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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great pics as ever Bazza - my neighbour has a Tesla, he showed me how he can park it remotely from his phone the flash git Smile Smile Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant reports and pics as always, Bazza. Thanks for sharing. Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanx guys for your kind words .... I am pleased to hear that you enjoy reading the reports.

Unfortunately after loosing almost all the earlier pics due the photobucket fiasco they were restored
albeit quiet a few were muddled, consequently they now appear out of context with the dialogue.

Suppose I could wade thru the 70 odd pages & try to remedy the situation however would involve a
lot of time & effort so think I will leave things as they are.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allrounder wrote:
Brilliant reports and pics as always, Bazza. Thanks for sharing. Cool

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Going for a test drive of the SUV model Monday week.

Unlike most hybrid vehicles it appears to have more than enough torque to tow the boat
however the limited range of less than 500 kms without the option of switching to petrol
is of concern, particularly as here in NZ where there are relatively few charging stations.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first trip out yesterday, since arriving back just over a week ago.

Opted on a solo mission for which I was grateful as would have been embarrassed
at the lack of action had I taken someone out.

Firstly there was an early morning frost so everything was as cold as charity so was
completely surprised considering it was a week day that there were more boats at the
ramp than I have ever seen. This was probably due to the fact that the weather has
been atrocious for about three weeks as far as boating was concerned, so when a 5 knt
wind is forecast most are looking to rectify their withdrawal symptoms.

Anyway the conditions were calm but about an hour at the "never fail" possie disappointingly
yielded only smaller fish or those a couple of mm below the legal size of 30 cm for snapper.
As the conditions were calm apart from the constant wake from the number of boats, it seemed
an ideal opportunity to "go deep" about a further 8 kms out where there was a group of boats
anchored. As it happened probably would have fared much better by staying where I was as the
problem encountered there was that there would usually be a bite the moment the line hit the
bottom in almost 40 mtrs there would be a bite .... then nada. Came to the conclusion that it
was due to the fact that baits when wound in, invariably had a chunk of clear jelly like substance
attached suggesting there were hordes of jellyfish down there & the fish were adverse to any such
contamination.

Came to the conclusion there was little point in persevering so headed back to the original spot,
stopping off at a couple of spots on the way but to no avail. Even tho the "never fail" spot initially
only yielded sub 30 cm ( some only a mm or two ) decided I would tough it out until the change of
tide when it would be time to return to the ramp. Finally a keeper came aboard so at least had a
meal albeit a small one. On two occasions I thought I had a good sized fish on when they were
taking line only to discover after a lengthy tussle they were both sharks ... so were cut loose.
Another legal fish came aboard so at least had the promise of a decent meal for ourselves even
if the neighbours & regular beneficiaries were scheduled to miss out.



On arrival back at the ramp it was rather disconcerting to find a queue of about eight boats waiting
their turn to use the ramp, something I have never encountered on a weekday so was obliged to wait
my turn, a fact further complicated by the fact it was an excessively low tide that made it more difficult
to retrieve onto the trailer or to launch ... would imagine larger boats might have to wait until the tide
had risen somewhat.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nouri & I went out on the Kaipara yesterday to take advantage of the ideal tides & weather forecast.

The last 8 or nine times I have set the flounder net whilst out fishing it had proven to be a disaster
in one form or another, however as the tides were not high then decided might as well have another
attempt.

On arrival it soon become obvious by the amount of colour in the estuarine river water that there had
been some heavy local flooding.



After launching & were making our way down the river the amount of debris floating down soon made us
realise that setting a net in its path would be a recipe for disaster so decided we would instead set it in
a locality, albeit unproven, on the shoreline close to where we would be fishing.

Using the depth finder determined that most of the shoreline there was too deep but eventually found a
stretch that was a more suitable depth. Things went ok until about halfway through feeding the net out
when we utilised the motor to move the boat into a better position & managed to get the net wound
around the prop. Going over the side to attempt to unwind it apart from the water being chilly would have
run a risk of getting tangled in the net so ran with the only other option ie to tilt the motor then climb out
on the raised leg to use a knife to slash the tangled mess. Despite a couple of heart stopping moments
managed to slash clear the tangle but had to resort to cutting the net in half. Decided then the best option
would be tie the ends together in a rough knot meaning that section would be in non functional but with a
bit of luck the remainder would work ok. It probably would have apart from the fact that when trying to pull
the net tight it felt the impromptu joining knot had given way, which was indeed the case as we were to
confirm later on.

So was time to go fishing proper but the results were totally abysmal for quite some time before for some
unknown reason the fish began to come on the bite & good size fish that were inclined to hit hard then put
up a strong fight in the shallow water we were in.



Went ashore at low tide to collected a 20 litre pail of oysters & had lunch. On re launching went to check on
the net but could not sight the large yellow buoys one at each end, which was of concern as did much mind
losing the net so much apart from the fact it could pose a danger if drifting & the fact there were brand new
anchors attached one at each end. Was back to fishing again with the anticipation of it being as rewarding as
before the tide change, but such hope was to prove largely unfounded as action was comparatively slow but
at least fish we coming aboard at intervals.

Eventually it was only small fish biting so we decided would call it a day after having another look for the net
& this time were able to locate the buoys. Due to the fact that as a result of the knot coming undone the tow
sections had been free to sweep about consequently had picked up a whole lot of oyster shells & general
rubbish plus to our complete surprise & against all odds a couple of flounder.

All in all had been a fairly productive day overall with two flounder, about eight snapper, one gurnard & several
kahawhai plus a bucket of oysters. Have cleaned all the fish along with the boat, have a heap of fillets to give
away, so all that remains is the tedium of clearing rubbish from the net & attempt to join the two sections together
again.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What to do as an alterative to fishing when the weather has been far too bad to even consider going out & whilst waiting impatiently for it to improve.

Was a first for me & normally would be too ashamed to admit it, but last night attended a performance of the Imperial Russian Ballet.

Cannot claim to have understood what was going on much of the time, nevertheless much to my surprise thoroughly enjoyed the experience as found it to be very colourful, vibrant & entertaining, having expected it to be mainly twirling around on toes whilst wearing frilly costumes.

Particularly enjoyed their rendition of Maurice Ravels' Bolero which had the entire audience spellbound. The except from Don Quixote was a performance of constant action, which is more than be said for most of my fishing excursions.

It is the first time they have visited NZ or for that matter Aussie & they are scheduled to return next year when having been suitable inspired will definitely purchase tickets again, even if it is prime fishing weather.

So if you anyone happens to be down here & notices a guy at the ramp wearing thermals ( nearest thing I have to ballet tights ) with a burley bag stuffed down the front, say hello & I might even turn on my rendition of Swan Lake for you!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did they not treat you to 'Cavalier With A Rusty Canon' by Ripyercorsetsov?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Those were some great catches, Bazza! Cheers!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DamienHaddy wrote:
Wow! Those were some great catches, Bazza! Cheers!


Thanx Damien ...... the weather has been so terrible for so long here it has been near impossible to get out.

However, if as your profile states you live in Florida then is inconsequential compared to what Florida has been through.
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