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Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

March 19, 2020
I was asked to skipper a boat for a friend last weekend so he and his mate Matthew and I could fish the Waiau Pa Boating Club Family fishing competition. Although Grant owns a boat he is in a wheel chair and needs some assistance. He is a pretty forthright sort of character and is a very interesting guy so I felt the pressure to put him onto some good fish. They were keen to learn some new techniques as their normal fishing style is to drop flasher rigs under the boat and fish in deeper water. Effective but sometimes you need a plan B. They catch fish but wanted to try something else. That’s a very important part of fishing for me as there is no one approach that always works. Grant & Matthew recognised that were keen to learn.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

February 21, 2020
Fishing inside the harbour has been hindered recently by the huge amount of red weed (gracilaria I think it is called) that manages to wrap itself around baits and fishing line within minutes of it hitting the water. Some areas are affected worse than others but it is pretty much everywhere. The easiest way to avoid it is to fish the slack water near the top or bottom of the tide. Smaller tides certainly help reduce the effects of the weed too and if you can work around it there are some very good fish to be caught. The South channel and 50m hole off of Paratutae Island are fishing well. Paratutae is strictly a high tide spot though as at that depth you will struggle to hit the bottom with the big currents there.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

February 7, 2020
Ed note: A south-west swell of up to 2 metres this weekend is going to make it pretty nasty heading out over the bar, so it may be a better option to stay in the harbour or hit the east coast wide if chasing game fish. Later in the week around Thursday is looking much better even if that’s not playing ball with public holidays. We had some reports of good snapper in quite shallow in the harbour taking soft baits in the brighter orange colours only yesterday. A couple of fish up to 50cm so not too bad at all. Here’s a brief update from Smudge for all those thinking of heading west this weekend.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

January 23, 2020
Most of the west coast reports we hear – mine included – have glowing reports of great catches of mega snapper. I don’t make that stuff up. I’m either speaking from experience or I’m passing on the info that I’m hearing from sources I can trust. It truly is a great fishery and sometimes when we have a less than spectacular catch we feel kind of cheated. We shouldn’t of course. We should be grateful for every opportunity we get to experience one of life’s great pleasures: fishing with friends and going home with an almost certain catch of top table fish. So as one of those who extol the virtues of one of the country’s greatest snapper fisheries do I feel guilty about those who have a bad day out there such as when 3 fishermen got into trouble a week or two ago when one of them perished? Well yes. I do feel a little guilty. I try to balance those guilty feelings by thinking about the times I’ve mentioned the dangers of crossing the notorious Manukau bar. Or the even trickier Waikato River bar. I’ve had friends get into difficulties on both of those bar crossings. I’m certainly not the greatest skipper in the world but I do exercise caution about when we cross or not. We’ve turned back a few times when others have gone ahead. I don’t regret that one bit.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

January 10, 2020
Wow, there it is! 2020. I took a call last weekend from a guy Chris who has been surfcasting off some of the harbour beaches. Recently he was fishing off Clarks Beach when a fish hooked up and that was the last he saw of his favourite surf caster. He knew to keep the drag off while the rod wasn’t attended and to check the rod wasn’t tip wrapped but mistakes happen so he asked me to give everyone a timely reminder. The very next day I heard of an identical incident from someone else! Good on you Chris for sharing and good to see you can still manage a laugh about it.
Manukau / Auckland west coast

Manukau / Auckland west coast

December 20, 2019
Christmas is a great time of year isn’t it? Everyone is happy and looking forward to some down time, hopefully we have some spare time on our hands and for most of us it is a time to put the boat in the water or pack the surfcaster and go fishing. We usually don’t have to wait too long for a good patch of weather which is a bonus. I have always suspected that most kiwis do 90% of their fishing over the Christmas break which is cool because not everyone has the means nor the opportunities to get out fishing whenever they wish as some of us do.

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