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Nice one on the Snaps yesterday Rozboon.
I was deliberating heading out but piked.
I'm hoping the weather will play ball the next few weeks and give me a few windows to get out....
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Christmas and Boxing day looking like the best options out west.

I'm busy with the family on Christmas but will likely try give it heaps on Boxing Day.

Actually the latest forecast for Boxing day is for about 10 knots more than it was before, hrm :(
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Got out in the weather window yesterday.
Originally planned to launch at Mana at about 11 and head down to Verns for some Tarakihi then maybe go wide and try for a Puka if conditions were decent.

Figured I would stop on the way out and try catch a few livebaits - I've had a few Tarakihi get hit by what I'm sure were Kingfish at Verns so I've always been keen to livebait it. However, we did kinda well on the livies, and before long we had maybe 15 or so likely looking suspects in the tank. Conditions were better than expected, and I had my jig rod onboard anyway, so the call was made to head out to Hunters.

First drop of the jig resulted in a wee 72cm Kingfish, nothing exciting but encouraging. A couple of drifts later my friend (out from the UK, never caught a Kingfish) gets a hit on the livebait that turned into about an 85cm model. Kingfish are yum so we whacked that one on the head and carried on.

It soon became apparent that there were a few coutta around, so rather than risk losing jigs I changed over to livebaiting as well. Another rat landed by my mate, followed by a maybe 15kg fish that gave his arms a decent stretching. We were running over some very decent looking sign when I got a hit on my livey that promptly screamed off a bunch of line from the Stella under heavy drag. In 25m or so this was somewhat problematic, so I gave the fish heaps and managed to start gaining line when the hook pulled :( Would have been a very decent fish based on how it was behaving.

The norwester started to get up so we headed back in. The Mana bar was actually behaving kinda like a bar for once, at almost the bottom of low tide with an opposing swell. First time I've had to sit on the back of a wave coming back in through there.

Anyway, a good feed, lots of fun and one mate very stoked on his first three Kingfish including a fairly decent one. And as a bonus, all we managed to lose was one ball sinker and a circle hook.
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Good report. Thanks
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We went out wide of Hunters trying to get some groper on Boxing Day but nada apart fom scarpies and a random gemfish.
Didn't know that you get these on the west coast so pretty random...
Got some Terri's a bit closer in too so enough for a few feeds.
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Fishing been a little bit hit and miss for us lately. Usually productive harbour spots very slow; more Snapper than usual though in the harbour which is encouraging. Also catching occasional juvenile Snaps for the second summer in a row. 

Gurnard have been a mixture of super plump bright orange fish and the post-spawn models that look like the letter T because their body is so slim; mottled brown things. If you're anything like me, put these ones back, bugger all meat on them and the texture isn't as nice. Let them get fat again before eating them Wink. Pulled out a few nice grunters to around 45cm recently, though.

13.5 degrees on the south coast over the weekend. Where has all the warm water gone? Then again with the honking norwesters hopefully some good water has been pushed down the coast. 
10-15kn SE for the foreseeable future, probably means cool, dreary weather, moderately good fishing conditions, and cooling of the water temps again. Looking very much like we won't get a repeat of last year when we had 21-odd degrees behind Mana in mid-February. Lots can change in a short time though.
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Nice stretch of settled weather ahead for the harbour..
Hope to see you many of you on the water this week.
Good luck to everybody going out and please post reports !!!

Went out myself last weekend and got my first 3 snappers (pannie size) for this season, along with a decent gurnard, 3 whopper kahawai and a few jack macks. Only undesirables were 3-4 spiny dogs/sharks, no 'coutas for once.
Water temp was just around 15 degC.
Also got a visit by a small pod of dolphins, really cool! But nothing compared to a massive ~40 dolphins pod I saw around mid December, very close to Petone wharf, of all places...

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I went to Mana island last Wednesday evening , fished 2 hours, got 2 decent snapper and 6 big Gurnard all close to 50cm, not a bad way to end my xmas holidays, hope to go southcoast for Terris this weekend
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Got out nice and early on Saturday before the inevitable arrival of half the boats in Wellington that goes with a light southerly forecast.

Heard lots of people did it fairly tough, possibly because they didn't look at the water temperature of 14 degrees and decide that inshore Snapper fishing was going to be a crap-shoot!

We shot down to Verns, Tarakihi were on the chew down there. The fish were concentrated in extremely narrow bands on the reef; once we found them we ended up repeating a very short drift and typically hooking up every time. Once we had a decent feed in the bin we pushed further south to some deep foul to try for a Puka - not a type of fishing I've done a lot of. After one drop with a 32oz sinker hanging off his spin jig setup my mate decided that was a crap idea and changed over to a Tarakihi rig which produced a really nice 53cm Tik.

Soon the heavy setup I was using got a few big nods and bent over so I went to work on that, much excitement when a large whitish-brown shape started looming from the depths, quickly changed my mind when it turned out to be a fairly bloody large shark I had just horsed out of nearly 200m. I'm really starting to see the merits of electric reels here, honour be damned, this deep water stuff is a lot of hard work.

Started to get decidedly rough, especially by small boat standards, so we made our way back in and fished some foul south of Boom that I've never fished before for a couple more Tarakihi. The tide started really honking through which made berleying tricky so we pulled the pin and headed for home.

As a side note, we covered around 50km for the day (rough estimate) and ran the motor for a good 5 hours, all on one 25L tote. Pretty good going, I reckon!
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