Port Jackson - 30/9 - 6/10

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:27 pm

Spent last week up at Port Jackson on our now 5th Annual Boys Fishing Trip. We got really lucky with the weather up there. It was close to perfect. Had a couple windy days but overall nothing unmanageable and we were on the water every day. Plenty of snapper all around, with the best coming in at 75cm, 15lbs. Most caught on SBs and very close in but best caught with tide running at the points.

Had kingis chasing live baits and even SBs all week with a few takers but no hook up until literally the last minute of the last day!

I had set an alarm for slack tide so we could easily get around the point (wind was up too so didn't want to contend with both the wind & what was a very strong tide around that point). Just as the alarm goes off I see one of my sons getting towed off the point toward Great Barrier Island. My live bait was just taken just a few minutes prior too but almost immediately busted off in the rocks. So with him on the sleigh ride, me and my other son followed along. Was a good 20 minutes before we saw it was a good kingfish. Whew! Thought it might have been a shark. We wrestled it on board and it came in at 99cm and 27lbs! Not bad! He even managed to get it out of the weeds twice without losing it. Needless to say he was really stoked to have got that, especially after a week of frustrating near misses.

And Port Jackson -- wow - what a great place. I've been to nearby Goat Bay a few times but never over the hill. I'd definitely go back. Absolutely magic place. And plenty of options if the weather doesn't cooperate. We stayed in Port Jackson the whole week, but you could go over again to Fletcher Bay or back around to Goat Bay, depending on the wind. Actually paddling around to goat bay isn't all too far either.

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Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:43 pm

Nice fish and TR. There are some great spots on the Coro...

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Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:11 am

Fantastic TR there mate, noice kingi too

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Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:48 am

Epic TR :y:

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Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:40 pm

Great trip report and couple of real nice fish . Your son must be over the moon . :y:

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Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:38 am

Great TR and sounds like an epic trip. Nice to be able to enjoy the time with your son's. Thanks for sharing.

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Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:49 pm

Sounds like the perfect few days away having heaps of fun! Some nice catches. Would love to do it myself some time......catching genuinely big fish off the kayak in close in the Hauraki Gulf seems, as a generalisation, to be getting harder and harder. Easy to get a bunch of medium to large pannies but the big mofo's are not too prevalent.

After watching Sunday nights BAF episode of big kings at the Coromandel I thought that you would have had a bit more luck...but that's fishing for ya....sometimes they just don't want to bite made worse by them falling off the hook. Can be really frustrating at times.

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Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:58 pm

Its a great spot up there

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