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    Posted: 26 Feb 2009 at 12:14pm
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I was thinking about comming down for a dive this weekend (im In Palmy) whats the water like on  the south coast or would it be better to head around Makara ways?
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On saturday it is a southerly so you would definately be better off heading makara ways - Vis should be pretty good by then.  South coast is pretty bad at the moment.  On sunday its a strong northerly so probably wont be too good anywhere really - as the southerly on saturday would have stuffed the southcoast!
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is there still that moa point overflow issue, was thinking of coming down saturday early as the southerly isent strong till the evening. has anyone been out over the week was the vis bad?
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there was still people surfing yesterday.its not to good.
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I was out on Tuesday and water was good on west although all the rain meant green/brown stuff was oozing out of the estuary at mana. It looked to be tracking north so Makara and surrounds should be good - viz would have been 7m on Tuesday so should have improved further as long as that crappy stuff has stayed away. South coast will be a waste of time. I'm gonna try head out after work tomorrow so I'll post a report - got a couple of crays that I have a date with LOL
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cheers mate and yeah keep me posted on what your dive was like im gonna do a early morning mission from palmy and try to get a dive in before the swell picks up.
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Went for a dive today from about 1030 - 2pm a few bays from the quarry on the south coast.

Vis was ok mostly, at about 3-4m but pretty hazy. No wind, but the swell did start getting up to 1m+ at irregular intervals. Not many fish about for me just a niiiice butter which was stolen, so in the end just a couple of crays and some decent paua.

Also look out for that cheeky thieving seal with a fat butter fish in it's mouth, the greedy mongrel nearly choked on it haha!
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Went out late this arvo north of makara on a shorey. Viz was about 6m a bit hazy but nice diving. Plenty of butters and moki around and big schools of mackeral & kahawai buzzing about. Managed a cuple of crays, a butter and paua for a good feed. South was already here but not an issue. Thumbs%20Up Waiting for my mate to email a couple of pics to put up
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Yep Makara is hazy from the amount of Salps and Jellyfish! Drunken Moki swimming sideways. Schools of baby Terakihi and Kahawai to be seen. 2 big Blue Cod and 2 legal Terakihi to be taken. Last dive with Drexciya for a while.....looking forward to exploring a bit of the AK coast.
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Cool, sounds fishy! Heading to Makra shortly (this morning) with DK. 
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well got out to Makara yesterday vis was good just alot of small jelly fish. plenty of butters and moki which made for a heavy pack for the walk back.
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Hows it all, what is the diving like out around that road that goes past Lyall bay? Looks OK, would I be wasteing my time for a bug or 2? I live in Porirua, just moved down here from AKL. Craving a cray and some Paua! If anyone wants to head out on weekends I may have time so feel free to drop me a txt. Cheers, Thomas.
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You need to go round a bit towards devils gate for consistent bugs although they are spread over the south. I find west coast is more productive for me with crays but guess you just gotta get in and snoop around.
This is Fridays mission around Makara - not too greedy just a nice seafood platter.
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Nice crays mate,
What technique did you employ... the smash & grab or the subterfuge?
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Smash and grab bro - first girl I grabbed was straight in to the back of the cave up to my ankles. The second was bit more cunning -  flushed her down the crack, to the backdoor that I had found (finding it out it pays to have a good snoop around before rushing in guns blazing) so she had nowhere to go with her tail facing me. Went out with Pete Lamb last Tuesday too and scored some nice Puka and snapper so the freezer is choka Thumbs%20Up
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Vis Monday evening on the south coast/ red rocks (That road just gets more and more knarley) was an estimated 5-7m. A small swell and wind chop combined with mild salps and jellie babies as well as fading light limited the vis a bit.  It was reasonably fishy with plenty of butterfish, scarlet and banded wrasse, spottys and some small blue moki & cod. Lots of small crayfish to be seen with 4 keepers taken for the pot. Paua looked thin on the ground, some larger models under rocks after 5-6m.

A lovely orange sun set while driving around the coast.

Some of the fish from Saturday north Makara.

First fish for the day was the Mak. Not sure how it stayed on the float line for the whole dive.



Blue Moki



Add Golden syrup and bourbon...



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Dinner from the garden and the sea.
Butterfish baked in tomato, herbs and feta. Parmesan crusted zucchini, silver beet and the last of the beans.





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Your posts always make me hungry Dekay - gonna have to go for god damn dive tomorrow now LOL
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Hi there,
Have been in for a 'walk in the park' around Rat Island this evening. Vis has been pretty good on the weedline (>7m). Have seen a lot of the family – Moki, Butties, Cods and a whopping Paua (22cm!). Good fun!
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220mm paua - awesome! Photo?
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that looks like a jolly good feed.... well done matey
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