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Fishing Report

Well snapper are in close and just beginning to bite hard, taking pretty much anything you throw on a hook. Jigs and soft baits are doing well with flavor of the week being the Nuclear Chicken and Bruised Banana on 3 Oz lures. Work out your tides and get in the currents - 1.5 hours before change of tide seems to be delivering the best result. Burley up hard using frozen burley to make it last Fish in your burley trail. A good idea it to set two burley pots, one of each side of the boat. If fishing off the rocks, give yourself plenty of line and get your burley flowing out in the current. Tuna and Pilchard burley works the best and lasts longer than salmon. For you boaties using lead sinkers - if you accidentally drop a sinker on board, make sure you pick it up and stow it asap. They can cause some serious corrosion issues if they end up in the bilge especially in Alloy boats. Same with hooks. Off cuts of braid and nylon should also be collected. These can end up in the bilge and destroy you bilge pumps as can cable ties. Speaking of the bilge...its always a good idea to flush the bilge out at least once a month. It will help stop corrosion (and a smell worse than a 2 weeks old dead cow) accumulating on board.. store your boat with bungs out and parked so rain water drains out. Check your stowage areas..especially where life jackets are stowed.. these are usually damp and full of mould. Dry these areas out when you can. Remember to take your tote tanks off at night if applicable... Whitianga is notorious for stolen fuel. On this note... if you can get a lockable fuel tank cap for underfloor tanks then do so... fuel bandits will suck fuel out of your tank and normally this won't register on a electronic fuel gauge as these deduct fuel used from the engine use. Don't make anything easy for these low life scumbag mongrels ( as Graham Bell would say). Be safe out there..keep an eye on the weather and if in doubt...don't go out. Kindest regards Tony Marsters Waka Kai


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