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We fished the edge of ropers this morning, got there 1 hour before high, got 10 between 45cm and 60cm. No small fish, no other species caught. Kahawai for bait
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Hit the water at Weymouth for a quick paddle.
Caught some big Kahawai on softbait before heading back to shore as tide was stronger than expected.

Hope the weather will be fine this weekend for the Clark beach fishing competition.

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Looks like some good fish being caught but still elusive at times. I need to get out and redeem myself before Gurnard season starts. I have had my worst summer in recent years!

I have even got to the point of thinking its my current gear im using and trying to justify buying another rod and reel combo ! Wink
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Enjoying my forced early retirement by going fishing with my good friend Barry Stevens at the kaipara this morning.
Snapper are usually very shallow in the warmer months and we were hoping this was still the case.
Last hour of the tide to low doesnt sound a good time to fish but this is the kaipara.
A slight drop off from 2m to 3m of water in a large shallow flat area was all we needed. Our jack mackeral baits were straylined and absolutely smashed by fat healthy snapper to 3kg plus bonus kahawaii featuring often but not too often.
Weather was diabolical and not forecast - our 4 knot light southwest was a much fresher west north west, white caps wind against tide and torrential heavy showers - but we stuck it out and it settled down nicely after an hour or so.
Fished from 715 to 1030 - the bigger fish would come in waves and truly great fishing when it was on.

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Nice one Redfinger, nothing like solid snaps in the shallows!

I too had a similar experience over the turn of the low on the Kairpara this morning Stayed a little later than you as the bite just kept get hotter!

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Cool to see some Kaipara reports, good to see you here redfinger.
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Good stuff Russell.  And really shallow water.  Must get up that way soon.
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Got out with my.Son on Monday. Forecast was for about 10 knots but the harbour was pretty snotty. We shot out to Ropers and fished for about an hour or so and finally managed a good feed. Nothing huge but enough for dinner the last couple of nights and some fresh Trev sashimi went down a treat.
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That's a decent catch.. Perseverance!
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Indeed Smudge. It was about time. Even the dirty river koi Carp as bait was getting smashed.
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A good friend of mine , Laurie has never been to the Kaipara harbour. This morning we went out of Shelly beach .
The plan was to stray line and get a few fish in the bin then switch it up to salt water fly with the fly rods for a bit of a challenge.
Our berley and baited hooks for the first hour were nibbled clean and only very small (east coast snapper?) were hooked - i was a little worried as this area has been fishing very well.
I need not worry as the bigger pannies arrived- fat fat snapper grabbed our jack mack , squid or pillie baits - my best went 60cm 4kg but plenty of fat fish.
We switched to the fly rods and used a Pat Swift pink and white deceiver weighted fly on fast sinking fly lines - we were only in 4m of water.
Another hour of fantastic fun with kahawaii, trevally (to 43cm) and snapper 55cm (this snap took me well into the backing and went off like a rocket). The fish certainly hit the flies hard in the kaipara - despite the murky water.
Thanks Laurie , one of those perfect days- we left the fish still biting as the tide reached high.

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Plenty of really good quality fish.
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Nice work Redfinger. I miss the Kaipara
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Kaipara going off lately mate.


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Lovely day on the muddy yesterday , hardly a breath of wind and glassy conditions .
The fishing on the other hand was rather slow and not what I'd hoped for when I took my mate Glen from work out for the day .
While we did get a few pannies up to 420mm , I wasn't after pannies , I wanted big fish !
So while Glen used standard sized baits and caught the majority of fish , I used half bullet tuna baits and perseverance payed off with fish of the day going 700mm and 6.03kg .

 

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Bloody yum
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Originally posted by Tonto2 Tonto2 wrote:

Bloody yum

Never mind Skoti Martyn, what about the fish!
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What fish?
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That is a bloody good fish Skoti. Well done.

I would have gone out today but unfortunately, I am on night shifts, and I feel as though it would have been a silly idea!
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Originally posted by Tonto2 Tonto2 wrote:

What fish?

LOL
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