So we have survived the sticky puds, over eating, heated family discussions, general overspending and made to our holiday destinations in one piece. The tent is set up,
24/12/2015 – weighed in at Doves Bay, a mighty
26/12/2015 – Major Tom II on a family fishing trip, a nice yellowfin on stand up gear for Skipper Geoff’s daughter Cat. Weighing 21.05 kg and just 0.25 kg off the club pin. Two other yellowfin were caught on Big Business weighing 30.4 & 21.4 kg. “Shall We” fishing out from the Manukau nailed a 142.4kg Striped marlin, two on board, a good day and a good result. Out from Whakatane a
27/12/2015 – father and son team head out and return with a 203.1kg blue marlin, the boat “J D” did the trick for them. Up and coming junior angler Charlie Rowe weighed in a nice yellowfin tuna weighing 18kg caught on 15kg line. Charlie is following a fishing family tradition, well done. Far North boat Baru with Vance and Karen from the Mount went out for a trial run and came back into Houhora to courtesy weigh a striped marlin weighing 79.8kg. A
29/12/2015 – from Waihau Bay, our first yellowfin courtesy weighed for the Counties boys fishing on Reel Busy, weighing in at 22.2kg. NZSFC stalwart Richard Baker, went out with son Jackson for an overnighter, hooking up after a short while trolling in the evening before looking for an anchorage for the night. Jackson caught his first striped marlin on 15 kg line, weighing in at 73.kg the following day at Tutukaka. Jackson is 11 years young.
30/12/2015 – Waihau bay’s first tag and released striped marlin for the club. Garry Grimes on “Attitude” was the successful combination. Tutukaka – a hectic bite with the radio going mad, t/r striped marlin about 270m between Hen & Chicks and the Knights. Flying start t/r for toots, Matariki one to weigh at 109.4kg. 12th & 13th yellowfin recorded for the season. Tairua Pauanui – fishing has started with a weighed striped marlin in at 129.6kg
31/12/2015 – another west coast club successful angler, Clive from the Muriwai Sport Fishing Club weighed in a 147.5kg striped marlin, courtesy weighed at the Kaipara Cruising club. And then the weather turned to pudding, I mean custard. The season will be a small window of great fishing with slightly bigger windows of garbage! If you ever go to Gisborne and go out for a jigging session, be warned, a local angler caught a 107kg big eye tuna whilst jigging in 250 m looking for some fish for dinner