica, but that's hard to read on the side.  It's white with sort of aquamarine bits on top.

Seems to be loads of people out dragging for scallops at the moment.
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going to head out for a crack later on this morning been a long time between fishes,so heres hoping
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Saw a boat dragging near us multiple times, close to the greenhouses, was this you Skoti? Didn't think it looked like your boat that i've seen on here a few times skippered by a hosrse...? 

What is your rig Kevin.S? You seem to be out on the harbour a fair bit so no doubt we'll meet at some point in time, always good to met fellow forum members
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Well I didn't do well at all , had about 4 drags for scallops for four scallops Ouch
Fishing off the island with my two neices resulted in two sharks that went back and nothing else .
Caught nothing else off Matakawau point also , saw Kevin.S pass by on his way home , how did you get on ?
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Kept 5 gurnard today, 2 at 45 & 46cm and around 1kg, realeased 5 under 35cm. Afew more legal sized snapper showing up at the water temp increases, kept one at 33cm but released 5 or 6 over 27cm. Heaps of small kahawai around but no big or medium sized ones to be seen. 
Slow but consistant bites all day, we were fishing in between tides so not ideal but always good being out on the water.
Also caught a large ray which had rounded wings like the common big black stingrays but it was a very pale grey colour, is this the same species just varying in colour or a different type of ray altogether? Never get tired of seeing all the different things we catch in this harbour thats for sure

I think the snapper are going to be hard on the bite again soon just like last summer.
There were a few other boats out today so i'm waiting to hear how everyone else got on?
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I guess so Kevin! Big smile. We had similar results to Coxie, 14 gurnard for the 2 of us - biggest also 900 and threw back maybe 10 that were small, a couple of little sharks, one bite off and a jack mack. We managed only 2 keepeable snapper but only 28cm so back they went too.  Nice day but wish I had more time so I could put out the scallop dredge Big smile. We only caught one kahawai for the day and it was small too so he swam away, looks like those massive kahawai schools have moved on out.


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I must be doing something wrong, couldn't get a thing in the Waiuku channel yesterday apart form a tiny kahawai and sharks.  Was very hopeful as we anchored up the fish finder was going mad with action, but it didn't translate into fish on the line.  But we were only out for about an hour and a half and on the outgoing tide.  Met Smudge coming in as we went out and he had done much better, perhaps I should have got up earlier.
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We went out to the waiuku channel yesterday and managed probably around 10 gurnard, all would of been between 600g to 900g so nothing large, kept 5 of the bigger ones for dinner. Let go a couple of 29cm snapper and we were plagued by small kahawai all day. Seemed like every man and his dog were out, there was a heap of boats on the water.
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Originally posted by Club Matt Club Matt wrote:

Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

How are all those carrots being held .... does the guy have an extra set of fingers on his left hand or are the gurnard all strung together thru the gills?
 
His name is "Dynamo"  magic!!
 
Did he make them disappear  ?
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

How are all those carrots being held .... does the guy have an extra set of fingers on his left hand or are the gurnard all strung together thru the gills?
 
His name is "Dynamo"  magic!!
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Barrycudda , very appropriate when the ol man goes through my tackle-box , all the flash gear goes Ouch LOL
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How are all those carrots being held .... does the guy have an extra set of fingers on his left hand or are the gurnard all strung together thru the gills?
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I managed to get out twice this week on the muddy, on Thursday with my eldest brother from Southland that had come up for a weeks holiday & go to the Counties v Southland Shield challenge. We kept the shield, But I sent him home with a smile on his face when I took him out for a morning fish on the harbour. Kept  9 Gurnard & a 4& half Pound Snapper, so he flew home with some nice Manukau fillets !! in his walk on bag & the 23kg bag with all Matakawua Bach's Grapefruit in it.
they treat them like Bluff Oysters down their they recon!
I fished Saturday myself & picked up another 13 Gurnard but lost 2 brand new flasher rigs to either a bloody big shark or a BarryKudaa !  Scotty recons! just came in twice and chopped the lot clean as a wissile  so I shifted around a bit.
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Didn't do too well really, but better than work! Tried near the tripod, heaps of sign but only got in a couple of hours around top of the tide before the currents blew us out. Lots of small snapper, maybe half a dozen legal, but only kept one. 
On the way back to Te Toro stopped at Kauritatapuhi & Matakawau in the shallow channels looking for some late season grunters. Lucked out there but hit the motherload jackpot of baby tope and spotty sharks, and a stingray on light tackle. 
Enjoyed the day out, but need to do a bit more learning in this patch.
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Let us know how you get on -and where the fish are, hoping to get out tomorrow as the weather is looking good.  Maybe Sunday as well if I'm lucky.
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Having a crack tomorrow. New territory for us, so should be interesting. Will report in with results. Wish us luck!  Thumbs Up
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I haven't been out on the muddy for a few weeks now because i've been out enjoying what the east coast has to offer, good to hear the gurnard are still around though, hopefully the weather will give me a chance to get out this weekend
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