Sunday morning, 0630, Great Barrier Island, Tryphena. While the rooster is crowing, I’m putting pre-tied rigs into my fishing pack and am getting ready to head out. My plan is simple but sound. It is a calm day, slightly overcast, a northerly wind will develop later in the morning, low tide is at 0930 and while most are still in their beds, Rani – the fishing dog – and I are about to embark on a land-based fishing adventure.
I’ve been often asked what one can do on Great Barrier Island. Well, here is a video of what a couple of local boys did on a single day on Great Barrier Island.
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.
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
Sitting in front of my laptop and trying to put the last 5 days into words. Where to begin and how to describe the events, emotions, encounters and those moments when you can step aside and look at yourself and at what you are doing from another perspective; these are the questions in my mind at the moment. Perhaps I just start at the beginning.
The weather has been great lately, warm and sunny and I have been working most of the week, but today I got my camera out and went for a ride towards Schooner Bay, yet again. On the way I had to stop to take pictures of the following:
While awaiting the delivery of some tools and building equipment here in Auckland, I thought I share a story about my first visit to Great Barrier Island (Motu Aotea in Te Reo Maori). After all, it was this trip which I took around the Christmas time back in 2008 that made me think about what it would be like to live on Aotea and whether it would be a worthwhile option for me. It all started with me wanting to have some time off and wanting to ‘go away’ for a couple of weeks. Continue reading My First Visit to Great Barrier Island