On my last mission – some ten days ago – I landed a 12 lbs+ snapper from the rocks, after a challenging and extensive fight on light tackle. The fishing was even better two days ago, on another land based fishing adventure with my top friend Xtian visiting from Germany. We were fishing the outgoing tide and arrived at our destination just on the high tide mark, deploying a small berley bomb and stray-lining squid and pilchards baits. Xtian spotted immediately – while I was preparing my gear – a big snapper in the berley trail and by the time I had a bait in the water, there were plenty of small bait fish and some other biggish snapper to be seen.
I had a remarkable land based fishing session on Easter Friday. After finishing off some chores yesterday and successfully realizing the beginning of a new project (more to come in due time), I started thinking of planing a fish off the rocks. I listened to the marine forecast, looked at the tides, climbed up a tree and had a good look at Tryphena harbor. Well, things looked quite promising and I decided to go to a spot close by (5 km from BENIsLAND) for a quick snapper fish. Also decided to only take one rod and reel and to pack light, leaving most of my gear at home. Pre-tied 5 rigs and took only the bare essentials. In the Stonewall shop, I contemplated about buying 1 kg of squid and 1 kg of pilchards, or just 2 kg of pilchards, or perhaps only 1 kg of pillies. I was keen on burleying up, but the shop didn’t have any and eventually took two packets of pilchards. One for casting, the other for cubing and attracting the big snapper. Continue reading Big Snapper Off The Rocks VI – Rockfishing in Tryphena
We had a few interesting and at times exhausting fishing sessions last week, and just a few days before my mate Paul had to leave to the main land, conditions were not too bad to take him to spot at the Cape. Being a seasoned kingfish angler who has extensively fished the coastlines of the tip of the Coromandel Peninsular, Paul had always fantasized about a land-based fishing adventure from Cape Barrier on Great Barrier Island, looking at the Coromandel instead of the other way round. It would be our last fishing adventure for 2013 and the start of it was undoubtedly quite interesting.
The other day, my mate and I decided to go hiking and scouting for new, potential land based fishing spots. It was a hot day but I thought it would be a good idea to take the small rod and reel, a few pre-tied rigs and a pack of pilchard bait, and cast them targeting snapper. Finding new fishing spots is a big part of land based fishing, and this part gets often neglected. I’m probably no different to you, once about a dozen of fishing spots have been found, I tend to fish them depending on tides, wind and other conditions. Thus, utterly neglecting the fact that finding new fishing spots can be just as exciting as landing fish.
Think about the distances you cover by car and on foot to catch fish, there are in too many cases great fishing spots much closer to your home, spots that hardly get fished. An example could be trying fishing close to a boat ramp, somewhere out of the way and noise on the rocks. I mean all boat anglers will launch their boat and head away, none of them will fish close in, but they might clean their fish on their way back to the ramp, might dump the rest of their bait and thus create a nice burley trail.
Finally, I get a chance to write in more detail about our recent land based fishing adventures. Regular visitors to BENIsLAND know that I’m into land based fishing, and as any keen angler, I also enjoy putting the few friends that come and visit me onto the fish. At times this can prove difficult, mostly because fishing is not their highest priority, but it certainly is easy with my mate from England. Paul is an expert on catching kingfish from the rocks. He’s dedicated, very experienced and most of the times well prepared, and he uses the word kingi a lot during a day.
I got up early again, eager for a quick, early fish off the rocks. The idea was to go hard for a couple of hours and be back at the car at 0900. All my gear was packed and I left home at 0500, the sun wasn’t up yet but there was enough light to see where I was going, although the sky was very dark. The sea-forecast mentioned rain and it sure looked like it could pour down any minute. Half an hour later Rani and I were walking on Medland’s beach, it was dribbling a bit but was even warmer than yesterday. No wind at all, much more cloud cover than the previous day. Good and comfortable conditions really; my chances of landing a kingfish were pretty good today.
I had to go fishing off the rocks yesterday, mainly because I was listening to the forecast, looking at the chart and the tides for a few days in a row. The weather was stunning, sunshine, low wind, high tides in the mornings and late evenings. I over-thought the whole idea of fishing, contemplating whether to go to the east coast or to somewhere else. The best options seemed to get up early or go for an evening fish around the high tide mark. I wanted to get out to an area that is, however, not accessible around high tide. I wasn’t keen on going on an evening fish, getting up really early didn’t seem that enticing either. I also didn’t want to end up fishing off the rocks when the sun is at its zenith and the tide was all out. But yesterday, I just had to go out and decided to head to a bay in Tryphena. Haven’t been there for a while now, it’s close to home and the forecast was for a cloudy day with northerly winds. So I thought, I’ll go all the way to the end of the southern end of the bay – access is tidal – and fish from mid-tide (outgoing) until mid-tide (incoming). Around 6 hours of fishing, including an hour for the return trip. Continue reading Big Snapper Off The Rocks IV – Rockfishing in Tryphena
The Great Barrier Island Sports & Social Club was holding one of its annual fishing competitions this Friday and Saturday. I bought a ticket and entered the competition just like last year, planning to fish off the rocks and catching the big one. Last year I ended up landing three snapper at the light house in Tryphena (click to read the story), none of which were worthy of an official weigh in. I was expecting my top mate, The Hanimal, on the Island on Friday, after his flight was canceled on Thursday due to heavy fog in Auckland. Unfortunately, the same thing occurred on Friday and he couldn’t come over. I was gutted about that and cleaned and prepared my fishing gear instead. Once that was all done with, it was around noon, I decided to drive down to Oruawharo Bay and give it a go. This was the first day of the fishing comp. We were having big tides and there was a bit of a south-easterly swell present. I walked – with Rani and all the gear – around the point to my spot and decided to leave before even casting out one bait. Although the tide was almost completely out and although it didn’t really look that dangerous, I felt uncomfortable standing out there since some of the bigger rollers swamped the ledge every now and then. Continue reading Big Snapper Off The Rocks III – Rockfishing in Johnson’s Bay
The fishing is certainly going well for me lately. My mate Gary and his partner Nadia came to the Barrier for a weeks visit, and unfortunately the weather has been quite bad on the Tryphena side. We’ve been to the hot pools on Thursday, yesterday we hung out a bit on Benisland and the plan for today was to catch a few fish off the rocks.
When it comes to fishing, you just can’t top rockfishing or as some people say LBG (land-based-game fishing). I’m going to stick with the term rockfishing as LBG implies that you do a bit more than simply casting out a piece of dead bait from the rocks and hoping to catch the big one. We had rough seas and gusting south-westerlies all week and I was eager to go for a fish. Continue reading Big Snapper Off The Rocks