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 fishing is certainly going well for me lately. My mate Gary and his partner Nadia came to the Barrier for a weeks visit, and unfortunately the weather has been quite bad on the Tryphena side. We’ve been to the hot pools on Thursday, yesterday we hung out a bit on Benisland and the plan for today was to catch a few fish off the rocks.
It is Sunday afternoon, the sun is shining and everything is calm and quiet out there. The weather has been really good this weekend, we had beautiful winter days. I like these cold and crisp mornings, when the air ‘smells’ cleaner than usual and when you know the sun is going to shine all day. I was busy yesterday doing f*** all, getting a bit of fire wood sorted and taking an extensive bath outside for most of the day and parts of the evening.
When it comes to fishing, you just can’t top rockfishing or as some people say LBG (land-based-game fishing). I’m going to stick with the term rockfishing as LBG implies that you do a bit more than simply casting out a piece of dead bait from the rocks and hoping to catch the big one. We had rough seas and gusting south-westerlies all week and I was eager to go for a fish. Continue reading Big Snapper Off The Rocks
I just got the fire going inside, it is warm and cozy and soon I’ll be cooking dinner. The weather gods have been mild lately, for the last 10 or so days, there was no significant wind around my place, hardly any rain… Yeah, really enjoyable I have to say. The forecast was good for this weekend, too, and I was eager to go out there and do things. I went for a fish off the rocks yesterday in Schooner Bay. Continue reading (Barely) Caught a Feed
Sebi and Jani, friends living in Germany I met in New Zealand about 5 years ago, contacted me a few months ago and told me they were coming on holiday to New Zealand and were quite keen to come and visit me here on Great Barrier Island. So, we kind of got a plan together, they would arrive here via ferry and stay for 4 nights before leaving via plane to Auckland and then to the South Island. At the moment, they are in the Motueka region, hiking in the Abel Tasman National Park. After that, they are going to Queenstown/Glenorchy where they’ll be doing the Routeburn Track followed by the Caples Track. Continue reading Friends from Germany
We had a good fishing session on Saturday, we is Gary, Chris and myself. They arrived in Tryphena on Thursday and sailed up the west coast the next morning after having a couple of quiet but still celebratory beers on the beach. They spent a night in Blind Bay and sailed into Whagaparapara harbor on Saturday morning,enjoying a hike into the hills. They didn’t provide any pictures but mentioned how unspoilt and beautiful everything was, and that they were keen on some seafood but only caught undersized snapper. Continue reading Rockfishing in Tryphena Harbor
We had another long weekend, Monday being a national holiday (Waitangi Day), and it was overcast with strong easterly winds all weekend. On Sunday I felt like going for a fish but we are having high tides in the mornings and late afternoons at the moment. I prefer an outgoing tide early in the morning and most spots I have fished from the rocks over here are not (easily) accessible on foot and around the high tide mark. The east coast was out of the question due to a meter and a half swell and strong easterly winds, it seemed quiet on the Tryphena side however. Continue reading Rockfishing in Tryphena
It is almost noon on a mainly sunny and calm Sunday and it is so quiet. BENIsLAND is very private and you won’t hear any noise in the mornings or at night. During the day there is the odd chainsaw, or a bike or quad on the tracks, planes flying to and from the main land, sometimes I hear one of my neighbors dogs. But that’s pretty much it. What you hear here predominantly is the wind blowing through the pine and ti-trees, the old tui singing its songs, the hissing sound of the wood pigeons when they are flying, the screaming of the kakas (a New Zealand parrot) that live in gangs in the pine trees. They seem to be quite feisty and have regularly fly-by-screamings. They fly in a group of 4-5 (the gang) and expel other kakas that came into their territories. I encounter them up close on the quad, coming up the driveway, when they fly effortlessly right above your head into dense bush. Oh yeah, lest I forget, the funny bird – don’t know what it looks like, but think it is one of those flightless ones – that whistles like a person. The whistling is a bit irritating at first, and you think someone is there… Continue reading Snapper Alarm