life is easy and comfortable on beniSland. I have been rather lazy in the last three weeks, often having to check what day it is. I don’t do much, attend to the gardens (not good this year) and animals, go for walks in the backyard, read about my hobbies, do a couple stretches and cook yummy food.
After about three months of fishing abstinence, I went out last Monday and had an awesome day. Comfortable conditions, a sighting of a dolphin within a few meters of where I was standing, a hit from a kingi and a nice winter snapper for dinner. Read more on The Great Barrier Island Rockfishing Blog.
Last week I was asked whether I was available to take a couple who were visiting Great Barrier Island fishing off the rocks. They were staying with a friend of mine and since I hadn’t been to her place, I decided to check the area out the day before. After meeting and having a chat with everyone, I walked down from the house to the bay pictured below to suss out the track and where to fish.
The full article with tips, tricks and how this big moocher was landed can be read on fishing.benisland.com.
On our last rockfishing session for the year, Paul and I landed another kingfish. I was hoping to catch a 40+ pound kingi and things went really well to start with. About half an hour before low tide, I got a strike far out, my live-baited kahawai got taken, however, even with a quarter of drag, I just did not feel any fish at the end of the line. It turned out to be a rat (a small kingi) and we released it. Check out the full article, with tips and trick and great pictures at http://www.fishing.benisland.com/index.php/kingfish-off-the-rocks-viii/
As my friend Sinclair put it some time ago, “there is quite a bit to (rock)fishing”. The plan for yesterday was to target and arrest kingfish. Everything went according to plan and we experienced spectacular rockfishing action. Continue reading Kingfish Off The Rocks VI→
We experienced quite difficult and unproductive fishing last Sunday on the East Coast. Well, the fish were certainly there somewhere, but we just didn’t hook them. We had an early start, had squid and pilchards for bait and a bag of burley. I had my kingi gear and the plan was to arrest a couple snapper and have a go at targeting her majesty.
Last week I took my enthusiastic German visitor/woofer fishing off the rocks in Tryphena. Marius, who has just finished school, is also a keen fisherman and of course he has come to the right place and person to experience first hand how we fish here in New Zealand.
It wasn’t necessarily the best day for it, low tide was in the middle of the day, the wind was not favourable either but I decided that we’ll have a good chance of arresting some fish for dinner at one of my regular spots.
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.