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The mackies' sacrifice wasn't in vain!

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Category: Saltwater Fishing
Forum Name: Fishing Reports
Forum Description: Share information about your latest fishing trip
Printed Date: 21 Jun 2021 at 7:02pm

Topic: The mackies' sacrifice wasn't in vain!
Posted By: The Tamure Kid
Subject: The mackies' sacrifice wasn't in vain!
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:19pm
It was the calm after the storm as Saturday's raging cappuccino cauldron on the Tamaki Strait flats gave way to Sunday's surreal stillness, and I decided it was prime time to take my two youngsters on an afternoon old-school bait and berley mission.

It was the 5-year-old's first proper fishing trip alongside his comparative veteran 7-year-old brother in our little blue FC465. Exciting stuff.

Keeping an eye out for storm flotsam in the green water, we zoomed across the light SW chop to the vast 8m-deep zone out from Beachlands, chose a spot with a bit of sign on the Garmin, deployed the anchor and the boat swung nicely into line with the incoming tide. I set a berley basket near the bottom and cast out half pilchard baits on simple light strayline circle hook rigs on my trusty Ugly Stik rods and mono-loaded spin reels (perfect forgiving outfits for this kind of small boat action with kids).

The first tentative customer was about 25cm, but not long after one of the rods in the holders bent and was our first keeper. The next three hours went by in a blur of the boys taking turns to wind in fish - while Dad tended to the berley basket, remembered to feed some chopped pillies into the current as ground bait, re-baited with pillies, sorted a doozy of a tangle when a kahawai grabbed the sabiki rig and took a quick circuit through the rod spread, and tried to supervise the consumption of bite-sized Picnic bars going on behind me. 

As usual, a drop of sabikis into the berley trail showed jack mackerels had zeroed in on it and we plucked them out as required to be deployed freshly chopped and wriggling on the 8kg set up and a 1 oz ball sinker, cast way out the back. And as usual, they sat seemingly untouched until wham, a good snapper took off towards Ponui and the rod bent over alarmingly. 

The best mackerel muncher pulled line like a freight train in the shallows: "Dad's turn to wind in, boys". It was definitely giving off snapper vibes, rather than ray or bronzie. The 7-year-old volunteered himself for net man duties, and we were all incredibly excited when a cracking fish for the flats - 61cm, 9lb - finally emerged from the murk and was lifted aboard. The boys were fascinated later when an autopsy showed two small decomposing flounder and a crunched up big crab in its bulging guts.

Strangely, the action slowed as dusk approached, but with youngsters on board it was time to head for home anyway. The sky turned pink and the sea flattened out even more. The big smiles on faces and the excited story telling to mum on the beach was well worth the clean up long into the darkness (I'd forgotten how bloody it is chopping up freshly caught kahawai and mackerel - with the deck and sides of the boat looking like a B grade horror scene through a bright head lamp). 

But unlike most slasher movie victims, those unfortunate mackies definitely didn't die in vain.

Posted By: shaneg
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:30pm
Vintage fishing report and great to see you sharing that with your boys.

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:34pm
F N brilliant. Hats off to the three of you

Part time Devils Advocate, Fulltime procrastinator

Posted By: Uncle
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:41pm
What memories are made from.
The boys  will remember that day for a long time.

Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:43pm
Nice work TTK

Best gurnard fisherman in my street

Posted By: Far Quirk
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 9:54pm
Liked.  Great first mission for the youngest.

Far Quirk - I'm goin' fishn!

Posted By: Muppet
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 10:01pm
Super again Lester

Posted By: spin king
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 10:20pm
awesome day out! good **** mate

Posted By: cirrus
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 10:21pm
Top fishing. Boys would have loved the day,just as you did.  And a very nice snapper on a beautiful autumn day.  Lasting memories come from days like that.

Posted By: Transformations
Date Posted: 12 Apr 2021 at 10:23pm
Awesome, those boys are hooked for life....and the pressure is on dad to keep stepping it up


We don't know what we don't need till we've got it

Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 10:30am
Well done TK and good to get the youngsters amongst it.ClapClap

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

Posted By: The Tamure Kid
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 12:27pm
Thanks for all the positive comments, team. It means a lot, especially from some of the Forum's most respected members.
I'm looking forward to many more fishing trips to come with the boys - creating that very special bond between fishermen.

Posted By: Redfinger
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 2:06pm
Thats what it is all about Lester - liked - great post and you are a good bugger too.

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