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    Posted: 05 Mar 2024 at 2:17pm
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Hey everyone
I'm semi new to fishing and I currently live with my friend and his partner in their brand new 2 bedroom town house in Auckland. The house has no garage or outside storage or even a lawn so I basically have no where to fillet fish or clean and store stinky fishing gear like Chilly bins, bait boards etc
I don't want to stink their new house out with fish smell
Does anyone know if there's such thing as self service cleaning stations for fish/fishing gear in auckland?
How do you guys recommend getting around this problem?
Any answers appreciated
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One solution would be to fillet the fish where you catch them, but you have to be mindful of proving your catch is legal and responsible disposal of fish waste. Alternatively, I'd be eating a lot of whole fish if I were you. Scales off, guts out and done. In your special circumstances, I would consider lure fishing or using clean baits like salted mackerel or Fishbites. Tough situation. Welcome to the New New Zealand.
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Find a fishing buddy - and you can fillet at his place :-)
You aren't saying what sort of fishing you do - but if off rocks etc - like MB says, and feed the fish with the rest.
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I had similar issue after a productive day fishing in a whitianga comp while staying in an upstairs apartment. We went to the local camping ground and gave them 2 bottles of wine and made sure we left their filleting facilities spotless. 
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I shot a deer while we were staying down south in a tiny Airbnb. Mrs said she came home from the shops and I had the whole place covered in sheets and there was blood everywhere. She thought I had murdered someone!
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Originally posted by lawabidingpoacher lawabidingpoacher wrote:

Move out

That is the best solution in the long run, but it doesn't help him right now. Maybe he's just dipping his toes in to fishing, so will have to work out what's most important in his life.

I have moved across countries and continents for fishing opportunities LOL
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Maybe a portable filleting bench. Go to the beach, fillet fish, dump the scraps in a public bin. Then clean the bench up with salt water.

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I pity the bin man. Weekly collection?
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I know dumping fish waste is controversial, but can't help feeling that it is better in the ocean where it goes back in to the food chain rather than stinking out bins and ending up in landfill.  
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Originally posted by Alan L Alan L wrote:

I pity the bin man. Weekly collection?
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My fish scraps go in public bin by dairy, knowing it gets emptied every morning so deposit around 8.00pm or 6.00am
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Originally posted by MB MB wrote:

I know dumping fish waste is controversial, but can't help feeling that it is better in the ocean where it goes back in to the food chain rather than stinking out bins and ending up in landfill.  

You raise a good point there. I think the problem occurs when frame's ect get discarded in shallow non flowing water. Off a wharf or something similar is preferable to a beach. I still see public bins as an option though.

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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Maybe a portable filleting bench. Go to the beach, fillet fish, dump the scraps in a public bin. Then clean the bench up with salt water.
An old fold up ironing board makes a good portable filleting table.
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Public bench is fine as a filleting board.








JOKING! Any flat rock would do.
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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

I couldn't imagine city life. Not for me.

Ditto. Living in suburbia now, but at least I have a place to store a boat and fillet fish. Did the Auckland thing, It was fun for a while, could wheel my kayak across the road and get fishing. Nice little setup. BUT, sitting in traffic for 45 minutes twice every day to get to/from work. **** that! Auckland is not a functional city and there is better fishing in the north.
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Originally posted by MB MB wrote:

I know dumping fish waste is controversial, but can't help feeling that it is better in the ocean where it goes back in to the food chain rather than stinking out bins and ending up in landfill.  

You raise a good point there. I think the problem occurs when frame's ect get discarded in shallow non flowing water. Off a wharf or something similar is preferable to a beach. I still see public bins as an option though.
 
Problem we have at Kawakawa bay with HFO/Fisheries is when they get rid of undersize fish,they slit it so it sinks but washes back on to beach/ramp. YES to bins provided they emptied everyday at beaches but some dont get collected for 2 or 3 days.
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The Auckland food scrap collection bins take fish frames. Maybe fillet carefully in the kitchen and put the waste in the scrap bin outside. If it’s going to be a few days then maybe freeze first.
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Originally posted by DIY DIY wrote:

The Auckland food scrap collection bins take fish frames. Maybe fillet carefully in the kitchen and put the waste in the scrap bin outside. If it’s going to be a few days then maybe freeze first.
HaHa we have had it in Papkura for a couple of yrs now and just lately they havent been picking it up,so most neighbours now deposit in council bins. Rang,We are short of drivers so put with normal rubbish. No time frame given 
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