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    Posted: 16 May 2021 at 10:38pm
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Jenkins Bay is not a bad ramp.  This morning I had front and back wheels about 150mm deep in order to get the boat off the trailer, but the footing was solid papa, so no sweat for a 4WD.  That was my second use of the ramp, and I'll go back there.  My memory of Waikowhai from many years ago is there were a lot of small boulders around, so a lot rougher.

There was no wind this morning but with 10 knots or more, especially a SW wind, I couldn't have used that ramp.
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Well done Far Quirk, nice result.
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Nice FQ, glad it produced for you. How did you find the launch?

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Sunday 16/5/21  7 to 10:30 am

Launched at Jenkins Bay and fished the local shallows.  Thanks to intell from Gurnard, Transformations and others, a bit more successful this time.  2 nice fat gurnard, 2 fat snapper and over a dozen KY (kept 3 for bait).  Straylined with bonito, mullet, KY, Jack macks, pilchards and squid, and all caught fish.   A little 3/0 flasher rig for gurnard caught about 10 KY.
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Almost worth a trip? Once in a lifetime experience. Bucket list stuff?
What are they weighing at weigh in? Themselves?
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

Originally posted by Alan L Alan L wrote:

Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

[QUOTE=smudge][QUOTE=gurnard]Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
Me & Skoti Big smile

$1500 & a couple of hundred sausages each ... not bad !


What do they do if neither of them catches a gurnard?
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Smudge and Skoti both have sexy red dresses and make up, you should see them on stage for the weigh in...LOL
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Originally posted by Alan L Alan L wrote:

Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

[QUOTE=gurnard]Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
Me & Skoti Big smile

$1500 & a couple of hundred sausages each ... not bad !


What do they do if neither of them catches a gurnard?
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That could never happen as being local they each have a school of gurnard trained as pets & they respond to their name being called to bite on their bait.
My wife says I never listen properly to what she is saying ... or something to that affect.
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Originally posted by bazza bazza wrote:

Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
Me & Skoti Big smile

$1500 & a couple of hundred sausages each ... not bad !


What do they do if neither of them catches a gurnard?
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
Me & Skoti Big smile

$1500 & a couple of hundred sausages each ... not bad !

My wife says I never listen properly to what she is saying ... or something to that affect.
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Some very nice fish in the harbour at the moment by the looks. I was gunna take Friday off and go for a fish but the weather is not looking flash.
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Ahh sounds good. I did it last year but my boat only managed one carrot between the three of us fishing.

Will definitely be going again this year. Would be good to meet a few of you and have a rum or 20
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
There's usually a good group from here that enter , good chance to meet and catch up with forum members.
Off the top of my (bald) head zukman , flawone , skunk , bazza , snappergeoff , wefaknis , craysee , dunworken , wayno , draker , mars , baitcatcher , kitno , cypri , kevins , feinan , cosmo and a bunch of others have all fished this comp at some stage . Many , like myself do it every year , it's an awesome comp to do Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by gurnard gurnard wrote:

Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
Me & Skoti Big smile
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Speaking of which, who else is entering Smudges famous gurnard comp in June the 6th?
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Freaky looking mutant gurnard!
 
Thats the ghost of smudges' winning grunter hunter gurnard. The winning fish that never was LOL
Why choose either diving or fishing when you can do both. Besides crayfish tail is very good bait!!
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Groan.  Got up at 3:30am this morning and checked the weather.  Wind zilch - perfect!
It was raining, so checked the rain radar.  Big slab of rain coming from the WNW heading straight for the Manukau. So went back to bed.
Got up again about 6:30 and the big slab of rain had fizzled to nothing.  But too late to catch the tide.

I had planned to launch at Titirangi and fish the local shallows on the last of the incoming tide. Sob.
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Another great morning out on the Big Muddy despite the looming rain clouds. Fished the banks of the Snappakura on the incoming tide in the hope of some Gurnard but was sadly disappointed. Had to make do with endless horse sized KY, fighting fit Trevs and Snapper up to 50cm. Damn steering cable snapped on the way out so had to make tiller out of an oar which worked perfectly!
Interestingly water temp was in the 17 degrees the whole time
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Freaky looking mutant gurnard!
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TR for Thur 06/05

Another early start at fave spot and started off well with a nice mid 40's snap before sun came up



Went a bit quiet after that but was worth the effort being there early to appreciate the sunrise



Picked up a couple of KY and pulled the hooks on a couple of trevs and then it went real quiet. This is where being able to watch the water temp makes a difference. When I anchored the temp was around 17deg, by the time the tide was halfway out it was down to just over 14deg. Made the call to move across to the Purakau and got the last few hours of outgoing in about 4m on the edge of the channel, temp over here was back up to around 16.5deg.

Picked up another 5 snaps, nothing huge but all fat and fit. Got a few more nice KY and a good trev. Got bust off twice with one feeling like a real good snap and no clue on the other one but everything was feeling very fishy. And then there was the gurnard....





OMG! First gurnard of the season and this is what comes out. Other than missing half it's face it was perfectly healthy and fighting fit. Usually when I catch something that has had to overcome some kind of trauma, I put it back out of sympathy. Not this time, this one I put back because it was just damned disturbing! No way could I fillet and eat this fish without images of the walking dead coming to haunt me    .

All in all another fun and rewarding day on the muddy. What a great place to have on our doorstep

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In my experience in the last couple of seasons, I usually do well when others struggle, yet when everyone else is slaying I am struggling 😂

The harbour is a funny old place at times but I love it that way. I like the effort you need to put in some days to be able to catch a feed.

I’ve only recently started crossing the bar. My first day was during spring side by side with Smudge and it was insane fishing. Since then every time I’ve been over, I have caught decent fish and had some memorable moments.

I have to say though, there’s no point for me in crossing the bar during this time of the year as the snapper fishing in the harbour is at its best in my opinion, granted you know where to find them.

The temperature has definitely dropped in the last couple of days Mac. It was 17.5 or so last week when I went out. I’ve even got the fire burning now as it was down to 2 degrees here in Tuakau early this morning.

I have tomorrow off apart from rugby training in the evening, and with the boat still being hooked up and about 90L in the tank I’m finding it hard to choose between mowing the lawns or going out for a carrot harvest.
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