Drowned rat but good fishin

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ambo364
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:33 pm

Went straight out after night shift this morning to my new spot x (3x double figure fish for the last 2 trips). Just like a millpond, but no drift which was a bit of a pain in the bum, so started to head into the real shallows where the swell was crashing on the rocks. Nice white water and surges but surprisingly nothing in after half an hours effort, so tried a bit further along the coast. Had a couple of short strikes shortly after but whatever it was really didn't seem interested in woolfing it, so went for plan B (3 inch glow swimming mullet). Instant results, with a couple of pannies in the mid 30's - awesome, that was dinner at least! Small baits were obviously the go, so I went back to spot x to see if if I could stumble over another double figure fish.

On my way across, the sky went dark and big rain clouds rolled in - she'll be sweet just a wee shower. Wrong, absolutely torrentially pissed on from a great height. Ah well I'm here now, can't get any wetter, so lets nail one of these big kelpy poofters and make it all worth while. Cast into the wash and "boof" got hit straight away - drag was cranked and the 6 lb braid was at its limit as the fish headed for home, ah crap this is gonna end in tears! Luckily it turned its head and went back in the opposite direction, not that I complained as it saved me grabbing the paddle and backing out of the wash (hate it when that happens). It was probably never under 2 metres the whole time I reckon. So here I am in a surging bit of white water a few metres from the rocks in the pissing rain hooked up to a nice mooch, u faaarkin beauty (thats my happy place :y: ). After a 10 minute scrap, and a few shenanegans on the trace it was in the boot. Not a massive one but another nice kelpy around the 10 lb mark. Dunno why white (glow) baits worked so well in the wash, go figure??

Overhead came a clap of thunder and that was my cue to high tail for the safety of terra firma - Im not sure that a kayaker fishing in the middle of the ocean holding an aluminium paddle and surrounded by fishing rods would stand much of a chance against a bolt of lightening, and I didn't want to create history as one of those "bugger" moments.

So, the drowned rat returned safely with dinner. A great couple of hours in my happy place, which is understandibly not the happy place of 99.9% of the population! (sorry pic is a bit blurry for obvious reasons)
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:39 pm

Way to go Ambo,

I've just recently started fishing the wash (frequently now) and gotta say although it can be more costly on tackle I find it very rewarding and definately a way to get the adrenalin going. :rock:
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:43 pm

Good hunting Ambo :y:
Gotta love those shallows 8)
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:20 pm

Hey ambo, you would have noticed the quality and size of fish improve since you had the green machine as well wouldn’t ya ;) A :^)

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:31 pm

I am loving the green machine, its had a good ol' thrashing the last couple of months! The only good thing about the other yaks I have had is that they did make the fish look bigger in the pics!
Better stay home guys, Maori calendar says Bad Fishing...YEAH RIGHT

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:32 pm

ambo364 wrote: A great couple of hours in my happy place, which is understandibly not the happy place of 99.9% of the population!
Good stuff, :y: . Glad I'm in that minority -must get back to my spots once she settles .

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:30 pm

Great stuff yes i must now start to fish the wash also well done. :y:
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:25 pm

Great job with the narrative. :y: I was hooked.
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:42 pm

Great report and well done on the big kelpy :y:
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:18 pm

very nice work ambo..looks like you getting some very size fish lately :y:....

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:21 pm

Nice fish and well told :y:
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:13 pm

Ok ambo ill come right out and ask ya .... where were you fishing ?
As always a great read and a very good fish :y:

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Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:38 pm

Kingfish killer wrote:Ok ambo ill come right out and ask ya .... where were you fishing ?
As always a great read and a very good fish :y:
Cross my palm with a decent single Islay malt and I could be persuaded to let slip ;)
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Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:24 pm

Hairy Little Dwarf wrote:
Kingfish killer wrote:Ok ambo ill come right out and ask ya .... where were you fishing ?
As always a great read and a very good fish :y:
Cross my palm with a decent single Islay malt and I could be persuaded to let slip ;)
Hmm ... how about a mackintosh malt ? :angel:

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Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:20 am

nice fish ambo!! i see you where using the eagle cuda fishfinder, iv just got myself one and went out coromandel a couple of weeks ago with it, couldnt figuire out which settings to put it on. the depth meter seemed rite but wateva i changed the settings do didnt seem to show any fish on the screen. what settings do you run yours on?

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Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:52 am

pezza01 wrote:nice fish ambo!! i see you where using the eagle cuda fishfinder, iv just got myself one and went out coromandel a couple of weeks ago with it, couldnt figuire out which settings to put it on. the depth meter seemed rite but wateva i changed the settings do didnt seem to show any fish on the screen. what settings do you run yours on?
Just the default settings work fine for me, but if you are not seeing any fish at all on the screen there may be two problems - you might need to increase the sensitivity or... there might actually be a lack of fish :^) . And whatever you do, don't put the fish icons up, they are a good way to confuse you and tend to interpret anything as fish. There are other threads on the cuda FF's on here I think... good luck
Better stay home guys, Maori calendar says Bad Fishing...YEAH RIGHT

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Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:50 pm

Kingfish killer wrote:Ok ambo ill come right out and ask ya .... where were you fishing ?
As always a great read and a very good fish :y:
KK come on up to the playground anytime chap - no secrets once you get here, and you know there are plenty of far bigger secrets than this one around the place - just gotta find em, so more practice required... bugger! BTW you might wanna know that spot x was actually a spot y on wednesday - like "y" the f%#@ did I bother :lol: Two pannies but real slow going (hmmm always good to keep it rea every once in a whilel!) Nice to be out again midweek anyway... Catch ya up here soon mate :y:
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Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:30 pm

Ill be up on the 24th,25th and 26th for the bridge to cape comp . Fishing matai bay .

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Thu Jun 09, 2011 6:03 pm

Great sorry :clap: really enjoyed reading it
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