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May 15th, 2016 at 10:43pm
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Hi Guys,

Absolutely fizzing about heading down to Smokey bay/beach this week for my first trip to Stewart Island.
We couldn't get a dinghy up to the block but we will be taking an inflatable canoe that we can paddle out to hopefully catch some cod.

Not expecting much, but any info on the block would be much appreciated. maybe even just a yarn on how you got on if you have hunted it before.

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Reply #1 - May 16th, 2016 at 6:03pm
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I got back on Thursday from the adjoining block. (Yankee River).

Take a fishing rod. We were getting plenty of fish straight off the rocks. Nuclear Chicken soft bait was really getting them biting if not using fresh bait.
  
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Reply #2 - May 16th, 2016 at 10:42pm
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Wanderer wrote on May 16th, 2016 at 6:03pm:
I got back on Thursday from the adjoining block. (Yankee River).

Take a fishing rod. We were getting plenty of fish straight off the rocks. Nuclear Chicken soft bait was really getting them biting if not using fresh bait.


Planning on just taking a hand line and using the inflatable raft to get out away from the kelp which should hopefully do the trick. Will be using salted bait but will take some softbaits in case we run out  Wink

Everyone seems pretty tight lipped about the block which might be a good sign  Cheesy
  
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Reply #3 - May 17th, 2016 at 7:44am
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The only problem with an inflatable boat on the west side of the island is 9 days out of 10 the see will be to rough to use it.

It's a fairly bushy block so take quiet shoes.

And sandfly repellant.

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Reply #4 - May 17th, 2016 at 8:47am
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Sand dunes around front part of block, with a river running out in the east side of block. Swing bridge across it. Nor west circuit track running through block.
You may see a red skin about but mainly whitetail. They will be where you find them.
Try finding any fresh sign in dunes and sit and wait nearby.
Find fresh sign around broadleaf trees and sit and wait nearby.

As BC said the coast there gets hammered but you may get a window or two to get a fish. Failing that theres eels in the river.

Hopefully the weather is better than the last few days.
  

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Reply #5 - May 17th, 2016 at 8:48am
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Sorry quoted wrong person there. Not BC but MA.
  

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Reply #6 - May 17th, 2016 at 10:47am
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Beware the "dreaded swamp". Good water across swing bridge to left from memory.
In '85 we speared 2 flounder and a huge herring in the river mouth using some no.8 wire we took.
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Reply #7 - May 17th, 2016 at 5:20pm
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Whitetail deer are sneaky critters.  I can only imagine trying to hunt them in thick cover.  This should be right at the peak of the breeding cycle for them right now if I had to guess.

From now until the 23/24th should be excellent with a bunch of the days getting good mid day.  You have to select your area but this is usually decently accurate.  http://www.besttimestohunt.net/ ; We find during midday times, they don't move into the open but will take funnels and move through bedding regions for does.  Not sure how much of that applies to Stewart Island but good luck!  Shoot a Bruiser
  

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Reply #8 - May 26th, 2016 at 3:47pm
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Ive just booked this block for next year, be really keen to hear how you got on when you get back
  
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Reply #9 - May 28th, 2016 at 5:14pm
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few years ago i spent 12 days down at long harry hut with my father we left the party and done a overnighter at smokey beach in a little white hut shot 2 deer just before dark  fishing off the rocks at long harry was amazing and not that far to walk up there
  
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