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May 12

Straylining off Takapuna Cliffs

Over the past 2-3 weeks I have been watching the bait getting denser and denser as I get closer to Auckland. The water temperature has stayed up and it looks like we will have a late season. With this in mind and also the fact that people have started squidding around Auckland a plan was hatched.

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I talked my mate John Kite (Squid) into getting off work early to make the most of the low tide and change of light off Takapuna cliffs. I went to my local seafood shop in Henderson and purchaed 3kg of fresh arrow squid ($5.95Kg). My thinking was that the snapper would just be starting to hunt these in the shallows where we were fishing (4mtrs).

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We arrived to the spot in amazing and very fishy conditions and I put the salmon burly out. I rigged up my Ocean Angler light softbait gear (4kg) with a 40lb trace and a 1/8oz sinker and 2 8/0 hooks. My first cast was out with a whole squid head on it and I decided to put it in the rod holder and tidy up a bit. All of a sudden I hear the little OA 3000 reel screaming on a well bent rod. First fish of the day is a nice pannie of around 50cm.

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I really miss this type of fishing and have decided to pursue it as much as I can when I get out for a personal fish (when I’m not charter fishing/skipering). In 2 hours we had our limit of fat angry snapper and it was great fun on the light gear!

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Look forward to some mean strayline fishing soon…see you out there!

Cheers Capt. Snap (Nik)

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