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GT Fishing Report. November 16th, 2018

When you head out of downtown Auckland in search of snapper you have to decide whether you head down past Gannet Island and into the Firth of Thames, or straight out towards the end of Coromandel Peninsula or north towards Tiritiri Matangi and Kawau Islands.

But it was no surprise when skipper Lenny Rameka pointed the stubby bow of the charter vessel SeaHawk towards Tiri. It was a beautiful morning on Wednesday and the sea was more like a lake than the ocean. “You know how to pick your days,” he commented.

At this time of year he usually works the water around 30 metres deep between Tiri and Kawau. For the snapper are congregating in schools prior to spawning, and are moving down the coast from north of Kawau. When you are out every day you know where the fish are, and he had yesterday’ mark as his pointer on the GPS screen, but just past Tiri a mass or orange and blue marks lit up the screen, and after circling around he had worked out the drift and sent the anchor to the sea bed 32 metres below.

Ali Williams had invited a bunch of business associates along with an old rugby league mate Awen Guttenbeil, for a day’s fishing and the 20 anglers couldn’t wait to get baits in the water.

But first Rameka gave his sermon on how to slide the point of the 5/0 circle hooks on his hand-tied ledger traces under the backbone of a chunk of pilchard, flick the wire over on the fixed spool reels and let the 8oz sinker (funny how sinkers are still referred to in ounces) pull out the line. “Keep your finger on the rim of the spool, then when it stops flick the wire back over. Lift the rod to pull the sinker out of the mud, lower it slowly, then wait,”he pointed out.
When a keen bloke felt a nibble and jerked the rod he was roundly scolded. “Don’t jerk the rod. Just leave it. The fish will hook themselves, and when it goes tight just wind. There is no need to strike with the rod.”

Rameka loves fishing with the ladies on the boat for they do as they are told; not like blokes who think they know how to fish.
And it was the three girls who showed up the boys, struggling with bending rods as they hauled up snapper – and some big snapper.
There was a huge smile when one young lady lifted a six-kilo fish. “My first snapper!”

But the fishing was not hard and fast enough for this skipper and it was only on the third spot that he was satisfied and after two hours of fishing everyone had three or four fish on ice.

If an angler is struggling to hook keeper-sized fish Rameka will pull out one of his special tricks. He carefully slices off the head of a pilchard and then removes the tail section, leaving the body with the stomach intact. For it is the bloody mess of guts that the snapper love, and when this body section is hooked through the middle and dropped to the bottom it will invariably hook bigger fish – provided you don’t pull the bait away from the quarry when a bite is felt.

After a barbecue lunch of venison sausages and chops, the catamaran headed back towards Westhaven and the fish were weighed for the group’s sweepstake. One young lady took the bundle of cash with a 7kg snapper, but there were several other fish over five kilos and it looks as if the snapper congregating in these waters and moving south to spawn are still a fortnight away from laying their eggs. The roe in the females is still not fully developed, but when it is ready and the fish are being cleaned the roes will finish up in the smoke-house. At over $70 a kilo in the shops, smoked roe is highly valued by the charter crews.

As for Ali Williams and Awen Guttenbeil they caught some good fish, with Awen boating one which needed the net – but they were not in the money. They left that privilege for the ladies.

Fresh water
The Tongariro River continues to fish well with a mixture of fresh –run fish and spAwning fish recovering, and with warmer conditions there are some good hatches of mayflies and caddis in the evenings. Both nymphing and wet-lining are producing fish, with those using nymphs encounering more spent fish. On Lake Taupo jigging at 30 metres and deep trolling are producing the best trout, but harling is picking up in the evenings and at dawn.

Bite Times
Bite times are 8.25am and 8.45pm tomorrow and 9.10am and 9.30 pm on Sunday.

Tip of the week
A useful measure for fish can be made by marking the butt section of a rod, like a ruler, starting at the bottom. A marker pen will leave clear marks on the rod above the foregrip. Or, do when Lenny Rameka has done on SeaHawk and all his bait boards are exactly 30cm from top to bottom – easy to check a snapper.
More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.

Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas.
Ali Williams and Awen Guttenbeil were happy with their snapper on Wednesday.
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GT Fishing Report. November 16th, 2018  When you head out of downtown Auckland in search of snapper you have to decide whether you head down past Gannet Island and into the Firth of Thames, or straight out towards the end of Coromandel Peninsula or north towards Tiritiri Matangi and Kawau Islands.  But it was no surprise when skipper Lenny Rameka pointed the stubby bow of the charter vessel SeaHawk towards Tiri. It was a beautiful morning on Wednesday and the sea was more like a lake than the ocean. “You know how to pick your days,” he commented.  At this time of year he usually works the water around 30 metres deep between Tiri and Kawau. For the snapper are congregating in schools prior to spawning, and are moving down the coast from north of Kawau. When you are out every day you know where the fish are, and he had yesterday’ mark as his pointer on the GPS screen, but just past Tiri a mass or orange and blue marks lit up the screen, and after circling around he had worked out the drift and sent the anchor to the sea bed 32 metres below.  Ali Williams had invited a bunch of business associates along with an old rugby league mate Awen Guttenbeil, for a day’s fishing and the 20 anglers couldn’t wait to get baits in the water.  But first Rameka gave his sermon on how to slide the point of the 5/0 circle hooks on his hand-tied ledger traces under the backbone of a chunk of pilchard, flick the wire over on the fixed spool reels and let the 8oz sinker (funny how sinkers are still referred to in ounces) pull out the line. “Keep your finger on the rim of the spool, then when it stops flick the wire back over. Lift the rod to pull the sinker out of the mud, lower it slowly, then wait,”he pointed out. 
When a keen bloke felt a nibble and jerked the rod he was roundly scolded. “Don’t jerk the rod. Just leave it. The fish will hook themselves, and when it goes tight just wind. There is no need to strike with the rod.”  Rameka loves fishing with the ladies on the boat for they do as they are told; not like blokes who think they know how to fish.
And it was the three girls who showed up the boys, struggling with bending rods as they hauled up snapper – and some big snapper.
There was a huge smile when one young lady lifted a six-kilo fish. “My first snapper!”  But the fishing was not hard and fast enough for this skipper and it was only on the third spot that he was satisfied and after two hours of fishing everyone had three or four fish on ice.  If an angler is struggling to hook keeper-sized fish Rameka will pull out one of his special tricks. He carefully slices off the head of a pilchard and then removes the tail section, leaving the body with the stomach intact. For it is the bloody mess of guts that the snapper love, and when this body section is hooked through the middle and dropped to the bottom it will invariably hook bigger fish – provided you don’t pull the bait away from the quarry when a bite is felt.  After a barbecue lunch of venison sausages and chops, the catamaran headed back towards Westhaven and the fish were weighed for the group’s sweepstake. One young lady took the bundle of cash with a 7kg snapper, but there were several other fish over five kilos and it looks as if the snapper congregating in these waters and moving south to spawn are still a fortnight away from laying their eggs. The roe in the females is still not fully developed, but when it is ready and the fish are being cleaned the roes will finish up in the smoke-house. At over $70 a kilo in the shops, smoked roe is highly valued by the charter crews.  As for Ali Williams and Awen Guttenbeil they caught some good fish, with Awen boating one which needed the net – but they were not in the money. They left that privilege for the ladies.  Fresh water
The Tongariro River continues to fish well with a mixture of fresh –run fish and spAwning fish recovering,  and with warmer conditions there are some good hatches of mayflies and caddis in the evenings. Both nymphing and wet-lining are producing fish, with those using nymphs encounering more spent fish. On Lake Taupo jigging at 30 metres and deep trolling are producing the best trout, but harling is picking up in the evenings and at dawn.  Bite Times
Bite times are 8.25am and 8.45pm tomorrow and 9.10am and 9.30 pm on Sunday.  Tip of the week
A useful measure for fish can be made by marking the butt section of a rod, like a ruler, starting at the bottom. A marker pen will leave clear marks on the rod above the foregrip. Or, do when Lenny Rameka has done on SeaHawk and all his bait boards are exactly 30cm from top to bottom – easy to check a snapper.
More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.  Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas.
Ali Williams and Awen Guttenbeil were happy with their snapper on Wednesday.

6 hours ago

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Pretty in pink, beautiful 50cm snapper on the magic Betabug, and Microdot on form.
Catch Kensei 150 rod Espresso ☕🎣 .
@microdot_madahk
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Pretty in pink, beautiful 50cm snapper on the magic Betabug, and Microdot on form.
Catch Kensei 150 rod Espresso ☕🎣 .
@microdot_madahk

13 hours ago

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The Espresso Report. November 15th, 2018.

Game On! Majestic and most often elusive 20lb and above snapper, dream fish for most – have been caught, and more than one at a time! After the relatively sluggish bite of the previous week, and breeding potentially underway now it was a toss of the coin to see which way this week would go, for better or for worse? Well the results are in and it’s game on!

Good solid action fishing has moved mainly westward this week in the Hauraki Gulf. Workup style fishing is the go for many trailer boats. It’s funny how midweek 24hr flu’s seem to hit with a vengeance this time of year. For those afflicted or not – either way the fishing has been excellent this week. And the good news is that it is set to continue. The tidal current does slow down a lot, so expect shorter bite times but with potentially calmer seas. But when the fish are biting they are simply ferocious.

If you’re keen on eliminating both undersized and smaller pannies and aiming for the bigger 50cm+ snapper – a slight change in approach has been working wonders. When the bite is slow and you’re using Kaburas, Lil’ Squidwings lures or soft baits, it’s easy to forget when the bite comes on and you catch several fish in quick succession – great! However the adage big fish – big baits has been on point lately. Particularly with the bigger more aggressive male snapper right now, the 15-20lb+ thumpers. A highly erratic/big action lure seems to get these bigger fish to strike before the smaller ones. Modified inchiku lures (e.g. Betabug) with extreme action, as well as simply big lures – like a 200gm or 500gm Squidwing normally used for big Bluenose and Hapuka! A number of 18-22lb snapper have been caught on these lures this week alone. With softbaits – try avoiding scent as it can attract smaller fish to bite. Now is the time to think big, big baits = big fish.

Where’s The Fish?

The Tiri channel and either side of the cable zone out from Tiri has seen some good action. A lot more than eastern areas over the past several days, right out well past Flat Rock. This should change soon. North of Anchorite rock has been good steady drift fishing with good sized snapper in the area. Kingfish seemed to take a couple of days off – hopefully that means they are now back on the hunt for prey. Good news for having them bite and not just follow jigs and top water lures.

Enjoy your fishing,
Espresso.


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John Donald ~ Grant Bittle ~ Arnie Mears ~ Jason Kemp Re-loaded ~ Jeff Strang ~ Naomi Peterson ~ Ben Pinniger ~ Bryce Kerkhof ~ Callum Millar ~ Carl Jackson ~ Daniel Morris ~ David Shin ~ Delicia Catalina Romani ~ Dion Goodhue ~ Glen Cox ~ Isaac Aplin ~ Jason Legg ~ Joon Park ~ Katie Legg ~ Leah Phillips ~ Lee Kennedy ~ Lemeul Wallace ~ Mark Cotton ~ Mark Pandelidis ~ Martyn Gittens ~ Mate Bitunjac ~ Mohammed Ali ~ Rob Tongotea ~ Rudee Lim
~ Shane Elverd ~ Shannon Neho ~ Sol Stone ~ Steve Rabarts ~ Tawhana Terry ~ Terry Vernon ~ Tim Fairhurst ~ Tim Mitchell ~ Tobias Hurst ~ Tommy Ho ~ Travis Godden ~ Uhai Edward Lee
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The Espresso Report. November 15th, 2018.  Game On! Majestic and most often elusive 20lb and above snapper, dream fish for most – have been caught, and more than one at a time! After the relatively sluggish bite of the previous week, and breeding potentially underway now it was a toss of the coin to see which way this week would go, for better or for worse? Well the results are in and it’s game on!  Good solid action fishing has moved mainly westward this week in the Hauraki Gulf. Workup style fishing is the go for many trailer boats. It’s funny how midweek 24hr flu’s seem to hit with a vengeance this time of year. For those afflicted or not – either way the fishing has been excellent this week. And the good news is that it is set to continue. The tidal current does slow down a lot, so expect shorter bite times but with potentially calmer seas. But when the fish are biting they are simply ferocious.  If you’re keen on eliminating both undersized and smaller pannies and aiming for the bigger 50cm+ snapper – a slight change in approach has been working wonders. When the bite is slow and you’re using Kaburas, Lil’ Squidwings lures or soft baits, it’s easy to forget when the bite comes on and you catch several fish in quick succession – great! However the adage big fish – big baits has been on point lately. Particularly with the bigger more aggressive male snapper right now, the 15-20lb+ thumpers. A highly erratic/big action lure seems to get these bigger fish to strike before the smaller ones. Modified inchiku lures (e.g. Betabug) with extreme action, as well as simply big lures – like a 200gm or 500gm Squidwing normally used for big Bluenose and Hapuka! A number of 18-22lb snapper have been caught on these lures this week alone. With softbaits – try avoiding scent as it can attract smaller fish to bite. Now is the time to think big, big baits = big fish.  Where’s The Fish?  The Tiri channel and either side of the cable zone out from Tiri has seen some good action. A lot more than eastern areas over the past several days, right out well past Flat Rock. This should change soon. North of Anchorite rock has been good steady drift fishing with good sized snapper in the area. Kingfish seemed to take a couple of days off – hopefully that means they are now back on the hunt for prey. Good news for having them bite and not just follow jigs and top water lures.  Enjoy your fishing,
Espresso. 
Catch Fishing / Wave Dancer / Extreme Boats / Honda Marine New Zealand / Isuzu Utes New Zealand Ltd / Oakley / Musto Australasia  John Donald  ~ Grant Bittle ~ Arnie Mears ~ Jason Kemp Re-loaded ~ Jeff Strang ~ Naomi Peterson ~ Ben Pinniger ~ Bryce Kerkhof ~ Callum Millar ~ Carl Jackson ~ Daniel Morris ~ David Shin ~ Delicia Catalina Romani ~ Dion Goodhue ~ Glen Cox ~ Isaac Aplin ~ Jason Legg ~ Joon Park ~ Katie Legg ~ Leah Phillips ~ Lee Kennedy ~ Lemeul Wallace ~ Mark Cotton ~ Mark Pandelidis ~ Martyn Gittens ~ Mate Bitunjac ~ Mohammed Ali ~ Rob Tongotea ~ Rudee Lim
 ~ Shane Elverd ~ Shannon Neho ~ Sol Stone ~ Steve Rabarts ~ Tawhana Terry ~ Terry Vernon ~ Tim Fairhurst ~ Tim Mitchell ~ Tobias Hurst ~ Tommy Ho ~ Travis Godden ~ Uhai Edward Lee

2 days ago

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Microdot catching the Big snapper as always 🤙. Espresso ☕🎣. Catch Betabug and Kensei150 - light tackle too 🐟👍 ... See MoreSee Less

Microdot catching the Big snapper as always 🤙. Espresso ☕🎣. Catch Betabug and Kensei150 - light tackle too 🐟👍

2 days ago

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Catch Long John Slider in action “I was lucky enough to get the day off work today so made the most of this stunning Wellington day. The fishing again was pretty hard with only a couple first thing but got rewarded with a great conditioned fish at the end. @lowrancefishing @catchfishingtackle @jigstarinternational @maxelnz @redhotmarine @surteesboats #fishing #kingfish #wellington #jigging #catchfishlikeapro #showusyourcatch #catchfishingtackle"⠀

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Catch Long John Slider in action         “I was lucky enough to get the day off work today so made the most of this stunning Wellington day. The fishing again was pretty hard with only a couple first thing but got rewarded with a great conditioned fish at the end. @lowrancefishing @catchfishingtackle @jigstarinternational @maxelnz @redhotmarine @surteesboats #fishing #kingfish #wellington #jigging #catchfishlikeapro #showusyourcatch #catchfishingtackle⠀
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2 days ago

Catch Fishing

Baitfish in defence mode on the Furuno, big snapper in feeding mode down below too, time for big lures and another great fishing day 🎣👍. Espresso ☕🎣
Furuno New Zealand
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Baitfish in defence mode on the Furuno, big snapper in feeding mode down below too, time for big lures and another great fishing day 🎣👍. Espresso ☕🎣
Furuno New Zealand

 

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3 days ago

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Korean music legend @microdot_madahk on Wave Dancer had the best time ,with a lot of good size snapper fooled by the Catch BetaBug ..... MONSTERS!!!!!! 공룡 참돔들!! 역시 뉴질랜드 스케일!!! #snapper #참돔 #도시어부 그란트랑!!!!"⠀

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Korean music legend @microdot_madahk  on Wave Dancer had the best time ,with a lot of good size snapper fooled by the Catch BetaBug ..... MONSTERS!!!!!! 공룡 참돔들!! 역시 뉴질랜드 스케일!!! #snapper #참돔 #도시어부 그란트랑!!!!⠀
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3 days ago

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"The smile says it all- looking back on the last trip up to Exmouth with @jade_suzanne taking this nice Red Emperor on the Catch Stingaz jighead @catchfishingtackle"⠀

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The smile says it all-  looking back on the last trip up to Exmouth with @jade_suzanne taking this nice Red Emperor on the Catch Stingaz jighead @catchfishingtackle⠀
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