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so how safe are you in a small boat with orca around. reports of them ramming small boats/ yachts ,especially in mediterranean
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Originally posted by cirrus cirrus wrote:

so how safe are you in a small boat with orca around. reports of them ramming small boats/ yachts ,especially in mediterranean

My mate and I have been very close to them in his 12ft dinghy out on the Manukau. They were quite inquisitive but never felt unsafe. The other times we have seen them was in small runabouts or my Mac 420 which isn't large, but probably too heavy for one to nudge overTongue

They came right up next to the boat too. Funnily enough it occurred as soon as we started playing Bob Marley's music!
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This stunning specimen of a guy got some nice fish today. A 4.2kg snapper on 3kilo line and a 2.3kg fish on 2kg line. From one of my trevally spots. We caught no trevally ...


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My second biggest snap from the harbour this year and third heaviest on my boat this year. It's shaping up!
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Nice work on the light line Mike. I'm guessing in 7m or less on a shellfish bed?
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Nice fish Smudge. You did far better than I today.

We fished all around the Waiuku channel for 1 barely legal Snapper.

I managed to catch a stingray and an eagle ray...plenty of jack macs around though so filleted one up for fresh Sashimi tonight before work!

Might try and get back out there on Saturday.
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Nice fish smudge.Might have come over for a Saturday evening fish.Wind suppose to pick up east in the afternoon.
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Harbour beauties there Smudge on the cotton line!  Nice...
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Originally posted by FlawOne FlawOne wrote:

Nice work on the light line Mike. I'm guessing in 7m or less on a shellfish bed?

Exactly right Richard. 5m over the scallop beds at top of the tide. My best wish though was a small eagle ray on 2kg, no points for those.
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Nice fish Smudge. You did far better than I today.

We fished all around the Waiuku channel for 1 barely legal Snapper.

I managed to catch a stingray and an eagle ray...plenty of jack macs around though so filleted one up for fresh Sashimi tonight before work!

Might try and get back out there on Saturday.

We weren't far off the Waiuku channel. We spent an hour trying to get Jack macks for bait for today. Didn't get a single one!
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Went out through the Port bar yesterday. Tried 20m mark with no luck then went out to 38m and had some sign on the sounder. Fishing was slow but over 4 hrs we managed to snag a good feed. Ended up with 6 around the 5kg mark with balance just pannies.
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Originally posted by Got-ya Got-ya wrote:

Went out through the Port bar yesterday. Tried 20m mark with no luck then went out to 38m and had some sign on the sounder. Fishing was slow but over 4 hrs we managed to snag a good feed. Ended up with 6 around the 5kg mark with balance just pannies.

We had a similar days over the last week but we were fishing between 9 and 20m out from the Manukau Harbour, On each of the five days we had Maui dolphins around the boat in each place we fished. Yesterday they were quite friendly swimming within almost arms reach of the boat.
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Nothing to do with me - but some new cams setup, one is at Huia/Manukau Heads.

Getting a cam at the boat parking would be handy. Some prick stole someone's twin axle alloy trailer last week. A few household cameras along Huia Rd captured the vehicle Angry
Would be a nightmare scenario to return to, I've wondered what you would do ? Who has spare trailers, its often in the weekend or after hours....
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I have a lockable pin through the coupling.needs to be off without the key.depending where we go.also wheel clamp and chain brake pedal and steering wheel.wont stop them but slows them down   Winch handle lives in car.Have had a bow snub block stolen at kkb.despite parking under camera.
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Nice fish Smudge. You did far better than I today.

We fished all around the Waiuku channel for 1 barely legal Snapper.

I managed to catch a stingray and an eagle ray...plenty of jack macs around though so filleted one up for fresh Sashimi tonight before work!

Might try and get back out there on Saturday.

We weren't far off the Waiuku channel. We spent an hour trying to get Jack macks for bait for today. Didn't get a single one!

Plenty of Macs around the Matakawau area that day, just on unbaited sabiki's. Sick of paying astronomical prices for bait and can't really go past fresh macs for snapper! Looking at getting a mullet net soon too.
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I use a lockable pin on my trailer too. I did have a wheel clamp somewhere. I have had my D shackle stolen before which was a pain in the backside.

Agree with the comment above regarding the fact that it will only slow them down, but hopefully enough that somebody see's them or could catch them in the moment.

I also wonder what one would do upon finding the entire trailer had been stolen once back at the ramp. I hope to never find out!
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I went out to the Pahurehure inlet.  

Fishing was a little more promising than last time.  Picked up 2 snapper at the 41-43cm range.  The snapper are really fat!  
I paddled further towards the motorway to scan for potential fishing grounds.  Some really interesting seafloor in the inlet.    

I also couldn't help but notice the thick deposits of fat around the rib cage.  Salted mullet outfished fresh mullet and squid.   
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Originally posted by Schecter Schecter wrote:

I went out to the Pahurehure inlet.  
I also couldn't help but notice the thick deposits of fat around the rib cage.  Salted mullet outfished fresh mullet and squid.   

Wait until April. IMO snapper are at their very best by then. Great to see that already. Our best snapper bait recently has bee Jack mackerel, frozen kahawai and fresh gurnard Embarrassed
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Using fresh gurnard??? That's criminal Smudge Tongue
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Hey Guys apart from using a great eating fish for bait! Fresh Gurnhard is excellent for targeting Big Snaps if your short of the usual Kahawai,Macs etc and you have a few Gurns in your bin. I fillet a good size one. Use both fillets on a two hook strayline rig, back to back skin sides on the inside and the flesh outside. Have caught alot of big Snaps this way! have kept it quiet until now...Beer
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