Can’t Find The Fish

The weather has been really good for a while now, no wind, sunny and warm, and I went out for a fish off the rocks twice, but as the title implies I didn’t catch anything. On Friday morning I was standing on a massive ledge on the east coast (Oruawharo Bay) and had a bait in the water by 8 o’clock.

The sea was smooth, everything was calm and the water in front of me was around 15 m deep – just dropping off the long ledge – according to the chart.

Smooth seas and deep water
Looks like a spot with heaps of potential. Big easterly swells roll in here usually and the water is around 15 m deep just off the rocks.


Access to the ledge is pretty good, when considering the tides and conditions; you don't want to climb down.

I caught two small kahawai and had a go at live baiting for a brief while, but nothing was happening, no big takes, nothing visible, just got many snags and lost a bit of tackle on the big rod, and caught one hiwihiwi after another on the small rod. Even the kahawai head on 6/0 hooks casted out far didn’t attract a snapper. Instead I had to deal with him…

A big, slimy moray that ate a whole kahawai head.

I fished the incoming tide for 3 hours before packing in and walking back. It turned out that I could have fished for another hour without getting wet feet on the way back, but it probably wouldn’t have made a difference.

Looking south in Oruawharo Bay.

Today, I went for a quick fish in Puriri Bay a couple of kilometers down the road from home. I fished a shallow area for 2 and a half hours and waited in vain for that solid take. Nothing too exciting happened.

At the end of Puriri Bay. Shallow and patched with foul.

There was a lot of kina and since I was fishing the incoming tide, I was able to gather a few without getting wet feet. I crunched them up, eating the roes and scattering the juices and the rest into the water to attract fish.

A tiny white fleck, almost in the center of this picture, marks the roof of my little A-frame.
Turned out to be quite a nice picture too. Kina in a bucket.
The roes are very tasty. They have got a lemony tang and are often creamy.

So yeah, a bummer really. I’m sitting here by the fire place, enjoying the last of the views and daylight; a baked snapper or kahawai would have been the right kind of dinner. I suppose it’ll be rice tonight, or maybe noodles…




4 thoughts on “Can’t Find The Fish”

  1. Dude, I’ve been debugging an image library remotely on an AIX 5.3 system for days now, but although it’s warm here in Austria, the office view ain’t like the hauraki gulf & co. Cheers

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