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    what lures do you have or plan to get?

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    I've ordered a bunch, black magic stick baits and others. I'll post when they arrive. We re going on a charter but they don't supply top water tackle.

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    Mate.....The strangest lure I’ve seen is a fork....just outside the entrance to there Barrier(little)......2 weeks ago,we see about 3 boil-ups going on....my mate throws the fork (slightly bent ove the side with hook)....about 60 meters of line out,skirt the edge off the boil up then straight through it......3 try’s,3 kingi,s.......blew me away...a FORK!!



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    what lures do you have or plan to get?
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    All good, havnt tried any of those. The old Nomad riptide are a good mid price lure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A330driver View Post
    Mate.....The strangest lure I’ve seen is a fork....just outside the entrance to there Barrier(little)......2 weeks ago,we see about 3 boil-ups going on....my mate throws the fork (slightly bent ove the side with hook)....about 60 meters of line out,skirt the edge off the boil up then straight through it......3 try’s,3 kingi,s.......blew me away...a FORK!!
    You're forkin kidding me!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    All good, havnt tried any of those. The old Nomad riptide are a good mid price lure.
    I'll have a look, cheers
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    Been on your 3 mings trip yet @Hutch?

    I havnt catch a king from the bricks since Feb

    Had a few follows and missed a strike this morning so they are still around.

    Snyone else having any luck on top water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Been on your 3 mings trip yet @Hutch?

    I havnt catch a king from the bricks since Feb

    Had a few follows and missed a strike this morning so they are still around.

    Snyone else having any luck on top water?
    I should be thrashing french pass to foam they are back there in size and numbers by all accounts but just haven't had a chance.

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    Get there man!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Get there man!!!!
    Work Sat, Boys Birthday time Sun so not this weekend.
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    Yes @Gibo been up to the Kings. We went on Tracker 2, one of the Cascade charter boats. The paying crew were me, my father, uncle, his son (my cousin) my brother in-law and his brother, so a really family affair.
    Left Whangaroa mid afternoon on Tuesday, catching live baits in the harbour on the way out. Trolled for marlin on the way up to North Cape where we spent the first night. The next day we headed out to the 3 Kings towingthe marlin lures as we went. About half a hour after leaving the mainland we hooked a fish. It had been discussed the day before the priority for game fish would be to get one for Dad, so he was harnessed up and given the rod. Turned out to be a yellow fin! Landed, killed and iced down. We continued north but only caught skippies.

    When we got up to the Kings we went straight to the Princess group. It really is a wild place, jaggered, angular rocks and cliffs. I've fished or raced yachts from North Cape to the BOP and haven't seen anything like it. The only place I'vd seen to compare in regards to ruggedness would be Tasmania.

    The guys put us straight on to the Kingfish. Fishing live baits on heavy gear. The MO was bait to the bottom up 10 or 20 winds depending on the depth, free spool and wait for the bite. Once the bait was taken, count to 5, drag up and wind flat out. If you hooked up you had to get the fish turned and up off the bottom before it reefed you. Easier said than done. We all got pinned to the rail at some stage. Got some reasonable fish but no real monsters. All fish were released.

    We anchored at the main group for the night. Once the engines were off, just on dusk we were surprised by the bird song coming from the island.

    The next day the forecast was shit, high winds and big seas. We were there to have fun not get beaten up so we followed the skippers advice and headed back to the mainland. Spent the next few days chasing Kingis and snapper around north cape.

    Second to last day we headed out to the garden patch to target blue nose and puka but was still blowing a bit. We left the coast at 3.00am and as soon as it was light the lures were out. I'd just come out on deck and a rod went off. It was 6.40am and I was the only one on deck so I was up. Turned out to be a blue marlin. A very angry fish, he tore around leaping and charging the boat. I had him to the boat twice inside 40 minutes but he wasn't about to give up. In the end he broke the leader right at the boat while just about pulling the decky overboard. Bit gutted but I was never going to keep him. I was on 37kg gear stand up and in rough conditions so was pretty stuffed even after a relatively short scrap. It was a first for me and feeling the power and strength of the fish was humbling. They are very impressive.

    When we got out to the Garden Patch we fished hard for our fish, catching small blue nose and puka. Heaps of gem fish. The best fish was a blue nose which would have gone 30kg if it hadn't been eaten by a shark. Bloody great big mako which cruised by the boat after, probably laughing at us.

    We anchored at Karikari for the last night. Next morning all the fish were filleted and packed before getting back to the dock around lunchtime. That day was the best weather wise, blue sky, glassy sea, go figure!

    I never got the stick bait set out, although others on the boat tried theirs with no success. There will be plenty of opportunities living up here.

    We all enjoyed the trip. The guys on the boat really looked after us and were really keen fishermen. Every evening we were fishing as soon as the anchor was down, with them joining in. We didn't exactly fill the boat but got to see a bit of NZ few do, caught some fish, got my arse kicked by a marlin and spent some time with some good bastards, so not all bad. And yellow fin sushimi is next level.

    The other Cascade boat stayed out at the kings. They fished the king and Middlesex banks, catching lots of blue nose and puka. They did get bit of a hammering in the process.
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    Sounds bloody awesome. Im sure TK and Justin would have pulled all the stops

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    Thems the boys. They were actually more frustrated with the fishing than we were. Get Justin to show you the burn on his arm from the leader when he was tracing the marlin. It's gonna leave a mark.
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    Nice little winter king. Feels good to get one off the rocks again. Been a while
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