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Camping and Fishing Adventure – Great Barrier Island

When Ralph, a friend who was born and raised on Great Barrier Island but whom I had met in Auckland, told me that he was coming to the Island and that he’d be keen to go for a fish, I was quite excited to meeting him again after about 3-4 years. We saw each other in Tryphena and I very much liked his plan to camp on the beach where he grew up and go for a land-based fish early the next morning targeting kingfish.

We met more or less at the end of the road and hiked into XXX Bay fully laden with rods, reels, bait, burley, beer, food, sleeping bag, dog, etc. It was already dark by the time we arrived, the beach was secluded, we had a few drinks, sharing stories and since it was quite warm, spent the night under stars. I realized that Ralph used to come to this beach for kai (food) all the time, it was a 30 minute walk from his home, there were fruit trees along the way for a snack, plenty streams for fresh water and the Bay had it all. Exciting stuff on the beach to find and bring home and yummy food in the water to dive or fish for. Arguably the best playground for anybody.

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Land-Based Fishing: Targeting Trevally

Very good eating and hard fighting fish.
Very good eating and hard fighting fish.

The trevally is a very popular edible fish, it is a strong swimmer and can be shy to take a bait, rendering it as a challenging fish to catch. In this article I will provide detailed information on how to increase the odds of landing trevally from the bricks.

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Kingfish Off The Rocks Part II

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.

Don't use all your energy up landing a kingfish from the rocks, you'll still have to carry it back to the car...
Don’t use all your energy up landing a kingfish from the rocks, you’ll still have to carry it back to the car…

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