Fishing Reports

Inconsistent Drift Still Produces the Goods
12 November 2013
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After the on and off fishing around Motiti and Town Pt, somewhere different seemed like a good idea, so on Monday we headed out to the Pinnacles, about 4 n.miles inside Mayor.

The first spot  we tried was initially mainly sea perch, however, the tarakihi came on after a little while, and we had  good fishing.

The barracuda showed up eventually, but we lost them by moving regularly and ended  up with a good lot of tarakihi and a few snapper.

Saturday was an overnighter to Mayor, a slow night fish, but we got a few tarakihi  at the first spot, a couple of snapper at the next, then anchored outside Crater Bay where the nightowls hooked a couple of just undersize kingies, got busted off by a big one and caught enough snapper and flying fish to  keep them happy.

Sunday we got a few  bluenose on our 1st drifts, tried another one for  2 small bass and lost a couple of  Hapuku/bass, one due to a shark  taking a hook on the way up but biting through the trace with the fish on underneath. A pity, but the day was nice enough to almost make up for it. We also lost a bluenose that came off a hook at the surface thanks to the albatrosses chomping a hole in it and  its air bladder, also part of the game What was hard work were the constantly changing drifts, nearly every one was a different direction, SE to NW, Nth to Sth, Sth to Nth, back to Nth to Sth, all in the space of a couple of hours. Quite unusual, the drifts will often change with wind shifts, but there was next to no wind, so just fluctuating currents Just another head scratcher, we still caught bluenose though, even though we were getting quite a few tangles with the changing conditions. And that's the main thing, so a good trip.

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