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9 hours ago

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The Espresso Report December 14, 2018

Orca, or Killer Whales, continue to offer a surprise spectacle to many. Creating instant ‘down tools’ slow motion moments, warped time filled with wonder and speculation. Almost amphibious it seems with their presence in water that is too shallow to provide full buoyancy as the Orca, that are a
dolphin, search for their prey flat out.

Flat out is how things back on land seems to be as Christmas and 2019 approach faster than ray fleeing an Orcas smile.
New toys for a favourite fisherwoman or fisherman in your life (yourself)?! So much new technology and ways to enjoy targeting and catching the fish you are after whether a new acid-wrap rod, the ideal reel to match, and naturally essential fishing lures? What wonderful times we live in, the choices we have mean better targeting along with better eliminating of smaller or unwanted fish, catching bigger fish more consistently. Since the only thing the fish sees is your lure and how it acts – the better your lure the better your chances of catching that fish. A variety of highly effective lures and finding fish is the name of the game, so next time you are out let the fish be the judge.

Fun, sun, friends and fishing, enjoy the season that is upon us, stay safe and happy. And enjoy that big grin as you see your dream fish coming up – that fish, next time you’re out there!

Where's The Fish?
Snapper, good reliable pan sized snapper, near or far – your choice as they seem to be settling in to the ‘routines’ of pre-Christmas fishing, with inner channel fishing doing well – but with mixed results as the fish go on and off the bite noticeably – with the inevitable changeable nature of filling fish
bins, mostly good.

Further out around the inner islands the fishing is rewarding, soft bait and micro jig heaven, a very lightly weighted soft bait (e.g. a white smelt curly tail Livie) works very well and such a thrill on lightweight rods and spin reels. Still further out around the gulf – the 35-40m depth is a great place to be, whether closer towards Tiri spying some spread out gannet action, or simply drift or anchored out in 40m all over the show – there are plenty of schooling pannie snapper out there waiting for
you to cast the right lure and pick out the bigger ones, consistent snapper fishing should continue before the full moon leading up to Christmas Eve.

Kingfish – what can I say, so many people getting into them, choosing their preferred thrill style from top water stick baits to trolled lures and speed jigs, with many successfully choosing to use smaller more traditional snapper style lures like an inhicku or slow pitch – and of course the incredibly
lifelike new Livie softbaits – too much temptation not to take a bite if you’re a kingfish.

Keep sending in those wonderful fishing shots, they’re awesome, so many places, smiling people and fish! We love to see them all, hear of your exploits and share them with other fisher men and women, just like the rest of us.

Lot’s of fishing to do, lots of fish and varieties to catch – enjoy and keep in touch!
Espresso.

Catch Fishing / Wave Dancer / Extreme Boats / Honda Marine New Zealand / Savwinch Drum Winches / 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 ~ Uhai Edward Lee
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The Espresso Report December 14, 2018  Orca, or Killer Whales, continue to offer a surprise spectacle to many. Creating instant ‘down tools’ slow motion moments, warped time filled with wonder and speculation. Almost amphibious it seems with their presence in water that is too shallow to provide full buoyancy as the Orca, that are a
dolphin, search for their prey flat out.  Flat out is how things back on land seems to be as Christmas and 2019 approach faster than ray fleeing an Orcas smile.
New toys for a favourite fisherwoman or fisherman in your life (yourself)?! So much new technology and ways to enjoy targeting and catching the fish you are after whether a new acid-wrap rod, the ideal reel to match, and naturally essential fishing lures? What wonderful times we live in, the choices we have mean better targeting along with better eliminating of smaller or unwanted fish, catching bigger fish more consistently. Since the only thing the fish sees is your lure and how it acts – the better your lure the better your chances of catching that fish. A variety of highly effective lures and finding fish is the name of the game, so next time you are out let the fish be the judge.  Fun, sun, friends and fishing, enjoy the season that is upon us, stay safe and happy. And enjoy that big grin as you see your dream fish coming up – that fish, next time you’re out there!  Wheres The Fish?
Snapper, good reliable pan sized snapper, near or far – your choice as they seem to be settling in to the ‘routines’ of pre-Christmas fishing, with inner channel fishing doing well – but with mixed results as the fish go on and off the bite noticeably – with the inevitable changeable nature of filling fish
bins, mostly good.  Further out around the inner islands the fishing is rewarding, soft bait and micro jig heaven, a very lightly weighted soft bait (e.g. a white smelt curly tail Livie) works very well and such a thrill on lightweight rods and spin reels. Still further out around the gulf – the 35-40m depth is a great place to be, whether closer towards Tiri spying some spread out gannet action, or simply drift or anchored out in 40m all over the show – there are plenty of schooling pannie snapper out there waiting for
you to cast the right lure and pick out the bigger ones, consistent snapper fishing should continue before the full moon leading up to Christmas Eve.  Kingfish – what can I say, so many people getting into them, choosing their preferred thrill style from top water stick baits to trolled lures and speed jigs, with many successfully choosing to use smaller more traditional snapper style lures like an inhicku or slow pitch – and of course the incredibly
lifelike new Livie softbaits – too much temptation not to take a bite if you’re a kingfish.  Keep sending in those wonderful fishing shots, they’re awesome, so many places, smiling people and fish! We love to see them all, hear of your exploits and share them with other fisher men and women, just like the rest of us.  Lot’s of fishing to do, lots of fish and varieties to catch – enjoy and keep in touch!
Espresso.  Catch Fishing / Wave Dancer / Extreme Boats / Honda Marine New Zealand / Savwinch Drum Winches / 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 ~ Uhai Edward Lee

11 hours ago

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GT Fishing Report. December 14, 2018.

An unusual feature of the fishing this spring is the appearance of baby hapuku in the gulf and the Firth of Thames. The occasional one has been caught north of Gannet Rock, and in deep water off Coromandel township. Two years ago quite a few ‘puka pups as they are called were reported, something which has not been seen for many years. Hapuku are slow growing fish and resident populations can be easily decimated by fishing pressure, which is why they are regarded as deepwater species. They used to be common in shallow water and would have been caught just off Rangitoto Island in pe-European times, but have long gone from the inshore coast except for isolated areas like Fiordland and the Chatham Islands where school groper – as they are known locally – of 10-15kg can still be easily caught in water as shallow as 10 metres.

Those seeking trophy hapuku or their close relative, bass, have to travel to the Three Kings Islands or Ranfurly Banks for a chance of hooking monsters of 60 kilos or more. They will grow to 100 kilos, but when you consider that these magnifient fish grow at about a kilo a year then you think twice about knocking an 85kg specimen on the head.

In the top half of the North Island the daily limit on hapuku is five fish, and there is no minimum size limit. A close relative, the spotted black groper, is protected and may not be taken.
One of the keys to fishing for hapuku, whether using bait or jigs, is to have reels spooled with braid line.

Gelspun line, also known as braid, has certainly become popular for its advantages over monofilament. Its almost zero stretch means it is exceptional at imparting movement to a fisherman’s lure as the rod is twitched and shaken. Its other main advantage is that it is extremely thin, especially when compared to the same strength mono. For example, 10kg mono is typically 0.40mm in diameter while 10kg braid is approximately 0.22mm thick, so smaller reels can be used.
Mono line has up to 20 per cent stretch, which is an advantage when playing a feisty fish. It is more forgiving if a fish want to run and the drag on the reel might be a bit too tight. This benefit is lost when the fish is at the boat on a short line, which is why the drag should always be loosened so a fish can make a sudden run. This applies to large game fish like marlin, kingfish and smaller fish on light tackle like trout or kahawai. In fact more fish are lost at the boat by breaking the line or tearing out the hook when inexperience is involved than at any other time.

Surf fisherman who have to contend with the frustrations of strong currents tugging at their line, dampening bites of fish and threatening to pull their sinker back into shore, can overcome or lessen these obstacles with thin diameter braid. Since you can fit more braid onto a reel, it also aids casting, particularly on fixed spool reels.

Soft bait rigs always employ braid line, but some anglers have taken to using these light rigs for casting light baits in shallow water with great success.

For the land-based fisherman who target kingfish on a regular basis, an overhead game reel with 24kg mono is a fairly standard outfit but a quality fixed spool (or spin) reel spooled with 24kg braid is another option, and it is far easier casting out live baits with this type of reel.

The biggest problem with fixed spool reels and big fish, be they kings or snapper, is the quality of the drag, gears and shaft of a regular saltwater eggbeater reel. Most reels made to carry 10kg line will not handle the abuse of 8kg of drag pressure shaking through its fittings.

Cheap reels just won’t cut it, and a budget approach will only end in tears.

For anglers fishing for big snapper in rough rocky country where the fish has the advantage, heavy braid can mean you have a better chance of securing a feed as you can apply enough pressure to stop the fish. Manufacturers have realised this and there are more reels available which are able to withstand this kind of power. The high end reels (with high end price tags) that are most well known are the Shimano Stellas and Daiwa Saltiga. These are designed to handle powerful giant trevally in the tropics, and many anglers use them when fishing for marlin – always with extra strong braid line.

Fresh water
Fish and Game operated the trap on the Ngongotaha Stream for four nights in November, and recorded 31 rainbow and 75 brown trout which left Lake Rotorua to escape warming lake water. The normal trigger influencing these runs up cool tributaries is when surface temperatures in the lake reach 19 degrees, and on November 16 the top five metres of water in the lake was bordering on 19 degrees. The rainbows recorded averaged 47cm in length and 1.42kg. The browns averaged 58cm and 2.79kg, with four fish over 4kg. The heaviest brown trout was a male, 71cm and 5.15 kilos.

Bite times
Bite times are 7am and 7.25pm tomorrow and 7.45am and 8.05pm on Sunday.

Tip of the week
When using braid line whether with baits or lures, it is common to add a short length of heavy monofilament on the end which acts as a sort of shock absorber. It is usually spliced on to the braid so the knot will run smoothly through the rod guides. More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.

Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas
School groper are common in shallow water at the Chatham Islands.
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GT Fishing Report. December 14, 2018.  An unusual feature of the fishing this spring is the appearance of baby hapuku in the gulf and the Firth of Thames. The occasional one has been caught north of Gannet Rock, and in deep water off Coromandel township. Two years ago quite a few ‘puka pups as they are called were reported, something which has not been seen for many years. Hapuku are slow growing fish and resident populations can be easily decimated by fishing pressure, which is why they are regarded as deepwater species. They used to be common in shallow water and would have been caught just off Rangitoto Island in pe-European times, but have long gone from the inshore coast except for isolated areas like Fiordland and the Chatham Islands where school groper – as they are known locally – of 10-15kg can still be easily caught in water as shallow as 10 metres.  Those seeking trophy hapuku or their close relative, bass, have to travel to the Three Kings Islands or Ranfurly Banks for a chance of hooking monsters of 60 kilos or more. They will grow to 100 kilos, but when you consider that these magnifient fish grow at about a kilo a year then you think twice about knocking an 85kg specimen on the head.  In the top half of the North Island the daily limit on hapuku is five fish, and there is no minimum size limit. A close relative, the spotted black groper, is protected and may not be taken.
One of the keys to fishing for hapuku, whether using bait or jigs, is to have reels spooled with braid line.  Gelspun line, also known as braid, has certainly become popular for its advantages over monofilament. Its almost zero stretch means it is exceptional at imparting movement to a fisherman’s lure as the rod is twitched and shaken. Its other main advantage is that it is extremely thin, especially when compared to the same strength mono. For example, 10kg mono is typically 0.40mm in diameter while 10kg braid is approximately 0.22mm thick, so smaller reels can be used.
Mono line has up to 20 per cent stretch, which is an advantage when playing a feisty fish. It is more forgiving if a fish want to run and the drag  on the reel might be a bit too tight. This benefit is lost when the fish is at the boat on a short line, which is why the drag should always be loosened so a fish can make a sudden run. This applies to large game fish like marlin, kingfish and smaller fish on light tackle like trout or kahawai. In fact more fish are lost at the boat by breaking the line or tearing out the hook when inexperience is involved than at any other time.  Surf fisherman who have to contend with the frustrations of strong currents tugging at their line, dampening bites of fish and threatening to pull their sinker back into shore, can overcome or lessen these obstacles with thin diameter braid. Since you can fit more braid onto a reel, it also aids casting, particularly on fixed spool reels.  Soft bait rigs always employ braid line, but some anglers have taken to using these light rigs for casting light baits in shallow water with great success.  For the land-based fisherman who target kingfish on a regular basis, an overhead game reel with 24kg mono is a fairly standard outfit but a quality fixed spool (or spin) reel spooled with 24kg braid is another option, and it is far easier casting out live baits with this type of reel.  The biggest problem with fixed spool reels and big fish, be they kings or snapper, is the quality of the drag, gears and shaft of a regular saltwater eggbeater reel. Most reels made to carry 10kg line will not handle the abuse of 8kg of drag pressure shaking through its fittings.  Cheap reels just won’t cut it, and a budget approach will only end in tears.  For anglers fishing for big snapper in rough rocky country where the fish has the advantage, heavy braid can mean you have a better chance of securing a feed as you can apply enough pressure to stop the fish. Manufacturers have realised this and there are more reels available which are able to withstand this kind of power. The high end reels (with high end price tags) that are most well known are the Shimano Stellas and Daiwa Saltiga. These are designed to handle powerful giant trevally in the tropics, and many anglers use them when fishing for marlin – always with extra strong braid line.  Fresh water
Fish and Game operated the trap on the Ngongotaha Stream for four nights in November, and recorded 31 rainbow and 75 brown trout which left Lake Rotorua to escape warming lake water. The normal trigger influencing these runs up cool tributaries is when surface temperatures in the lake reach 19 degrees, and on November 16 the top five metres of water in the lake was bordering on 19 degrees. The rainbows recorded averaged 47cm in length and 1.42kg. The browns averaged 58cm and 2.79kg, with four fish over 4kg. The heaviest brown trout was a male, 71cm and 5.15 kilos.  Bite times
Bite times are 7am and 7.25pm tomorrow and 7.45am and 8.05pm on Sunday.  Tip of the week
When using braid line whether with baits or lures, it is common to add a short length of heavy monofilament on the end which acts as a sort of shock absorber. It is usually spliced on to the braid so the knot will run smoothly through the rod guides. More fishing action can be found at GTTackle.co.nz.  Photo supplied by Geoff Thomas
School groper are common in shallow water at the Chatham Islands.

15 hours ago

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Weekend Livies prep...can hardly wait. Snapper first up, then off to chase down some kingfish on light gauge 🐟. If you're out fishing this weekend, best of luck 🤙..and say hi while you are out there 😁, wherever that may be?! 👋 enjoy. Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Weekend Livies prep...can hardly wait. Snapper first up, then off to chase down some kingfish on light gauge 🐟. If youre out fishing this weekend, best of luck 🤙..and say hi while you are out there 😁, wherever that may be?! 👋 enjoy. Espresso ☕🎣

 

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Do these dry out like the gulp or do they stay soft like the zman?

1 day ago

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NEW.. just arrived .. Glowing Gurnard... with UV and glow in the dark

Catch® Livies® are a step forward in fishing technology, and can be used to target almost all species of fish. They are manufactured from super tough TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) material to resist bite offs, and designed to look and swim like real fish.

Combine with Stingaz jigheads for the ultimate in softbaiting action. Available in curly tail (4” and 5”)
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NEW.. just arrived .. Glowing Gurnard... with UV and glow in the dark  Catch® Livies® are a step forward in fishing technology, and can be used to target almost all species of fish. They are manufactured from super tough TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) material to resist bite offs, and designed to look and swim like real fish.  Combine with Stingaz jigheads for the ultimate in softbaiting action. Available in curly tail (4” and 5”)Image attachment

 

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Phil Godden

cant wait to try these. the colours are the classic pink over white. Like the old Pink Shine

Brent Smith,,,,, new

Catherine Oliver

Jack Lawson

Yepp!! That's me👍👍👍

They look good

Can't wait to try them they look awesome

Hey Catch, are your livies and jig heads available?

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2 days ago

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Stingaz 2nd stinger hook doing the job, again! Livie liked by the snapper too🐟. Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Stingaz 2nd stinger hook doing the job, again! Livie liked by the snapper too🐟. Espresso ☕🎣

3 days ago

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Back off this is my Livie! Softbaiting for crabs? 🦀😃 .Stingaz jighead keeping the hook up 👍 . Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Back off this is my Livie! Softbaiting for crabs? 🦀😃 .Stingaz jighead keeping the hook up 👍 . Espresso ☕🎣

3 days ago

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Yeah-nah, away she goes! Big King nearly boat side, spool re-emptying. Battle recommencing, nerves of grey steel fray. Kingfish are AWESOME🐟😁. Catch400spin. Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Yeah-nah, away she goes! Big King nearly boat side, spool re-emptying. Battle recommencing, nerves of grey steel fray. Kingfish are AWESOME🐟😁. Catch400spin. Espresso ☕🎣

 

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I don’t think you can ever get tired of it 🙂 Great Shot

4 days ago

Catch Fishing

Holy mega-frenzy snapper sign Batman! Big jig time, oh yeah 🐟👍, Oakleys and Furuno on point. Espresso ☕🎣 ... See MoreSee Less

Holy mega-frenzy snapper sign Batman! Big jig time, oh yeah 🐟👍, Oakleys and Furuno on point. Espresso ☕🎣