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Location: Sth Auckland
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Points: 10333
Went out for a run over the bar yesterday... Crew member from here and another who never crossed a west coast bar...And who a lot of you will know..very experienced fisherman and a regular crew for some yrs now.

Tues was going top be the better swell, slightly , but coming back in was going to be a little too close to sundown.
Any way headed down the river, and poke our nose out a little to check if looking ok.. little bigger swell than expected but no waves breaking across.. pulled back and checked in with CG.
It seems no one ever posts when things dont quite go right.. every bar cross , ever bad instance just doesnt get mentioned...yet over a few beers we hear about it .. usually by crew
Headed out, and in front a bloody wave decided to rise up in front...Got to love power on a bar crossing.. quick acceleration , up the wave, bit of miss calculation , inexperience timing pulling back on throttle  and dropped over the other side, rather than a slide down.
Engine cut.. brain thinks, dont need this $%^&.. turn key..
 And once again knowing have well serviced reliable engine a must.. fired up...and next wave climbing..
Quick acceleration again and just roll of that one and the next, motor another 100m and Check in with CG..
All good.
Oh , pulled the mounts on skipper chair.. which I lean against , so ripped right out and stowed away.

Hit 1st spot, about 33m, always caught a few fish for a feed before the sharks turn up... not even a bloody shark.
 So move to next spot just before 40m... agai quite and the sharks turn up , dog fish, spineis and couple bigger ones.
And in between them a nice (weighed)12lber.. so thats enough divided up for a feed for each household Wink

Allowing 30 min to get back to the bar, wind dropped , surface no chop , just a nice swell with bigger periods.
BIG instruction to inexperianced crew... Watch the back, never take your eyes off for anything, the swells behind If break let me know, if get close . let me know.
So call CG again , not sure of poles on sure lined up with channel yet.. had been notices over last few weeks where not...but nearly lined up with our track out.
So followed track in except a little to the sth..split the difference.
Heard a couple calls from crew " breaking but not close" so moved up close to swell infront...head in.
Pretty choppy , but only chop just inside, then head sth.. 'wrong side of the road' (channel) and yep a bigger swell came over the bar into the river, side on and had to turn...
Being on the wrong side of the road gave heaps room to turn into land , then back on coarse as it went under us.
 Got to calm warer checked in again, dive couple drifts over Coxies trev spot but wrong tide for it and home.

Smudges West coast report is spot on.. again.

Boat up on trailer .. yep things go wrong, and could not figure out why the bow shackle would not reach???
pull up to secure boat on trailer and the front bloody wobblies turn wrong way. So slide boat off , and winch back on...Now know the 1.5AH lithium battery on the AEG 18v drill has 2 pulls in it.. at least.

Good to be out on the water, once again good company and a feed for each household.
Couple repairs, seat and a clear clip..

Now just start looking to the next window
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Joined: 12 May 2003
Location: Ellerslie
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Here is a crappy version of the chart showing where I fished yesterday.
The places I fished are numbered in red
Spot 1, 7:30 am tiding ripping out, no berley maybe 6 KY here Depth about 6m
Spot 2, 8:30am, slack tide, berley, no bites here.  Depth about 5m
Spot 3, 9:30 am, Tide beginning to come in, berley, KY here.  Depth about 11m
Spot 4, 10:30am, tide ripping in, no berley, over 15 KY here, depth 8m
Spot 5, noon, tide ripping in, almost unfishable, 1 KY here, depth about 14m.

The waypoints (flags) are as follows
Blue flag from about 5 years ago?  A few gurnard here.
Green flag was from a Spot X book and was said to be good for trevally.  By midday I had given up on gurnard and was begging for any fish other than a KY.
The orange flags are the seaward ends of the Huia bank and the Waitarakihi bank.  I thought they might be worth a try for gurnard, so entered them manually in my portable GPS.  I used the orange waypoints as markers and hunted round the area until I found the leveling off of the steep banks to a flatter area where I thought grunters might be.

Masterfully planned and conceived, but a grunter skunking, so almost a total failure.

The amount of weight needed varied from 4oz when the tide was changing, through to 8oz when it was ripping.  I was using either 12 or 15lb braid.

Spot 5 I tried tying the berley bag just above the anchor chain, but it was too far away and useless.  By the time I'd let out 45m of warp to make the anchor work, the berley was probably 50m or so above the baits.  I have a pretty heavy berley pot, but the current sweeps it way up off the bottom, so useless.

If you like KY, spot 4 is worth a shot.
Far Quirk - I'm goin' fishn!
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