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Great Barrier fishing and the Pirate Party 2012

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Topic: Great Barrier fishing and the Pirate Party 2012
Posted By: snap
Subject: Great Barrier fishing and the Pirate Party 2012
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 10:40am

Friday 3rd August

PDS and I drove up to Omaha on Thursday night, launched the boat, and parked up in the estuary, ready for an early departure for Great Barrier and the pirate party…..Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggg!!!

We stopped off at one of Damo’s spots around 6.30am in 50mtrs at the waterfalls/Little Barrier for a softbait. Managed a few pannies and then decided to head to Jimmies for a drift before heading into the Great Barrier for an in close burley and fresh bloody bait session (which is what we came for).

Well Jimmies had birds and bait but the fishing was slow and the wind had chopped up Craddocks so it was lumpy as. Next spot was a drift along False head in 45-60mtrs with no luck on softies and jigs again. Squid says lets come back here with some fresh bloody baits later and I bet we get smashed!?

We had a bit of a cruise around and bumped into Tagit with his crew of Dead Ant, Grunta and Boulder. Nothing happening lets head in closer…then squid spots some birds in a bay rounding up bait.

5mtrs with a kelpie bottom…looks like a skull dragging spot. Time after time squid casts his fresh KY bait into one of 2 green holes amongst the kelp and catches one of these fine dark red specimens. This was sight fishing at its best in clear pristine waters…we were amped to say the least!

We stayed the night at this spot as it was very sheltered and the snaps were there right into the night!

Saturday 4th August

What a view to wake up to in the morning.

Squid says let’s try big bloody baits off False Head in 50mtrs, I reckon that we will get smashed bro! What I have learnt since meeting PDS is if he makes a statement like this you should go with the flow. And what do you know.

This guy had an interesting piercing and was smashed by and angry snap.

A couple of these turned up and went back as we had more than enough meat!

Well that was fun – time to head into the Fitzroy Hilton for a raft up, late lunch, and catch up with fellow pirates before the big night.

Karp as usual looked after the boys with a great venue, food, and company!

Ewen was in great form and kept us entertained all night. It was great to meet another like-minded westie and look forward to getting you out for a fish soon bro!

Sunday 5th August

All good things must come to an end and after helping Kim clean up a bit we were off to give False head one more try on our last 3 baits before heading home. Second drop on a manky, soft pillie and BOOM! A nice way to depart the barrier.

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Posted By: Damo
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:05pm
MINT!Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Lethal
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 12:53pm
OMG you guys are insane, can just imaging the amount of pi$$ drunk over there...
cheers for the report Snap great to see a excellent turn out...
some nice fish there...

Thanks for everything you did for us Eric. may you rest in peace, You were one of the real legends of NZ recreational fishing

Posted By: John_Ra
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 1:38pm
Bloody awesome stuff ye Pirates...

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Posted By: Amateur
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 2:59pm
What a great way to spend a weekend. Well done everyone. Clap

No half measures!

Posted By: bush billy
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 5:18pm
Nice it

Posted By: PDSquid
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 5:19pm
Massive thank you Nik for the great time away and for getting us home safe and sound. The smuggler kept us warm and dry and comfortably got us around to all the places that we fished in.
Well we were blessed this year with flatter seas an warmer temps than in previous parties, time flew and beers tasted mean!
thanks Karp for hosting us and cheers to the crews that come to play and the fullas on aftica  for setting up the site, Churrrrrrrr..

way to go Miltdogg, winner of Karp Cup biggest snapper
ps hey Eric, that pro sabre loves getting worked hard still going strong

gunjack all the teke

Posted By: Macdude
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 5:21pm
sweet weekend!Smile

Posted By: the angler
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 6:52pm
mean looks like fun , nice sunrise pic doesnt get much better than waking up to that and crackin a heiny.

Posted By: ponty
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 9:13pm
Did you try for any Puka or just snapper and kingfish? Some amazing fish you have there well done

Posted By: Wee Tin
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 9:29pm
Receiving txt reports of yours and PDS outcome was like torture.  The use of fresh and bloody baits into those gaps between the kelp and seaweed was outstanding.  Good stuff men!  And I look forward to a personal debrief on the finer details soon!

Posted By: tobez
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 10:05pm
awsome snapp...great shots

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Posted By: smudge
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 10:12pm
Very cool Big smile.

Posted By: OffTheHook
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2012 at 10:45pm
awesome report nick good to see you guys too!!

Posted By: Rippin & Reelin Charters
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2012 at 1:41pm

Some good pic's from a awesome weekend. It was mean to meet all you guys too!! And thanks to kim!!Thumbs Up 

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Posted By: Grunta
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2012 at 2:03pm
Great report & pix Nik - nice work.

Posted By: snap
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2012 at 2:18pm
Originally posted by ponty ponty wrote:

Did you try for any Puka or just snapper and kingfish? Some amazing fish you have there well done

Just snapper Ponty!

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Posted By: skidoggg
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 12:38pm
kezzdoggg on the camera..
  the pirates gatherin for copious amounts of rum drinkin
it was about then when things got a bit blurry  lol !...

Posted By: terry66
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 1:25pm
I am always amazed at the exploits of you two and this report is a nice addition! well and truly jealous of the great fishing you get the privilege to do.
Thanks for the great report!

Posted By: swanie
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2012 at 3:36pm
Choice report snap, I want to do again already.

"Love the smell of Napalm in the morning"

Posted By: too much
Date Posted: 15 Aug 2012 at 7:01am
good report nick good to catch up with you guys


Posted By: MiltDogg
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 9:04pm
Arrrggghhh.... Mean report Snap.!

Was a premo week with awesome bros... Prime.!!


Posted By: Raging Bull
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2012 at 9:17pm
Too much!

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