It is Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining and everything is calm and quiet out there. The weather has been really good this weekend, we had beautiful winter days. I like these cold and crisp mornings, when the air ‘smells’ cleaner than usual and when you know the sun is going to shine all day. I was busy yesterday doing f*** all, getting a bit of fire wood sorted and taking an extensive bath outside for most of the day and parts of the evening.
I’ve got a little fire going underneath the bath tub and keep the water temperature around 40 degrees Cel. Needless to say that it is pretty mint, sitting in a hot bath outside, enjoying the views or the stars at night. The water comes straight from the creek, fed through a hose and at the moment it is nice and cold. A thermometer and a couple of lengths of wood complete the setup. The thermometer comes in handy when its cold and windy out there and you are naked and want to hop quickly into the tub, but then realize that it is too hot.
So yeah, that was pretty much my Saturday. The plan for today was to catch some fish. It has been weeks since I was out there, and for weeks the East Coast has been calm and inviting, so I really had to get out today for a rockfish. My preference is to fish the last 2-3 hours of the outgoing tide, and go at low tide for a bit of a walk searching for kina and other shellfish. Rani and I left home at about 0830, stopped at Stonewall Shop and got a kilo of squid and were fishing off a ledge in Oruawharo Bay about an hour later. It didn’t take long and I had landed the first fish of the day. A little leather jacket, also known as cream fish. I was pondering whether to take the leather jacket home or not, as I haven’t eaten one of those for a while but decided to let it go and to keep fishing. There were plenty of 30+ cm snapper close in which aggressively fed on the bait. I kept throwing them back, feeling confident that bigger snapper were hanging around in the deep. Indeed, the takes started feeling more powerful, and I started landing bigger fish. There are plenty rock pools on that specific ledge which is great for catch and release. I release all smaller fish immediately, 35+ cm snapper go right into the rock pool and when the day is over, I pick the best three and let the rest go. Within a few hours I had more than I could eat and I packed in before it was low tide.
Another great rockfishing trip on the East coast, the fish were biting all the time and as you can imagine, it is very peaceful, standing out there on a ledge, enjoying a beautiful day and catching fresh fish.
On the way back I took a picture of a nice sailing catamaran right in Medland’s beach which was otherwise completely deserted.
Rani just finished her portion of the fish and is dozing away by the fire place, which gives me an idea. I should take a little nap myself, my fish are prepped in tin foil with some oils, sauces and greens and will be sizzling on the fire place in a few hours.