I drove down Cape Barrier road looking for a notorious LBG (Land Based Game-Fishing) spot. The road ends at marker number 7 (see Google Maps figure at the bottom of the post) and it is a short stroll from there down to Johnson’s Bay (marker 2).
It was a beautiful day and as usual, not a soul around. I walked up and down the beach in Johnson’s Bay for a while, apparently you can walk over to Rabbit Island on low tide. Hmmm, the tide was about an hour in so I only had a look from afar; it is a fair bit to walk/wade, but I’ve got to see it at low tide.
I walked to the northern end of the bay and was soon cut off by the incoming tide, so I turned around and walked up the hill. I enjoyed spectacular views of the northwestern tip of the Coromandel Peninsular but there was no obvious way down to the water. That got me hiking back towards the next hill. The next picture shows the good access I spotted, probably paved in by stock, around the bay above Johnson’s.
And here I was, a couple of minutes later at position 5 on the Google Maps figure, here looking to the left,
and at the tip of the hill, walking down to a some ledges.
I noticed a bit of rope on the way down, I assumed someone left his burley rope above the high water mark as it wasn’t attached to anything and it was really quite easy to get down. It was a gorgeous day and I felt a bit stupid for not taking my rod with me, but I was also very glad to find an easy access to ledges with deep water and strong currents. The piece of rope and the permanent rod holders give away that this is the infamous Cape Barrier LBG spot.
On the way back, I realized what the rope was for. Of course, I didn’t have it on my now. Virtually the only part where you had to climb, this is maybe a meter or so, was very wet and mossy. The rope would have been handy now, and since I didn’t have it, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out a safe way up.
This is it. I was stoked, a great walk, found a new fishing spot and hiked around the area a bit more. Found a couple of marks that were most likely from pigs, then I heard one and it sounded biiiig. Then the rattle in the bush, must have woken her up. Really not sure what to do in such moments, so I grabbed a rock and kept walking. On the way back I noticed similar marks but they looked more fresh and also as if the pig had a fast pace. Boom, there was the sound again, it gets you excited, and alerted. Then I had a short glimpse of one of them. I suppose it was a she and saw part of her head and the ear as she started trotting quickly into the bush. She looked big, about a meter high.
This was my day anyway, I got back and wanted to get a fire going when I heard a quad coming up. It was my neighbor with my new four wheel drive all terrain vehicle, that has been finally fixed up; more about that later.