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.
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.
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.
My mate Paul from England is visiting and we’ve been fishing 5 days in a row. The ‘quick fishing’ or as he calls it ‘pleasure fishing’ was as it should be on Great Barrier Island; catch a good feed of snapper and kahawai in less than an hour and pack in. We targeted kingfish twice and were successful both times. Detailed reports to follow. Enjoy the pictures of the week.
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.
Low tide was at around 6 in the morning today and I was on the rocks, with a bait in the water at about the same time. The shop was out of berley yet again and all I had to catch and attract fish was a kilo of defrosted squid. Conditions were actually great, hardly any wind, overcast and I was wearing my new polarized sunglasses. I was hoping to catch a kahawai straight away and use it as a live bait to hook a kingfish.