Tuna Hunt 25th Feb 2017

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Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:58 am

The date has been set for the next tuna hunt, 25th Feb 2017 based from Port Taranaki.

More details to come...
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Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:21 am

Have the tuna showed up yet?

will be trying for them in wellington on the next weather window.

will defo be up for this.

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:14 pm

I haven't heard of any caught yet but the water temp has been up and down like a yoyo between 15 and 19 degrees. They won't be far away and could already be off the port by now but no-one chasing them yet. Need a good day of settled weather to allow enough time to get out wide and the damn westerlies have settled in for now. Normally late Jan through to April is the best time for them although last year they arrived early then all but disappeared later in the season. Keep an eye on the boat gamefishing forum also on fishing.net.nz they start posting about this time of year.
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Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:50 pm

Thanks Mate

Have you guys tried slow trolling live baits, or do you get plagued by sharks?

was hoping to give this a crack the day after the tuna comp

Cheers Carl

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Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:25 pm

Some local guys have tried but mainly got hit by makos so far
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Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:40 am

A few more tuna starting to get caught now nice big ones too. This one weighed 8.3kg caught yesterday off the port.
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Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:40 am

Very nice...
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Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:22 pm

Thanks to Canoe & Kayak Taranaki for sponsoring this comp again!
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Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:33 am

Fingers crossed it will be similar to this on Saturday
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:28 pm

We were lucky and got great conditions for the tuna hunt with light winds first thing and a sea breeze from about 11am to push us back in.
Lots of albacore landed in the 70m-85m zone. 28 entered this year.
1st Adrian Clark 7.8kg
2nd Dave Letherby 7.6kg
3rd Daniel Clout 7.2kg
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:49 pm

Looks like magic conditions!
And 7+kg fish makes it even better,real close race with only a few hundred grams between the places

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Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:32 pm

A few more pics
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:34 pm

The middle pic above is young Louis Tyrell with a tuna hooked up to a fly rod! :y:
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:37 pm

More pics.....
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:13 pm

And this is where my tuna ended up :lol:
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Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:30 pm

What a magical day those Tuna put up a great fight on that fly gear.

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Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:09 pm

Great day out wide,after weeks of bad weather and trips out to 80m with no action on the surface or birds working,Saturday it all came together, awesome :rock:
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Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:52 pm

Well done :y: Geez that Tuna looks good on the bbq !

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Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:52 pm

Kingfish killer wrote:Well done :y: Geez that Tuna looks good on the bbq !
I agree. Started salivating, even tho I've just finished dinner lol
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