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    Posted: 31 May 2020 at 6:52am
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Hi all, With the Wife's birthday yesterday, along weekend and five other couples staying a night in Mokau to celebrate I was hoping the weather gods would play ball to hopefully  send everyone home with Kilo's of fish!Conditions were marginal. My brother and I couldn't launch off Mokau so we towed ten K's South to a little bay called Rapanui. A bit of a wait for a lull but out we got no probsThumbs Up Tried in close at 10 metres for first hour, nothing much happening but plenty of fresh Kahawai for bait. Out a little deeper we went to approx 18 metres. And Boom! within five minutes we had screaming Straylines on the big fresh Kahawai baits. One of my secrets is to chunk the Kahawai Frames into two inch bits and every now and then throw a few over. This keeps the school of Big  Snaps below you hanging around. The first hour was insaneBig smile. Would of caught ten good ones each, picking and choosing which ones to keep and letting the others go. A couple we let go were over the 20 lb mark but most around 15-20. The second hour we just ran huge baits, heads, whole fillets with backbones in trying to pull a real big one out but no takers, just similar sizes to first hour of which we let all go. Bait came to a halt and we left the fish below us, choosing to head in early to crank up the Smoker as well. Pick of Snaps we kept, plenty of fish for our out of town friends! and other locals. Beer
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Looks like heaps of fun. Epic. Guessing the wife wanted something as well as snaps for bday tho.Smile
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Great fishing Geoff
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Epic Geoff not jealous at all!Embarrassed
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................Thats it. Im moving to Mokau.
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Snappa Geoff + great fishery = epic day on the water.
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Thanks for replies Guys! Yep Mokau offers a great lifestyle and place to live. 

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Nice work Geoff. The Snaps definitely are hungry and putting on their winter layer. Beautiful eating fish when they are in such good condition 👍
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Originally posted by Schampy Schampy wrote:

................Thats it. Im moving to Mokau.
I was thinking Waiuku. Hmm.
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Magic snapper fishing in your back yard,always enjoy your posts.
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Good fishin Geoff, must have been hard on the bite.
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Originally posted by sea reason sea reason wrote:

Magic snapper fishing in your back yard,always enjoy your posts.
Likewise Sea Reason, catching big Snaps in the Gulf as you do is in your reports is a damm sight harder than catching one hereThumbs Up
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Good fishin Geoff, must have been hard on the bite.
Good to here from you Craig! Yep it was a great sesh having the Snaps attacking everything we sent down to them for that long! Talked to another mate who came up from New plymouth via the water on Sat. He put his friend on his first 20lb da! You must be due for another visit soon to knock off another Biggy!Beer
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Sweet as a nut Geoff. I'm going to try your Big bait methods one of these days. My mate from NP is onto similar sizes sometimes and calls me up when hes on one . Weather can be knarly tho so much respect. The best weather window we had was 20-30 knots. Wave broke over the bow of his little stabbi. Apart from very wet we didnt get much that day. a Few cod and regular snaps. You are making Mokau into the stuff of legend.
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Must be a bugger when there's no room left to sit down nice work Geoff.

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