My good friend tells me to go fishing, the volunteer on site – who is creating a new hiking track – tells me to go fishing and something tells me that more than a few of the good people who read this blog want me to go fishing as well. The bad news is that I wasn’t fishing and have nothing to write about in this respect.
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 Black Jug Fishing Haggle – Competition was on last weekend. Around 120 anglers both local and quite a few from town spent the weekend fishing around Great Barrier Island trying to land that big snapper. This event is held twice annually on the Barrier and the main prize is for the heaviest Snapper. Winner takes it all. The Jackpot was around 6500 NZD this time and an angler from town won it with an 11-ish kg snapper.
I drove down Cape Barrier road looking for a notorious LBG (Land Based Game-Fishing) spot. The road ends at marker number 7 (see Google Maps figure at the bottom of the post) and it is a short stroll from there down to Johnson’s Bay (marker 2).