I went fishing off the rocks yesterday in Island Bay, a little bay opposing Rabbit Island. I’ve never been there before, but have fished Johnson’s Bay and the famous ‘rod holder spot’ at Cape Barrier which are in the same area. Last week I was fishing that famous spot and it was a bit rougher than forecasted. But there were plenty of small kahawai and action all the time. I landed one decent pan-sized snapper and hooked a big fish on a kahawai fillet. I lost that fish though and am still, this is some 7 days later, pretty gutted about it. It was a solid snapper take, I fought it hard and it was pulling lots of line against heavy drag and 40 pound main line. And just when I was firmly sure that I’m going to land it, a few moments before I was able to see some color, to bring it to the surface, the hook must have ripped. That’s my theory anyway, if a snapper is hooked in the jaw, it can’t ‘spit’ the hook and it won’t rip, but if it is hooked in the flesh around the mouth area, I believe, too much pressure can be a huge disadvantage. Anyway, albeit not having too high expectations, the feeling of adventure was surely heightened yesterday, because I was exploring new fishing terrain. Continue reading Fishing at Cape Barrier
Two weeks have passed already since my last blog and frankly, nothing much unusual has happened since. I went out on a bit of a mission yesterday, trying to find a new and potentially rewarding fishing spot but it turned out to be too difficult. I mean of course for my dog Rani, I was fine, but she had problems following. The destination was Blind Bay and the plan was to fish the outgoing tide on the end of the bay, in casting distance to a big, mean current line. See the red dot on the following picture.
The weekend was quiet, gathered some fire wood, spent a few hours in the outside bath, ate a lot of food and went for a hike in the backyard.
It’s Sunday late afternoon and I’m sitting here by the fire listening to Aotea FM, the local radio station on FM 94.6. This is a good station alright, no ads, no news, only music and most of it is good stuff. The weather has been awesome the entire week and I was pretty keen to get out there on the weekend and do something. The plan was to get up early on Saturday and take the dinghy out fishing, but after knocking off work on Friday evening, I didn’t really feel like an early start anymore. Continue reading Hiking & Fishing in Tryphena
I just got the fire going inside, it is warm and cozy and soon I’ll be cooking dinner. The weather gods have been mild lately, for the last 10 or so days, there was no significant wind around my place, hardly any rain… Yeah, really enjoyable I have to say. The forecast was good for this weekend, too, and I was eager to go out there and do things. I went for a fish off the rocks yesterday in Schooner Bay. Continue reading (Barely) Caught a Feed
from Paul, from Lightwater England, arrived on Thursday. He had a rough sail over, the wind was gusting from southwest with speeds up to 40 knots and I wasn’t too sure if the ferry is going to leave Auckland at all. But it did and arrived here only a couple of hours later than usual. We drove up to BENIsLAND and unpacked, chatted, drank and made heaps of plans for fishing. Unfortunately, the forecasts were not that promising; more wind and gusts. Continue reading Great Barrier Island Kingfish – Rockfishing
Sebi and Jani, friends living in Germany I met in New Zealand about 5 years ago, contacted me a few months ago and told me they were coming on holiday to New Zealand and were quite keen to come and visit me here on Great Barrier Island. So, we kind of got a plan together, they would arrive here via ferry and stay for 4 nights before leaving via plane to Auckland and then to the South Island. At the moment, they are in the Motueka region, hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park. After that, they are going to Queenstown/Glenorchy where they’ll be doing the Routeburn Track followed by the Caples Track. Continue reading Friends from Germany
I went for another hike into the ‘backyard’ with Iranium the other day; she’s getting bigger and stronger and has these sudden energy boosts of sprinting up and down, running in circles and so on. Anyway, it was a hot day but I had nothing better to do and so we started walking up the hill, heading towards a paper road on the main ridge that is part of the ‘station rock road walkway’. Continue reading Hiking in the Backyard II
Yesterday, I had another go at my 12 v diesel generator, trying to find out where it leaks diesel. As mentioned in a previous post, it leaks more than it combusts. Diesel costs 2.10 NZD and petrol 2.86 NZD if I drive to the gas station in Claris. Here in Tryphena, it is more pricy, add another 20%. It was windy, with the odd shower but I thought I can find and fix the problem without dismounting the engine from the board it is bolted to. Quite interesting, so far I have experienced often enough first hand that the so-called ‘easy way’ yields frustration and requires more time than the proper way. Continue reading Hiking in the Backyard
Today, I officially registered for the Wharf to Wharf Marathon which is an annual event on Great Barrier Island and I believe on Waiheke Island as well. It takes place on the 15th of October and you have the options of walking, running or pedaling a full or half-marathon. The rugged terrain of GBI ensures that no matter how you chose to participate, you will be challenged. I’m doing the full marathon on the mountain bike and like to send a shout out to thank Barry The Legend Smith for sponsoring me. Continue reading Wharf to Wharf Marathon – From Port FitzRoy to Tryphena – Sponsored by Barry The Legend Smith