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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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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.
  

Keep the wind in your face and your freezer full.
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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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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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Reply #934 - Nov 25th, 2018 at 11:11am
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A couple of scalloping expeditions (though a couple of minutes from the Urquharts Bay ramp barely qualifies as an expedition), and then an opportunity to have a "day on the water" with Adam on Friday.

Big plans!   Light NE all day and a 3/4 full tank of gas with another 10lit up forward made the Hen or the Chicks an easy option. Crays then softbait and then scallops on the way home.

Load the fishing gear. Load the cold chicken and a couple of beers. Load the divegear! Shit! shit shit shit. Somebody taped an empty bottle! The nearest compressor is 20km away. 

Small plans! Use the 60 bar left to get scallops, then go fishing. Adam had a brand new softbait setup so that was the focus, but we also  took smellies and berley in a couple of marginally revolting frozen lumps in a bin.

So scallops sweet, and softbaited everywhere I could think of. Some good hits - monstered lime tigers, but no hookups. Eventually we had worked our way out to the Old Woman, and though there were feeding gannets and terns going in over a wide area, we just couldn't get a hit.

Tiny plans. Go home, shuck scallops and settle for an evening fish much later. Anchored and berleyed up in the inner channel from 7pm. Last of the flood. Softbaits monstered by small snapper, frozen squd very popular with the same. Bugger this!

Out to the top of Mair Bank - about halfway between the edge of the channel and the four poster. Fed more small snapper. The only excitement before dark dark was Adam catching 3 Octopussss. Hauled them right out of their holes with his new butty softbait gear. Only boated one ,but I was somewhat surprised to see him sticking his hand in very close to where I thought the beak was. I thought he was going to turn it inside out. I have read about that. I was even more surprised when he picked it up and buried his face in it and bit it!

I have read about that too. He tells me that if you do it right the animal goes limp. He didn't do it right. The octopus was about 40cm from the head to the end of its stretched out legs. Except that the legs didn't stay stretched out. They wrapped themselves all over his face and head The biggest suckers were close to a cm across. They were still sucking 20 minutes later when we were using them for bait. I can't imagine what it felt like, but it was pretty strange from my end with my son suddenly growing a squid head with writhing tentacles.

He sorted the thing out with a knife, and we thought prime bait, living bleeding smelling moving. Bloody useless. The biter had never been up to much and it stopped dead until we went back to squid.

Then it got dark and the tide started to ebb with a bit of energy, and the fishing got serious and busy until we quit just on 10pm with six in the bin and a feeling of manly virtue. (Which after the Ireland performance was sorely needed).   


Snapper 47 male 42 female 37 female 36 female 35 male 32 male all very ripe
  
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