Took my mate Tim fishing in early March. We drove to Tawharanui peninsular which is about an hour drive from Albany and is one of Auckland’s many Regional Parks. Tim is a young, aspiring scientist from Cologne, Germany and is making the most out of his visit to New Zealand. Within a space of 2 months after arrival, he’s been to the Coromandel and Great Barrier Island. I’ve been fishing this specific spot for a while now; it is pretty much always productive with some action from Kahawai and the odd snapper. We hiked from the main car park for about an hour, walking over the hills to the trig and through the bush to the cliffs around Takatu Point, which marks the tip of the peninsular.
After a bit of a climb down the cliff we started getting our gear together and deployed the salmon burely. It didn’t take long until the Kahawai came onto the bite. Tim was, considering he hasn’t used a rod and reel, doing a good job and played the fish well. We kept catching and releasing Kahawai for a while until we started hooking up on some pan-sized snapper.
The fishing turned out to be better than anticipated and although they were still biting we called it a day and gave way to some kids and teenagers, who were suddenly standing next to us. They were polite, started fishing off a rock close by, but after having no action and seeing us hooking up they decided to come and cast right next to us. But hey, we already had enough to eat and left them to it. Here are some more pictures.