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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite awhile since posting as main puter will not allow me to log in & only way a can is to use my old laptop
which is far from easy to use.

Anyway, had been kindly invited by Iain from a local fishing forum to join him for a weeks fishing at Turangi
where he had a police association holiday home booked. Had no sooner committed to joining him when an angler
from Florida posted that he & his wife were coming to NZ so would appreciate any info re the fishing. Usually enjoy
showing visiting anglers around however on this occasion the dates conflicted so a compromise was decided on
whereby we would meet up at Turangi for a couple of days on their way to the South Is, in their rental motorhome.

Had promised Joe & Janis some freshly caught snapper fillets as a meal so took the boat out on Friday as was due
to leave on Sunday. Had assumed catching enough for a good meal however as most fishos know your catch rate is
invariably in converse proportion to your need to catch & this occasion was to prove to be no exception. There were
tonnes of hungry fish about but problem was those being hooked were marginally undersize, so was really struggling
to boat enough for our meal & looked like would fall short but finally had enough for a meal for four. Had a mini drama
at one stage that could have been serious had things gone wrong. Was after bait fish using a multi hook sabiki rig which
was bringing up 3 to 5 yellow tail with each drop but one particular occasion everything got in a tangle & was in the process
of trying to untangle things when a small shark grabbed one of the yellowtail then took off driving the small but needle
sharp sabiki hooks into my hand also a couple of fingers. Fortunately was only one hand affected so was able to grab a
knife with the free hand & cut things loose.



The weather was always going to be an unknown factor as the fringe affects of the cyclones that were causing such devastation
in Tonga etc. were likely to hit various areas of NZ & indeed they did albeit without the seriously fierce winds they experienced
in Tonga & suchlike where winds reached 260 kph. The affects where we were relatively minor but were constantly changing every
20 to 30 mins which made it difficult to flyfish. Nevertheless Iain caught a nice size brown in shallow water whilst I managed to
hook & loose three,



The following day Joe & Janis arrived.



Unsure of the pattern of events that followed other than Joe & I went night fishing until conditions made things uncomfortable ... had
one tug followed not long after a hookup that felt like a small fish so swapped rods so Joe could land it, however it was lost. As it happens
it was actually my fault as a faulty knot I tied had given way. J&J were scheduled to leave to catch the ferry the next day so it was decided
we would deviate the route so as to see some points of interest they would not otherwise see.



On the forest walk into a pool met Roger, an Aussie along with his wife coming the other way carrying a spin rod. Asked if he had caught
anything he replied he could not find any access to the river whereupon I offered to show him a special pool & how best to fish it, consequently
was stoked to hook into a 6 or 7 lb rainbow on his 5th cast,







Was about mid arvo when J&J set off towards Wellington & I opted to fish another pool a bit further down river & managed a couple of fish albeit
not as big as Rogers nevertheless were appreciated by a couple of locals to smoke.



To illustrate the power of a river in spate the large log in the foreground of the pic below, was not there a year ago & has replaced a smaller one,



Had a brief fish next morning, landed a couple more before moving on to check out the Whirinaki, which was a complete waste of time particularly
involved a considerable amount of driving only to find it was running high & dirty plus it remains decimated after last years floods.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a hard days fishing is a tad frustrating to come back to the ramp to see heaps of sizeable & some even huge
fish swimming about happily in the boat marina where people feed them with fish scraps & bread etc.

They are wild fish that are free to come or go, but no fishing allowed & rightfully so as are a distinct novelty. Don't
think there is any law that prevents fishing there but consensus of opinion opposing doing so ensures no one does.
There are large snapper, kingfish, stingrays etc. & saw a guy lying on his stomach trying to grab a huge snapper by
the tail which could have been interesting had it been mistaken for food as a big snapper could bite off a digit or two
no problem.





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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With nasty weather imminent it was decided to go out Thursday before it hit which proved
to be a good decision as the conditions were ideal apart from a bit of an early morning chill
wind that once it had abated delivered a very clement sunny & calm conditions.

Richard had kindly come along to show me how to use my new sonar, gps, chart plotter &
reckon I managed to absorb a few pointers from his competency despite my being a slow learner.



The first fish on board was a small but chunky snapper followed by a couple of a quite healthy size.
In between the snapper were hooking into numerous KY along with endless small sharks & the
occasional ray which meant having to shift in order to avoid them in the hope of locating a few of
our target species, namely gurnard. We had all but given up on the gurnard when Richard scored on
after which the camera battery was flat so no more pics.



Went ashore at low tide to collect oysters then returned to continue fishing on the rising tide. Richard
had devised a method that appeared to appeal to the gurnard which saw him boat another three whilst
I only managed to land one which was barely legal so went back. Conversely at least managed to redeem
myself by accounting for the bulk of the snapper caught.

Tide depth for the trip back to the ramp was marginal as was the situation when retrieving the boat on
a steep angle, nevertheless managed to do so without any mishaps before setting off home after a very
enjoyable day out albeit not ultra productive.

Thanx Richard.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow ... ultra tempting !!

http://www.fishing.net.nz/forum/three-kings-trip_topic127767.html[align=right]
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yippie ... I'm in !!!

A pic of the whole baits used to catch the big ones .....

Watch this space !!!

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 5:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yippie ... I'm in .. so looking forward to it !!

Well those feelings of jubilation did not last long before being replaced by mixed emotions of feeling gutted with extreme disappointment,
coupled with annoyance & anger after receiving a bombshell this morning !!

About a week ago put my name forward fora place on the trip, subject only to being able to make some difficult arrangements to have
the time free. A full declaration was given of my age (7Cool etc & no objection was lodged at that time.


When given the "all clear" re availability time wise on Wednesday I was "over the moon" so set about putting together things that would
be required spending several hundred dollars plus had arranged cash on hand to pass over to pay for the trip.


All was going to plan & was making friends envious by excitedly spreading the word about my planned adventure.


Then it all turned to custard on receiving a PM this morning (not even the courtesy of a phone call) informing me the plug had been pulled
on my being on the trip due to my age without my being able to have any input towards such a decision !!!!


Gutted & feeling let down ... you bet I am !!
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being 7 Cool myself - I can feel your annoyance ....... Tony Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

70's is the new 60's I keep telling myself Cool

Very bad form Bazza Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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70's is the new 60's I keep telling myself Cool

Very bad form Bazza Evil or Very Mad

Doug, very occasionally I feel like 50s is the new 80s. Landlord, another pint please..... Twisted Evil


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current update pgs 1, 2 & 3 at :-

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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Must confess to coming perilously close to committing the ultimate sin in any anglers' book ... ie having to buy
some fish filets after a day out fishing.
The sad saga began after Vinnie & self had planned a day out on the Kaipara to take full advantage of the ideal
forecast, wind direction, & tide times which does not happen there very often.
All good then ... boat on Wed evening, ready for an early morning start yesterday (Thursday) so all good ... or
so it seemed.

Was up early, had breakfast then went out to load a few more items in the boat, such as the petrol tanks & rods etc.
which can tend to go missing overnight, but was dismayed to find heavy fog that had brought the range of vision
down to only 30 metres or less. A quick phone call to Vinnie who said conditions were even worse where he was, so
we agreed to delay the arranged meet up time, then make a final call from the options available which were :-

(1) Call the whole thing off.
(2) Risk it on the Kaipara using chartplotter.
(3) Go to Gulf Harbour instead also using chartplotter.

Every so often the fog would thin out raising our hopes, only to have them dashed when it thickened again. Call
was made to try Gulf Harbour & were heartened to find the vision was not that acute, but were surprised to find
the carpark only had one space left. Going out was aided by the fog lifting on the horizon making the lower parts
of Tiri visible which coupled with the sonar & plotter allowed us to find our "never fail spot". Vinnie had a keeper
on board in short time indicating our position was set to live up to its' name .. but unfortunately was only with
hordes of 29 cm or less so time to shift. From thereon was much of the same with Vinnie scoring almost straight
away followed by sub 30's altho he did have a breakoff on a real string puller.

Was really hard fishing, as struggled to get 5 keepers between us, which was the base of the problem that was
now faced, namely despite the fact I should know better from bitter experience, I had foolishly promised some
fish fillets to someone that had done me a favour ( in fairness tho was when anticipating adequate bounty from
the Three Kings trip that never happened ) It was looking as tho might have to make up any shortfall by visiting
the fish shop, even tho the thought of doing so made me feel sick in the stomach.

By virtue of Vinnie kindly agreeing to take a lesser share of the catch, have just filleted the fish & looks like will
be feed for all concerned.
Wow ... was a close call, barely "saved by the bell" from committing the ultimate sin for any angler !!!.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of das ago winter announced its'' arrival in the form of the first real frost of the season.

As a morning frost is almost invariably followed by a calm conditions a spontaneous decision was made
on a solo mission albeit a much latter than normal start along with doubtful catch expectations given
the lowered water temps.

However just to prove the adage that "the only certainty re fishing, is that there are no certainties" the
opposite outcome prevailed in as much as the fishing was reasonably rewarding but the weather conditions
were far from comfortable.



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whilst doing a bit of "bush bashing" whilst on a fitness walk several years ago, came across a derelict boat with motor hidden away among the mangroves in an upper harbour estuary. Nearby, also hidden away was what appeared to be an outdoor lab with containers of chemicals, an oven along with other suspicious looking equipment. I reported the find to the appropriate entities but nothing happened other than the chemicals & most of the equipment disappeared about a year later, so was left to assume there had been nothing to be overly concerned about.
Recently the boat turned up at the wooden ramp at the end of our street which is less than a km from its' previous location so rang the council to advise. About a week later it was still there but had filled up with rain water from the recent torrential rain experienced in Auckland plus it now had a police sticker attached advising "do not touch" then within a couple of days it had gone.
Was down at the ramp a couple of days ago at low tide & there were about a dozen dead eels in the vicinity of where the rain water would have run had it leaked out.

Have subsequently begun to wonder if there had been a connection to possible chemical contamination.





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