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Funny day on the harbour today, must be the moon phase as bite times were short and there was plenty of jack mac bait around.

Fished around the head of snappakura both on the foul and in the shallows. Both areas worked, but found a lot more undersized than in the past few trips. Today's biggest went 55cm but again overall numbers were down on previous trips.


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Nice fish though F1. This time of year is really unpredictable I've found and it's common to have short bite times. It will sort itself out soon enough
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I hit the Papakura channel early this morning.  It was going to be a short trip, as a gusty northeast wind was soon approaching.


There were a lot of mullet leaping out of the water.  Unfortunately they weren’t leaping into my kayak.  


I paddled beyond the mouth, anchored and deployed a running rig.  The outgoing tide seemed to produce the far better bite.   


A very fat Snapper measuring at 58cm was the biggest of the day.



By 8am, the NE wind arrived as forecast and the call was made to head to shore.  All done and dusted by 8:30am.  


Very fortunate to get a feed.  It sounded like all of the anglers at the boat ramp had a very tough morning.  One guy in particular fished all night and all morning throughout the harbour and didn’t catch anything.  



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And I bet you didn't paddle too far to get that beauty, well done
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Nice fish though F1. This time of year is really unpredictable I've found and it's common to have short bite times. It will sort itself out soon enough
Thats really interesting.
The fishing down here was "OK' 2-3 weeks ago. Slow-ish but steady.
Now it has been reduced to a really short bite time - maybe 1/2 hr. If you are on top of them in that 1/2hr you do OK. If not........
Everyone complaining about lack of fish. I am sure it is not the lack of fish - more a lack of bite time. You often feel them nibbling on the bait. They are there - just not committing.
One bloke put 2 set lines out - 1 gurnard. The same bloke went 40 k out (95 l of gas) for 1 BN.
Son and I got 3-4 good snaps and 3-4 good terries in close - just over the bite time.
You can move around all you like - makes no difference.
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far out, you know how to find those better fish eh.... enjoy

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Nice snapper there Jeremy
Like you say, its been hard out there with the undersize snaps in full force
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Well..... how's this for luck
During a release of an undersize snapper out there on the muddy, for my troubles, the buggar stabs me with its spines on my left hand middle finger... a few minutes later I managed to stab myself with rusty hooks around the same location

Swollen infected finger a week later.
Its now holiday season, so have to line up at the 24hr doctors xmas eve.... 4 visits to the after hours doc at around 7.5hrs total waiting time, plus a visit yesterday to do an ultrasound sesh... she marked it with the trusty vivid


So yesterday at the doctors, a couple injections to numb the wounded finger, the doc brings out his own fillet knife to deal to the intruder.... the intruder showed itself in the ultrasound imagery as only 1.5mm in length
I'm quite the bleeder, always have been, so another injection directly into the wound to ease the bleeding
No stitches, just those sticky strap thingys, all done in an hr




Funnily enough, I had a similar fish spine injury 5yrs back.
It happened when scaling a fish for dinner....ouch.
Ultrasound image showed a 11mm spine stuck in my finger
I was ok with it for around 3 weeks, no swelling or infection, but sore when that location gets knocked by accident.... get it treated !!

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Yeeeouch!  I've had an infected finger like that from a snapper spine, lots of hurties! I know a guy nearly lost his finger from one, he was hospitalised twice, once for three days
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Bloody hell BB!  That's not good mate.  That sure looks nasty.  Hoping you have a quick recovery.  When you're good to go, I'm still keen to head your way and fish your local.  
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The forecast wasn’t looking good, but I saw a small fishing window.   I waited until the afternoon wind had died down and launched into the Waiuku channel.


To my surprise I saw 4 kayakers fishing in the channel.  It was great to see.  


Fishing was tough!  I didn’t even see a workup.  The water was dirty and there was a lot of debris.


At slack tide I got a good bite, and after a few minutes, this big bugger popped up.  The biggest fish of the evening measuring at 62cm.  It is also a Manukau PB snapper for me. 


Done and dusted by 8pm.  


It was such a beautiful evening.  This place is absolutely stunning at sunset.  


Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2024. 

  

 

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Wow, very cool Schecter!I don't think I've ever caught one that big in the Waiuku Channel
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That's a great fish Schecter! I was always a bit to chicken to kayak in the Manukau. Something to do with Sharks and strong and relentless currents but good on you for getting out there and succeeding.

Happy New Year all mighty muddy folk!
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Far out, nice size fish out your ways there Schecter
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Awesome fish, well done
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Cheers guys.  It's been a good run. 

Originally posted by FlawOne FlawOne wrote:

That's a great fish Schecter! I was always a bit to chicken to kayak in the Manukau. Something to do with Sharks and strong and relentless currents but good on you for getting out there and succeeding.

Happy New Year all mighty muddy folk!

Cheers mate.  It’s a different body of water than where I use to fish.  It took me over a year to build the experience and courage just to paddle beyond the inlet.  It took me much longer to learn how to fish the harbour.  


The sharks don't concern me, but the currents do!


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Bit of a slow day for us today , fished for a couple of hours this avo for 3 eagle rays , millions of small snapper and not much else. We brought 2 legal snaps home for the grandkids dinner. We had a lot of laughs though so all good.
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Nice fish being caught in amongst the smaller machine gun snapper by the looks.

I am planning to head out tomorrow with my boy. Weather looks mint tomorrow for a day out on the harbour. Planning to head over to Ropers. Haven't had too much luck there this summer but plenty of success in past seasons indicates it will happen sooner or later.
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Good luck Mr Gurnard.

This time of year can be tough going Tonto. The fish are there but the bite times are very short. Most fishing with kids is middle of the day and that seldom works well this time of year
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Yes indeed, it will hot up soon I am sure
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5/1/2024

First fish of the new year in the harbour and what a cracker! Started with a plan today to catch a feed of snaps and then go hunt something larger on the jigs. Snapper fishing was tough but we managed 10 keepers from the depths of the Snapakura on 1/2oz straylined baits with the turn of the tide.

Once the tide got running we set off to jig our favourite structure and marker poles. One such red marker was holding a good pack of Kingies that had us going for a good hour or so with a strong bite. Landed 6, no horse's but wowee! Great fun in a magic place!




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