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Gamefishing Updates - Waihau Bay - 17/18

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Topic: Gamefishing Updates - Waihau Bay - 17/18
Posted By: Grunta
Subject: Gamefishing Updates - Waihau Bay - 17/18
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2017 at 3:22pm
Game-fishing reports, updates, and pics here. Good luck for this season.

Posted By: bite
Date Posted: 29 Dec 2017 at 8:03am
they are getting some nice yellow fin 

Posted By: Coochdog
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2018 at 5:13pm
Fished Waihau bay on the 1st and 2nd.5 or 6 YFT caught on each day with a few double and triple hook ups 20 odd boats chasing them both days though.No luck for us but what a place.Cheers Waihau bay we will be back!

Posted By: Marligator
Date Posted: 29 Jan 2018 at 9:07pm
Fished Waihau Bay Saturday and Sunday, fishing pretty quiet but we were lucky enough to snag a 24 kg YFT, Karin's first so she was wrapped to tick that off her bucket list. We also tagged a Mako that was no more than 3 kg, smallest I have ever seen. With about 40 boats fishing the Greater Waihau Bay area we only heard of 3 YFT on Saturday and no sign of Marlin. Sunday was even worse didn't hear of any landed fish but a mate dropped a little stripey.
Water temp was 23 in the morning and rising to 24.9 late in day due to solar heating, a mate got 26 at one place late in the day. Heaps of workups with gannets and Dolphins but no tuna in them, we got our tuna out deeper away from the workups.

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Posted By: the demon
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2018 at 4:53pm
Spoke to the boys this avo, sea getting lumpy but fish able .they had another hard day with boats hooking up around them . About 12 fish hooked today , a lot less boats out today .sea temps up to 24 5 c .
Notable theme is no skippys.

Posted By: Stonefish
Date Posted: 19 Feb 2018 at 11:28pm
Sea not too bad today, better than we thought it was gonna be and very fishable, we tagged a stripey early afternoon. Talked to Christine at the club, 3 stripeys tagged, 1 blue weighed and about 5 shortbill caught for the day.
We actually caught skippies pretty easy this morning, in close in about 80-100m, haven’t seen a work up in the 3 days we’ve fished though.

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Posted By: Gwandad
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2018 at 7:47am
One of the Shortbills...  - Also, second that skippies comment above - we've had no probs getting them early - off Orete, but trying to find something to feed them to is another story!

Posted By: RiceOwl
Date Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 8:59pm
Any action down Waihau way lately? Thinking of heading out from Whakatane and down the coast for a couple of days but havent heard much as of late. Still worth a crack?

Posted By: widerange
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 2:59pm
First rec cawt bft for this season has been weighed days ago and the big news in the workup is crimps?
Hasn't anyone been or going or want to orgot any info?

Posted By: Tonyg26
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 3:04pm
Looks like a few SBT are now on the bite, Redgill lures seem to be getting the big ones. 100kg fish came in,
Unfortunately Facebook takes over with the most up to date info, These forums were awesome when used by everyone,
I thought was working on an mobile phone app?


Posted By: Grunta
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 5:21pm
The site is fully functional on mobile Tony.

Waihau Bay will be busy this weekend - every man and his barking thing heading that way.  Few people heading out of Whakatane which sounds like an good option 

Posted By: bill collecter
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 6:42pm
heading up tomorrow will report back on sunday cant wait

Posted By: E-Fish'n-C
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 6:50pm
We are heading out of Whakatane on Saturday for the 2 1/2 hour boat ride to the tuna grounds. There were 97 boats fishing out of Waihau Bay today, but I have only heard about 2 fish caught by lunch time. I was told that there was a 3 hour wait to launch.

Posted By: kitno
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2018 at 7:19pm
I've been working down Whakatane ways this week and there has been a steady stream of large trailer boats heading east, lots of them. Not hard to guess what their doing.

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Posted By: bite
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2018 at 10:54am
85 boats  out there yesterday , we went down last week in the big boat   for 3 days 2 mostly traveling from tauranga  well 3 really as we stayed the friday night at withe , for 3 skippys when we headed into  waihau on Saturday all good great trip pulled mostly fluros so  lures i think where ok we just didnt find a fish 

Posted By: Tzer
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2018 at 3:32pm
Lot of boats out today at Waihau Bay, if you had a piece of land for parking for a fee one could do alright.

Posted By: Sambosi
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2018 at 7:57pm
I am guessing the 3 hour wait at the ramp just increased a bit LOL

Posted By: the demon
Date Posted: 29 Jun 2018 at 8:13pm
Heard a 300keg broady graced the weigh station , who , weight , size line , can't wait to here.

Posted By: FishMan
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 6:19am
I just watched a doco with a tough old bloke diving into the deep scattering plankton layer in the middle of the night. He had to give up during the Full Moon. The light from the moon was too strong and was keeping the plankton layer below fifty metres. Given that this is where bluefin are feeding at nights it stands to reason that the fish are going to be deep and will stay deep during this period. Trolling lures barely scratch the surface.

Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 9:25am

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

Posted By: Coochdog
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 2:29pm
A Stripeys on the way to the weighstation apparently

Posted By: Stonefish
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 2:32pm
Amazing what’s actually round when people fish it.

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Posted By: wayno
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 3:58pm
80kg BF just been over the scales at Whakatane, saw it when I got back to the ramp earlier Thumbs Up

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Posted By: part-timer
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 7:26pm
Originally posted by Coochdog Coochdog wrote:

A Stripeys on the way to the weighstation apparently

that would be the first marlin of the season wouldn't it ?

Posted By: RAMCO600
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 8:24pm
last for season,new season starts tomorrow

Posted By: Grunta
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 9:05pm
From Waihau Bay Sportfishing Club:

17 SBT today Predominantly caught in Honda Marine New Zealand and some in Iceman Whakatane. A much better bite.
Weights ranged from 36 kgs to 111 kgs.
The biggest albacore went 21.2 kgs.
The striped marlin weighed was 120.8 and had a broken bill.
Congratulations to Graham Beaufill on Lured, a Tauranga boat. We certainly didn't expect to be weighing marlin at this time of year!

Posted By: Stonefish
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 10:36pm
We hooked a fish on friday in 1200m off Lottin, it was an odd strike for a tuna and the fish thrashed around on the surface a bit before taking off, we dropped it after about 20min and we never got a good look at it, I didn’t think tuna would do that. After seeing a marlin caught today I’m a little suspicious we may have had a marlin on.

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Posted By: Tonyg26
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2018 at 10:37pm
Awesome stuff,
Also a stripe marlin on the scales at waihau today!
Might have been lost!


Posted By: mangre 2
Date Posted: 04 Jul 2018 at 8:36pm
Don't worry mate.

Facebook is ok for reports etc. But you can't beat the knowledge that a forum provides.

Beautiful is better than ugly, Explicit is better than implicit, Simple is better than complex, Complex is better than complicated.

Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 05 Jul 2018 at 10:25pm
Edit: Off Waihau Bay...

Anyway, Boulder with a horse of an Albacore, 28kg! 

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2018 at 11:22pm
The Morrinsville boys on Peeled Out with a 155kg barrel (Possible Record) ClapClap

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever." - Jacques Cousteau

Posted By: Muzzfishing
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2018 at 6:40pm
Well done to the crew on Peeled Out Thumbs Up Heard the call over the VHF. Ive just got back today fished Thursday and Friday at the 1000m line from the Cape Run away area.
No bites for us seen Dolphins on Thursday and some Skippys or small Albies on Friday.
Must of missed the rush as there no cues at the ramp were. . Another group from Cambridge caught a 22kg Albie on Thursday and a big Skippy on Friday. 
Weather was good will be back again soon for another go.

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Posted By: Xtoad
Date Posted: 07 Jul 2018 at 7:31pm
Bugger the SBFT line class NZ record, if 28kg Boulder’s fish would be an all tackle NZ record wouldn’t it?
Two great fish.
Better than my 10lb snapper from this morning...

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