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Reply #864 - Mar 24th, 2017 at 12:48pm
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More than a month since I have been fishing - lotsa diving for scallops, and didn't (unusually) see even little snapper on the scallop beds in the inner channel.
The whanau have been hanging out for fresh fish so took the dory and a mate to the Power Station last night to fish the middle third of the ebb in the evening. Berley for Africa, but the bait turned out to be more berley, and we were reduced to cutting up the first snapper for bait. A fillet from a barely legal snapper doesn't need scaling and produces 5 big baits or about 8 small ones.
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An hour and a half produced a nice fish, a very nice fish, a very very nice fish and then a bloody humungous fish which took shitloads of 15kg line with the  drag as tight as we dared before going under the boat and breaking Ryan off.

Snapper 30 (??), 34, 44, 50.
  
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Reply #865 - Mar 31st, 2017 at 3:11pm
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The last trip to thePowerstation was productive, so took a neighbour over last night for an evening fish. First bait in the water at 7pm and quit just after 8pm By the time we got into position the flood tide was running N and taking our berley onto the end of the reef.
Heavy gear baited with frozen squid went over first, and we were busy with small snapper from the get go. Barely time to set up the berley before we threw the first one back, and after about 10mins took one for the bin. Then a good hit and after some string pulling was bitten/broken off  as I attempted to trace a snapper of about 45cm into the boat. Bugger!

Attached another hook and rebaited and very soon after had another substantial hit. Learned my lesson and had Bron hold the net as I manouevered a very nice fish into it.

And another big squid bait produced the best fish of the night after about ten minutes of string pulling and lotsa pump and wind. This one  broke the net as we boated it.

We realised we had tons of fish for the whanau, so quit and went home.

Snapper 59, 55, 30, 30 All indeterminate.
  
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Reply #866 - Mar 31st, 2017 at 5:54pm
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nice.  Smiley
  

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Reply #867 - Apr 12th, 2017 at 4:45am
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Made it home earlier than expected on Monday so thought I'd catch something for tea. Tide perfect (well nearly) so rowed off the beach to the W point of McKenzie Bay to fish in 6m for the last hour of the flood and the first few mins of the ebb. Salted skipjack and frozen squid. Berley. First bait in the water at 6.05 and quit when bait ran out at 7.15.

Fed small snapper for a while and binned a couple. Started to lose baits to squid and briefly regretted that my squid jig was in my big tacklebox in the dory. Then I thought of the ink and the mess and decided that the frustration of losing bait to the bastards was (just) preferable.

We put our very old cat down a few weeks ago -he  lived well and died well. I was cleaning the fish and found myself turning to drop trimmings as usual - but instead of being under my feet, he was (and is) over behind the vege garden. First time I have really missed him.

Snapper 34, 30 indeterminate.
  
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Reply #868 - Apr 12th, 2017 at 12:34pm
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Thanks for the report and sad about the cat but like them or not,you get used to them being around.
  
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Reply #869 - yesterday at 7:51am
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Woken in the night by chest pain on ANZAC evening, so off to hospital for a whole lotta tests. Released on Wed afternoon minus most of my chest hair (much pain) but with an assurance that my heart was ok and that I have a normal life expectancy.

So went to sea Thursday. After some quick consultations with my neighbour, decided to fill my boots with skippies and hoped fro an albacore or two.

So I trolled along the 60m contour a couple of miles off Ocean Beach for an hour, then out round the Chicks and back to the powerstation for the last of the flood at about 5pm. Didn't see a tuna.

Berleyed up at the powerstation on the inside end of the reef for half an hour without any interest in my frozen squid  even from small snapper, and then shifted to my usual possie on the seaward end of the reef.

I was rewarded immediately with a nice snapper and an even nicer trev , and as it got dark, the jacks arrived and I changed to fresh jack.

A couple more keepers, and that was enough for friends and whanau, so home over a wine dark sea and all cleaned up by 8.30. Seven hours at sea and I was buggered, but it was lots better than hospital, I tell ya! Sashimi trev tonight till we couldn't eat any more and lay round farting and belching.

Snapper 44, 34, 30.
Trevally 49.
  
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