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#1 waikiore

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:54 AM

Coming back from my annual Tall ships adventure (perfect weather yet again, thanks Christine and all those at Russell)  you contemplate many things on the coast and one thing that struck me was the lack of flying fish in the last ten years, whats happened to them?

I remember going up in the 70's and whole waves would explode with them -as in the tropics . Now I havent seen one for ages, except for circling an old blue ketch one year at the Barrier -no doubt attracted by the lights.

Did see one just off Cape Rodney and he was very large, but with the abundance of other sea life something has happened ? 


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#2 Black Panther

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:52 AM

Didnt see many on the way to Fiji a couple of years back. Likewise i remember my first offshore trip, sailed through oceans of them for days.
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#3 ex Elly

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:55 PM

Maybe head down to BOP, they may have moved down there...


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#4 raz88

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:17 PM

Saw a few on the way home from coastal this year.
Growing up in the 80s and doing the bay of islands trip from Auckland for the Xmas cruise each yeah we hardly saw any...
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#5 Addem

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:24 AM

We saw a handful Sailing from Tauranga to Tairua the other day.
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#6 BOIGuy

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:00 PM

Biggest one I've ever seen, just after New Years near whale rock, flew for ages past the boat, first time my son seen one, pretty cool.


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#7 John B

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 06:26 AM

The shoals of a hundred or thousand at a time up around Fiji is always a buzz.

Not many kahawai around either, we finally hooked a couple inside the ninepin but that's all we saw in a couple of weeks. The day before is when Lanakai caught the 425 kilo black marlin there, on a dead kahawai , so I'm told.
Say what, you mean 425 lb doncha?
Nooo. ..425 kg.
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#8 lateral

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 07:14 AM

Where I grew up at times there would be workups from as far as the eye could see.

The bay was completely alive with sealife. BOP.

Thanks to our greed and resource management, now kahawai are few and far between.

Its a disgrace imo.

Thanks MOF and central govt.


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 07:44 AM

Saw a pod of dolphins chasing flying fish in November as we motored out of Whangaparapara.
A large one flew away from one dolphin to land in the up stretched mouth of another, was an amazing sight just metres away from us
As for kahawai they trawled them up and sold to Aus for crab bait, not sure if they are still doing this but numbers are way down every since this started.
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#10 chariot

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 07:58 AM

Had a pod of dolphins hearding bait fish into the shallows on Sunday night at Peachgrove Bay. Great to watch, especially in such spectacular surroundings.


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