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Went for a test run of my boat and a new glass fly rod today.  The boat had the spark plugs replaced and now runs perfectly.  The glass rod also performed well but more on that in a video at some stage.

I even managed to catch a 34cm snapper in the mangroves during the midday heat.

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Nice snapper to christen the new rod - well done!
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Good lunchtime fish! Having some fun in the Far North at the moment, but no midday heat here. That sou'east wind has been cold. Looking for those elusive flats kings this morning...
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Nice one Johan. Always good to test the boat out after changing hey?

So what new rod was it that you got? An Xmas presents to yourself? 😁
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Originally posted by Fraser Hocks Fraser Hocks wrote:


So what new rod was it that you got? An Xmas presents to yourself? 😁

Mudfish let me cast with his glass rod after I broke my Xi2 while fishing the Tauranga flats with him.  He was using an Echo Badass Glass 9wt I think.  

It was such a pleasant experience compared to my Xi2 broomstick that I instantly wanted one.  Unfortunately $500 is still beyond my budget and still needed to get the Xi2 fixed.

I shopped around a bit but couldn't find an 8wt glass rod in my price range until I looked at Maxcatchnz.  It was affordable so I went with their 8wt glass rod in blue.  Took a while to get here because it's dropped shipped and I ordered before Xmas which was a bad combination.  

Test number one was very pleasant and it cast both my existing lines well.  I am maybe just suited to slower rods. I will have to do a lot more fishing with it to give any proper opinion but it looks well built, is pretty and casts well which is fine for the price (can't remember the price). So at this point I am happy with the purchase and look forward to giving it a fling in Hawaii.
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@JOFLY, got myself a 34cm snapper today at the mangroves too!




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Nice work. Was that on the 3wt? Would have been fun on that.
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indeed it was - and a guy going past on  his SUP keep looking over shoulder as the fight ensued.



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I saw you there, also the paddleboard guy came almost straight over my strike zone where I was (baitfishing) water temp 22deg, was 26 at oliver st
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Ah good to hear Johan.   Yeah I actually bumped into Armand, the owner of Maxcatch while fishing lake Rotarua. Lovely guy. He offered to let me have a cast of a range of his rods, but I just ran out of time.

Yeah your talking extreme ends of types of rods from an Xi2 to a glass rod. Id say that you will need to swap lines to something more suitable. A line that loads an Xi2 will overload a glass rod.   

Id highly recommend one of the Epic glass lines. They seem to be out of heavier weight lines at the moment, but I'm sure they will get stock in soon. Otherwise I'm sure Armand can recommend a suitable line.

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Tonight brought home a 40cm snapper and dropped at least 5-6 others that ripped the line out of my fingers, almost backlashed the reel and then spat the hook after a few meters ... never had such vicious takes ... great fun though!





And on the 3 weight as usual. 

Managed to avoid foul hooking the eagle ray that was patrolling the area for a change.












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Nice fish Wolfie. It would have put up a great scrap on the 3wt
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nice one mark, love those healthy fish in shallow,

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Well today was the Day of the Rays. I started by chasing flounder in the shallows (about knee deep). I spotted a shape on the bottom and thought it was a big flounder - but no a baby eagle ray! It swam off. Then about an hour later I nearly stepped on an eagle ray ( normal size, approx .8m span) - the water suddenly heaved beside me and the ray was off at high speed. After a while I noticed a muddy cloudy trail coming down current toward me while wading. I followed it and found another eagle ray that was feeding I think as it left a deep hole after it departed. 

Next encounter was a decent sized black sting ray hugging the bottom and only a few meters from my rod tip. I put 2 casts over it without any response and certainly didnot see any escorts. 

Other sightings included a good sized flounder in the wave wash zone but it ignored my fly and slowly swam off. My first ever flounder I had spotted and cast to - so one for my records. A decent sized solo mullet turned up in the rip when the ebb started but quickly exited upon spotting me.

So despite great fishing conditions I didn't get one strike, no sign of any kings and more suprisingly not even a strike from the usually present kahawai.
Thus ended the holiday weekend.
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