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Another fortnight and the snapper fishing should improve I suspect. Even the kahawai numbers have been low of late.

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Great day weather wise on the harbour yesterday
Got a bit wet coming back in thou
Some action but slower - lost a horse snap
Flesh still in good nick
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Yep ended up a good weather window CN, love the overcast conditions and no wind till mid afternoon.
I took a neighbour out to Motiti, we did have a small short period swell otherwise mint and no sunburn.
Found fish up on the reef at the knoll and ended up with 14 snapper from 35 to 45cm using softbaits.
The neighbour got a 68cm in 7m of water, it was in good condition about 14pd. Near the end of the fight right by the boat a solid bronzie turned up which added to the excitement, I started the motor up hoping to keep it away, maybe it helped.
That bronzie pestered us for the next hour or more even though we shifted away along the reef.
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Wow! Greg, that's a real ol' battler.
Great fish
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Hi all, on annual leave this week and got lucky with the weather, I've been surfing Matakana Island every morning and have fished the entrance twice on the way home.
Wednesday 5 drifts with softbaits and 5 snapper, yesterday a lot slower but got 2, lost a good one to a shark, can't bring the good ones up quick enough. Two other people I talked to yesterday lost fish to sharks.
Big tides with biig current made it challenging.
Some of the fish I caught on Wednesday were spraying milt around my dinghy so maybe still some spawning going on.
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Hi all, on holiday this week and got lucky with the weather, I've been surfing Matakana Island every morning and have fished the entrance twice on the way home.
Wednesday 5 drifts with softbaits and 5 snapper, yesterday a lot slower but got 2, lost a good one to a shark, can't bring the good ones up quick enough. Two other people I talked to yesterday lost fish to sharks.
Big tides with biig current made it challenging.
Some of the fish I caught on Wednesday were spraying milt around my dinghy so maybe still some spawning going on.
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Great weather for a holiday Greg
Good to hear re the milt
Lawns today but tomorrow I slay em!
Wind looks nice and for the mighty 12 footer
Good tide too
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Harbour fishing is it CN, let us know how you get on, good luck and hope those naughty sharks stay away
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Beauty day as the mighty 12’ powered me onwards to glory!
Nice fish
A KY with zero tail - 54 cm so he was doing okay I guess but not so much now …
Good milt still and very full of craps most fish
6 foot of water
Kati area
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Great catching fish in 6ft CN and looking at your photo its daytime, no change of light required.
I did a repeat of last week this afternoon and drifted the entrance coming home from surfing Matakana, plenty of snapper about, good time of the year next few months.
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So Greg and CN are you guys soft baiting when you are drifting at the entrance?  I have fished the entrance several times  both at change of light and tide and have done poorly.  I have been anchored up mind you.  is any tide better than the other?
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Morning
I fish the shallows and not the channels either
Light as gear
I actually don’t worry about the light as it does seem to matter for the spots I go too
I got 4 nine pounders mid day not that long ago
No cloud either
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Hi Barafat, I'm drifting the entrance Mount end using sofrbaits for about 300m at the most narrow point, average depth about 20m.
I only do this on incoming as entrance gets ****ty on outgoing, small tides a lot easier.
Its a busy place so week days a lot quieter especially when outside of harbour too rough to fish,evenings also a good time.
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Thanks Greg.  Good to know.  I have had it hard this year with just about every snapper caught undersized, and while the entrance has worked well for others I have struggled.  Maybe I just need to keep trying or try something different
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Hi Barafat, if you line up the red and white triangle beacons looking back toward sulphur point ramp, then anchor level with the first red marker going out the entrance then time it each side of the tide change you should get a feed this time of the year.
I prefer incoming, there is usually a few boats doing this evertday when weather allows.
Check shipping schedules on the harbour board website as you have to move for ships.
About 2.00pm today is ideal as tides are small and north wind forecast so wind and tide together and looks like one ship departing at 1.30pm.
Everyone I see fishing there uses heavy sinker with 5+ metres of trace which is a common harbour set up.
I'm planning on fishing there afrter 3.00pm today when my grandson gets out of school, drift fishing you can fish more current.
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Thanks Greg & CN.  I will follow your advice.  It would be nice to be able to report a catch for a change
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I went outside the harbour last Friday from Kaituna Cut, nice conditions so went to Motiti.
Lots of current from the east with slow but steady fishing for me. Ended up with 6 snapper in reasonable condition with one of them spraying out milt.
As conditions were really nice I jigged for kingis on a reef between Motiti and Schooner which has become quite popular for jigging since most other reefs a reserve now.
I'm finding now most of my Kingfish get sharked as with more jigging going on they seem to learn its an easy meal.
On Friday I could see the shark on my sounder following me as I drifted, I tried both ends of the reef and saw them on my sounder often, when I hooked a decent king it was taken in under 10 seconds so gave up.
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