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Banana Boat: I use 1/4 to 1 oz depending on the current.  Around East Bastion the current flows are pretty weak, maybe around 0.5 knots.  Anchor up about 30m up current from the reef and drift the berley and baits back into it.

Redfinger: some day I'll take the 10 weight rod & shooting head and give it a go.
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Sunday 16/6/19  12:30pm

Was going to go fishing at 1pm but decided against it due to risk of large currents etc.  There was a 7.4 magnitude earthquake at about 11am this morning at the Kermadec Islands.  Civil Defence initially put out a tsunami alert but later cancelled it.  However they left in place the usual warnings about going out in small boats, going to the beach etc etc.  Very low risk I know, but I don't need the anxiety of a possible stuff-up, and neither did my intended fishing buddy.
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smart move ,years ago mate and I went to take the boat out afther a tsunami warning ,when we got to the beach the tide was so far out that we went to the pub. it pays to be safe mate . fish a another day.
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The last couple of months has produced some good fishing, with the shallows being the most consistent.  Light gear in shallow water = maximum fun.  Some of the highlights:

 
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Great footage Clay.

Probably the best time of the year for small boat shallow fishing in Auckland - windless days and fish still feeding up!
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Thanks - quite inspiring for us small boat fishers
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Great stuff Clay - great footage and even better consistently decent fish. You are the man al right.
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Is that an offshore illusion you are using?
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Yep - the 'popper' rod is an illusion 4-8kg softbait rod.
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Thought so - my favorite ever rod.Sadly lost overboard when I was drifting with it in the rod holder - fish took and it busted on the blank between the but section and handle CryCryCryCry - also attached to it was my Shimano 4000 firebloodAngryAngryAngry
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Tomorrow morning is looking good for a fish in the Gulf! High tide at 10:50am

Has anyone used those South African Pilchards from Top Catch? They were killing it for us when Squid wasn't working the other weekend. 5KG for $20 is a steal!


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which top catch, that's a bloody good deal
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Saturday 22/6/19  7:30 to 10am

Totally stuffed up the tides and went to an outgoing spot near the Takapuna cliffs, but the tide was coming in.  Used lots of berley and picked up a 37cm snap early, then babies for an hour.  Moved out to Russell's Reef [not to be confused with Russel's Crack, Russel's Groove, Russell's Horn, Russells' Knob, or Russell's Wrinkle] north of Rangi light.  Berleyed our way up from more tiddlers to eventually get 2 keepers 33 and 41cms.  Not bad considering the poor planning, and the wind was very gentle, so a pleasant trip with my sister in law.
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Launched at Takapuna Boat Ramp around 7:15. Headed just north of Rangitoto to the same spot we did got well at a couple of weeks ago and it didn't disappoint once again.

Before the sun was out we landed a 54cm snap. No wind, great conditions, we caught pannies for most of the day. It's certainly not winter fishing yet, so many undersized snappers still around, its crazy. Caught a bunch of jackmacks and baby KY's which were used for bait, but no carrots or decent sized KY's seen this time.

Just before 12 we nailed a 58cm snap (boat record) and called it quits with 14.

Another great day of fishing on the gulf!



The 5KG Pilchards for $20 was from the Top Catch in Takapuna btw.
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Originally posted by Far Quirk Far Quirk wrote:

Saturday 22/6/19  7:30 to 10am

Totally stuffed up the tides and went to an outgoing spot near the Takapuna cliffs, but the tide was coming in.  Used lots of berley and picked up a 37cm snap early, then babies for an hour.  Moved out to Russell's Reef [not to be confused with Russel's Crack, Russel's Groove, Russell's Horn, Russells' Knob, or Russell's Wrinkle] north of Rangi light.  Berleyed our way up from more tiddlers to eventually get 2 keepers 33 and 41cms.  Not bad considering the poor planning, and the wind was very gentle, so a pleasant trip with my sister in law.

I was by the marker pole takapuna cliffs same day, probably 2 hours after you  - just as the tide started going out. Very slow bite, few small fish and a couple of 40cm before I pulled the pin and drifted over duder spit where I took another on a lime tiger.
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Saturday 29/6/19  10:15am to 12:45pm

Incoming tide, up current from Bean Rock, bait and berley.  Went OK for the first hour.  Kept a 33 and 40cm snap and released a few 30 to 31cms.  The water was only about 3m deep and maybe the light affected the fishing, but after 11:15, no keepers.  Lots of small snaps, easily released from the 8/0 and 10/0 circle hooks.  About 12, moved about 50m to water that was around 6m deep, and there seemed to be more keepers around, but only caught 1, 40cm, lost a couple of others.

Fantastic still, calm, sunny weather.  In past years, wouldn't have bothered in shallow in these conditions, but there are still a few out there.
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Very respectable catch geoff,considering its mid winter, bright clear south east conditions and 3 meters of water. 
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Sunday 7/7/19  7:15 to 10am

Launched from Kohimarama in sunny still weather and out to East Bastion reef in under 5 minutes.  Anchored in about 6m of water and berleyed up next to the reef.  There were 3 of us (Tess, former colleague and her hubby Elijah) and within minutes we had our hands full with small to medium snapper 33 to 40cms.  We had 5 on the floor of the boat before we had time to have a cleanup and get them on ice.  Small pieces of squid on 8/0 or 10/0 circle hooks were doing the damage.  There was a bit of a lull and we started using small bits of mullet on half the rods.  Shaking the berley bag sparked another onslaught, this time snapper up to 44cms.  Another brief lull then BOOM a bigger model grabbed the mullet bait, hooked up and took off along the side of the reef towards the city.  I picked it for a stingray but Elijah turned it and nod nod snapper! 65cms of prime fat Hauraki goodness.  About 9:30 the fishing slowed and time to gill and gut some of the fish.  Back to the ramp and all tidied up about 10:30.

Tess and Elijah went away with 7 or 8 snapper and 3 were plenty for me.  Elijah's fish of the day would have made for some tall tales for friends and whanau.  Good times!  I'll post a pic sometime.


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That tail on that fish! Nice work
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