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Hi Muzz yes I got a Suzuki 175 to replace my aging Optimax. They overpropped it though at set up, put a 21" pitch prop on it which was a bit ridiculous. Was ok on the lake running it in but out in the swell it just bogged down. It was horible.  I just got a 17" put on it so out to the lake in the next couple of days to see how it goes. It should be spot on. Looking forward to making up for lost time, I haven't had that good a run over the last couple of years but will be taking it out on the bluenose very soon.

There is some great country past the cliffs at Matata Accident Prone, lots of foul to prospect right down to Maketu. I fished that way for years and got some nice snapper and kings but head East on the sand now, might have to give it a nudge back down that way  
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Hope you have a bit more success with the new prop, seen you post on a Suzuki FB page and guessed you were the same person.
Enjoy reading your posts as Whakatane is one of my favourite places to fish just dont get down there often enough. Interested to see how the new motor goes.    Hoping to up grade near the end of this year.
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Thanks Muzz, should be good now. If you are keen for a tarakihi fish  p/m me. March/April/May normally good months for us.
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Originally posted by REIVER REIVER wrote:

There is some great country past the cliffs at Matata Accident Prone, lots of foul to prospect right down to Maketu. I fished that way for years and got some nice snapper and kings but head East on the sand now, might have to give it a nudge back down that way  

Cheers for that Reiver,
I'm fairly new to the inshore fishing out of Whakatane, I've spent most of my time at White and the surrounding seamounts. I am enjoying finding new areas mostly fishing soft plastics for snaps.
Is the 20m mark East pretty good also? Out off Ohope way or further down the coast?
Cheers!
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Went out anniversary day for a bit of a run. 14 snapper down of Opape plus kept a couple of kahawai to start with. Nothing big snapper wise, all 35 - 40 cm. Great eating. Headed from there out to a tarakihi spot. Pretty hard work but we ended up with 21 plus a couple of nice big pinkies. I found a couple of schools but they seemed to be moving. Would drift through them a couple of times and load up then there was just nothing there on exactly the same drift. Got a feed anyway. Bit of a quick troll on the way home for skippies, ended up with a couple of small albies. Was good to give my new motor a good run in the sea with the new prop. Problem solved, 17" appears spot on. I have a 17" enertia from my Optimax in the shed, I might try that and see how it goes. They are are a great prop.







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Nice Reiver, 
What depth are you going to for the Snapper always wanted to try my luck down that way but never made it. Good to hear the new motor is performing better with a different prop happy days.

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Out last Friday for the first time in ages. Pretty good day, just targeted tarakihi, ended up with 36 plus a nice kingi and a few other bit sand pieces.  Lost a few sets of gear to small makos so decided to call it a day. Looked like a few skippies still around, had a 30 minute troll on the way home but no joy.














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Hi Reiver, I normally fish out of the Kaituna or Tauranga. A mate gave me a gurnard mark and I did pretty well on a trip late last year. Being a bit sick of snapper (first world problem I know) I went out on Thursday and gave it a shot. Nothing. Picked up a limit of panny snapper on the drift in 90 ft. Any idea when the gurnard make an appearance.
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Sorry, omitted to say the gurnard mark is off Whakatane where I went the other day.
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Well done Reiver, good to hear the Skippys are still around.
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Not sure where the gurnard mark is but have done ok 20/30 metres off the Ohiwa bar. Not much of a gurnard fisherman but winter/spring are meant to be the best months
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