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Ranfurly Banks!

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Category: Saltwater Fishing
Forum Name: The Captain Morgan Briny Bar
Forum Description: The place for general chat on saltwater fishing!
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Printed Date: 31 Jul 2021 at 6:10pm


Topic: Ranfurly Banks!
Posted By: smudge
Subject: Ranfurly Banks!
Date Posted: 17 May 2021 at 6:57pm
Trip of a lifetime! This week we're heading off to the Ranfurly Banks on Coastal Fishing Charters with Arron Sargent. So cool. Pity about the weather Big smile

Here's an excerpt from our group chat on Messenger just to prove we do take stuff seriously at times:

Sunday’s looking good
Arron

Arron sent Today at 6:29 PM

https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media/?thread_id=3567447360028237&attachment_id=856776938592625&message_id=mid.%24gAAyskxCmPk1_qkmhWF5eQROLDwVN" rel="nofollow">Open Photo
Scott

Scott sent Today at 6:30 PM

Maybe just tow the boat diwn ?
Scott sent Today at 6:30 PM
down
Arron

Arron sent Today at 6:32 PM

Was thinking that
Scott

Scott sent Today at 6:33 PM

Your thinking is wrong , give yourself an upper cut and go to bed .
Arron

Arron sent Today at 6:33 PM

Ok
Jeremy

Jeremy sent Today at 6:35 PM

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Jeremy

Jeremy sent Today at 6:36 PM

Friday it is then
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Seen by Scott at 6:38 PMSeen by Arron at 6:36 PMSeen by Jeremy at 6:33 PM

You sent Today at 6:48 PM

I hope there are some big mean as gurnard down there


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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 17 May 2021 at 7:00pm
The bit you can't see is a 3.1m swell and 2.9m chop. Great forecast for Sunday but Friday isn't looking too bad

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Posted By: Uncle
Date Posted: 17 May 2021 at 7:45pm
See if you can get Sarge to tow it to Taupo smudge~~weather looks primo LOL


Posted By: Skoti
Date Posted: 17 May 2021 at 8:04pm


Yeah Sunday looks a goer Confused


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Posted By: kitno
Date Posted: 17 May 2021 at 8:59pm


Looks great



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Posted By: wayno
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 5:37am
Trip of a lifetime, definitely on my wishlist!
Are you passing through Whakatane on the way there or back?
Would be good to catch up if you are, might even shout coffees in return for the latest intel on the mighty Manukau Gurnard...  WinkThumbs Up

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 6:10am
The plan is to stop for lunch at Whakatane Sports Fishing club on Thursday

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Posted By: Alan L
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 8:14am
That weather is all over the place for the next few days. And lots of it.
Take your sea legs tablets and good luck.
Didn't know they got gurnard there. Learn stuff every day here.
Alan


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Posted By: Tzer
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 9:51am

Might need bigger boat smudge. You can catch carrots off the wharf or the beach so best you take a back up rod or 2


Posted By: Alan L
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 5:14pm
Friday looks OK. The wind is flicking from NW-SE and back sort of thing. So there may be a wind window where it settles in between phases. But I suspect the sea will be confused and messy.
No doubt we will be kept up to date. Good luck.
Alan


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Posted By: wayno
Date Posted: 18 May 2021 at 6:07pm
Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

The plan is to stop for lunch at Whakatane Sports Fishing club on Thursday
Thumbs Up 


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Posted By: MATTOO
Date Posted: 19 May 2021 at 4:54pm
I'd stay at home.
No cover out there.
Pick another day.
Fishing will probably be good. You'll have to be exceptionally keen.

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 19 May 2021 at 6:29pm
Originally posted by MATTOO MATTOO wrote:

I'd stay at home.
No cover out there.
Pick another day.
Fishing will probably be good. You'll have to be exceptionally keen.

Friday is our best option and that's the day the skipper has chosen. Arron Sargent was a good contributor to the forums until not so long ago and I put my trust in him. Like you say it WILL be memorable!  Never been on a top end charter that wasn't Big smile


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Posted By: MATTOO
Date Posted: 19 May 2021 at 8:30pm
Look forward to your update of your trip.
Is it only one day.

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 19 May 2021 at 9:23pm
Originally posted by MATTOO MATTOO wrote:

Look forward to your update of your trip.
Is it only one day.

Yeah just the one day Mattoo. The way he does it is to book a 3 day window and Arron Sargent decides on the best day to head out. No brainer in this case as the swell is HUGE on day 2 and 3. Friday is looking reasonable though


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Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 20 May 2021 at 7:56am
Frid is looking better than was in last few days.
All the best guys..


Posted By: Tonto2
Date Posted: 21 May 2021 at 8:05pm
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Posted By: kitno
Date Posted: 21 May 2021 at 8:37pm




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Posted By: Alan L
Date Posted: 21 May 2021 at 8:56pm
Holy crap.
Did well to get it up in 1/2 hr.
Winding a big gurnard in will never be the same again.
Alan


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Posted By: MATTOO
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 5:02pm
That's a big arse fish for sure, will feed an army.

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Posted By: Alan L
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 6:42pm
Waiting for the story.
The suspense is killing me.
Wondering what size chilly bin they had. Wouldn't fit in any of mine. Might have had to chuck someone over the side to fit it in the boat.
Alan


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Posted By: kitno
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 8:55pm

Skoti on a big kingfish


Neil with a kingfish


Smudge with a very solid kingfish


Jeremy with his kingfish


Arron with his kingfish


Kitno with a kingfish


Kitno with a Hapuka


Coastal Fishing Charters, top skipper and deckie. Can't recommend them enough.



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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 9:55pm
Was such a cool trip, it helped having a bunch of guys that all got on well together - even if Big Skoti started hitting on all the boys after changing into 'something more comfortable'. Funny how people change after 19 or 20 rums Big smile, joking of course but I do hope none of the pics or videos from the after match show up on here.

Catch of the Day for Kitno Big smile



Jeremy with another good hapuku


Arron nabs a new species that we've both had on our hit list for years. Have just had some of this for dinner - very nice with a texture similar to kahawai



Kitno with a double header - what a show off!




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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 10:02pm
The Team!

Skoti, Arron, me, Neil, Kitno & Jeremy. All past or present FNet members apart from my 'neighbour' Jeremy who is a FNet stalker. Deckie Lucas was awesome as was Sarge the skipper. 

Right now I'm very happy to have aching arms Big smile


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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 10:15pm
I had a puka get hit by a shark half way up. It was just too much for me with the big drag and had to hand over to Arron and after a lot of swearing a bronzie est 150kg came to the boat. Bugger that with 15kg or more of drag.

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Posted By: Transformations
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 10:29pm


What did that puka weigh guys? As you said smudge...trip of a lifetime.

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 10:31pm
Originally posted by Transformations Transformations wrote:



What did that puka weigh guys? As you said smudge...trip of a lifetime.

We didn't weigh or measure any of the fish, maybe 35kg+


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Posted By: Tonto2
Date Posted: 22 May 2021 at 11:25pm
Well done all of you.

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Posted By: kaveman
Date Posted: 23 May 2021 at 8:09am
Great report Smudge, Ranfurly banks has to be right up with 3 Kings as far as dream destinations go


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Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 23 May 2021 at 9:16am
Thumbs Up


Posted By: Alan L
Date Posted: 23 May 2021 at 9:43am
Awesome.
Couldn't get any better.
Well done - skipper and crew.
Alan


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Posted By: Fish 4T
Date Posted: 23 May 2021 at 11:48am
Orsum stuff Smudge and team, well done. Thumbs Up

Never been on Sarge's boat but seem much better than my RB charter experience (twice),
both time came home empty handed and tired.


Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 23 May 2021 at 2:21pm
Originally posted by Fish 4T Fish 4T wrote:

Orsum stuff Smudge and team, well done. Thumbs Up

Never been on Sarge's boat but seem much better than my RB charter experience (twice),
both time came home empty handed and tired.

Coastal Fishing Charters is pretty special - be like Nike and Just Do It!


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Posted By: CrayZfish
Date Posted: 24 May 2021 at 10:10am
Looks like a brilliant trip guys, well done. Results speak for themselves.

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 24 May 2021 at 4:35pm
Originally posted by CrayZfish CrayZfish wrote:

Looks like a brilliant trip guys, well done. Results speak for themselves.

Hehe yeah it was pretty tough on my old body but we already looking at next year Big smile


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Posted By: Catchelot
Date Posted: 24 May 2021 at 4:53pm
Very well done and wicked trip lads. Clap

What was the wind, swell height and sea state on your day? Dead

Certainly not for the faint hearted unless the weather window day opens. Ouch


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Posted By: feeder
Date Posted: 24 May 2021 at 4:58pm
Great trip Smudge Thumbs Upnice photo's and write up.

Cheers


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