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    Posted: 23 Nov 2020 at 8:21pm
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Originally posted by Snappa Geoff Snappa Geoff wrote:

Yep its been rubbish since my last postThumbs DownWesterlies and ugly seas. Bit of a bummer as November the best month here for the big Snaps! At least they putting on weight for next time outย Big smileย keep the posts coming Johnny!!!!


I'm sure those easterlies will roll through soon enough, and I'm sure you'll make up for lost time when they do! Cheers
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Yep its been rubbish since my last postThumbs DownWesterlies and ugly seas. Bit of a bummer as November the best month here for the big Snaps! At least they putting on weight for next time out Big smile keep the posts coming Johnny!!!!
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Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

Originally posted by Johnny Watson Johnny Watson wrote:

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Yeah boy!

Well done mate just another day in the office


Cheers bro! Found some massive schools of Snaps out around your haunts last night too ๐Ÿ‘Œ


Yep when I ain't there be about right lmao


Don't worry mate I took good care of them for ya ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Originally posted by Snappa Geoff Snappa Geoff wrote:

Another Top report Johnny! Put in the work over the years sorting out spots that hold fish, have quality tackle, and everything prepared ahead you get the results. Exactly wot I do, Anyone on here thats passionate and slightly mad could improve there fishing ten fold if they followed similar steps. Beer



Cheers Geoff, the fishing has been good and so has the weather most weekends. Nothing too big, but decent size and a few species on offer.

You nailed it when you said "spots that hold fish, have quality tackle, and everything prepared ahead you get the results". Finding spots that hold fish is a must. Quality gear can mean the difference between landing or losing the fish of a lifetime, and gives real confidenceto the angler. I have all my rigs tied and rigs/tackle ready for almost anything that happens to happen on any given day. Can take the smallest of adjustments some days to buy a bite, then somedays anything goes.

Hope that west coast plays ball for you again soon ๐Ÿป

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Originally posted by The Tamure Kid The Tamure Kid wrote:

Originally posted by Johnny Watson Johnny Watson wrote:

Originally posted by Sanchez Sanchez wrote:

freaking awesome. Gives me the jitters.ย ย 


Haha cheers Sanchez. It seems the Slimey Mackerel in the tank in the bottom pic had the jitters looking down at his fate ๐Ÿ˜‚


On that, Johnny, did you just keep slimeys out of a random collection of mackies from a bait school, or did you target them? - ie they look different on the sounder, or you know a spot or two where they frequent...

I went on a charter out of Sandspit once and the skipper was over the moon when we pulled up some slimeys in the live bait gathering at the start of the day. Sure enough they were nailed in seconds out by Flat Rock, whereas the jack macks took longer to get wolfed down.


TTK, I kept some smaller-medium sized Slimey Macs which I managed in between a school of Jack Macs. I left that spot and started heading towards my destination, pretty confident I would mark more bait sign on my way and drop sabikis into (my TM185M shows bait sign as a vertical line at full speed which rocks!). Well I got all of 2-300 meters and marked a solid ball of bait. I marked it then went back around and bingo, an absolute haystack of massive Slimeys. I landed 2 donkeys, dropped 2 donkeys at the boat, and had 2 sets of sabikis smashed to smithereens by the time they scattered.

When you see bigs schools of Slimey Macs they are easy to distinguish. They come up as a very dense ball on my sounder, the brightest colour return your palette setting will give! Very similar to schools of Pilchards in ways, though the individual targets are absolutely bigger when zoomed in in CHIRP. When they are with Jack's you may or may not see the difference in the marks.

I actually prefer Jack Macs or Slimeys as fresh and livebait in most scenarios, but as you found they can be better in certain areas. The bigger ones are good liveys, but the smaller ones aren't as resilient as the Jack's.

Spring time seems to be a really good time to catch them in the Gulf, and they aren't too hard find out off Omaha at the moment. There are actually plenty of Koheru to be caught up there too if you know how, I've loaded up on 20-30 barrels up there some mornings, but those things are a whole different ball game altogether lol.
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Originally posted by Johnny Watson Johnny Watson wrote:

Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

Yeah boy!

Well done mate just another day in the office


Cheers bro! Found some massive schools of Snaps out around your haunts last night too ๐Ÿ‘Œ


Yep when I ain't there be about right lmao
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Another Top report Johnny! Put in the work over the years sorting out spots that hold fish, have quality tackle, and everything prepared ahead you get the results. Exactly wot I do, Anyone on here thats passionate and slightly mad could improve there fishing ten fold if they followed similar steps. Beer
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Originally posted by Johnny Watson Johnny Watson wrote:

Originally posted by Sanchez Sanchez wrote:

freaking awesome. Gives me the jitters.  


Haha cheers Sanchez. It seems the Slimey Mackerel in the tank in the bottom pic had the jitters looking down at his fate ๐Ÿ˜‚


On that, Johnny, did you just keep slimeys out of a random collection of mackies from a bait school, or did you target them? - ie they look different on the sounder, or you know a spot or two where they frequent...

I went on a charter out of Sandspit once and the skipper was over the moon when we pulled up some slimeys in the live bait gathering at the start of the day. Sure enough they were nailed in seconds out by Flat Rock, whereas the jack macks took longer to get wolfed down.
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Originally posted by Far Quirk Far Quirk wrote:

Like the Tamure Kid said, that one session contains all the highlights from several seasons for me.ย  You da boss.ย  Liked.


Cheers for that Far Quirk. I must admit it took me quite a few years to "figure out" how to get to the point where this is a very realistic, almost average, catch in a single morning solo. They aren't huge fish by any means, but it's still pretty satisfying when it all comes together on the day.

It looks like you do a lot of fishing closer to Auckland city? It is definitely worth the extra effort to fish slightly further north or south every now and then IMO, I find the variety and average size can be slightly better. Though it does look like you really enjoy just getting out there and doing it, I think I make it all too serious most the time lol . In saying all that, my biggest Snapper to date came out of the inner Gulf (Noises) earlier this year, so there are still some trophies still lingering around in close.

Tight lines๐Ÿ‘

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Originally posted by Steps Steps wrote:

Cool report

I've managed to find a few really productive and reliable spots north of
Auckland over the last few years, both these ones I only fish on the
outgoing tide (can be hard to choose which one to pick!). These hauls
are pretty much average and what I expect at this time of year tbh.

ย And classic example of of why 5% of rec fishermen catch 95% of rec fish.
Keeping historic records.ย  I found once figured out the bottom end, it was more a quick prospect of a couple locations that would be coming into 'season' on the way out to planed spots. And those was more gps than sounder fishing.
Once have the 'records' one always goes home with a feed.

Mark Twain : " luck is directly proportional to the effort put in"


Cheers Steps. You are onto it. I have filled out a fishing and diving log book for almost ten years now without missing an entry, it is very worthwhile. Can be a bit tedious keeping up with entries at times (mine are very descriptive), but jotting down the main points on a bit of paper then completing it later on isn't so bad.

As for effort, I always give 110% when it comes to fishing!!! It's a bloody grueling "hobby", crazy early starts and late finishes, extreme weather in a open boat, massive clean ups and preperation, servicing the boat and gear, fishing tackle and fishing gear costs, petrol and diesel....... But I wouldn't give it up for anything!!!

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Like the Tamure Kid said, that one session contains all the highlights from several seasons for me.  You da boss.  Liked.
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Cool report

I've managed to find a few really productive and reliable spots north of Auckland over the last few years, both these ones I only fish on the outgoing tide (can be hard to choose which one to pick!). These hauls are pretty much average and what I expect at this time of year tbh.

 And classic example of of why 5% of rec fishermen catch 95% of rec fish.
Keeping historic records.  I found once figured out the bottom end, it was more a quick prospect of a couple locations that would be coming into 'season' on the way out to planed spots. And those was more gps than sounder fishing.
Once have the 'records' one always goes home with a feed.

Mark Twain : " luck is directly proportional to the effort put in"
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Originally posted by Muppet Muppet wrote:

Yeah boy!

Well done mate just another day in the office


Cheers bro! Found some massive schools of Snaps out around your haunts last night too ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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Yeah boy!

Well done mate just another day in the office
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Originally posted by Rozboon Rozboon wrote:

Delicious mixed bag there, not sure which one I would eat first.

(Probably Kingfish sashimi entree then JD main...)


It sure was some amazing eating Rozboon. They are all so bloody tasty in their own rights!

Actually just finished the last bits of JD and Snapper in beer batter half an hour ago, was vacuum packed in the freezer. Tastes like it was caught yesterday ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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Originally posted by Sanchez Sanchez wrote:

freaking awesome. Gives me the jitters.ย ย 


Haha cheers Sanchez. It seems the Slimey Mackerel in the tank in the bottom pic had the jitters looking down at his fate ๐Ÿ˜‚
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Delicious mixed bag there, not sure which one I would eat first.

(Probably Kingfish sashimi entree then JD main...)
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freaking awesome. Gives me the jitters.  
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Originally posted by Telecaster Telecaster wrote:

Nice work!


Cheers Telecaster, such a great time of year up there ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

Very well done JWClap


Cheers Catchelot, appreciate the feedback โœŒ
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