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    Posted: 21 Jul 2019 at 7:46pm
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Was out behind Rangitoto this morning for 4 hours. Still so many baby snaps around it's crazy! Been a warm winter I guess? Got a couple of 40-50cm snaps and a few pannies which feels pretty good for winter fishing... but seemed to go right off the chew after high tide.


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Great report from last week, Geoff. Stunning conditions, lovely fish. And great that you shared your expertise with two friends who really appreciated the kai moana.
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Was on kaipara on Saturday in me fc430 got snapper from 45 cm up to 60 cm and nuc gurnard
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Hey Geoff those shags were impossible when I last went out inclose to Rangi - bloody things. They were taking my baits ! not liveys but actual baits.
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Nice fish, and cool photo, well done.
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School holidays. Nipped out with my eldest son for a quick fish in the Firth shallows. Very slow. Picked up couple of gurnards and 1 snap which went 7kg on the local gas station scales. Fed the old lady. So happy days.
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Tess is an excellent photographer and gave her hubby a tip about presenting his fishWink

Saturday 13/7/19 7:15 to 9:45am
Launched Takapuna and back to the foul near yellow buoy off the Takapuna cliffs.  Put down some berley and the NW wind drove the boat off the berley trail, so not ideal.  Should have got there earlier before the breeze came up.  Used squid and mullet baits and the size of the snapper gradually increased. By 8:30 had kept a 36 and 38cm snapper, and released 31, 32 and 33cm models.  Also used some big KY and whole jack mack baits hoping to lure a biggun, but nothing doing.  Smaller fish decimated the larger baits.
Shags were a nuisance.  AngryForgot to take my AR15. Evil Smile They attacked jack macks as I reefed them into the boat.  One of them ended up stuck on my Uncle's jack mack flasher rig.  Took about 5 minutes to wear it down, then used a towel to grab it by the beak, and removed the hook from its mouth with pliers.  As it made its escape it got its leg caught on another hook, so spent another 5 minutes trying to tame it until the hook broke off.  That rig took a hell of a thrashing and held up well.

The tidal flow died about 8:30 and so did the bite.  Put out a live bait but the shags dragged it up from 9m deep.

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Fantastic fishing Geoff - much kudos to you Geoff as you regularly catch bloody good fish in the busiest most fished places in Auckland. Hat off to you mate. New spot called Geoffs Foul?
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its a goody in close mate
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What a stunning fish. Obviously a great day out.

Is it just me that is getting the impression there are more fish holding in close this winter, compared to other winters.

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That tail on that fish! Nice work
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Sunday 7/7/19  7:15 to 10am

Launched from Kohimarama in sunny still weather and out to East Bastion reef in under 5 minutes.  Anchored in about 6m of water and berleyed up next to the reef.  There were 3 of us (Tess, former colleague and her hubby Elijah) and within minutes we had our hands full with small to medium snapper 33 to 40cms.  We had 5 on the floor of the boat before we had time to have a cleanup and get them on ice.  Small pieces of squid on 8/0 or 10/0 circle hooks were doing the damage.  There was a bit of a lull and we started using small bits of mullet on half the rods.  Shaking the berley bag sparked another onslaught, this time snapper up to 44cms.  Another brief lull then BOOM a bigger model grabbed the mullet bait, hooked up and took off along the side of the reef towards the city.  I picked it for a stingray but Elijah turned it and nod nod snapper! 65cms of prime fat Hauraki goodness.  About 9:30 the fishing slowed and time to gill and gut some of the fish.  Back to the ramp and all tidied up about 10:30.

Tess and Elijah went away with 7 or 8 snapper and 3 were plenty for me.  Elijah's fish of the day would have made for some tall tales for friends and whanau.  Good times!  I'll post a pic sometime.


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Very respectable catch geoff,considering its mid winter, bright clear south east conditions and 3 meters of water. 
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Saturday 29/6/19  10:15am to 12:45pm

Incoming tide, up current from Bean Rock, bait and berley.  Went OK for the first hour.  Kept a 33 and 40cm snap and released a few 30 to 31cms.  The water was only about 3m deep and maybe the light affected the fishing, but after 11:15, no keepers.  Lots of small snaps, easily released from the 8/0 and 10/0 circle hooks.  About 12, moved about 50m to water that was around 6m deep, and there seemed to be more keepers around, but only caught 1, 40cm, lost a couple of others.

Fantastic still, calm, sunny weather.  In past years, wouldn't have bothered in shallow in these conditions, but there are still a few out there.
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Originally posted by Far Quirk Far Quirk wrote:

Saturday 22/6/19  7:30 to 10am

Totally stuffed up the tides and went to an outgoing spot near the Takapuna cliffs, but the tide was coming in.  Used lots of berley and picked up a 37cm snap early, then babies for an hour.  Moved out to Russell's Reef [not to be confused with Russel's Crack, Russel's Groove, Russell's Horn, Russells' Knob, or Russell's Wrinkle] north of Rangi light.  Berleyed our way up from more tiddlers to eventually get 2 keepers 33 and 41cms.  Not bad considering the poor planning, and the wind was very gentle, so a pleasant trip with my sister in law.

I was by the marker pole takapuna cliffs same day, probably 2 hours after you  - just as the tide started going out. Very slow bite, few small fish and a couple of 40cm before I pulled the pin and drifted over duder spit where I took another on a lime tiger.
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Launched at Takapuna Boat Ramp around 7:15. Headed just north of Rangitoto to the same spot we did got well at a couple of weeks ago and it didn't disappoint once again.

Before the sun was out we landed a 54cm snap. No wind, great conditions, we caught pannies for most of the day. It's certainly not winter fishing yet, so many undersized snappers still around, its crazy. Caught a bunch of jackmacks and baby KY's which were used for bait, but no carrots or decent sized KY's seen this time.

Just before 12 we nailed a 58cm snap (boat record) and called it quits with 14.

Another great day of fishing on the gulf!



The 5KG Pilchards for $20 was from the Top Catch in Takapuna btw.
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Saturday 22/6/19  7:30 to 10am

Totally stuffed up the tides and went to an outgoing spot near the Takapuna cliffs, but the tide was coming in.  Used lots of berley and picked up a 37cm snap early, then babies for an hour.  Moved out to Russell's Reef [not to be confused with Russel's Crack, Russel's Groove, Russell's Horn, Russells' Knob, or Russell's Wrinkle] north of Rangi light.  Berleyed our way up from more tiddlers to eventually get 2 keepers 33 and 41cms.  Not bad considering the poor planning, and the wind was very gentle, so a pleasant trip with my sister in law.
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which top catch, that's a bloody good deal
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Tomorrow morning is looking good for a fish in the Gulf! High tide at 10:50am

Has anyone used those South African Pilchards from Top Catch? They were killing it for us when Squid wasn't working the other weekend. 5KG for $20 is a steal!


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