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Land Based Fishing: Tired of Catching Small Snapper?

It can be quite frustrating to land one small (throwback) snapper after another. Actually, this happened about two weeks ago when I went fishing with a mate. The first snapper I landed was about 30 cm, I threw it back anyway thinking that I’ll catch bigger fish. Yeah right! Fortunately, my mate landed another similar sized snapper, otherwise we would have left empty-handed. I was disappointed and also slightly frustrated. Mainly because I knew I screwed up.

Catching a few decent snapper is much more fun than landing heaps of small ones.
Catching a few decent snapper is much more fun than landing heaps of small ones.

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Great Barrier Island Kingfish – Rockfishing

My mate from Paul, from Lightwater England, arrived on Thursday. He had a rough sail over, the wind was gusting from southwest with speeds up to 40 knots and I wasn’t too sure if the ferry is going to leave Auckland at all. But it did and arrived here only a couple of hours later than usual. We drove up to BENIsLAND and unpacked, chatted, drank and made heaps of plans for fishing. Unfortunately, the forecasts were not that promising; more wind and gusts. Continue reading Great Barrier Island Kingfish – Rockfishing

Rockfishing in Tryphena Harbor

We had a good fishing session on Saturday, we is Gary, Chris and myself. They arrived in Tryphena on Thursday and sailed up the west coast the next morning after having a couple of quiet but still celebratory beers on the beach. They spent a night in Blind Bay and sailed into Whagaparapara harbor on Saturday morning,enjoying a hike into the hills. They didn’t provide any pictures but mentioned how unspoilt and beautiful everything was, and that they were keen on some seafood but only caught undersized snapper.  Continue reading Rockfishing in Tryphena Harbor

Rockfishing in Tryphena

We had another long weekend, Monday being a national holiday (Waitangi Day), and it was overcast with strong easterly winds all weekend. On Sunday I felt like going for a fish but we are having high tides in the mornings and late afternoons at the moment. I prefer an outgoing tide early in the morning and most spots I have fished from the rocks over here are not (easily) accessible on foot and around the high tide mark. The east coast was out of the question due to a meter and a half swell and strong easterly winds, it seemed quiet on the Tryphena side however.  Continue reading Rockfishing in Tryphena