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.
It doesn’t really matter though, I keep finding out, I get up around 6 a.m. every morning anyway. It’s a bit nippy at night and in the mornings now which makes you appreciate a warm fire place. So I cooked some breakfast, chopped some fire wood and decided to go hiking with Rani. Thought about going up Mount Hobson but figured it’s too far away and decided to try and go to Rosalie Bay instead. There must be extremely good rock fishing there since it is so remote and wouldn’t get any activity but by a few locals.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any public access down to Rosalie Bay and will have to inquire whom to talk to to get permission to use a private access way. There is a little parking spot at the end of Rosalie Bay road and a few hiking tracks start there. One follows a ridge line via Station Rock Road. The start of this track and the beginning are quite hard to find and it isn’t maintained that well. The hiking track to Medlands Beach is clearly marked and has recently been done up. It’s a 1.5 hour walk down through a valley and ends with a river crossing at Medlands Beach. I walked down for half an hour and decided to go back since it was downhill all the way. I tell you what, this is a wonderful single track for mountain biking. Once I’ve fixed my bike I’ll be going for a downhill down this track and pedal back up via the main roads. This will be good practice for the upcoming Wharf to Wharf Marathon.
Went for a fish from the dinghy this morning around Puriri Bay and then a couple of drifts down Schooner Bay. We did alright, catching 3 trevally right off the start and then a few snapper later on. Conditions were not that comfortable, we had a few showers and a bit of wind here and there but had a good laugh and a few fish for dinner. I’m smoking a couple of fish right now and going to bake this snapper on the fire place.