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Mint morning on the water yesterday in the Motuihi Channel about level with Home Bay. Courtesy of the stabilised binoculars, we were able to spot a bit of a work up over that way from 4km away so made the call to head over that way. Masses of shearwaters on the water, a reasonable number of terns diving and big kahawai smashing up the anchovies. We snaffled a couple of kahawai for the smoker and a few more to salt down later for bait then mainly used the Ocean Angler flea jigs to pick up 6 snapper.  Nothing earth shattering in size, and quite a few throw backs but it was calm, warm and with the kahawai jumping around, the birds..... great day out. The flea jigs also picked up a number of big jack macs, so bait stocks are replenished. We put down some fresh kahawai bait but it was totally ignored. Softies got a little interest, but it was really the little fleas doing the business - no wonder when you look at the anchovies the kahawai had stuffed themselves with. Not a bad day out for 8 litres of gas, no bait cost and no gear lost. Auckland's not such a bad place when you can get out on the water. 
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Went out to Kaiaua farm today,no fresh bait only some mullet well buried in the freezer,nice morning to be out but come 1.00pm wind came up.Barge working and we fished in its trail but no action,moved away to where we mormally fish and found some,very slow bite,ended up with 1x 32cm and 4 x42cm+

Took a bag of pillies  but rip gone. Got talking to the bait man at KKB and he wont stock frozen mullet fillets due too coming from aussie and fresh water = soft/mush fillets.wonder if thats what the gas stations are selling?

Mrs C got a yellowtail and left swimming whole just out of sight,something grabbed it,took line,got some back ran again got more back ran again and gone,must of just lipped hooked as lost no gear..

Cant wait till Thursday and hit Coro farms. Filleted fish and very fatty,guts contained no mussel shell but crab and a translucent weed.
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Went down to the Waiheke mussel farm today,not where wanted to go but the chop was too much for Mrs C back for Kaiaua.

Slow day but got a nice trev and 6 snapper nothing big,32/38  one was very milky,not quite mush but close. 2 good fish busted her and I off ,bite run in to farm gone.

Fun part was for trolling for kahawai,got 3 decent fish before heading home.  1 kahawai and trev prepared for smoking sunday.

Thought we got grandad but under size with 19 mussels stuck to line,steaming now.




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Originally posted by Pcj Pcj wrote:

Went down to the Waiheke mussel farm today,not where wanted to go but the chop was too much for Mrs C back for Kaiaua.

Slow day but got a nice trev and 6 snapper nothing big,32/38  one was very milky,not quite mush but close. 2 good fish busted her and I off ,bite run in to farm gone.

Fun part was for trolling for kahawai,got 3 decent fish before heading home.  1 kahawai and trev prepared for smoking sunday.

Thought we got grandad but under size with 19 mussels stuck to line,steaming now.






Try filleting those KYs slice the red meat off, very nice deep fried in batter, cut them into strips.
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Had a quick trip out today,just past Ponui island 26m      lots of undersize. Caught a Gurnard on a SB. Brought some berkley powerball?? look like anchovies. Hit n miss.   Lots of anchovie schools around,birds were full as gannets/tern sitting on water as anchovies broke surface.Kahawai bit scarce,got 2 for Sunday smake and a couple of good snapper 1 for smoker and 1 for island style raw fish. Rest filleted and in freezer.




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Nice haul Pcj,

Heading out from Okahu on Sunday for the first time in a few months - usually start around sergeants channel/ or towards worm beds north east of rangi and then go from there. Still lots of birds/ anchovies around? 
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I'll reply to my own post...

Headed out yesterday on an almost glassy morning which remained for the whole trip!

Went out towards Sergeants Channel and started our drift there. Had bait, micro jigs and sliders all down at once to see what they fancied.

We saw some birds further towards Rakino, so moved over that way and there were scattered kahawai schools and terns all over the place. Lots of surface activity and lots of anchovies around (fish coughing them up)

Managed a feed of 5 snapper and 3 decent kahawai but we found it hard going - lots of sign under the birds/ kahawai but seemed to be all small snapper. Lots of mackies in there too which loved the micros.

Micro jig was going off as was matching the hatch, but nothing reasonable in amongst them. Slider with a little bait caught a few and bait being dragged out the back got the bigger fish of the day.

The biggest was a measly 35cm. This area which I fish a lot usually holds a few bigger models in the early to mid 40s especially in the colder months. I would hate to think how many mid 20s went back.

Still a lovely day on the water.

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Same as we found previous weekend,fish/birds seem to have full bellies at the moment,that much bait fish around not interested in what we have on offer.
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Been lots of small snapper around all season let’s hope they grow bigger next season.
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We have had a ball fishing the shallows around Rangi for the last two weekends with old fashioned bait and berley.Old school straylining back onto structure did the business. 

Today, we were out at gentleman's hours, leaving HMB at 11.45. Anchored up just after midday and the fish were biting from around 12.30 to 1.30. Salted kahawai and frozen jack mackerels with jack mackerel berley did the damage.

Eight nice snaps 35 - 52cm, and a couple of great kahawai. Full-on action with rods going off all over the place. What a great fishery we have here. 

Luckily I didn't look at the fishing forecast and bite times or we wouldn't have gone out and lucky that the fish don't read them either.

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