Category Archives: Adventures

Rockfishing With My Dad

Having my dad over for a visit is great. It is his first time on beniSland and one thing I wanted to make sure of was that his first rockfishing mission on the Barrier would be a success. Partly because I want him to land and eat decent fish, but …

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Kingfish Off The Rocks VIII

On our last rockfishing session for the year, Paul and I landed another kingfish. I was hoping to catch a 40+ pound kingi and things went really well to start with. About half an hour before low tide, I got a strike far out, my live-baited kahawai got taken, however, even with a quarter of drag, I just did not feel any fish at the end of the line. It turned out to be a rat (a small kingi) and we released it. Check out the full article, with tips and trick and great pictures at

Kingfish Off The Rocks VII

On a lighter note, Paul and I hooked into kingfish on Saturday and Sunday. Two memorable fishing days really, we finally saw good fishing action and landed the targeted species. A write-up with great pictures is available on my fishing blog (

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The Great Barrier Island Rockfishing Blog

My new blog,, is solely dedicated to Rockfishing on the Barrier. Check out my stories, detailed articles, the how to section, images and recipes. Tell me what you think. My short-term goal is to share experiences with other landbased enthusiasts, and to publish informative articles that are both entertaining and helpful. Continue reading The Great Barrier Island Rockfishing Blog

Pictures Of The Week 41

I got back from a multi-day youth camp today. Going through the pictures and memories from the last weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to provide you with images that reflect what I was up to lately. I’ll write respective articles soon.

For my fishing friends, I have only been out twice in the last 5-6 weeks. Both times, catching a feed was challenging, but I prevailed and succeeded. Two days ago, I was standing on the rocks of Harataonga Beach, half-naked, fully soaked by the splash of the waves, looking at Motu Rakitu with no other person in sight; battling the splash and wind at dusk, fishing in about 1.5 meters of water in anticipation of that fish, I had no doubt that what I was am engaged in is art.

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Pictures Of The Week 40 – Impressions Of The Backyard

Some day, Great Barrier Island, Tryphena, beniSland, other than the screaming orgies of the kaka and the car alarm-imitating tui songs, it has been really quiet and highly enjoyable. I take my regular walks through the backyard, absorbing the views from vantage points and taking pleasure in sitting in the bush, climbing the odd tree and otherwise establishing my presence and intentions. Continue reading Pictures Of The Week 40 – Impressions Of The Backyard

Bad Fishing – When Things Don’t Go According To Plan

We experienced quite difficult and unproductive fishing last Sunday on the East Coast. Well, the fish were certainly there somewhere, but we just didn’t hook them. We had an early start, had squid and pilchards for bait and a bag of burley. I had my kingi gear and the plan was to arrest a couple snapper and have a go at targeting her majesty.

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Land Based Fishing Can Be So Easy – Great Barrier Island

Last week I took my enthusiastic German visitor/woofer fishing off the rocks in Tryphena. Marius, who has just finished school, is also a keen fisherman and of course he has come to the right place and person to experience first hand how we fish here in New Zealand.

It wasn’t necessarily the best day for it, low tide was in the middle of the day, the wind was not favourable either but I decided that we’ll have a good chance of arresting some fish for dinner at one of my regular spots.

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