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Reply #885 - Oct 20th, 2017 at 5:09am
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I am certainly winding down work wise, but I am still adding to my "bucket list". I reckon I still have about 5yrs SCUBA left, so I am planning to have a few of the (underwater) experiences I have always wanted but never found time or $s to have.

But meantime- off to the Powerstation in the dory last night to fish the last of the flood in 6M on the sand at the edge of the artificial reef.
6.30 - 8.30. Bloody cold when the SW got up.  Frozen squid, frozen bluemackerel, berley, and a mixture of light and heavy gear.

At first I was worried that we would be picked to death as we fed small snapper, but as dusk fell they seemed to come on the bite as predicted and we took a couple of nice fish.

Snapper 44, 37, 30. I only got to process the 37, which was a rapidly developing male.
  
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Reply #886 - Oct 27th, 2017 at 11:24am
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Same old same old.
Dory to the powerstation to fish the last of the ebb and the first of the flood in 9m. Berley, frozen squid and mullet. Mixture of light and heavy gear. Shitloads of gannet activity until right on dark, then finally caught a jack which went out under a balloon and swam about for 30 mins until we quit.
Snapper 30 female
Jack 31 male dribbling ripe
  
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Reply #887 - Nov 10th, 2017 at 6:35pm
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Afternoon all that was available, and hanging out for fish, so me and Ellen drifted the dory down the shipping channel with med gear (substantial sinkers and long traces) baited with frozen mullet. The 10-15kt SE couldn't hold us  against the ebbing tide roaring out (3.5kt in the shipping channel).

One hit and one very nice fish which kept me busy for quite a while .

Not very pleasant, so Ellen and I decided to go in to Castle Rock and have a feed while we fished the back eddy with berley and hoped for a trev. No joy, so quit at 5.15 and pootled home towing a lure for 4 nice little kahawai.

Snapper 51 very ripe male with enormous testes - yummy!

Kahawai 31, 31, 31, 30 no gonads discernible.
  
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Reply #888 - Nov 18th, 2017 at 4:40pm
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Dory to the powerstation last Thursday night to fish the ebb in 9m. Launched at 7.10pm, first bait in the water at 7.35, and back on the beach at 9pm. Lumpy. NE swell of 1m, with the SE at 15kt knocking the top off it. Plus a bit of tide. Frozen Mullet and berley with med gear. I was on my own so there was plenty of room.

Once the berley bag was overside, I cut a couple of baits and set up rods in the holders, and then it was time to enjoy the evening and wait.  Most of the subsequent fishing operation was conducted from my beanbag, and I stood up only to fight and net a couple of nice fish. The two smaller ones were reeled up short and then swung into the cockpit pretty much at the rod tip.  I could almost hear Ellen saying "Now climb up the rod and strangle it!".

I thought the trip home was going to be a little unpleasant, with the sea fine on the bow and I eased the throttle up in stages, looking for the "sweet spot" for the load and conditions. I was surprised to find it at just short of full throttle, even where there was a fair bit of tide, so maintained a steady 11kts. Eventually, I overtook  a couple of guys in $50k worth of tinny. The conditions were wrong for their length and trim where the ebbing tide met the NE swell, and they had opted to come off the plane.

We have just had the fence/gate altered to make backing the trailer in easy (after I spent more than ten years learning to do it with he old arrangement). Haven't got the bill yet. Putting the boat to bed was super simple, and I was all done and processed by 10.15.

Snapper 51, female, 50 male, 41 female, 31 male. None of them even half as fat and ripe as the male I got in the shipping channel last week.
  
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