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Originally posted by GregS GregS wrote:

Hi Coastbusters I don't know what type of whale, there was just the one and he was swimming around in the same area not going anywhere, maybe feeding. Good to watch as I shut down motor and didnt hace to chase it, bit wary of getting too close after the Kaikoura tragedy. We took of out to sea and when we came back 2 hours later he was still there.
Your bust offs must have been Kingi or Shark.
Good haul strx7, it was a minter alright.
I also we along Matakana Friday avo in my dinghy for a softbait and was pretty slow fishing, I did catch a Stargazer or something, not the most handsome fish fish


I'd say it was a humpback. I have seen them in the Gold Coast twice in Oct. That is along their migration route, which aligns with dates now. Slapping their flippers was how you spotted them. And they too would hang around all day slapping. The flippers usually looked a tad longer, but maybe it is part submerged in the photo.

I assumed kingies too. Both times they took the whole pilchard when it was mid water column drifting down the berley trail almost immediately after being cast, so I can rule out a stingray. I haven't caught enough kingies to recognize exactly what it feels like on the line. I definitely felt head shakes. There were surface flurries of baitfish followed by a v in the water around that time too, which also makes me think kings.

Oh, and I can testify that stargazers aka monkfish are delicious. I caught one a couple of years ago in the harbour of all places.
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Hey Cooastbusters. In the harbour Saturday arvo. Got 11 snapper up to 7.5lbs. Nothing small. Also had similar thing happen with big solid pulls then bit off. I reckon theres some solid snaps lurkin. One was caught the other day just shy of 20lbs
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Originally posted by Coastbusters Coastbusters wrote:

Originally posted by strx7 strx7 wrote:

Coastbuster - what area were the steamtrains in? water depth?.


4.5m at the edge of a deep channel,

Shark I'd suspect.  I know on the occasion i've been plagued by schoolies at motiti their side to side head thrashing feels just like sizeable snapper tail pumps....

Kings blast off then then give you a slower version of the trevally side on nod/nod/nod as they are longer fish then do it slower....
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Snapper makes sense. It fought more like how I recognize snapper shaking, tapping, nodding, and was easier to winch to the boat than a comparative kingie or shark
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Originally posted by Waihime Waihime wrote:

It was a new lure so eventually after about 5 lost fish I thought I’d wind it in and try the same slider I had success with last week. Thats when I found the small pvc tubes over the end of the hooks!!!

I know someone else on here who had that same problem a couple of years ago with a new jig......  I'm sure they will comment when reading this...
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Originally posted by strx7 strx7 wrote:

Originally posted by Waihime Waihime wrote:

It was a new lure so eventually after about 5 lost fish I thought I’d wind it in and try the same slider I had success with last week. Thats when I found the small pvc tubes over the end of the hooks!!!

I know someone else on here who had that same problem a couple of years ago with a new jig......  I'm sure they will comment when reading this...

..get awaaaay with ya Shane, lol

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Thanks Keith C for confirming the Stargazer, I've heard of them but didn't know was good to eat, wish I kept it.
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Originally posted by strx7 strx7 wrote:

Originally posted by Waihime Waihime wrote:

It was a new lure so eventually after about 5 lost fish I thought I’d wind it in and try the same slider I had success with last week. Thats when I found the small pvc tubes over the end of the hooks!!!


I know someone else on here who had that same problem a couple of years ago with a new jig......  I'm sure they will comment when reading this...


Haha. Luckily I was fishing solo, otherwise I suspect the ribbing would have been quite severe!!
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Originally posted by Uncle Uncle wrote:

Originally posted by strx7 strx7 wrote:

Originally posted by Waihime Waihime wrote:

It was a new lure so eventually after about 5 lost fish I thought I’d wind it in and try the same slider I had success with last week. Thats when I found the small pvc tubes over the end of the hooks!!!


I know someone else on here who had that same problem a couple of years ago with a new jig......  I'm sure they will comment when reading this...


..get awaaaay with ya Shane, lol



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I STARTED THE DAY WITH NO FISH AND I STILL HAVE PLENTY LEFT
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I fished the last couple of hours in the harbour about half way to Omokoroa yesterday afternoon. While the fishing was slow I was pretty happy with the two snapper I got. One was 6 and the other 13.5 old fashioned pounds.Best I've had in the harbour.
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What bait were you using Coutta?

I assume you were straylining?
Drift or anchor?
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Gidday Mike. I was anchored up off the island past Matakana in the channel. Baits was second time thawed out mullet and had on a 6 oz sinker and a super long trace. Nothing too refined about my fishing. In the harbour I use 6500 size reels on 5-25 kg Ugly Stiks and 15 kg line. I like to get the fish in rather quick to beat the sharks.

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Good couple of fish there Coutta, particularly daytime harbour fishing in September. Is this the spring run of snapper Ive read guys on here talk about,
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Don't know Greg. More than likely a bloody fluke. There wasn't much else around. I think I only got one other bite and that was a small one that didn't even mess up the bait.

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Originally posted by Coutta Coutta wrote:

Gidday Mike. I was anchored up off the island past Matakana in the channel. Baits was second time thawed out mullet and had on a 6 oz sinker and a super long trace. Nothing too refined about my fishing. In the harbour I use 6500 size reels on 5-25 kg Ugly Stiks and 15 kg line. I like to get the fish in rather quick to beat the sharks.



Thanks Coutta. I've been doing ok for big kahawai and usually a trev for the last few outings. Caught an undersize kingie last Sunday too. Never lots of action, but usually enough for 2 night's dinner. That's all I ever want. One kahawai was so big and fat I thought it was a kingie. I've only ever had sharks taking trevs and kings. Do they take snapper too? Here's a trev that escaped a bronzies jaws.
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The mongrels will take anything Mike. I had one have a go at a snapper I was gently lifting out of the water without using a net. Bloody near crapped myself I can tell you.
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Originally posted by Coutta Coutta wrote:

The mongrels will take anything Mike. I had one have a go at a snapper I was gently lifting out of the water without using a net. Bloody near crapped myself I can tell you.


I'm not surprised! I saw one try to grab a kingie as it was being scooped with a landing net by 2 kids. That was pretty terrifying. The kingie pretty much jumped into the net!
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Has anyone been out wide to Mayor recently?
Or does anyone know when the bait schools and kings will start coming to the surface out there?
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Not hard to get a feed of snapper at the moment. Fished the first couple of hours of the incoming tide in the harbour yesterday afternoon. Limit from 32 - 40cm.
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