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Re: Whangarei Heads
Reply #930 - Nov 7th, 2018 at 12:27pm
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A mint afternoon yesterday and I was feeling frisky straight from the Osteopath, so went out to the Chicks with a mate in my dory.

A mixed school of Trevs and small Kahawai were feeding on krill on the surface off the Old Woman. Some day I am going to get near a school with a suitable setup (fly on softbait rod probably) to see if I can catch one properly, cos various jigs and lures were (and have always been) totally ineffective. I have binned a few with a bloody gigantic treble cast over a school and jerk retrieved, but even that didn't work yesterday.

So we carried on to the Chicks and anchored in 10m over rocky kelp with the very light NW pushing us back to the sheer shore and the flooding tide taking the berley along the face. Ideal! Pillies and squid on medium gear went out the back and we settled down to wait. It wasn't long before we were steadily feeding small snapper.

I had just replaced the JW eggbeater with its ($30 special) twin and soon found that the "problem" with the old reel was actually a "problem" with the rod. It gets noisy and munts the line when I play a fish. Something to do with a bend in the rod and a sharp edge on the metal housing one of the the ceramic rod ring liners. Bugger! So it was just as well all we caught for a couple of hours were small snapper. Four in the bin and about a dozen back. The 8/0 mutsus meant that everything was lip hooked, but it was still a pain.

Just after six we took a couple of nice fish, but by 6.45, the tide slackened off and the fishing died. Not a nibble for ten mins, so we came home into the sunset and were all cleaned up and processed by 9.30.

Snapper 30, 30, 31, Females ripening 32, 39, 42 Males ripening.
  
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Re: Whangarei Heads
Reply #931 - Nov 8th, 2018 at 6:56pm
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I have had success on those schooling trevs with very small jigs 7gm grim reapers.
  

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Reply #932 - Nov 8th, 2018 at 7:00pm
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Thanks MH
I will get some and give them a go.
  
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Re: Whangarei Heads
Reply #933 - Nov 9th, 2018 at 9:02pm
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"Boarded" by MPI Fisheries Inspectors in their flash Alloy pontoon boat this afternoon. Very happy to have everything ticketty poo, with nothing undersized and only 40 scallops (very thin and watery) in the bin.
  
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