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Sounds great Blackdog No doubt you had your hands full using the 6wt out of the boat
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thought id share what ive been up to,
 
for the last 6 weeks ive been fishing a nice shallow area a we bit out of Auckland.
ive decided forthis winter to concentrate on this sort of fishing, meaning the sort of place that you would only choose to fish in summer and doesn't receive any pressure in the colder months and is mostly shallow.[I usually in winter attack kelpy edges and drop offs]
 
Anyways, have fished it at least once a week sometimes twice.
and have been having a ball, no one around, **** tons of bait, and plenty of pannys a couple of bigger models, regular sightfishing to medium to large sized Kahawai, a couple of Trevs[just we ones].
the most interesting is the action is always in we pockets, youll drift off say 10 metres and be nada, then paddle back ,cast, fish on immediately, repeat repeat,then as soon as you've drifted over sand , nothin.
there just sitting hard up against structure[but only 1to2 metres deep at most].
 
Just thought id share, thought it was pretty cool to regurly have a 3 hour session in a shallow backwater, in winter, in skinny, and hook into10 plus fish!
im gonna keep at it, hopefully get a chance for a dawn session to see if theres some local big boys[rekon that's my best chance]
 
 
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Sounds like great action Adam Your vessel is no doubt perfect for sneaking into those sort of locations. Hope it keeps going for you as the days get colder
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Update,
went out Saturday, same location,
definetly colder, less fish to hand[3 in 2 1/2 hours], but bigger
40 -45cms,
this was in the middle of the day, so not to bad.
dreaming of big resident moocher at dawn, gotta  be optimisticCool
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Last Friday set out for first time since my op. Got boat in nice and early and headed out to the noises. Got the tide a wee bit wrong for my usual spots, but dredged a few snaps and KY for the smoker before pain levels got a bit much. Probably looked a sight hobbling up the beach to get my truck and retrieve the boat. Clown

Funny. Only saw half a dozen boats all morning, yet 2 felt compelled to drive right through the busting KY I was casting to. Ermm
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Recently back from a overseas work trip I was itching to get out for a wave of the wand. Decided despite the weather being assholes I'd shoot down the road and give Jones Bay a shot.

Coastline was fairly green and slightly chopped up so decided on a Jones Bay lagoon mission.

To my excitement there was splashing from bait fish and mullet throughout the whole lagoon.. Flicking around a size 2 crazy Charlie clouser hybrid I managed to get 3 real nice conditioned baby snaps. Scrappy little buggers were hitting the fly on the second strip.

Was fairly happy of what I made of the evenings conditions had I been there a little earlier with a little bit of berley to concentrate the fish could've been a really exciting session.

Night time came too fast although bringing its own entertainment. As the sun dipped down I started to notice the fosflouresant algae everywhere with every cast as my line layed out the water would flash a long line of yellow.. Soon after it went dark I noticed as the bigger fish in the lagoon swam close to the surface they would trail a line of yellow was like watching a virtual reality 3d fish finder so I spent the last 30 mins sight casting to these glowing shimmers.. But my efforts were fruitless. I like to think all these fish were mullet and wouldn't take a fly but either way was really fun action for a drizzly windy evening....


Will be seeing ya soon Jones Bay.
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I had a similar experience many years ago Ethan. The bioluminescence in the water was intense and the sea was calm. There was a full moon. The bioluminescence would flow off the head of the fish as they swam around. Consequently the sea became filled with what looked like fireworks rockets. Then kingies moved in and we had large rockets chasing the smaller rockets. It was a fascinating evening.

The snapper stopped biting for you after dark because they couldn't see the fly. Lumo flies might work in this situation. I keep meaning to try them out, but fishing in the dark is not my thing.

Jones Bay looks like an interesting place to go fly fishing. It looks like baby snapper country, but it should be holding some bigger models after this blow. Try using larger clousers and crank up the fluoro colours if the water is cloudy.

It also looks like trevally country. I noticed that boat fishers get plenty of trevally in that area. Must be a few about for a landbased winter fly fisher
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Got out in the boat in weekend for a couple of hours - had two bait fishes with me - first spot in 9m close to Long bay. Berley had lots of snapper feeding but all small - got 2 on a pink booby and one clouser Pat swift styles. Bait fishos didn't do any better than me - we all got 3-4 small snaps. We moved out ot 15m to try for a gurnard in last 3/4 hour. Bait fishos landed 4 gurnard - I hokked two but lost them both before the boat. The 10 weight fourty plus line was getting to 15m - the gurnard would have taken the pink clouser fly. Need to keep trying for that elusive gurnard on fly.
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Nice Russ, the current on the Kaipara is killing me, trying to get a fly down and hold in known Carrot locations is a struggle, I shall persevere thou.
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I've caught a few gurnard on fly, all of them off the shore. They were in a shallow sand hole. I could see the gurnard chasing the fly. They would lose interest if it came up off the bottom. The secret to getting them was to really drag the fly across the sand.

Unfortunately they're not that common up here. I would imagine that some of the sandy bays in the Kaipara would have plenty. It would be a good place to target them with a sinking line off the shore or from a quietly parked boat. One of those things I keep on meaning to do...
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