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    Posted: 30 Mar 2021 at 9:12pm
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Oh that should be good, hope the weathers works out perfect. You should work a Tauranga trip in too.
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Weather Is shaping up for next week. I got 10 days off so going to smash those flats every chance possible. Aitutaki can wait Big smile
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Great work getting out and sounds like a good session.  Looking pretty bad here till the weekend and then probably holiday madness will strike so I don't have too much hope Disapprove

Might have to see what next week brings.
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Waiting, waiting, waiting... for the weather to clear

The easterly dropped down to 15 knots for a short time on Wednesday and I managed to get out for a quick cast at some hard working kahawai. They were good fun. Good boat placement, casts and fly selection were required before they'd oblige.

Tried some wash fishing too. It appeared promising. A legal pannie snaffled the fly on the third cast and there were plenty of sub-legal fish snaffling the fly, but the wind was very annoying. Very hard to set up a good boat drift along a rock face in that sort of switching breeze.

So I poked my nose outside in the hope of seeing skippies, but the wind was even worse out there... of course...

Now have to sit out gale force easterlies and potential flooding.

Hope all this rain doesn't stuff up the fishing. There must be some calm autumn days soon!

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Thanks, I'll be sure to keep some time free for it and I can generally do weekdays if you can as well, it normally suits me better too. Will keep in touch.
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Yep, it's peak season for skippies in the north from now until June. I'll give you a bell when this bloody easterly goes away.

If you do end up looking for them in the tough spots around Auckland, find out from those who know where abouts they show up and on what tide. They seem to be creatures of habit and turn up in the same places on the same tides year after year.
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I've spent hours looking for them off Leigh. Only once a mate which was lure fishing with me caught a great one on Leigh reef.  I've not seen them since. I think coming up your way will definitely give me the best chance.
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They come pretty close in from time to time, e.g. Gardner's Gap Motutap/Rangitoto. Awesome catch Craig.
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Get up here on a calm day and we'll have a go!
They do show up in the Gulf from Leigh down to Kawau.   Possibly even Tiritiri I'd imagine.
Calm water helps a lot as they don't always have birds with them and they can be quite hard to spot in even a light breeze.
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That's awesome, would love to catch a skippy on fly one day
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Casting a fly at them from a stationary boat is probably the least effective method of targetting them, but easily the most interesting and exciting.

Trolling a fly or a softbait is very effective... but it's trolling...

Casting small micro jigs from a stationary boat is pretty cool- especially when you get surface hits, but it does take a lot of casting.

Speed is where it's at and that's why fly is hardest.

The fish today took a slow moving fly. And that's my aim for the future- slow flies and match the hatch.

So much work to do still though and not many opportunities to really experiment with lots of different approaches. All good fun though.

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Im not experienced at all with skippies,

I wonder what conventional guys use to catch them?

Or is it just a case of F-loads of krill, making a fly having to fight for attention?[if ya no what i mean]

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A pale pink fly caught the fish today, but I couldn't repeat my success so just might have got lucky. More work needed to nut these things out I think!
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Nice one Craig, tough fishing.

Do you find pink flies work when they are feeding on krill as in match the hatch/bait with colour??
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Had a great day out today. Oily calm and nicely overcast. There was plenty of surface action to be found.

I sorted out some fussy kahawai first with microbait flies then moved out to Cape Brett in search of skippies. It was pleasing to find that there were plenty about. However, they were as difficult as ever. I went through about five different fly changes before finding something that worked. The fight that followed on the 9wt was fairly monumental. The hook was only size 8 so I nursed that fish all the way home.

The dying stages of the fight went on for nearly fifteen minutes. Trying to get such a powerful fish in the net while fishing solo was not easy. I was greatly relieved when I finally had the fish on board.

Only about my fifth skipjack tuba ever and, at four and a half kilos, easily my biggest. I was very stoked. These krill feeding Northland skippies are just about impossible to catch with a fly cast from a drifting boat so I was very very happy to put this fish in the bin.

As if to prove how difficult they are I couldn't repeat that success. I am left still scratching my head as to what the answer is with these bloody things.

Great to get one big one though!




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The surges from the tsunami had one benefit- they got the inshore snapper on the bite. Lots of small fish last night, but managed a 35 and 40cm fish amongst them. Water was dirty and a dangerous swell was still pumping. I had to fish in a protected corner.

Yes, I did check my escape route straight up the closest rocky bank should the water recede suddenly
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If you weren't high enough then all those maps without NZ on it would have finally been accurate Confused
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What a beautiful day to miss out on!

I couldn't see any birds from the top of the hill.

Do you think I was high enough?

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My alarm was set for this morning and gear packed for a local spot explore. Been wathing the live Gisborne (Waikane) surf cam instead with people cycling and walking their dogs along the beach. Thankfully no sign of anything yet.

A few years years back we drove all the way to Bowentown to go to Mayor Island and heard about the warning only when we stopped for fuel when we got there.  Another two hours home. Was a nice lil tour.
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Bugger! I was driving to the ramp when the tsunami siren went off Lucky I wasn't already out on the water I suppose
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