Daylight saving has officially begun last week and it is starting to get a bit warmer over here. We’ve got strong southerly winds at the moment though and it feels much colder than it actually is. I went for a fish last Saturday, the forecast sounded good and I went to my ‘new favorite spot’. There was a big, rolling easterly swell coming in, but I only noticed it when I was right on the beach and hence decided to go ahead fishing anyway. But before going into the fishing, have a look at this.
Yeah, I finally have found a great, little spot on my land from which I can enjoy superb views over Tryphena harbor and although my camera lens can’t pick it up, the views stretch from Channel island to Rangitoto and Kawau islands. I took this picture standing on a steep rock face, actually a face of many different sized rocks, which hinders most of the vegetation to grow well.
I spent a while relaxing, enjoying and clearing the mind, things that I, fortunately, can do, and then went on hiking through the bush for a couple of hours with Rani. Most pictures I took turned out to be pretty crappy and, perhaps due to my cheap camera and very likely due to my ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to taking pictures, even those that turned out alright just don’t seem to remotely portray my visual experience.
This picture of a tree for instance. The colors feel cold and bland, this huge tree with its winding root system that is about to fall over and start a new period of its 100 years plus life, doesn’t stand out in its massiveness. I actually feel bad about posting it now. It doesn’t do the situation and the tree any justice.
Anyway, did I mention that it is raining quite a bit too? I turned the soil in my garden around three times, mixed in 60 kilos of sand, a couple of loads of sea-weed and fish bones and guts, and planted some seeds a few days ago. The soil still looks a solid pile of mud… But I’m hopeful that seedlings will emerge soon.
Finally, a bit about my fishing experience last Saturday. As aforementioned, there was a rolling swell coming in and though you can’t see it on the pictures, there was so much noise and white water going on that I decided to tie Rani up high on the rocks. She’s always so excited and while I can manage to keep looking at the swell all the time, Rani could easily be surprised by one of those waves and be sucked in into the water. The fishing was really difficult, due to the strong swell, around 2 meters, my baits remained on the surface and were sucked out by the retreading white water. So I decided to put an ounce of weight on the bait and although it started to sink, it was still very difficult to feel what was going on at the end of the line. My 40 pound main-line didn’t help either, 20 meters of that in the water creates a huge drag in these conditions. It certainly wasn’t a productive fishing day, it wasn’t easy-going either, but I managed to land 2 snapper. Moreover, I am going to go fishing on two entirely new spots when time and conditions permit. One is off Miller’s Hill, right in Tryphena. I was looking at my chart and there it was, a good high tide spot, so close to home. I’m not sure how to get down Miller’s Hill, but I’m going to give it a go. The other spot is off Cape Barrier Road, I’ve heard about it a few times and must go and see for myself. So stay tuned!