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    Posted: 25 Feb 2020 at 9:31am
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Some use channel 5 and others 63 I think it is. Marlin have been hooked in as close as 35m recently and several caught in 60m or a little more. Most appear to be caught in 100 to 125m. 


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Hi looking to go out west manukau on thursday, any information on the situation with stick faces would be appreciated.
 Is there a working channel on radio that people share info on the day ? Or is it every man for himself ?
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Originally posted by AlexRecurve AlexRecurve wrote:

We also went out Friday and it was totally the opposite to the previous trip when we loaded up - the fish were not hungry anywhere.  As Gumboot suggests: probably due to the very small tide. We crossed the bar and tried Piha - shallow and deep.  Then came back South to Hamiltons Gap tried shallow and eventually found a few fish further out at 40m.  But it was real slow.  Also had a couple of drifts in the harbour for kings but only had one lack-lustre bite.  Should have hooked up as it was a jack-mack and they usually swallow those whole, but the fish was just messing around with it.
Nevermind - ended up with 6 snapper and a decent gurnard.  Great weatehr and flat seas.  Cant complain at that.
thanks for the honest report appreciate the good and the bad.  For me in harbour it has been slower recently not sure if it is tide related or changing seasons though water temp still high its quite dark till later in morning and getting dark earlier now?
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We also went out Friday and it was totally the opposite to the previous trip when we loaded up - the fish were not hungry anywhere.  As Gumboot suggests: probably due to the very small tide. We crossed the bar and tried Piha - shallow and deep.  Then came back South to Hamiltons Gap tried shallow and eventually found a few fish further out at 40m.  But it was real slow.  Also had a couple of drifts in the harbour for kings but only had one lack-lustre bite.  Should have hooked up as it was a jack-mack and they usually swallow those whole, but the fish was just messing around with it.
Nevermind - ended up with 6 snapper and a decent gurnard.  Great weatehr and flat seas.  Cant complain at that.
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Looks like a nice smaller boat window for the bars this thurs.
 Waikato high tide 1pm
Manukau high 1:45pm
 Looking for 1 more crew to  head out the waikato
Meet home here 9am  back in over the bar by 1:30pm.
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Originally posted by gumboot gumboot wrote:

I was fishing huia Friday evening and there were hundreds of kahawai in the bay smashing bait .big kahawai at that. Only got one 10kg king and took all day to get it . No current may of been why
interesting have not seen a kahawai last 2 outings though usually in a bit of flow.
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Sorry MacSkipper, I meant to post this. It's a video by Club Matakawau - a couple of years old now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah-B_yk9YaE
thanks smudge enjoyed video liked the stray line setup on video.
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I was fishing huia Friday evening and there were hundreds of kahawai in the bay smashing bait .big kahawai at that. Only got one 10kg king and took all day to get it . No current may of been why
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Sorry MacSkipper, I meant to post this. It's a video by Club Matakawau - a couple of years old now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah-B_yk9YaE


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Originally posted by cirrus cirrus wrote:

Pleasing to see good size trevally turning up in catches.

Perhaps the gill net ban in the harbour is part of the reason they have gradually returned.
I'm seeing a few more trevs throughout the harbour this year which I am happy about they fight well and great eating! - puzzled by absence of Kahawai recently but wondered if Kingfish scared them away or decimated them?  
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Originally posted by MacSkipper MacSkipper wrote:

fished papakura channel in pouring rain a unique experience, wasnt in trevally comp on today but we caught a nice one 46cm long.



Could be a winning fish John ...
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Pleasing to see good size trevally turning up in catches.

Perhaps the gill net ban in the harbour is part of the reason they have gradually returned.
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fished papakura channel in pouring rain a unique experience, wasnt in trevally comp on today but we caught a nice one 46cm long.

Good fishing trip nothing breaks, great trip catch fish.
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That fish had your name written all over it Mr Clifftastic . . .  . shame you weren't there to haul it in!LOL
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Originally posted by Legacy Legacy wrote:

Originally posted by MacSkipper MacSkipper wrote:

fishing outer harbour fishing was a bit slow and a lot windier than forecast - had to move several times - first spot got a lot of flow and heaps of red weed - ended up with a feed for both of us - larger trevally was 44cm.




Really nice trevally John -did you weigh it ?
no saw yours and was a lot heavier
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Lovely fish Alex! Great decision to head out. Terrible decision by me not to come with you....Big smile
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Just made my report online - Thanks for the reminder!
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Nice one Alex. Thats a great looking fish well done. Awesome to hear of your Maui sighting, I always ring any sighting in to Doc, please feel free to contact them on
  '[email protected]' if you do put the report through, they rely on reports from fisherman, as you know the weather is not always favourable to carry out their surveys.
 
 
Why choose either diving or fishing when you can do both. Besides crayfish tail is very good bait!!
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I think the 15knot wind put most folk off yesterday, but knowing it was offshore and a minuscule swell we crossed the bar and tucked in close off Hamiltons Gap.  Went real shallow and loaded up on the snaps and a few gurnard too.  Kahawai were a constant and I literally couldn't get a sabiki to the seabed as there was a school of fat jack-macks parked up under the boat.  One of those rare days where the sea is alive with fish and they are all hungry!

I always set a live-bait on a heavy weight straight below the boat and was disappointed it didn't get taken by a king, so come low tide we decided to head further North to try trolling livea-baits elsewhere.  The wind by this stage was gusting 20knots and we were getting drenched trying to round the Western Shoals so decided that would be as good a place as any to fish.  Proved a good decision as I got this 13kg king.  Great fight on light gear and took me on a couple of circuits of the boat before it was landed.

Also saw 4 mauis dolphins which stayed around long enough to photograph - and that's a first for me!


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