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proabably a bionic spotty best fish I have seen of that bridge was a 90cm kingfish
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I walked the bridge around lunchtime and there were quite a few fishing there, before the turn of the tide. Saw a few kahawai on the deck. Locals said they are catching them slow and steady, using cut baits. Others are targeting sprats etc with sabiki rather than wait for KY.

The boat ramp at the old bridge is being upgraded and should be ready by December. Maybe that will bring in more terakihi.

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That's amazing alright Stumpys, sorry for doubting you. Every so often someone shows me a tarakihi that they've caught in the harbour and it turns out to be a trevally Big smile.

They do get caught occasionally over the coast so nothing stopping them from swimming into the harbour i guess.
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No probs I would have doubted it if someone had said it to me too. Have caught enough of both types of fish to distinguish them apart have never caught terakihi in anything less than 30m myself and never in a big estuary as the manukau is this far up the harbour.
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We were out on saturday and were plagued by good sized kahawai out by the Papakura channel, got sick of catching them, put 4 in the bin and after an hour or so came back to the Waiuku channel for some gurnard and found it tough only getting around 8 gurnard, 5 of which were between 30 - 35cm so were put back to grow bigger (25cm size limit is ridiculous if you ask me), Jaleigh also nabbed a nice 39cm snapper on softbait which was a surprise as we haven't seen a snapper in atleast 2 months. Also caught yet another barracouta, making a total of 6 being caught on our boat so far this winter, I've started keeping them for burley/bait as i'm planning a trip to coromandel for some straylining/livebaiting sessions and the fillets from 1 couta fills up a 2L ice cream container Thumbs Up
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Yeah, caught the snapper on a lime tiger lizard softbait.
Was a pretty decent fish considering we haven't caught any in the harbour for months Smile


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Nice.
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Yep my friend an I got a small terakihi in a throw net at Cornwallis wharf 2years ago an couldn't believe it,along with a deck chair and some mackerel for livez
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Was out today on a carrot hunt with the kids picked up a few over at Glasshouse point, the bite was really soft and a gentle lift and wind was the trick..... that made it hard for the kids.... it glassed out once the wind and tide were in the same direction....

Nice little afternoon fish

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Headed out yesterday( Friday) at bottom of tide. Fished Huia ,wattle Bay,orua bay. Fishing patchy with bursts of activity. Ended up with 5 gurnard ,plenty Kahawai ,and a rig in the 5-6 lb range.
 In hindsight Think fishing would have been better inside of puponga point
Biggest gurnard -2 @ 47 cm.--1.2 kg according to the kitchen scales.All others over 40 cm.
Still no sign of roe in Most. Most unusual for July i think.
Tried some salted Bonito in Bonito oil. Nothing would touch it. Fresh mullet and frozen bonito were the go.
Interesting what they eat. Only one crab. Mostly fish-something that looked either like a small star gazer ,had a very wide head ,jaw like anchovy but to deep around the head for that. Maybe a lantern fish.? Also small flounder ,shrimp, a type of welk and a sea worm that was about 6inches long,black with a round head --looked like a centipede at first glance.
BTW-anyone use Cornwallis ramp. Can this be used at low tide.

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Dunno on Cornwallis Cirrus but that's some good fish We went for a snapper fish on Saturday (today) probably a bit hopeful but we've had some terrific snaps from the harbour this time of the year.

Today all we caught were sharks, kahawai and of course .... gurnard.



We got some great kahawai too..



After a few sharks we got this ... signalling it was time to move...



A few more pics to show we are ready for Craysee's fund raiser tomorrow





Don't ask me how I get such pretty ladies and such ugly blokes on my boat Big smile



Was perfect out there today and is looking to be perfect plus on Sunday, good to catch up with Dunworkin, Coxie and Catchin' Chick out there too. See you all again in the morning!
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Hey circus. Cornwallis has no ramp only beach launching. Right on low on a big tide there is a softish top layer but if u have 4wd and the boats not to big is it sweet. Ideally u avoid dead low.

Good day by the looks of it smudge.

I'm out there tomorrow and looking forward to it!
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Some very nice looking fish there Smudge. Well done. Isnt the Manukau great.!
What area did that gurnard get sharked.? Looks like a serious sort of shark to do that. Just thinking all yesterdays fishing would have been on the outgoing tide. Must try that more, rather than the incoming
Vermin. Thanks. Would like to try a cornwallis launch sometime. Would give access to the area inside the Puponga -Kauri point line & at most tides. I often beach  launch at Little huia,via the cutting just before the stream.Other ramps such as French bay are only really half tide ramps,unless you want a very salty  wet ,muddy car.

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those are some meaty carrots Smudge and crewThumbs Up
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For all you carrot catchers, Mangere Boating club is doing a comp $500.00 for  biggest. Should be well worth looking at
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Had another pearler day out there today.

That was a coutta that took away that gurnard yesterday and it was in the Papakura Channel.

we fished the usual places today and interestingly the 2 biggest gurnard took the same rig as the two biggest yesterday, a 2oz sinker straight onto a 4/0 recurve hook, cast out on the baitrunner.

Skoti was first up with a nice little carrot that will be a whole lot bigger next year.


Cypri's fish may take two or three years to get bigger Big smile


Of course the pics I post of myself would be the best ones! Got me 2nd place in todays fundraiser compBig smile


Things were going well till I had a dizzy turn that reminded me why the 70's were so bad ...


I would like to say Skoti was loaded up on a mega gurnard but just another of the zillions of ky in the harbour right now


Hallucinating now from sun stroke it was obviously time to go to weigh in.

great laughs on the boat today, thanks Skoti & Cypri for making what has been one of the best days on the harbour this year, even if the fishing was slow. All up only 7 gurnard today but 3 real nice fish.
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excellent write up and pics, looks like plenty of fun was had
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Another great day for you guys.  May this spell of light winds linger on.Agree that a big gurnard can fight like a Kai. The 1.2 kg fish on friday really took line and went well out the side of the boat and seemed to come to mid water. Was certain it was a Kai ,until i began to feel the bounce ,bounce motion that gurnard make as it neared the boat
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:



I was going to say that looks like it could be a big carrot , but then I forgot Darren is only 3ft tall LOL
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What weight sinker is that hanging from the half gurnard?  I could have done with some of those yesterday, we had to abandon the spot we caught our only gurnard because our sinkers weren't big enough to get to the bottom once the tide really started going.  I sense a trip to the fishing shop coming on.
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