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You guys might be too focused on food.    A hungry hunter is always a better hunter.     Just look at pictures of gorged lions lazing about in the sun.   No thoughts of hunting until their stomachs rumble.     As for the Kabura kebabs never tried them.    What do they taste like?
 
Marty Johanson is going to import the Savage Gear Drop Shot Kit for me to try out at Rotoiti.    Really interested how it will go with soft baits.
 
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Nice to meet you too Uncle.  By the time we met, Russell was 4 or 5 nil up and I was sulking.  I  tried a whole host of flies including Pat Swift pre-tied rigs and even a Holiday lumo shrimp sabiki I put on later in desperation.  And no Lester, no secret sauce or kaburas entered the fray.  2 hookups, one small one landed and kept was my result for the day - D minus, must do better next time.  Still, the grub was good and the company excellent.
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Originally posted by Redfinger Redfinger wrote:

You guys are too kind...
Yes part of every trip ritual stopping at Ronnies Bakery on way down to Rotorua - for a coffee , and for lunch grab a piece of bacon egg pie and an apple turnover...

On way back stop at Kebab shop Matamata - outstanding value


Little tip on the bakery products,not the fishing unfortunatly;)

Sweet painted lady in Waharoa best bakery food in the Matamata area and they clean there cabinets daily!

Cheers for the reports fullas, cant wait to get over there again
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We have been having a decent late evening bite fishing 7.30pm - 9pm on west bank, getting at least 3 or 4 each trip, had a triple hookup at one point last night. Found fish everywhere over the last week at all the usual spots, havent blanked yet! And so much smelt sign everywhere theres no shortage of food that's for sure. Found middle of the day more challenging than mornings and evenings. And nothing that big most fish 3 - 5lb
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Yes west bank had the most fish on it we saw all day - really starting to stack up - our last stop of the day - I landed 4 there- 4 at Hauparu and 1 at Russells point (the punga in background should give it away not far from vercoes_. Hardly slaying it I know but enough action to keep me happy - will try and do an overnighter soon and get to take advantage of some of these better time zones in evenings.
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Really weird fishing last few days of our holiday. No problem finding fish, but getting them to take anything was a mission!

Tried all manner of smelt flies but weren't getting anywhere near the number of fish I would of expected given the sign we were sitting over. Didn't seem to matter what time of day the result was usually the same - couple of hours of frustratingly staring at a finder full of fish to only hook a couple. 

After I while I gave some softbaits a go hoping the more action in the lure would entice a bite. I was watching fish on the finder move as much as 5-10m to investigate, would drop the lure to the bottom and work up fairly quickly to mid water then pause. Strangely, I must enticed 20-30 "bites" almost like snapper bites but they seemed to be grabbing the tail as only landed a couple. The fish were certainly interested in the lure but can't work out why more weren't smashing it.
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haha, join the club Rich.
I've had much the same last few trips~~very frustrating.
Lots of sign & lots of looks but very slow on the chew.



I have been experimenting with tiny sp's ( 50mm), tied on a ledger rig & that's got me a few~~not many, but a few. 
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I had similar experience last week - plenty on sounder but not many bites.  Friday evening after work at hauparu bay there was 11 boats at one stage and I only saw 3 fish landed.
 
One of the 2 fish I caught out of the kayak was on a small rubber paddle tail lure
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The problem with just sonar is that not all arcs are fish.    I now use down scan on split screen with sonar.    I find that the yellow green screen shows up fish sign best.   
 
As I said not all arcs are fish but if a sonar sign also shows up on the down scan screen as a yellow/green dot or line it is definitely a fish.     This has help me a lot to sort out what sometimes is a real birds nest of arcs as the above pictures show.     I am planning another trip this month to hopefully test the Savage Gear Drop Shot Rig.
 
Hope that helps
 
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side scan, sonar & downscan..
Most of the fish were over to my right, about 40 mtrs when I took that screenshot.




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