Night Fishing

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Pepper Tree
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:28 pm

Hi Guys & Gals,

I'm looking at heading out tomorrow night under the full moon for a night mission. :D

Location will most likely be either Orere point or the mussel farms to the south.

One strategy I was going to have a play with is using "glow sticks" attached to a stationary line to attract bait fish and the subsequent bigger fish - hopefully not too big - not keen on wrestling our sharp tooth friend's at night. ;(

Has anyone tried such a tactic at night?

and, feel free to fire away with any other advice for fishing at night!

Cheers,

PT

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Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:56 pm

Be prepared for an onslaught of biteys and slimeys :lol:
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:33 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:Be prepared for an onslaught of biteys and slimeys
Because of night fishing or because of the glow sticks?
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Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:52 pm

Night fishing in the Firth.
Rays, eels and the occasional insomniac Snapper when I tried it.

Although I was using Jack Mack fillets, so suppose I was asking for it...
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:10 pm

Night fishing with JM will definitely bring the Rays out.
I have not had a lot of luck at night in the firth. Harbour fishing at night is something else though. Anywhere that there is a lot of boat traffic during the day seems to come alive with fish at night.
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Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:33 pm

There's a nice spot that comes alive right on evening. Just round the corner from Kawakawa bay. Or at least it does in Winter. Literally as soon as the sun goes down the fish come on the chew. Can be pretty magic actually. Not sure how it fishes this time of year though.

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Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:17 pm

My one attempt at night fishing wasn't so memorable. Like all the comments above there were lots of sharks, rays and barracuda. That attempt put me off night fishing. It's pretty good catching eels if you know of a river nearby.
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Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:23 pm

I've only tried a few times,
Softbait is far less effective but can work.
It's quite scary having a string puller surface next to you and all you can see until it actually surfaces is the reflection of the moon on the water.


I'll also never forget Hainesy retrieving a bait at dusk to have a squid attack right next to him narrowly missing him with a squirt of ink :lol:
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Sat Feb 27, 2016 12:19 pm

Well just as we were heading out past Clevedon on our way to Orere Pt, my mate turns to me; "oh shit, I forgot the lights".

Got out on the water about 8pm, fish were completely off the bite. Only one snap caught at 42cm.

Interestingly, I turned my headlamp on to help tie a knot. Once done, I realised that a little Piper had come up and was playing in the light. With this small observation, I am confident that my "Christmas Tree" glow stick concept will get the food chain going - just need to wait for the weather to settle again.

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Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:59 pm

Led strip light inside the hull of a White Kayak works well with bringing bait fish in :rock:
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Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:34 pm

I still remember paddling out at Oakura and you were sat behind the island. lit the night sky like there was a moon hiding behind the hill...
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