Bay of Islands 29 January - 4 February?

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    Posted: 12 Jan 2024 at 10:54am
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So ... I now have drop in outriggers, game rods, lures and more (thanks KevinS) and we will be staying in the Russell Top 10 campground end of Jan. We will be there for 6 nights and I am hoping to spend 2 or 3 days towing lures round ... (and some other time spearfishing etc.) 

If anyone is around that way I would be keen to chat as on the game fishing front I am pretty much "all the gear and no idea" at the moment. (and if you want to know about spearfishing we can trade)

Keep an eye out for the blue Profile hardtop "Spear Time" (the name has been added since this pic was taken) ...

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Awesome - have  a great trip in one of the best bits of this country.
Hopefully the weather works for you.
Are those carbon fibre poles? Fished on a mates boat yday with some . very nice kit.
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Very nice rig there Tony. I'll be likely working (except the Monday). Hope the weather and fish play ball for you. Just be aware you could so easily become addicted to game fishing.
Local Channel is 3. Coastguard don't operate out of the bay but Russell Radio do (local volunteers) on 63. Personally when I fish from the B.O.I I still use Tutukaka channel 7. You will find 3 very quiet as the locals keep their cards close to their chests. 
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I'm in Paihia mate, i'll pm you my number. Fishing has been hot up here lately, with boats getting up to 4 fish a day and sread out over wide areas. We got a double on the weekend, headed home before lunch with one onboard and the other released. Epic start to the season, hopefully it lasts
Weather has been a bit fickle so hopefully it settles down
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Update: thanks to krow and terrafish for the PMs with advice etc. For some reason I couldn't log in to fishing.net on my phone (user error ...).

I followed the BOI and Whangarei clubs on Facebook so could see where others had been hooking up.

We had a great time with 3 good days out on the water.  First day (Tuesday 30/1) was more inshore fishing then we had a solid day towing lures wide of Cape Brett on Wednesday followed by Thursday being 50:50 with the morning out wide and the afternoon in Whangamumu Harbour and round the entrance where I jumped in with a speargun.

We had one solid strike on Wednesday. I didn't see what it was but it really got the adrenalin running when it went for a solid run and then spat the hook :( 

Shelly did well with looking after the helm etc. while I raced round clearing gear etc.  I couldn't stop the thing running - it was like a freight train (I have a bit to learn with this rod fishing thing - never mind game fishing).

I'm keen to have another crack - so now I just need to line up a weather window with a weekend ...


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Good on ya Tony. Thought I recognised that beautiful boat. Your marlin will come , stick at it. Cheers Shane.
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Cheers for update.
You still have time to quit this new obsession before you really get hooked.
It's time on water, and learning.
Enjoy
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Good one PM. It is something else when a big fish grabs a trolled lure. Freight train is a good description!
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Originally posted by Alan L Alan L wrote:

Awesome - have  a great trip in one of the best bits of this country.
Hopefully the weather works for you.
Are those carbon fibre poles? Fished on a mates boat yday with some . very nice kit.
Alan

Sorry Alan - missed the question earlier. The poles are two piece telescopic fibreglass with a bent butt so they can drop into a rod holder.  Here's a picture of the boat with them fitted (in Whangamumu Harbour).

I still need to decide whether leaving them rigged they way they are currently or change to have the cord for the roller clips running through the small cleat near the base of each one will work best for me.




And here's a link to them:

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Nice, it's always good to get a bite, even if you don't see it, just keeps that morale going!
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