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some nice snaps lowbox. And great to hear the Kahawai are around again.
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Nice work Lowbox.  58cms is a good snap.
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Up at the crack of dawn Saturday we sorted the petrol mix, bait, supplies, and picked up a new tacklebox and rod from from a TradeMe purchase on the North Shore before putting the boat in at Takapuna Boat Ramp at around 8am.

It was not only our first time in the gulf but first time out in our boat and it was an absolute white-out with fog, so it was quite bizarre to begin with. We cautiously headed over towards the Rangitoto Lighthouse using the Navionics app, which ended up being a saviour.

We fished out from the lighthouse near "The Hole" and dragging a light sand anchor slowly drifted all the way across the front of the lighthouse and up near "Duder Spit". Using Squid and Bonito we managed to get about 5 good panny Snaps and threw back a heap of babies and just-unders.

We then did a move up to the NW corner of Rangi near "Spoil Grounds" and did a bit of softbaiting with some ZMan Motor Oil jerks and nabbed a 46cm snap, which put up a good fight. Also a wee Kahawai for the smoker.

Once the fog cleared it was a beautiful day on the water, with no wind and sunshine galore. An excellent maiden voyage for our new boat Loyal and many more to come!




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Slow day out today but a memorable one for us.

Started off poorly... We had to flush some crap out of the boat before driving out from home. Anyway we get to the ramp to launch and realised I left the bloody bung on the back of the boat. Only live 2 mins from the ramp but went back and scoured.. Couldn't find it. Thank god our neighbour had a spare from his catamaran and was able to lend for the day!

We headed out to Rakino/Motutapu to a few spots that usually produce the goods consistently for us but no interest. We decided to try a new area we hadn't fished before and trolled a bibbed Rapala in white/red along the headlands on the way.

Well glad we did because we picked up our first legal king! He went about 11kg and estimate 90-95cm but had to cut him to fit in the chilly!

Aside from that we nabbed 3 40cm snapper that went home for the neighbour!



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Nice work! Must troll a Rapala myself sometimes!

Went out to Rangi again yesterday - slow and small snaps so went up to Rakino which was better but then died. So went to Motuihe and cleaned up. Curly tail softbaits doing the damage, The microjig caught so many small fish I ended up putting it away. One hit on a Kabura but it was a 46cm model so that was OK.

Enjoying softbaiting with the Daiwa Certate - so smooooooth.
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Was off orewa beach just off the river mouth again today no action on sliders today but old school bait and long drifts today got the goods was a slow soft bufe though
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Went out in the fog this morning  - it was bloody thick and I wasn't sure I'd made a good call. Followed the GPS to Rangi and got zilched and headed for Rakino. In the fog. No visibility. A bit stressful, peering into the fog and trying to stay at a safe speed in case something loomed out of the fog. Which they did -with plenty of room to avoid.

but at Rakino channel there were birds, and KY , and Snaps underneath. They hit the Kabura (but not the softballs or microjigs) hard. As soon as I dropped from the surface to the bottom another snap would hit it. Everything else was ignored.

Then the Kahawai hit the softies. Man we are lucky to have such great fighting fish that we don't even care much for!  I took some for the smoker - and the fun.

Then the fog cleared and I went home.
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Would've loved a morning fish but had work. Opted to start at 530am and finished at 2pm.

On the water by 330pm we decided to stay near and fished the northern side of Rangi working our way along the coast.

Slow fishing with intermittent bites but no hook ups. Trolled a rapala to try our luck around some coastline but no cigar.

With light fading fast we stopped for a snapper fish and picked up a nice 45cm eater and a kahawai before heading home.

Can't fish today unfortunately...
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With a killer purple sunset too

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Friday Saturday down coro. Friday arvo  half tide short bite time and came in with a good feed. Saturday half tide in coming the same. went back out half out going tide as the sun was going down and real nice fish up to 48cm. fishing two hundred mtrs of shore by a little reef.great time away.
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Still not creaming it on the fihs however todya better than the last few trips.

Bagged 3 nice Kahawai and a 57cm snapper who fell for a Catch Livey with stinger hook.

Now look I thought that these were all some marketing bull**** but I am completely converted on these things.

The last 4 snapper I have caught have all been om thay cheeky little hook.

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They definitely work but they don't last long. I've had that red thread get munched after one panny on a couple of occasions in one pack I bought. I won't be buying another. Maybe it's only worth putting them on when the bite is light.
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out yesterday off army bay around by the channel 20mtrs home with 5 pannies ,a lot released that were 27-29. hooked a bronze that was around 1.5 mtrs ,boy that thing could go 150 mtr runs.
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Nice day out East of Tiri in 40m yesterday avo. Snapper slow but steady in the right spots toward the evening.


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Boxing Day 2019
0545-1130
Tide: 0815 city
Wind: SW- WSW 7 - 12 knot
Moon: New moon
3 P.O.B 
Locations: City, Southern Rangi, Motuihe, Sergeants and the open ground north of there. 

Only my second trip our this summer.

Launched the FC430 at Okahu and was the third or forth there in the park. Drifted on the incoming tide through all the usual drift lines including the Cloud, Navy base and container port, maybe two under sized snapper were caught through until 0730. Apart from the birds working the navel base it was very quiet. Even the sounder was blank. Two smallish Kahawai taken from the Navy base birds but nothing else. A couple of other boats in the general area but not much coming aboard from what I saw. 

Moved to southern Rangi while there was still some incoming flow and picked one 35cm. While the tide was topping moved to Motuihe, picked up one 40cm and a couple of unders through drifts in the usually good lines after wind and tide aligned.  Again not many boats and not much getting caught. Tried the lines and holes north of there and also Sergeants for a couple more unders but no more keeper fish, back at the ramp 1130. Pink Kabura outfished the Orange, nothing on the new penny dragged in the rod holder.  

Still it was good to get out and we got dinner.  Wishing the wind would drop back for another mission.  Looks like it might on the 31st or 1st Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Hopefully be out on one of those days. 
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Macca99.  I hope I didn't cause you to waste time in the city channel.  If you check my report today, I went out in similar wind v tide conditions to you, and got skunked.
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Had a good session drifting baits through the Motuhie Chanel area this morning on the incoming low with my bro from Scotland. Kept 10 snaps with 3 in the high 40s. Wind against tide made the angles a little challenging and had to hang the chute of the bow. Bite died as sun broke through the clouds.
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Far Quirk - no not at all Geoff, if I go back over the last 10 (probably more) years, Boxing Day has always fired in the city channel for me. I’ve had some epic sessions on that day not just in my FC but the little yellow 10ft lancer inflatable before that. So it’s more of a traditional Boxing Day activity, it’s just this year there was very little. I don’t think it was just wind or tide either, something is different this season.  Anyway.....

Trip Report 
1 January 2020 - yep 2020!
0545-1000
Tide: low 0615 city
Wind: 0-2 knot
Moon: first quarter 
2 P.O.B 
Locations: Motuihe and the open ground north of there. 

After realising the city channels were not a “go to” currently (hopefully someone will prove me wrong with a good report today)  - plan B was to hit the old 12’s haunts made famous in years gone by 12’s founders such as Far Quirk, Aquacat, Betterthanwork, JK, Keith C and Wee Tin to name a few. Knowing that if one spot didn’t fire there were plenty of options close by.  Starting at the ferry lane drift on the last of the outgoing in the half light we picked up one 35 on a Pink KB before the tide died.  


Sunrise over Motuihe 

Moved up to Home Bay as the incoming kicked in and started a drift where Rakino feeds in, another two 35 and 37 to each of us, one on the Pink the other on the Orange KB. Still not spectacular but better than last week.  

Then a move to the more eastern drifts first explored by the 12’s in the summer of 08/09 off Waiheke and all the way back down to Sergeants. This gave us some of the best soft bait fishing I’d had in years. The Kabura’s didn’t even feature (maybe the odd one in the rod holder). Good fish to 50cm on Bruised Banana’s and Sapphire Shine’s. Even my neighbour took his first fish on the softie and was very happy to christen a new rod with fish of the day. Another conversion to the SP side.  



We kept eight fish between us 35-45’s. What great morning out not just the fishing but to re-enact some of past 12’s work was special. Halcyon days!  




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That’s a solid effort FlawOne, I was waiting for that weather window today and it didn’t let me down.  Stillish overcast conditions the whole time we were fishing.  M 
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Sunday, 19 Jan.

Summer holidays have so far been about Northland farm and surf beach time with the family,so it was time for the first Auckland boat trip of 2020 - although it was also to be combined with a family island adventure.
I hit the flats off Beachlands early. Fishy looking with single gannets and terns plunging in, and the odd short and sharp kahawai boil up you could hear from a long way away in the flat calm.
I could see whitebait sized baitfish skittering at times, and heaps in the water.
But it was very still and increasingly sunny under cloudless sky, and very little snapper-ish sign in 8m. Shark-Bait used to say "find the bait, find the fish" in that area. But I found it hard going casting and dragging softbaits - Gulp and ZMan. Not really a surprise given the conditions.
I also tried a silver/black 30g micro jig Greg at GoFish recommended, fished like a softbait - cast ahead like a bullet, and twitched back fairly fast along the bottom.

Fished until low tide - kept four nice-conditioned snapper to the mid-40s, and dropped a fish that judging from the first long searing run was probably a rat kingie (big snapper pretty rare in that area). Got several fish on the micro jig which was interesting. First time i've tried it. They seem to do a lot more head shaking with the assist hook set up (one of the larger fish bit through one of the assist cords but I still hooked fish on just one hook).

Zoomed back to the beach to pick up the family for an adventure on Motuihe Island, and after several hours in stunning conditions playing on the beach we finished off with a drift on the last of the incoming through the deeper water at the southern end of Sargeant Channel. Picked up several fat keepers, again to mid 40s, which took dragged Gulp Squid Vicious on 1oz jighead, and the same micro jig as before in the rod holder. 
The boys ( 6 and 4 ) took turns winding in one fish while I unhooked a fish off the other rod. Fast and furious for a few minutes before the action slowed and we headed for home with dinner and great memories of a fun day out.




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