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A stunning dawn was brewing as I got the 6-year-old strapped into his life jacket and settled into the passenger seat of our little FC465. But I didn't think the omens were particularly auspicious: full moon, slack water quite early, and then stiff breeze expected against the tide. 

Tough conditions for my first bait and berley mission for a good couple of years. I'd made the call to ditch the softbaits so the boy would be actively involved the whole time. I'd dusted off the trusty Ugly Stiks, found a sabiki rig, re-attached the Railblaza bait board, and dug out the berley basket. After a few moments thinking hard, I remembered how to snell a hook on the leader!

It was indeed a lethargic pre-high tide current in the Tamaki Strait as we found a suitable spot in 9m where there was a little slope and some bait sign passing through. I flicked out a couple of light strayline rigs with half pillies while I loaded some salmon berley into the basket and deployed it towards the bottom.

Bait and berley definitely requires smart organisation on board, particularly with a little fellow itching to get amongst it. 

It was about then that I realised he'd innocently brought his partly consumed breakfast banana on board, tucked safely beside his seat. Hmmm...  

However, we soon had a small keeper on board and the boy dropped sabikis into the berley trail - yes, some chunky jack macks had turned up. Great. Just what we needed for Sam Mossman's rig of a half still-twitching mack on two big circle hooks, cast way out the back to entice any bigger fish. It's worked well for us before, would it again today?

Well in the next couple of hours as the outgoing current picked up, Dad was kept busy baiting up several rods and manning the berley, and together we took turns battling a range of snaps in three size classes: low to mid-30cms, 40-43cm, and two very respectable reds for the Tamaki shallows - 61cm and 57cm, both on the twitcher half mack. They just buckled over the rod in the holder without warning, and pulled line hard. Exciting stuff.

Our last customer had the telltale shark feel - turned out to be a beautiful 4ft hammerhead which we got to the side of the boat before it thrashed on the surface and bit through the trace. The moment of the trip for the 6-year-old!

It was time to point for home into the strong Sou/SWer, with a great bin of fish and another beaut father and son trip in the memory banks.






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Awesome Lester very nice snapper
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Good stuff ttk, couple of decent fish for the Tamiki strait. I launched from Maraetai on Saturday with my 18 yr old daughter and headed straight to Duders park area. Binned 8 good pannies.
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Ahh that's gold right there Thumbs UpThumbs Up Fantastic stuff mate...
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Great report and awesome to see the young feller getting into it
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Going bait and burley...Thumbs Up

Cool report.. all about what fish should be...
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Nice one Lester.  Shame about B&B.......

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Originally posted by brmbrm brmbrm wrote:

Nice one Lester.  Shame about B&B.......


Haha, yes indeed - after several years on the softbait learning curve to where I'm pretty confident, I turned the clock back a bit.

I didn't enjoy the clean up back home! It's amazing how much bait, blood and bits of crap get everywhere. I'd forgotten how bad a bag of sun-ripened squid bits smells!

But I'm sure we wouldn't have done as well in the windy conditions on softbaits, and it was all calculated to help my boy get his joy for fishing back after a tough outing last time. He's been buzzing since, so it was worth it.
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Good stuff ttk, couple of decent fish for the Tamiki strait. I launched from Maraetai on Saturday with my 18 yr old daughter and headed straight to Duders park area. Binned 8 good pannies.

Thanks mate, did you have to get a leave pass from Uncle and co to venture away from your beloved Tauranga Harbour flats? Big smile

From memory, it's your old stomping ground up here? Glad to hear you had a good trip with your daughter and got some nice fish. I have heard a lot about the 'Clevedon flats' near Duders. 
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Thanks for the positive comments, folks. 

The fishery on our doorstep may not be as good as some people remember, but I reckon we're pretty blessed to be able to venture 10 minutes from a beach in a major city and have a rewarding outing like that one - even with full moon and a banana.
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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Good stuff ttk, couple of decent fish for the Tamiki strait. I launched from Maraetai on Saturday with my 18 yr old daughter and headed straight to Duders park area. Binned 8 good pannies.


Thanks mate, did you have to get a leave pass from Uncle and co to venture away from your beloved Tauranga Harbour flats? Big smile

From memory, it's your old stomping ground up here? Glad to hear you had a good trip with your daughter and got some nice fish. I have heard a lot about the 'Clevedon flats' near Duders. 


I had to stay on the town side of Duders point due to the ugly chop on the flats and the fact I was in a 3.3m inflatable aswell. Been fishing that area for close to 35 years now and it still holds fish all year round.
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