I hope you’ve been enjoying the remainder of what was (and actually still seems to be) a superb summer. We’re having marvellous conditions here on Great Barrier Island, the fish are on the bite, especially early in the mornings, and what better way exists than targeting them from the land?
Landbased compared to boat fishing is arguably like comparing a sailing yacht to a motor yacht. While the former is certainly not the fastest way to reach a goal, it certainly is more in tune with nature, and on a windy day so much more enjoyable. Instead of hearing the outboard roaring and being shaken while on anchor, landbased fishing provides you with just enough time and quietness to enjoy your surroundings.
Even after ten years of active fishing in New Zealand, there are heaps of fish species that I haven’t caught yet. Granted, there are about 200 species of marine fishes, a good portion of them won’t be caught off the rocks, another portion are difficult to land with hook and line and plenty of them I don’t even want to catch. I’m thinking about rays, sharks and pretty much non-edible fish.
However, I have never landed a John Dory (or any related species), tarakihi or gurnard. John Dory is classed as one of the best table fish and, well, gurnard is very tasty, too. Any serious angler should possess a handbook of marine fish species. I make notes about all species that I catch with line and hook, and am happy to announce that I landed – for the first time – a Sandager’s Wrasse.
I released this beautiful Sandager’s Wrasse and interestingly enough, my mate Sinclair caught it a few minutes later. There is not much more to report about that fishing session, a few snapper and kahawai were arrested, but nothing spectacular. I’ve got a few more pictures for you though.