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"when others take out kids or grandkids do you actually get to wind in a fish? I just drive the boat and pay the bills."

Thats what grandads are made for. Just takes a while (few decades) to get there.
Got the same coming up in a few days.
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I gave up trying to fish with kids years ago. If the bite is on you're busy helping them them, if it is quiet you have to keep them occupied. Same with wakeboarding, I am still waiting for my turn from last summer. Never mind--it is good to see others having fun.
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Busy busy alright, there has been some good fishing weather leading up to xmas.

"when others take out kids or grandkids do you actually get to wind in a fish? I just drive the boat and pay the bills."

I had a good laugh when I read Couttas post as I've resigned myself to the role of deckhand when I take kids and grandkids out, I do get satisfaction when we have a good day out and they all catch fish
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Grandson and I had a nice evening fish in the entrance last night, slow fishing but nice conditions. Came home with 5 snapper around 40cm, boat traffic died down about 6.30 on, there was a few boats heading out for an evening fish.
The fish were mostly skinny and somewhat milky flesh.
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That looks a perfect snap! Looks to have been a great day out
Seems to be a few reports of milky snap up north - haven’t encountered any so far
Thanks for the pics and update
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Looking at the belly on that fish is a good indicator for milky flesh. It's a bit sunken in with no roundness to it. But still a nice fish for the young man.

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Good observation there Kitno, I'm always looking at the top of the fish.
Looks like some good fishing tomorrow onwards
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Hi all
Good feed of snapper from the mighty 12 footer on Tuesday but slow Wednesday
Good condition fish all around 50cm
Shallows and up the harbour too
Good luck all
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Fished the harbour last night, caught fish on turn of the tide and first of the incoming until we caught an eel so called it a night after that ,few small rays to annoy us but 7 snaps,35cm -50cm and a surprise Gurnard ,a first for me in the harbour and I’ve fished it for over 50 years. Best baits were skippy and fresh Mack’s caught in the burly trail. Another good feed of fish for the family.
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Went out this morning to around the 32m range in front of Mauao. Only got two snaps for around 31/2 hours of water time (around 45 and 55cm so at least they were good sizes). The water was clear, I could just make out the bigger fish at around 10m (change of braid colour).Talking to a guy at the ramp on a jetski, he had a boat cut in close behind him and catch his line. Result was a lot of lost line and a spooled reel with what what left. It's been awhile since I've had a mishap, hope I havn't just jinxed it.
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Grandson and I went out of Kaituna cut this morning, only bought home 5 fish but had a couple of good ones. When we were launching I talked to an older couple going out on a jetski and he mentioned getting some pannies last Friday in 7m to the right heading out the cut. So after getting some livies in front of cut we gave that area a try, pretty quiet but grandson got a 60cm snap so happy days.
We fished our way deeper using softbaits till we got to a spot in 25m where livebaiting is good and ended up with a good kingi 115cm long. My kingfish mojo has been pretty sad for a while so was very stoked.
The snapper we caught were in good condition, one still had roe.
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Hi all
Great still morning but slow fish wise
At change of tide bite was on for about 30mins - shallows
Very warm water
Got a few good condition snaps
AND a bloody huge mullet (on a hook)
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Even though I haven't fished the waters around Tauranga for a while, I thought I'd do a report on how Tauranga is fishing over the last month. Mid December has seen quite a drop off in the number of snapper coming in from outside the harbour. Probably averaging less than 2 per bin. Some big trevally have been getting caught and more gurnard than I would normally expect at this time of the year. Kingfish on the other hand seem to be plentiful with good solid fish being landed. As for the harbour, it's been going really well. Lots of healthy looking snapper with a decent average size. I suspect these harbour caught snapper have spawned early and are now feeding up and putting on condition.

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yeah kitno, I reckon your appraisal is about bang on..
Saturday morning, we did a "tour" of the outer harbour, 47kms, looking for tarakihi & snapper.
Tons of baby snapper that might have been takers a few years ago, 27~~31 cms..
I'm not prepared to take anything less than 32 on my measure, just to be sure..lol.

Was a cracker day out there & the highlight was a pod of dolphins came to visit.
The water at that point was glass & us moving at about 3 kts gave us a magic view of these mighty animals.
I'd swear they were eye-balling us.

Anyway, that was the highlight of the day, & just enough snapper for one meal ..
****!, I think I need re-programming 
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Thanks for report Kitno, it matches my fishing efforts for the last month, I havent fished upper harbour, only around entrance, so need to get some bait and berley and try the upper areas.
I think by February the snapper will spread out more
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