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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Our best snapper bait recently has bee Jack mackerel, frozen kahawai and fresh gurnard Embarrassed


How dare you use gurnard as bait when I can't even catch the bloody things

Saturday just gone, set out from Blockhouse bay. Was very slow going and almost zero sign on the sounder at my spot and also around no14 marker post in the Wairopa channel, the current was ripping thru there and no-one by the looks of it were catching anything
Saw an old dungger of a boat that had 6 chunky looking guys on it powered by a very under powered old Johnson outboard., looked like the stern wasn't that far above the surface and none of them wearing a life jacket going full tit around 8-10knots.... you heard before you saw it haha
Back to my spot off Lynfield, got snaps around 36cm and plenty of throwbacks around 30cm including a bloody frisbee, all on squid then it stopped an hr before high tide... couldn't catch any fresh macs
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Great tip, and no wonder we have odd big snap hanging around the gurnard schools off bays in winter.
I also love sweep and blue maomao. Cut cavity out and use rest like a big pillie or whole Jack mack.
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Got out on Wednesday. Fished Ropers during the incoming. Moved around a couple of times as was a lot of red weed around and current. Caught a hammerhead in the first spot.

Moved into 5m and started feeding the nursery. Finally caught a decent Kahawai which was destined for fresh bait as I was fast running out of Bonito. Didn't really change a thing. Caught a few smaller snapper around the 27cm mark but all went back thinking surely they'll get better and bigger from here....but they didn't.

Tried the Waiuku channel right on slack tide but it was dead, the wind finally came up and I was over it. Two trips in a row without anything decent to take home for dinner.

Ended up putting the boat in for a service yesterday and she's back in the driveway ready for redemption. Might have to venture out over the bar and try and redeem myself! Once conditions allow of course.


Question...anyone here net mullet in the harbour ? Looking at getting a net but can't decide between a mullet net or flounder net.
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unusual for this time of year. very unusual. Normally lots of good size snaps , lining up in rows waiting to take your bait. 
Something has changed . What has changed.?
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Usually I do well this time of year...I was using a Shimano bait runner 12000D though and usually I'll use a smaller spinning reel for snapper...wouldn't think this would change though..same rigs same spots.

Others have done wellin this area so probably just me.
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@ Gurnard - if you can get out to the 50m hole by Paratutae Island on either slack water then you will find redemption this time of year. We did pretty well just drifting through with ledgers and heavy sinkers the other day.

@ Cirrus - nothing but everything has changed, it is the Mighty Manukau after all! Good to see you back




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The conditions on Friday were beautiful. The water was dirty and murky, with a lot of debris floating around.  But the fishing was hard! I had to really look for the fish.  All my go to spots weren’t producing, so I paddled out wide to find the fish.  


There were large schools of bait fish in the harbour.  The birds were having a feast!  I caught some jack mackerel and small Kahawai which I used for live baits. Unfortunately, no kingfish.


When I finally found the fish, I anchored and prepared my strayline rig.  I set up my rig to catch Trevally, but all I caught were snapper.  The snapper have so much fat!  It was like lard.  Their stomachs were full of crab.    


Looking forward to the cooler months when the gurnard arrive in the harbour.  There are still plenty of stingrays lurking in the shallows.  The water is a balmy 22.5°C.


As I paddled for home, the dreaded south-west wind arrived, and the harbour quickly turned into a washing machine, but I arrived home safely. 


Good luck if you’re fishing this weekend.

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Originally posted by FlawOne FlawOne wrote:

Apologies for the kill shot but it is a fishing site after all

When the fishing is on like that and you have overseas visitors who crave fish, a full bin like that can be the cheapest way to put food on the table for buggar all bait... enjoy

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Originally posted by FlawOne FlawOne wrote:


Apologies for the kill shot but it is a fishing site after all


It's not facebook here. No apologies needed :)
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We had a tough time yesterday on our Fish'n Chicks tournament.  We did get 12 snapper for the three ladies but it was hard work and we got nothing big. Three hammerheads, one tiny stingray and an even smaller tope rounded it off.  Ohhh and two Jack mackerel
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What is the 'Fishability Index' Nova and why are you posting from Croatia?
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

We had a tough time yesterday on our Fish'n Chicks tournament.  We did get 12 snapper for the three ladies but it was hard work and we got nothing big. Three hammerheads, one tiny stingray and an even smaller tope rounded it off.  Ohhh and two Jack mackerel

Yes, it was hard going for sure.  All we caught all day, in several different places, was undersized snapper by the dozen.  Every time it seemed like a better fish it was just two small ones.  Managed a couple of decent pannies for tea, but that was it.  No other species at all.
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Originally posted by Kevin.S Kevin.S wrote:

Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

We had a tough time yesterday on our Fish'n Chicks tournament.  We did get 12 snapper for the three ladies but it was hard work and we got nothing big. Three hammerheads, one tiny stingray and an even smaller tope rounded it off.  Ohhh and two Jack mackerel

Yes, it was hard going for sure.  All we caught all day, in several different places, was undersized snapper by the dozen.  Every time it seemed like a better fish it was just two small ones.  Managed a couple of decent pannies for tea, but that was it.  No other species at all.

Pretty familiar story Kevin. We saw where you were fishing. Was a decent spot but I guess it didn't work for you. We got a 9lb snap last week for first fish of the day followed by 2 decent other fish not far from where you were. We should have been out on the water a couple of hours earlier than we were but never mind. Worst thing was we didn't see the orca!
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Originally posted by FlawOne FlawOne wrote:

@ Gurnard - if you can get out to the 50m hole by Paratutae Island on either slack water then you will find redemption this time of year. We did pretty well just drifting through with ledgers and heavy sinkers the other day.

@ Cirrus - nothing but everything has changed, it is the Mighty Manukau after all! Good to see you back




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Awesome catch! Definitely have had the hole off Paratutuae in mind but usually this time of year I don't have to travel that far...might have to rethink my strategy!
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I did an early morning paddle to catch a kai and do some exercise. I bagged a few snapper, but snapper fishing was tough!  It's the same story as last week.  I had to paddle around to find them. 

I started to make my way to the boat ramp, until I saw splashes ahead of me.  I quickly paddled over and found a school of kahawai feeding on the bait fish.  I trolled my trusty softbait behind me and hooked up on two nice kahawai.  

I also did some softbaiting and couldn't believe I hooked up with a fish!  It was a bloody good snapper!  As I was about to bring the fish in my kayak, the fluorocarbon snapped and the fish escaped.  Bloody gutted!  That would've been my first harbour snapper on the softbait.  

Water temperature has dropped to 19.5C. Down from 22.5C that I recorded last week.

It was good to get a feed before the storm arrives.  

Good luck to all the participants at the Taranaki KF classic this weekend.
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We have the CSFC Classic today, tomorrow & Sunday. There will be a few boats on the harbour. Some nice looking snapper in that lot Schecter.
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Got out yesterday to try the new Mullet net. First time using one so it was more of a trail and error mission.

Mate and I launched his trusty Dinghy near Titirangi and rowed/drifted down with the current to a muddy, flat looking area and set the net.

We had a fish nearby in about 1M of water, catching only small Snapper.

Unfortunately nothing was caught in this set, so we went a little further around the point with the incoming tide and set amongst the mangroves. Mullet were jumping out of the water nearby so we had high hopes. However nil caught unfortunately.

Luckily I brought along my flounder spear. Had a quick look around the beach upon return and managed to spear a really nice flatty which was devoured for lunch today.

My fishing lately has been dreadful. But happy I managed something to eat this time.
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Have seen mullet nets at Jenkins, on the Titirangi side of the ramp. Basically drive right up to the set net, pick it up in the morning at beginning of incoming
Prolly worth another try with your net

Have also stood on flounder there when setting off in the kayak... bloody freaky eh haha
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Speaking of flounder at Titirangi..... Few years back i was paddling a tippy multisport kayak in the harbour and was just out from Titirangi. Hell of a splash and thrashing in the water ahead, and when I paddled over there was a good size kingi with a fat flounder stuck in its mouth!
Thought about grabbing the kingi tail, or contemplated somehow smacking it with my paddle but would have ended up swimming for sure 😄

Eventually spat the flounder out and went their separate ways. Was one of those cool things you see on the water, right time right place.
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Got out yesterday to try the new Mullet net. First time using one so it was more of a trail and error mission.

Mate and I launched his trusty Dinghy near Titirangi and rowed/drifted down with the current to a muddy, flat looking area and set the net.

We had a fish nearby in about 1M of water, catching only small Snapper.

Unfortunately nothing was caught in this set, so we went a little further around the point with the incoming tide and set amongst the mangroves. Mullet were jumping out of the water nearby so we had high hopes. However nil caught unfortunately.

Luckily I brought along my flounder spear. Had a quick look around the beach upon return and managed to spear a really nice flatty which was devoured for lunch today.

My fishing lately has been dreadful. But happy I managed something to eat this time.

I forgot to check out my net for you... I won't get time for a little while due to fishing. 

Today is the third and final day of the CSFC Classic. In two days I have caught only one snapper and it was 32cm.  I have never had fishing like this before in the Big Muddy but then I see so many others doing really well. I think I used up all my luck during The Nationals. Big smile
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