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Mar 12th, 2017 at 4:24pm
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The conditions seemed just about right for a beach fish, Mike was going boating early in the morning for  a Crayfish trip so declined my invitation.

I decided to head down to the local immediately after tea, quickly threw two rods and some frozen bait into the Suzy with the chilly bin, my lantern and tackle box.

The sea was fairly flat making  my job of picking a suitable spot more difficult. I stopped and talked to various fishers as I made my way along the coast, none were doing that well and most were packing up to head home, they were a mixture of Kontiki/seahorse types and rod fishers.

Not looking that promising, I stopped and watched a patch of water for a few minutes trying to get an understanding of what lay beneath the small waves as they approached the shore.
I decided to go a bit further up the beach to check for anything better.  Nothing looked that flash so with time running out quickly headed back to the previous spot as it was looking the best out of thin pickings.

My First cast was retrieved after 10 mins to check if lice, crabs or sprats were going to be a nuisance, bait looked ok, so flicked it  back out.  The big bend got me moving pretty quick and soon a Kahawai  was landed, next 3 fish were also the same species, bugger time to  try another bait and hopefully catch a different species.
Right on Que bite time suddenly arrived and some good fish came ashore, the best a nudge under 7.5kgs and the smallest snapper was around 37-38 cm, a big gurnard was a bonus.  As quickly as they arrived they were gone, well it seemed quick, but was probably over about 80-90 mins of Mayhem.

I lost a few and was feeling pretty shagged afterwards, my bait board and traces were a friggen  shambles with hungry fish mostly being deep hooked.





  
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Reply #1 - Mar 12th, 2017 at 4:52pm
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Not bad alright bro!
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 12th, 2017 at 6:13pm
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Bloody hell ice, that's some fishing
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 12th, 2017 at 10:10pm
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Jeez that's a great result,lucky to come home with a legal fish where I go these days,
  
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Reply #4 - Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:17am
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thebomb wrote on Mar 12th, 2017 at 10:10pm:
Jeez that's a great result,lucky to come home with a legal fish where I go these days,


Being able to see a potential gutter that you can cast to at your predicted bite time and having a channel leading into it definitely increases your chances.
if you look at the first pic you can see there is a gutter of deeper water just in front of the rod, that is where i fished, you may even see the channel leading into it.
  
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Reply #5 - Mar 13th, 2017 at 7:55pm
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Impressive.
Theres a lot of skill and knowledge right there.  Cool Cool
  

Poke your nose into the wind and follow it.
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whats ya limit of snapper per day there,looks like you've got 11 there
  
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tim41 wrote on Mar 14th, 2017 at 7:05am:
whats ya limit of snapper per day there,looks like you've got 11 there



Yes, daily limit is 10 snapper, luckily I fished over two days.  the 10th and 11th of march. Wink
  
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Reply #8 - Apr 30th, 2017 at 9:32pm
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Blemmen heck, great effort! Well done and you must be an expert spotting "the spot Smiley "
  
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Reply #9 - May 1st, 2017 at 10:50am
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Rudolph Red Nose wrote on Apr 30th, 2017 at 9:32pm:
Blemmen heck, great effort! Well done and you must be an expert spotting "the spot Smiley "


Not always.

I find knowing how far you can actually cast is a big help when picking a place to fish, its  no good sussing out a potential gutter if you can not put a bait there at the better bite times.
  
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Reply #10 - May 1st, 2017 at 8:11pm
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davflaws wrote on May 1st, 2017 at 8:11pm:
Good fishing - how do you figure bite times?



Not sure really Dave, I do like high  tides to coincide with sunset or sunrise, and the moon to be about halfway between rising and setting. Smiley
  
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ICEMAN wrote on May 2nd, 2017 at 12:55pm:
davflaws wrote on May 1st, 2017 at 8:11pm:
Good fishing - how do you figure bite times?



Not sure really Dave, I do like high  tides to coincide with sunset or sunrise, and the moon to be about halfway between rising and setting. Smiley


The pull of the tides is pretty well known with fishing, but with beach fishing, one of the things I factor in is what direction the wind has been blowing over the last few previous days, the amount of tide, ie height and strength of the tides,  fishing at night maybe better with a full moon etc. 
  
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Reply #13 - Jun 1st, 2017 at 10:54pm
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Choice. Great fishing.
  
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