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Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

July 23, 2020
Short & sharp this week. The harbour is fishing very well for gurnard & kahawai. I expect with a little technique that trevally are also a likely catch. For whatever reason I’ve seen more big gurnard this year than I have in a long time - if ever. I know of fish between 1.5 and 2kg being caught from the harbour over the last 25 years but this year I’ve seen several fish between 1.4 and 1.6 kilos and heard of several others.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

July 3, 2020
We are now dead smack in the middle of one of my favourite fishing times for the harbour. The problem is it is going to end real soon and when it does we will be dead smack in the middle of one of my least favourite times. Hard to please much Smudge? Let me explain. Autumn to early winter rocks it in the harbour. Gurnard, trevally, kahawai and big snapper are all at their best right now. Unfortunately, the weather systems start to deteriorate really fast. There is nothing worse than a nasty sou’ easter to ruin a day on the harbour. The chop will be short & sharp and the water will be a muddy brown colour on those days which will become all too frequent from now until October.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

June 19, 2020
On Sunday 21 June our fishing club is running our annual gurnard fishing competition ‘The Franklin Hunting & Fishing Grunter Hunter’. Due to the economic situation we’ve decided to tone things down a bit this year and operate it on a sweepstake basis where we put as much of the money from ticket sales into prizemoney as we can. We don’t want to burden our sponsors but having said that they have been great in helping us get the event sorted. We are offering a 1st Prize of over $1000. Tickets are on sale at Franklin Hunting & Fishing until 3pm or so on Saturday.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

June 4, 2020
Standing in for Smudge this week, a couple of his mates, Gerald Muir and friends, who have put together a nice informative video interviewing highly regarded Manukau harbour expert Scotty Warrender.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

May 22, 2020
Fishing has always been more than just a little bit about being out at the right time in the right place. Some people seem to be able to get themselves into the right time at the right place more often than others. Some rely more heavily on luck and there is no doubt that luck does play a part in fishing too. On top of that you have skill. The more our skill levels improve the more luck we seem to have and we find ourselves in the right place at the right time more often. Stories about the one that got away will even become less frequent as those skill levels build but the stories will at least be more epic when that does happen. There are still a couple of ingredients missing from the recipe for fishing success – experience and local knowledge. Combine all those things and you have given yourself the best possible chance of getting a good catch. Probably not every time but at least you know you’ve given it your best shot. This is starting to sound like you’re building a great excuse for some poor fishing form Smudge!
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

April 14, 2020
I know it’s a bad time for many right now and I empathise with those of you who are finding things tough. However, there’s nothing like a good positive attitude and that is the only way to approach these events. We can only work together, put politics and thoughts of social injustice aside and obey the rules put to us by our leaders. On the day of writing this I see we’re down to something like 29 new and probable cases. That’s an amazing recovery but don’t expect that a switch will be suddenly turned on and we can return to normal life straight away. I’m expecting Level 3 restrictions to follow and I’d be surprised if that is for less than one month. There is only one thing for sure though, there will be no fishing for another two weeks. No biggie, at least we can expect some great autumn & winter fishing once this is all under control.

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