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Out sat and Sunday morning in the harbour, 2 Gurnard and 2 snapper and a kahawai on sat, and zilch Sunday. Pretty disappointed to see some crazy behaviour as far as skippering goes, particularly from our Waiau pa ramp😕. The 5 knot rule in particular
slowly going where everyone else has already been
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We also crossed the bar yesterday morning . . .  after a 10 minute wait to try and post our bar crossing report with coastguard.  It was chaotic on the airwaves for a while there.  Multiple people trying to talk over each other.

Last time out we did well at 30m so started there, despite most of the other boats carrying on out deeper.  Wrong choice; After 1 1/2 hrs and just a gurnard and a heap of jack macks to show for it, we decided to move.  I opted to go shallow to a spot that has fished consistently for the past 6months . . . and it was still firing.  We were in just 12m and had the bin full in a couple hours.
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Jenkins bay on the banks this morning
Zero sign on the sounder crossing the main channel, no sign on the banks
Got bloody stingrays, then turned breezy. Came back to the flats for a looksie, nothing
19.7deg on the banks 18.2 around Laingholm by no2
Zilched today & zilched 10 days ago..... not happy
Going by my journal, end of this month will see better fishing out on the banks jenkins / french bay
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That's a bugger BB.  Yeah, it's been tough fishing for snapper the last 2 times I've fished the harbour.
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Originally posted by BananaBoat BananaBoat wrote:

Jenkins bay on the banks this morning
Zero sign on the sounder crossing the main channel, no sign on the banks
Got bloody stingrays, then turned breezy. Came back to the flats for a looksie, nothing
19.7deg on the banks 18.2 around Laingholm by no2
Zilched today & zilched 10 days ago..... not happy
Going by my journal, end of this month will see better fishing out on the banks jenkins / french bay
Thanks BB. My day at moving child wasnt wasted thenBeer
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Happy to see most of you got out.

I didn't get a chance this weekend as was on kid duty. I would have taken them out on the harbour but not the most productive time of year for me so decided to surf instead.

I did think about heading over the Port Waikato Bar but I have only crossed the Manukau several times. I wouldn't mind following someone out on a good day as I know its a whole different kettle of fish.
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Got out Sunday morning for afew hours on the incoming, 5m near the mouth of the Purakau channel. Berley and straylining fresh mullet and freezer burnt pilchard. tiny snaps just nibbling the bait, got 1 legal snap barely 30cm that would normally go back but needed something for dinner! switched to wairopa off mill bay and same story. Hooked a rat king on slack tide that was a bit of fun on 6kg gear - otherwise very uneventful day. Have heard similar stories from mates the last week.
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Originally posted by Tinfisher Tinfisher wrote:

Got out Sunday morning for afew hours on the incoming, 5m near the mouth of the Purakau channel. Berley and straylining fresh mullet and freezer burnt pilchard. tiny snaps just nibbling the bait, got 1 legal snap barely 30cm that would normally go back but needed something for dinner! switched to wairopa off mill bay and same story. Hooked a rat king on slack tide that was a bit of fun on 6kg gear - otherwise very uneventful day. Have heard similar stories from mates the last week.

Yep, typical November fishing in the harbour. 

Won't be long though and the Snapper will be around in force! Can't wait.
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Made the most of a good weather window and went out from Cornwallis at dawn. Inner harbour area, was surprised to see quite a few other boats out midweek too. Well, not that surprising, its way better than working after all!

Great bite on the last hour of the incoming tide in about 8m. Water felt warm at 19c and glassy calm before the wind came in. Manky old freezer Kahawai doing the damage for bait and we kept 4 or 5 good snapper up to 46cm, a good trevally and a fat Kahawai.

After the change of tide the bite almost completely stopped dead. Dog wasn't impressed at the lack of fish coming onboard, so pulled the anchor and was back home just after 9am. 
Certainly some good signs that the fishing is heating up!

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Went out yesterday.  Started at Cornwallis close to low tide but it was a little too low.  
Tired of pushing a marooned boat so went onto little Huia and launched off the sand.  
A little bit of pushing to get it off the sand but pretty good.
Bar was easy at low tide and travelling was ok out to 45m but sitting a bit bouncy.  Hardly anybody out apart from a commerical trawler.
Wasn't getting any bites so moved back to 30m where it started to pickup.  Had thought if the wind got up further coming back from 60m maybe too exciting with wind against tide too.
Fish mainly smaller snapper around 35-40 with a couple of 60s.  Almost our limit.  One gurnard, one trev, 3 kw and no sharks.  On squid bait mainly with some pillys.
Lovely day out but wind a bit painful.  Went back in close to high tide.  Bar was great but water up to little Huia was worse than the bar on a not so good day.
Thought the trailer might eat the boat when we were retrieving but my mate did a good job of keeping it in check.  
He was was new to fishing so I told him everything is harder then aluminium.
Great day but feeling my legs today.
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The harbour must have been a smash fest yesterday.
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I spent the weekend renovating the holiday cabin at Clarks Beach.  After a hard day of mahi on Friday, the evening conditions looked mint for a spot of fishing.  I haven’t fished in calm conditions like this in a long time!


The change of tide coincided with the change of light.  The bites were plentiful!  I spotted a bird workup near the mouth of the Waiuku channel and trolled a softbait behind me to catch three Kahawai.  I soon paddled and anchored in the shallows to strayline with freshly caught bait.  There were lots of small Snapper caught and released.  Two nice Snapper were eventually caught and bagged.  


I really love this place.  Hope to paddle out to Matakawau and Grahams beach this xmas holidays. 

The water temperature is 19.5°C.   

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Launched Jenkins bay yesterday




went over to prospect a few new spots in the shallows along the Papakura channel and had a pretty successful mission the 7 snaps 37 to 53, one nice Trev, a handful of KY and some sharks including a fiesty 4ft hammerhead. All in 2 to 3m of water. Temp was around 19deg.




Really nice day out on the muddy👍
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Nice feed there Schecter... might have to join you for a kayak sesh out your ways

Transformations - what time did you hit the water, you got yourself some nice size fish there... & ummmm, was it fresh baits that did it for you

Hanging out for a fish, haven't been out in ages
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Hey BB, I was on the water just after six and best fish were the last 3 hrs of outgoing. Threw back plenty legals up to 35cm and best baits were salted KY and salted pillies. The fresh kahawai baits did well on the sharks🥴.
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By all accounts Saturday variable or 5knt N. High tide 8.30am 3.4m. Thinking once again Destruction gully side or up by the airport. Where the channel changes from 20oddm to 10 ish ,fish on the ledges?
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I will send you some coordinates Paul. Where are you launching from?
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OK I will post them hereif I can find them. I have a new chartplotter so hopefully i still haves some stuff
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

I will send you some coordinates Paul. Where are you launching from?
More than likelt Te Toro,so can stop off at sis n laws . Busy Weekend,Friday night Glenbrook xmas lights train,fish saturday and will post smoking when I do my beef lollipop 3kg Sunday.

Boy just did a duck for dinner and we all agree fresh fish is better,duck seemed fatty,rotissered it.
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