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Reply #1005 - Dec 19th, 2020 at 12:24pm
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We don't seem to be able to catch a legal snapper at the moment. A couple of trips during the heat of the day produced nothing until we trolled for Kahawai, and I took 60 scallops from Taurikura yesterday and saw no fish on the beds.

And soon the water will be full of reindeer shit and any fish in the inner channel will piss off somewhere quieter.

Kahawai 35, 33.
  
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Reply #1006 - Dec 22nd, 2020 at 5:26am
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Can't even catch a Kahawai now.

Got a bit freaked out in the weekend by the number of boats and divers on the Scallop beds, so did some "'back of the envelope" calculations of population size and fishing pressure. When I eventually got my calculations sorted and making sense, I came up with 250,000 legal or near legal scallops in the harbour entrance, so relaxed a bit.

Took another 60 today, and was stopped by a fisheries patrol. The guy reckoned the fishing pressure amounted to about 50,000 per year, so we are in the same ball park at least.

I felt a bit sad, remembering an old mate Mike Bull, who did the original research on NZ Scallops back in the 70s but who died pretty young. Lovely man!
  
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Reply #1007 - Dec 26th, 2020 at 4:07pm
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Enjoy reading your reports  Smiley
  
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Reply #1008 - Jan 21st, 2021 at 11:03am
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Busy as the last month. Family and friends visit in the Summer Holidays (and who can blame them!) and the house has been full for weeks.
"Fishing" has in practice mainly been scalloping, with a couple of hundred fat ones taken on SCUBA (me) and free diving (the young ones - not me!).
Three or four serious trips have resulted in perhaps 15 snapper between 30 and 33cm, and shitloads of fish from 25cm - 30 cm going back.

Did a "serious" trip from Urquharts to Bream Tail and back (about 40nm) on 15 litres of gas. Didn't catch any fish.

The 20hp 4 stroke seems the ideal match for the dory - making 15 kts with a bit more than 1m of sea fine on the bow, and 19kts surfing down the faces when we turned for home. I haven't had so much fun in a boat since I was 25 and testosterone poisoned! Broached once when I came off one, and as I said to my (somewhat disconcerted) crew "In a 16ft Frypan - we'd be swimming"- but the dory stands on it's ear without taking water into the cockpit, and if I get the throttle and course angle in relation to wind and sea right, I get performance that I would expect from a rig costing three or four times as much.
  
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Reply #1009 - Feb 18th, 2021 at 5:55pm
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Love your reports Dav.  Smiley
  

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