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Still roed up.Or second shot as water temp was 19.5c
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Well we went out,wife and I.It will be nice.HaHa started off at kkb 8knts w so across to coro farms for 1 lousy snapper.luckily a friendly jetskier and his mate gave us 2 snapper as they were in close at the working barge.Farms full of threshers and Hammers.Lost a lot of gear so cross over to orere pt.Yeah well instead of 22 knts we were down to 8knts,never mind .Orere Pt more fn sharks and 1 snapper.So bugger it.2.00pm lets go to the shallows of kkb 4 m and what do you know.This guy put up a decent fight,just short of 4ft,and to make matters worst the anchor warp parted company from the anchor.So now need new anchor,chain,warp.

And no I am holding the hook but cut the line instead of getting hook out.



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Here is the council reply:

[email protected]

15:35 (33 minutes ago)
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Tēnā koe Geoff,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding your concerns about the maintenance of Okahu Bay Wharf. We would like to apologise for the time that it has taken to acknowledge your request.

I have now raised this as a formal complaint on your behalf and this has been assigned to the Community Facilities space. A member from this unit should be in contact within 10 working days. The reference number for this is 8590024799.

We appreciate and welcome all requests, suggestions and feedback to help us improve services to our residents and visitors.

Thank you for your patience while we investigate your concerns. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

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Delaying tactics.  3 days has now become 10.
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https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/396892/boats-removed-from-okahu-bay-the-mauri-has-been-restored

This what you are up against.Orakei wharf was nice and long to start/finish yacht races and fishing got you that little bit further out
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The breakwater could also function as temporary moorings for boats, canoes, and yachts, as well for fishing, swimming.  It would be better if one end was connected to the shore by an overbridge, maybe 5m high to allow the majority of craft to get under it.  If it is sold to all stakeholders as an amenity it will get better traction.  But still a long shot - come back in 10 years for an update.

I will put the Council's response on here.  They say they will come back with some sort of reply in 3 working days.

The photo above is an old one.  The moorings out the front of the ramp are all gone.  I think that has improved the place and you now see a lot more sailing dinghies, kayaks, SUPBs and canoes using it.  The falling down piles serve a useful purpose.  Everything inside the piles is 5 knots max.  (but as a breakwater they're hopeless)

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Originally posted by Far Quirk Far Quirk wrote:

Hi Trevor (KZtrev)

Thanks for your input.  I've just written to the Auckland council suggesting a breakwater in front of the Okahu Bay pontoons for safety reasons.  I told them that putting a boat back on a trailer with a mix of NE winds and boat wakes is like managing a bucking bronco.  I'm not holding my breath - too many stakeholders.

Will never due to the marae there as they do not want the pile break water reinstalled,they want all the moorings gone and it is happening slowly,want to reinstate to near original state.They have a mussel seeding programme under way in the bay.
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Hi Trevor (KZtrev)

Thanks for your input.  I've just written to the Auckland council suggesting a breakwater in front of the Okahu Bay pontoons for safety reasons.  I told them that putting a boat back on a trailer with a mix of NE winds and boat wakes is like managing a bucking bronco.  I'm not holding my breath - too many stakeholders.

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You can go to this site to report a problem. If there is a risk to safety call 09 355-3553

https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/report-a-problem/
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Just been down to okahu bay for a swim. Ramp has been cleaned and bleached earlier
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Hi team - been having issues logging in so havent been on here for a while- went out a couple times in Kaipara - close to ramp and the other time about 4-5kms north shelley beach. Heaps of snapper up to just over 50cm and fat as. Even managed plenty on the fly rod to 48cm which was a blast - how they see fly in that cloudy water the lord would know. Fish shallow too.
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Great and uplifting to hear your enjoying your new boat. I fondly remember my 13 foot tinny. Great times and many fish . Sometimes think a smaller boat casts less shadow than a bigger one ,and not as scary to the fish in shallow waters.
Its always great being out there. 
A month or so back found some Kahawai out there, really chopped up rough. 
Trolled a small lure. 
Hooked up some good fish . Playing them,netting them boat side,stearing boat ,working throttle,sheets of spray , fresh wind, Came back feeling 10 years younger.  
There is just something special about fishing and the sea.

As your snapper were feeding on crabs,maybe thats why the Kabura worked so well. Similar shape ,size and movement of a crab. And if orange kabura a similar colour.
Can learn a lot from checking gut contents.
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Cheers fellas! The other giveaway for me thinking the snapper are feeding face down in the sand was the amount of crab pieces on the floor of my boat. Every one of them was full of crab
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Blackdogg - liked your post, great pic, enjoyment of small boats shines thru.  Also, very interesting observation about dragged soft baits.  I'll try to spend a bit more time working a kabura.
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Originally posted by Blackdogg Blackdogg wrote:



Haven’t posted here for a while, but recently bought another boat, Fyran 13. Best decision I’ve made for a while, makes me feel like a kid again. Love being on the water in any form but there’s something special about a dinghy.

Been out 3 times from Okahu Bay and headed out to Rangi channel. Had most success around the 12 buoy, taking fish from 32cm to 52cm. Not on fire, but still collecting. Almost all fish have been on an orange 60g slider. Tried everything in my lure box, next best being micro jig. Dragging softbaits has always been a favourite technique of mine, in the past it’s what made the difference many many times, but zilch on that front so far despite perfect drift speeds and obviously fish about. The sliders have been hit just off the floor too, which suggests the snapper are feeding face down in the sand so can’t understand why the dragged softbaits are ignored???

Anyway, so good to be back

small are so much fun - every trip feels like an adventure - good to hear you are enjoying yourself and getting good fish at the same time
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Originally posted by cirrus cirrus wrote:

Also noticed that ramp dangerously slippery at low tide. Nearly lost footing despite wearing shoes with good tread.

Anyone know who is responsible for maintaining that ramp.

If that was a work place OSH would close it down for safety reasons.

its an akld council facility - and the same issue has existed for the last 40years

i have rung them in the past - requesting ramp maintenance - usually removing sand from st heliers ramp - and they appear to have been responsive

could be worth a try?
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Haven’t posted here for a while, but recently bought another boat, Fyran 13. Best decision I’ve made for a while, makes me feel like a kid again. Love being on the water in any form but there’s something special about a dinghy.

Been out 3 times from Okahu Bay and headed out to Rangi channel. Had most success around the 12 buoy, taking fish from 32cm to 52cm. Not on fire, but still collecting. Almost all fish have been on an orange 60g slider. Tried everything in my lure box, next best being micro jig. Dragging softbaits has always been a favourite technique of mine, in the past it’s what made the difference many many times, but zilch on that front so far despite perfect drift speeds and obviously fish about. The sliders have been hit just off the floor too, which suggests the snapper are feeding face down in the sand so can’t understand why the dragged softbaits are ignored???

Anyway, so good to be back
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Also noticed that ramp dangerously slippery at low tide. Nearly lost footing despite wearing shoes with good tread.

Anyone know who is responsible for maintaining that ramp.

If that was a work place OSH would close it down for safety reasons.
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Saturday 9/1/21  6:30 to 9am

Launched Okahu Bay and went out close to 6 buoy in the Rangitoto channel.  Did several drifts here, gradually moving north up past 2 buoy.  Nothing but tiddlers.  There were a lot of other boats in the area and didn't see anyone else catching.

Moved back into the city channel and spent the last hour drifting near the container terminal.  It was pretty slow, but managed to get 36 and 42cm snappers for a feed for the family.  Successful lures were a Zman 7" new penny shad and the ol' yellow/orange kabura, both in the rod holder.  Today the 4" curlytails only got small fish - tried motor oil, coconut ice, electric chicken. A Zman new penny prawn also got tiddlers.  Working the lures got bites, but only hooked up undersized snapper.

Great weather, gentle breezes.  Okahu Bay ramp dangerously slippery at low tide.
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Headed out on tuesday afternoon with my wife  for a late afternoon ,change of light fish. Was to be bait ,but no burley. Purpose to relax and maybe a fish or two for the table,given this is often a hard time of year to find them.
Launched at the crazy ,hectic okahu ramp,and headed into the washing machine ,complete with spin cycle. Nor east sea breeze,big outgoing tide ,the wash of a thousand boats and ferries, the meeting of two channels, all combined to make a very confused sea.
Headed down past the islands ,found calmer waters. Anchored up in close .away from the boat traffic that seemed to be everywhere.

Lines in, relaxed , took in the scenery. Late afternoon shadows across sun parched islands , landscape of many colours, aqua sea crested with the random white cap. The  distant gannet diving, ,passing terns, one with a artic skua in ariel persuit. Shearwaters flying low and fast. Blue penguins fishing.
 Tide ebbed , boat traffic became less , shadows fell, a few fish came on . Nothing big, Most in the 30s ,one at 41 cm ,another at 42.5.. All well conditioned feisty fish. All snapper.

One thing i thought unusual. Out of 11 snapper all bar one were starting to roe or milt up. Some roe very small,others quite developed.
Could this indicate a second spawn pending,and maybe explain less fish in city channels than normal.?

Time running away, darkness near, Motored back in the cool and calm of the evening as the shadows were falling, the huge fiery sun sinking below the western ranges,
A world of many colours ,sea and sky reflected as one..
Nice fish in the bin,a great day.




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