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Meola Morning

A typical early autumn morning – cooler temperature, mixed cloud and sunshine and on and off again breezes. The fish were in tune with the season with their response:  one came in for release and all the other hits failed to connect.

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Whiplash!

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First attempt at catching those spray bursts as the fly line whips around from back to forward cast …

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Another dawn patrol …

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Dawn Patrol

A bit after dawn I turned up at Pt Chevalier and found another swoffer in the water ahead of me – obviously Auckland is becoming crowded!

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The angler in this case was Chris, a new acquaintance, who was giving the spot a try on the recommendation of fly fishing guide  Matto Von Sturmer.

We chatted a bit about our fly fishing experiences and eventually moved along to the one of the channels where the current flow was more focused.I finished off some left over pilchards into a berley trail and we both hooked a number of small kahawai and some snapper that didn’t quite make it to legal size.

My first snapper, aglow in the early morning sun.

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All in all good fun for  Chris as well:

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Morning Snapper

Out on the last of the ebb at Pt Chev, with a handful of berley,  and the Vapen vanquished a 40cm snapper – my best in the harbour for maybe 3 or 4 years.

Kingfish meets my Nemisis

Got out this morning in the NE and no rain. The stalking area was tea coloured. Almost turned around and left, but then decided to walk 15 mins along to the point at the end to see if there was any shelter around the corner. Fortunately there was and I started tossing a smaller 1/0 clouser pattern on the new Nemesis with the brand new Sage 2280 fly reel I spooled up last night.
No hits or fishy signs for first 60-70 minutes, but as the tide turned and current picked up I hit about four small kahawai that all fell off.

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I was just about to leave and while wading back along the sand bar when a stingray came up alongside me. It was a couple of meters beyond my rod tip. I didn’t see any escorts but then spied a slight boil of water behind it. So I dropped my  fly in the area, a couple of strips and wham!
Long short short (my first video alone of the fight is 22 minutes long) the nasty beggar used the current to his advantage and had me following him about 200m then I walked him 200m back then I followed him 100m out again and had to walk him back. Keeping fit while fishing!
When I finally landed him he only measured only 68cm !!!!

I’d hate to think what would have happened if he was any bigger …

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And a video of the release (sorry for freeware logos!)

On the way back – maybe we’ll meet again …

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This was also the first outing for my complete new outfit, a Nemesis 7wt with a Sage 2280 fly reel. It is a sweet combo. And the fly was one I tied the night before to be visible in the slightly turbid water of the estuary.

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The reel had a grueling first test run, getting soaked in saltwater and I had it cranked up during most of the fight. The drag is smooth and the setting knob is large and graduated clearly.

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And the next outing for the combo will be for trout in the Rangitikei River, for which I’m sure it will be more than adequate!