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Rockfishing – Coming Home Empty-Handed

I’ve been too busy for a relatively long time. Physically and mentally exhausted. So much indeed that I completely forgot about Labour Weekend.  In spite of really wanting to sit down and doing nothing for a at least a day, I went for a fish with my mate. We talked briefly about our plans when I saw him at the airport, and as we were discussing ideas of going to two new areas neither of us had fished before, he casually mentioned that we could of course go to another spot, where kingfish had been sited recently. Hmm, why not just go where his majesty has been sited and have a go?

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Land-Based Fishing: Improving Your Odds With Fresh Bait

Looking down onto the ledge with high expectations (early in the morning)
Early in the morning; looking down onto the ledge with high expectations

I experienced a great fishing session two weeks ago at this very spot, where I tried my best to land a kingfish but ended up (only) with a bag of trevally (see: how to catch trevally). With 14 days being half of the lunar month, the tides thus being again the way I prefer and other conditions being very promising as well, I got up for an early session last Friday. The goal was to do better than last time and – something that is always in the back of the head – to perhaps hook into a kingfish as well.
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All Time World Record – The Hiwihiwi Curse

Certainly not a good session when you're just catching these.
Certainly not a good session when you’re just catching Hiwihiwi.

Ben, have you been fishing lately? Yes, but it was ugly to say the least…

I think I’ve been cursed by the fishing gods, cursed to only land hiwihiwi and the tiniest of snapper. The last two fishing sessions were awful, absolutely rubbish and fruitless. It’s not like I’m going to give up but there have been moments when I felt like finding a new hobby.

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Big Snapper 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