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    Posted: 20 Jul 2002 at 12:47am
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Yummy it's scallop time - i think! Well I hope it is. I usually leave the things alone until September or so. Anyone been after them yet? If so are they worth taking or should I wait, always get eager at this time of year.

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Wouldn't bother Smudge - @ least on the east coast.

Out a fortnight ago and grabbed a few from kawau and a few from tiri for comparison. The roe as too be expected is still undeveloped and 'unripe'.

Give 'em another couple of months

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Ok, think I will wait - I broke my scalloping rope dragging trees around anyway.
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Scallops were reasonable to good at Mercury Bay weekend before last. Must agree that inner Hauraki Gulf scallops very poor to average at this time of year.Anyone heard about Little Barrier beds? 

 

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Man you guys have to be crazy....scollops are great at any time. I dont think the roe makes any difference to the taste at all. I will give you that they arnt all that fat but the taste is the same and here I am with my boat on tyres as the trailer gets regalvd
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At this time of year , the Hauraki Gulf scallops can be watery as well , not good. Sorry to hear about the trailor but early this year we must have spent a grand on my 6 year old fyran s' trailor. Rust never sleeps.

The boys in my freediving club are off to Paihia this weekend so They will certainly sample the Bay of Island scallops. Maybe get out to Cape Brett if that swell drops a bit.

 

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How about the ones at Cornwallis? I free dive for them they're not as fat as I want but in a couple of months there wont be any left in under 12ft. Makes you wonder if the season should start later

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I do not want to think about freediving scallops in the manukau - can't help but think of the Great Whites that live their!

The West coast scallops are probably in better nick than the east coast ones though. Do you do any spearfishing ?

 

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Just off the phone to a friend in Coromandal. He says the scollops are full but little roe, not watery. His only concern is the numbers of them. His regular spot gave only 10% of normal. He thinks the commercial boys have been through.

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Quote: Originally posted by Russell on 31 July 2002

I do not want to think about freediving scallops in the manukau - can't help but think of the Great Whites that live their!

The West coast scallops are probably in better nick than the east coast ones though. Do you do any spearfishing ?

 

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hehe,

We used to free dive cornwallis aswell, last couple of years...until, like you Great White conversation came up. Talking about this one day with a friend of mine whos mad keen on lbg bronzies etc - I asked him what he wanted with all the offal we had been giving him from different goat / deer hunts, as all he said was he needed burley..

I knew he fished out west but was shocked to hear he had been having good results on bronzies off the cornwallis wharf!!!!!!! burleying up a storm and fishing through nite tides.

Needless to say - we get our scallops on the east coast nowadays. Also near Pudding island manukau harbour - there is a huge great white that comes and goes and has scared many a small boat fisherman away. A good fishing mate has photos of 2 x great whites caught on whole parore near  the entrance back in the 70's I think.

Ahhhhh Great White Stories - ya gottal luv 'em:}

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Great Whites are not really seen much by the diving community on the east coast ( thank goodness) However as I have mentioned in an earlier forum post the Bronze whaler population is very healthy and frisky in the Hauraki Gulf particularly in the summer when the water temp. seems to stir them up a bit. Alot of people have had some awesome encounters while IN the water trying to keep their fish intact. Bronzies love speared and tethered Butterfish , snapper and in particular kingies.

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Great thanks guys! I would have been perfectly happy getting a feed this weekend, now Im gonna have the dah dum dah dum (jaws theme) in my head. If freezing my #@(^ wasn't bad enough!

 Yeah I used to spearfish Russell now I mostly free dive for crays or paua when I get a chance, oh and scallops until...

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Don't let the sharks put you off. I have been diving for 15-20 years and only seen two. Despite diving in the " Bronze Whaler" capital (the Leigh/ Kawau area) frequently this summer I was not blessed with a visit. They seemed to pick on the same guys - one lost kingfish in excess of 15kg twice in two weeks( Takatu and Leigh harbour)You were far more likely to see them if you were shore based not diving from a boat - sounds odd but true.

Our club is very active , freediving for fish crays and now scallops nearly every weekend. I also fish alot particularly from now till xmas( spring algal blooms not great for spearfishing) with the arrival of the spring snapper spawning schools not too far away.

 

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Quote: Originally posted by Russell on 03 August 2002

Don't let the sharks put you off. I have been diving for 15-20 years and only seen two. .

 


Fair comment Russel 

Definitely one of those things that's in the mind, something seady about the manukau now though.. after learning the fact our mate as posted earlier has been burleying up a storm and targetting bronzies. The water is hardly clear aswell!!! east coast anyday I reckon

 

Incidentally - do you know Jeremy (4get his 2nd name) keen shooter / fisho works @ fish and game shop glenfield. About 6mths back he had a run in with a big bronzie leigh reef while connected to a kingi (spear fishn) - his article was published in local paper too. You must know captain kayak aka gazza ellis also?? very keen spearfisherman and nice bloke.

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Yeah , Jeremy Viall is his name and I know him well. I was his partner in the National Spearfishing Champs a few years ago and I confirm that he is a very good diver.For some reason ( all the fish life there I suppose)the Leigh area is Bronzey Alley particularly Summer / Autumn and last summer was the worst on record for big bronzy encounters in this area.

I do not know Captain Kayak personally but he sounds a keen bean.

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Hi Smudge and Stefan, I have been scalloping up at the Manukau toward the mill end and the shells are legal but few in nos and average about 110mm.

 

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Hi Cee Bee. Is that from the Clarks Beach area?
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Hi all.

I have been visiting this forum for a while now. Thought I might give my 2 cents worth. We have just got back from a week in Blenhiem. Three of us went out to the head of the Sounds to get a feed of scallops. Well, it only needed 1 dredge, approx 200 in 1 drag. Threw 50 of the smallest back. Time to head home again. 

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G'day Keith...now that wasn't very fair at all mate!......good condition were they?..taste good did they?...'spose ya washed them down with a nice bottle of plonk as well?...
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