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Another eventful road trip

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Printed Date: 25 Sep 2020 at 5:05pm

Topic: Another eventful road trip
Posted By: Johnny Watson
Subject: Another eventful road trip
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 7:11pm

Soooooo, another trip report from last weekend. Shot down to Whangamata at the leisurely hour of 3:30 am for another solo mission. Loaded up on liveys easily, with some monster Jack Macs in amongst good sized ones, all about one minute from the harbour. The first spot for Kings was a flop, only getting one Barracouta bite after a few hours of trying.... Decided to hit the Tarakihi bed for a feed, and arrived to huge schools showing on the sounder! First two drops got two nice ones, including a real nice 42cm specimen, then it went quiet.... Hooked a big John Dory on a livey after a while but that spat the bait half way up... I hooked up another livey and connected to something big time! I ended up doing two laps of the boat before eventually landing a solid 42 pound Kingy for the bin. Sweet! I dropped another livey down, and this time managed to get a nice John Dory to the boat to also join me for dinner. The Tarakihi sign was still thick as [email protected], but after plenty of effort I only landed one more for the bin. I couldn't resist the urge to jump in for a Cray dive any longer, so shot back to the coast and suited up. The first spot was crawling with Red Crays! I got what I needed and spent another 10 minutes swimming around gazing at good numbers of good sized Crays 😍 Decided I'd give them a break, so jumped out with half a tank left. Cruised back to the ramp mid arvo and shot to the old man's house for a shower and a feed, and a few hours kip.

Decided to go have a look for some Packhorse Crays the next morning before heading back to Jaffa land, trying a different spot with the last half of my tank. After setting the anchor I followed the anchor rope down (to make sure the anchor wasn't snagged in the boulders and to make sure it was well set so I didn't have to swim home), and was stoked to see a nice nest of good Packies within a meter of my anchor chain, and a solid Red Cray about 200 mm away from the anchor itself! I grabbed two nice Packies that ended up going 1.8 kgs a piece. There were plenty more good Crays around, so I spent the rest of my air-time observing them up close and personal.

Another great trip in paradise, with another good smorgasbord of treats πŸ˜€

Posted By: churbay
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 8:19pm
Nice oneπŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 8:27pm
Cheers mate

Posted By: gumboot
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 8:27pm
Well done Johnny Watson another mean trip I see. Awesome

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 8:33pm
Cheers Gumboot. Yeah good to get a nice King in the end, and bloody awesome seeing plenty of Crays around doing there thing

Posted By: kitno
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:08pm
Mean trip, itching to get out of town for a weekend myself.

Top 10 finish
2021 Grunter Hunter.

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:15pm
Cheers Kitno. Was good to get a dive and fish in down there before they experienced that bad weather. Was a decent slip on the road a few days back and looks like they had a lot of rain again! Love the variety on offer in other areas πŸ‘

Posted By: The Tamure Kid
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:34pm
 Good on you for putting in the hours on those road missions, mate. You are definitely getting the rewards you deserve. Awesome kingie.

Posted By: Muppet
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:43pm
Your just a tin arse lmao

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:44pm
Cheers TTK. Really enjoying these random adventures at the moment. Just comes down to checking where the best conditions are on given days, hooking up the boat, and smashing back those miles! I go back to work for a rest on Mondays πŸ₯΄

Posted By: kaveman
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:50pm
Well done Johnny, their are a few good nests of packies in very close to Whangamata if you know where.WinkGood to hear the terakihi are back too, trawlers been hammering the mud banks lately


Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:52pm
Haha trust you Muppet. You're a jammy bastard too!

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 9:55pm
Cheers Kaveman. Yeah the Packies were very close to civilization! I was stoked to see the sounder thick with Tarakihi, as you say, they do get a hammering at times. Bloody gutting seeing them dragging so close to shore.....

Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2020 at 11:19pm
Very nice

Best gurnard fisherman in my street

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 7:21am
Cheers Smudge!

Posted By: Snappa Geoff
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 9:54am
Shot Johnny! Great trip & Photo'sBeer

Posted By: Johnny Watson
Date Posted: 20 Jul 2020 at 1:06pm
Cheers Geoff! Only bad thing about fishing solo without a Gopro is not getting photos of the fish in my arms whilst alive. Hopefully when I get a 40kg King someone is with me πŸ€”

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