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If you haven't already try Avana harbor. There is jetty you can cast from in front of the resort there. Ive seen barracudas and gts steam rolling through there. incoming be best.
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Thanks will give it a go. Will post an update after today's session
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Very average weather today, windy and lots of rain. Managed a small something colourful this afternoon during a break in the weather. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.
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So it's been very windy making fishing difficult, at least the sun has been out a bit more.

Fished a few spots today the best being the Aorangi lagoon/channel. Messed up and spoked a good blue fin wading the flat towards the channel. Once the tide dropped was able to wade out and fish where the two channels converge.

Pulled a small blue fin off the channel edge. Also has a very large grey shape come of the edge to check out my fly. Guessing it was a GT, had to be 1m long and 20kg. Would have been a brief fight on the 8wt.

Last day fishing tomorrow, fingers crossed for sun and light winds.
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Yeah, big bluefin can be quite touchy and need to be stalked carefully if you're going to get a fly anywhere near them.

It sounds like you've found some good coral channels. Reef pass/outflow channels that cut through the reef and flow straight out to sea can be even better. You want to fish them on the bottom half of the outgoing tide. Find the fastest current you can and rip a clouser straight up the middle of it as fast as you can. It is surprising the fish can catch the fly in the roaring current, but they easily do.

And sneak up on the outflow too. The best fish can be right at your feet and will spook easily. A long cast directed into the fastest bit of current will generally get a big strike straight away.

Hope your last day goes well
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Thanks for that will give it a go, I was swinging flies across the current so likely not going fast enough.
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Yesterday's effort resulted in a hooked and lost GT of medium size off Avana what, had to hold it hard to keep it out of the coral and pulled the hook. Got the fly in front what looked like a large barracuda at Avana but it wasn't interested.

Despite not getting many fish it was a great few days .
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Good work on the GT hook-up A ripped hook is better than a bust-off

Sounds like Rarotonga is worth fishing. I thought it might be a bit fished out with the size of the population there. But at least it's a whole arm and a leg cheaper than going to Aitutaki.

I'd love to get to some of the other non-lagoon islands in that area. Double flights make them expensive though
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Thanks Craig

There is definitely scope to pull some good fish. I would love to have more time to put into the blue fin, they definitely like soft edges and current based on what I have seen.

The wife may have a teaching gig on Aitutaki in late Feb next year, will definitely tag along if so 😜.

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