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Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

July 1, 2021
The Counties Sport Fishing Club’s Grunter Hunter comp wrapped up last month after a delayed start, and the weather was still all over the place in the lead up to the event. That’s not unusual for this time of the year but as it turned out the conditions on the day were fabulous. The secret to winter fishing is to have your boat and gear ready to go when the opportunity presents itself, as you generally get fewer windows because of the weather.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

June 11, 2021
Due to weather conditions! The Grunter Hunter comp has been postponed and moved to SUNDAY JUNE 20th Now.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

May 19, 2021
It’s prime time in the Manukau for the mighty gurnard. A favourite eating fish for many, and a bit of fun to catch as they don’t require too much attention, and you can enjoy a quiet beverage while the rod sits in the holder. Of course, the annual Franklin Hunting and Fishing Grunter Hunter comp is approaching, so a good carrot could end up scoring you $3000 on June the 6th.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

March 19, 2021
Smudge! I want your report on my desk by close of business tonight – no more excuses! Even ten minutes late and I’ll send the boys around. Crikey! The boss was grumpy today so there’s only one thing for it and that is to knuckle down and write another report from ‘Honest Smudge’.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

February 5, 2021
In my twenty years as part of Counties Sport Fishing Club I’ve never seen anything like this. It seems that every day there is a marlin story better than the day before. The year started off with reports of a marlin or two getting tagged & released. The fish were generally small – around the 70 to 80kg mark and most were released so there were only stories. No physical evidence there to make me think something was brewing. But the stories were persistent, multiple hookups of small fish. A few striped marlin started coming into the weigh station and it was becoming apparent that the stories were true. A little bit of rough weather kept boats on front lawns but soon the weather cleared and all of a sudden there were big fish getting weighed and tagged. There were boats coming in without fish for sure but they usually had stories to tell. One boat load of seasoned game fishermen told of how each of their 5 lures were hit without a single hook up. Reports of two caught marlin in a day were getting common place.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

January 8, 2021
Brief update to the Dec/Jan report: As we expect for this time of year, gamefish are being caught out at the 110 metre mark and thereabouts. So far they are mostly small at under 90kg, but you never know when the bigger specimens will appear. We haven't seen any, but haven't been looking either. As far as snapper go, we've been getting good fish in at only 12 metres. I got a few nice fish there on the Catch motor oil softbaits. Great action on those!

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