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.
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?
Over the years I have received plenty positive feedback from enthusiastic land-based anglers in regards to my blog articles about fishing on Great Barrier Island. Thanks for that! I am always glad to get feedback and don’t only reply to all messages, but try my best to assist those who are about to making their way to Aotea by answering questions and providing suggestions. In this article, I like to write about something that has been on my mind for a while. Namely, where the best land-based fishing spots are on Great Barrier Island. Continue reading Great Barrier Island – The Best Fishing Spots→
I was feeling energetic walking along the coast with the fishing pack on the back, the rods in one hand and the bucket with bait and burley in the other. It was Sunday morning, about 10 o’clock, and the
plan was to arrest a few fish for dinner. I was so eager about this rockfishing mission that I even took the live-bait rod. The plan was to burley hard, catch a decent snapper and send a live bait out under a balloon before low tide at 12 o’clock.
Conditions seemed great, the sky was overcast, the wind variable and the sea slight. As I was walking up and down those big boulders, telling Rani for the x-th time to either go ahead or behind me, I was thinking of the last times I fished this spot. Mateo and I hooked into big snapper effortlessly, and I was wondering what this day might bring.
Some years ago I read in a fishing magazine that winter is the best time to sort out and maintain your fishing gear. The rationale being to get things serviced during the quiet months and be prepared for the next fishing season. If you live in (sub) tropical areas, you might just as well disregard this advice. Winter fishing off the rocks cannot only be highly productive, it is also a preferred time of the year – as highlighted in the following – to get out there and catch a feed.
Smoking fish is a great way to cook and preserve fish. Especially when you have caught more than just a feed and don’t like (or just can’t) freezing down fish, smoking is the way to go. Check out my ‘Do It Yourself’, straightforward smoker.
A successful fishing mission usually starts out with a solid plan, and while I was waiting for Mateo and watching the sun rise over Medland’s Beach on a beautiful morning on Great Barrier Island I anticipated that we were in for a treat today. Mateo had contacted me through BENIsLAND a few days earlier and since he seemed very keen (about fishing) and was heading to the Barrier, we arranged to hook up and go for a serious fish off the rocks.
In my youth, I aspired to be great at table tennis, arguably the sport they play in heaven, but ultimately, I spent heaps of time in gymnasiums and only thought about my choice of sport more consciously, years after playing actively, when a flatmate asked why anyone would want to spend a lot of time in a closed, unnatural environment and chase a ball with a racket. Duuh, it’s the sport they play in heaven, do I need say anything more?
Imagine, however, mixing some of the things you enjoy most (nature, fresh air, the sea, walking, fresh food), spicing them up with adventure, excitement, and if you like, danger, the unknown factor, physical activity and, wait for it, yes, to make it a sport, discipline.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the remainder of what was (and actually still seems to be) a superb summer. We’re having marvellous conditions here on Great Barrier Island, the fish are on the bite, especially early in the mornings, and what better way exists than targeting them from the land?