New Favorite Fishing Spot

When it comes to fishing there are good days, bad days, exceptional days and those days that would be summed up as exciting. Today was certainly an exciting one. I saw a king fish approaching fast out of the deep and leaping out of the water to attack bait fish right in front of my feet in the berley trail, and ended up finding a great new fishing spot on the east coast with lots of potential. It was a beautiful day, we don’t have many of those at the moment, I grabbed the last berley bomb and some squid from the shop and headed to the East Coast. On the way I spotted white caps and that the north-westerly winds were going to be a hassle if I went down to the usual spot. The other side of the bay, however, was sheltered from the winds and I always wanted to have a fish there.

A beautiful day at Medland’s Beach
Rani is happy and looking forward to exploring new things and areas.
Going around the rock doesn’t seem to be an option.
Halfway up the hill.
A good ledge, with some kelp, deep and white water, good current and some structure close by.

I got down there, deployed the berley bomb and it didn’t take long until I landed a small kahawai. So out came the live bait rig and setup, and within 20 minutes or so I had a juicy live bait out swimming strongly out into the bay. It was all very exciting. It was one o’clock, I had about four and a half hours of time to catch something big.

Setting the rod up.

The live bait was doing a superb job, swimming against the current until the drag created by the wind on the balloon and line made it turn back and swim with the current. It kept doing that all the time, coming closer to the rocks and then swimming away from them. By now I was fishing with three rods. One with the live kahawai, straylining with squid on another and single hook rig with a small sinker on the third rod. I felt a strong pull on the rod I was holding in my hand and soon after I was hooked into something that was pulling line. I had a good position to play the fish and saw some color after a short while. It looked initially like a snapper but it was a bit more pale and once I had the leader in the hand it was clear that this fish wasn’t a snapper. It was a good size Porae, I’ve caught this type before and recalled the big lips.

I’ve got a mate who has got bigger lips than that. Porae, similar to the Tarakihi, bigger scales and a lack of black behind the head.

I had about an hour to go and by now there were lots of small kahawai in the berley trail, I had a fresh kahawai head out in the deep and the live bait’s swimming activity seemed to increase by the minute. So much, that I decided to take the rod out of the rod holder and hang on to it. It didn’t take long, to my big surprise, until a fat king fish swam very quickly out of the deep up and alongside the rocks to attack a kahawai swimming right next to the berley bomb. It made a huge splash and I saw half of the fish completely out of the water line and then looked out to my live bait. Man, was I hoping that the king fish turned around to come for a second attack and see my live bait. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. I decided to cast a surface popper in case it didn’t like my bait but was hanging close by. But again, nothing.

Shortly after I reluctantly had to pack and head back because dawn wasn’t far away. I didn’t land a single legal snapper, all were undersized even those that hooked themselves on the big whole kahawai head bait.

Just about an hour left until dawn.

It might be my imagination, but when I got the live bait in, it was so sky blue and pale. It really looked like it was shit scared for the entire time it was out there. I have never seen a kahawai with such intense green-blue color. The picture I took turned out to be quite bad but I think you can get the idea.

Bad quality picture, but notice the intense green-sky blue on the kahawai. I tell you, there were king fish about and it got real scared.

As the terminator says, I will be back. Hopefully with a little bit more luck next time. Here another picture of the porae, a member of the douglasi family (with huuuuge lips).

Nemadactylus douglasi


3 thoughts on “New Favorite Fishing Spot”

  1. Hey Ben. Good to see you’ve been getting out and doing some fishing. And finally some of the right sort of fishing. Guess it’s starting to feel like spring there now? So, a few details missing: Like how big was the kingfish you saw? I didn’t think this time of year was very productive for kingis based on a September I spent in the Coromandel a few years back. Clearly they are around, well done for raising one! And in some ways I’m not surprised you didn’t get a good snapper: The best Kingfish conditions (low water and calm clear conditions) aren’t usually the best for the better snapper. Not always the case for sure, but those rougher, overcast days when livebaiting would be tricky are the ones to snapper fish.

    That looks a fine Porae, at least 6lb? How did you end up cooking that?

    Keep up the good work mate, and I’ll be with you in a little under 6 months. L&K Paul xxxxx

  2. And what I should have said: Man that looks like a lovely spot! Deep and not too many obvious snags if you do hook a Kingi, though I’m sure they can show you where they are. I hope that line is strong, in good shape and not too old!

    1. Heya Paul, well size-wise the kingi was certainly bigger than the ones we saw when you were over. Looked around a meter but was pretty fat, so I’d go with 25-30 pounds. You are definitely right in terms of different conditions for kingis and snapper, but then again I’m on the barrier and you never now when that 20 pounder comes close in to have a feed. Yeah, the porae was 5 pound plus and I ended up deep frying the diced fillets soaked in flour. The frame and head were buried in the garden and Rani felt the backhand today for digging some frames up. Don’t talk about fishing gear, I’ve been telling myself for months that I need to go to town to buy some provisions, but mainly it is because I need some fishing gear….

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