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Takapu Rock Snaps and Orca

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    Posted: 26 Sep 2020 at 7:41pm
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Headed out on a solo mission yesterday from Auckland's East Coast Bays. Prospects were good with 10 knots wind predicted, dropping to 5 knots late afternoon. All went well on launching and motor on song I headed out past a couple of these guys on anchor:


And went past this rock:


Then parked up in front of Takapu Rock on the incoming tide and proceeded to strayline. Fishing was a bit slow with the bite VERY tentative. Caught a few snaps but this was the standout. This fish took a largish pillie on a strayline with at least 100m of line out. I knew it was heavier than average but because I had so much (nylon) line out it did not really respond until the line angle started to lift it off the reef and then it gave me a good fight:



And then... the real highlight of the day was a pod of Orca showed up. All females with calves. This one came closest to check me out:



Pretty cool. So a wonderful day...and not put off by the trek back to the Bays in a rising 15 knot wind against tide. Not sure where the 5 knots falling was.





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Looks like an awesome day on the water, with some good fishing and encounters. Nicely captured in your report and pics.
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Nice.
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nice report. So often the unexpected gems that make a memorable day on the water. 
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Great snap
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