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Left KKB 7.30am with the intention of going Coro farms but se chop too much for wifes back so went to Man o war bay farm for 2 snapper and throw backs,had a visit from fisheries,no issues,wind died so went to farm outside ponui. Chop still there so took it easy.Barge working farm so stayed away. Barge left so we moved to where it was.And did ok 9 snapper 33/40 with 1 8lber. Somewhere is a bronzie with 6 traces hanging out it gob,got a couple decent runners .Straight in to droppers gone.Small kings eating scarps and my old mate mother kerrys chicken hanging off the stern for scraps. Nice day to be out.Back tp work Monday.(yes its a holiday but Im working) next time will be a manukau when tides drop to 3.3m






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Up early this morning put boat in at Stanmore bay and headed out to the 50 mtr line. Stopped at Wellington reef on the way out, plenty of bait fish on the sounder but nothing under them.

Wind predict last night said it was going to be 3 to 5 knots but it was more like 10 knots from the south. Really these guys that come up with these BS weather forecasting sites really need to be looked at by the commerce commission because I’ve never come across one that is close to being accurate. Only good for a guess at best.

Fishing was very slow at the 50 line with only one keeper and lots of undersized fish. So back to the tiri channel for a whole lot of more undersized fish, a few sooty sheerwaters around chasing bait fish around but again nothing big under them.

Picked up another 3 keepers on the way home so 4 in the bin for a very average day.
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Shot out on Saturday morning from Okahu Bay with a couple of mates and headed wide to make the most of the mint forecast.
We covered a heap of ground - started at a few spots where terns were north of Rangi - out further to Tiri/ spots between Kawau and Coro and then back towards Waiheke. Came across a bunch of gannets on the water and dolphins - we witnessed a couple of work ups start near us and by the time we got there it was all over - literally within 20-30 seconds. Nothing underneath them anywhere even where they previously were.
Only managed one good gurnard in the bin and threw back small snapper when we found fish. 

We stayed overnight at Motuihe and fished a few hours around Sergeants and Waiheke yesterday but again only small fish.

What is going on out there and what is with the very quick work-ups? We were using fleas/ sliders and chucked a few live baits down. Guys back at the ramp had similar average fishing.

Perhaps need to berley up in close?!

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As with all great plans must have failures. The plan to fish the incomng at Kaiaua late afternoon. But the Northerly was a bit more than expected 15+ and a small uncomfortable chop.So decided to play in kawakawa bay in places we havent fished for over 15 yrs. Lots and lots of sub 30 snapper,no kahawai. Went between The island being mined at the northern end and were met by a decent wind against wave action.So that through clevedon flats out or going Sunday rock.Why fish and not be comfortable??Back towards Ponui 3rd bay and found a calm spot,thinking we get round to Ruths but false sense of security. 6.00 pm by now so why not try gurnard corner,End of the cockle beds where the Rd comes down the hill and flattens off,6m hole,nope just 1 x 33cm snapper for Mrs C. Packed in home 9.00pm.

Should of gone west!
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It's great to see a few posts going up on this site. It used to be such a fantastic resource and spot for mates to share useful info and intel. I am on a couple of local fishing Facebook pages but the posts there are just so low level that it's not worth looking at. I will try to be more regular.
If you see a little Surtees 495 called Little Blue out then say hello.
 
We have been out a few times lately and found it overall quite hard but always come home with something. At present, there no massive bite, just gradual accumulation using different techniques and trying different spots. The weekend before last we caught nine keepers but used five different techniques to catch them - live bait, flea jigs, soft bait, dead bait and kaburas. Just had to keep trying different things. The highlight though was catching blue koheru at the Aahas. They are so much fun to catch and the best sashimi around. Last Saturday we took a visitor out, picked up some jack macs in Sargeant Channel, then some small kahawai out towards David and Maria Rocks. On to Aahas, which is where we like to go when the weather plays ball. Just three snapper over several hours of hard slog. Saw blue koheru but couldn't entice a bite, however hooked some XOS sweep on the sabiki and those came home to be filleted and smoked. It's not all about snapper, other species are damn tasty as well. 

We haven't bought bait now for nearly two years as we target jack macs on the way out, and always keep an eye on the sounder in case a school comes by and for birds in case there are kahawai nearby, so we can stock up on salted kahawai bait. Saves a fortune and works well.

I have been having a lot of fun with a tiny flea jig that has languished in the bottom of my tackle box for years. I gave it a try a couple of weeks ago and had a ball with admittedly mostly undersized snapper but also landed a nice 42cm specimen. Last weekend gave it another go and it caught the biggest of the day - all this while softbaits were untouched. Great fun, and really effective so going to use it more often. How much old stuff do we have lying around while go out and buy the newest latest and greatest.  We bought G Bombs recently and they were extremely effective at catching baby snapper - great. 

Here is the bin from a couple of weeks ago with a nice fat tasty blue koheru - the first one always goes in the bin for us.


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Mint morning out with my fishing partner in crime and life, on Friday with the forecast breeze holding off until about 11.30. 
Launched HMB at first light and skimmed over glassy waters to Sargent Channel. First stop was bait and berley back onto the structure at the top of Crusoe Rock. Just one nice keeper and a few throwbacks before things quietened down. I expected better. 
We then just drifted my favourite drift line in the channel. The wind/tide combination was just right and it was no trouble keeping in touch with the bottom.
Hands down best was a 21g anchovy flea jig which was smashed over and over very quickly. Lots of undersized and small legal ones about 30 - 32cm that went back but this caught six good sized pannies 36 - 38cm before it was busted off on the bottom - probably needed to check the leader for damage in between fish. Dam, only had one but have since restocked.
We got a couple of keepers on plastics (nuked Pichard did alright) but the flea kept producing when nothing was interested in the plastics. 
Stopped off at our fav live bait spot on the way back and restocked on decent size jack mackerel. The wind came in just as we headed home so was a little lumpy going back but well worth the effort. Life's good.
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Went out this morning from Kawakawa bay ,knowing the wind suppose to pick up around midday. Went out to farm off Ponui and in quick procession landed 4  in the 34/36 range. Then as it got lighter the bites stopped. So off to Kaiaua and found a few boats fishing so we went to where no was. Got another 5 in the 38/50 range and lost a number of good fish to the farm. Tide went slack and wind coming and going so thought "Times Up" Stopped at the marker off Orere Pt in 5m and plagued by sub 30s but did  landed 4 more 45/48 range..So back ramp. Pulled boat out and stopped by fisheries. Dont to need to, measure the lady said but we need count,Yep all good can you lift up that cockpit hacth,yep all clear. Good to see them but not so good for 2 others.Having their catch photoed and boat + recieving a bit of paper.

All caught on fresh/frozen mullet. Nothing touched the SB nuclear chicken. Gutted and full of mussel/crabs. Filletd a couple and fat on knife,so maybe improving with coler water temp,still 19.5c surface temp.
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Out to Flat Rock early this morning, hooked a big king on a stickbait first cast but dropped the hook near the bottom after a minute or so. While winding in a large shark followed it up and nearly took it at the surface. I just about shat myself. Gave up the hunt for kings and tried for some snaps. Caught a few smaller ones and hooked 5 or 6 big ones but Mr shark made short work of them. Shot out to just past the cable zone and picked up another couple. Lovely morning out with a couple of dolphin encounters. I’ve been sharked there for the last few trips but don’t remember being that many last few years. I always thought high shark numbers meant a healthy fishery?
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Left Kawakawa bay at 6.30 in the dark and arrived at Kaiaua farm 7.00 and deployed baits. No need to think about moving as fish were straight on. Fished from 7.00 to 10.00ish for a limit of 14 snapper ranging from 34cm to 64cm number of of 3 to 4lb a couple of 6lb and Debbie got her pb of 10.7lb. Plenty others fishing around us for throw backs, 3 rd time I have fished this particular row as marked on gps/sounder.  Most of the fish had roe.



Fingers cross weather plays ball for Easter Sunday as boy wants to do a manukau trip.Hes tired of eating snapper.
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Nice Fat Snaps there Pcj plus a PB!Thumbs Up
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Had the 10lber for dinner tonight,scaled,de headed and cut tail off to fit oven,packed gut with rice/spice etc and had a basting juice.Hmm nic.e but definatly not moist,thinking in furtue let them go,34/40 have more taste. Could of smoked it but no time

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The prob with bigger fish/fish lumps is they take longer to cook.
Small is better. But careful not to over cook. But hard to cook big bits without drying them ouit.

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Originally posted by Pcj Pcj wrote:

Had the 10lber for dinner tonight,scaled,de headed and cut tail off to fit oven,packed gut with rice/spice etc and had a basting juice.Hmm nic.e but definatly not moist,thinking in furtue let them go,34/40 have more taste. Could of smoked it but no time

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I fillet fish that size but I also smoke them. I know you ran out of time but big snaps smoke up so well
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I split fillets into thinner pieces. Easy if your knife is sharp.
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How do you reckon  steaking a big snapper with bone in , skin on would go?
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Originally posted by Keith C Keith C wrote:

I split fillets into thinner pieces. Easy if your knife is sharp.
Or slice the fillets obliquely for the same result.
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Originally posted by rowboat bob rowboat bob wrote:

How do you reckon  steaking a big snapper with bone in , skin on would go?
works well for groper , cant see why snapper would be different. I actually was recently wondering if blue cod would work steaked up , save a lot of mucking about . Probly not so good for wee kids ,,,,,bone wise .
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Originally posted by Pcj Pcj wrote:

Had the 10lber for dinner tonight,scaled,de headed and cut tail off to fit oven,packed gut with rice/spice etc and had a basting juice.Hmm nic.e but definatly not moist,thinking in furtue let them go,34/40 have more taste. Could of smoked it but no time

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I reckon 40-45 is best eating size: they cook on the inside but not overcook on the outside.

Having said that I always undercook the fish then let them rest under foil for 5 minutes so the centre is not rawish but the whole fillet is moist
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Originally posted by rowboat bob rowboat bob wrote:

How do you reckon  steaking a big snapper with bone in , skin on would go?

Fiji indian fala at work does steaked fish that I gift him.
They do Fiji indian style masala fish, it's really good especially kahawai. Doesn't matter if the kahawai is fresh or out of the freezer, hardly tell the difference, same with snaps or trevs, fresh or been frozen, its the same, very good eating, tender soft.... basically poached in a balanced spice broth
Definitely not easy to copy their style of cooking
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