Roughly a month after our last fishing adventure (the best snapper fishing we’ve experienced so far), Sinclair and I hit another remote ledge on the Barrier. We met at 1430 and headed to the south of the Island. After about 45 min. of hiking we reached a small bay and rock-hopped for another 15 minutes to get to a ledge. The conditions were good, if not great and our timing turned out to be rather perfect. Low tide was at 1730, and we had baits in the water at about 1600. There was a small breeze, the sea calm, the sky overcast, the views outstanding and even the birds left us alone.
The full article including high-resolution photos is available for free on my fishing blog. Click on the following photo to be lined to the article.
Whether you’re a fisher(wo)man or not, I bet you’ll like this story. It is a story of two friends who went land-based fishing on Sunday, 18th Sept. 2016, it is also of a perfect day, worry-free, adventure-rich, spontaneous, the sort you don’t forget. Let’s start with the morning. A windy, cold and rainy morning it is. Are we going fishing?, is it going to stop raining?, are we going to find a decent spot?, shouldn’t I rather stay in by the fire and have an easy Sunday?, I was asking these questions to myself whilst tying fishing rigs and sorting out my backpack.
If you’re interested in the state of New Zealand’s fish stocks, you’ll find an enourmous volume of publications from government and ministry of fisheries claiming that they are on the rise, improving in quantity and quality. NZ fish and commercial fishing methods applied are up with the world’s best.
Well, I’ve lived 13 years in New Zealand and one thing every immigrant learns quickly is that New Zealand is world class in EVERYTHING. Full stop. I believe we also make some of the best mozzarella cheese worldwide.
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.
Having my dad over for a visit is great. It is his first time on beniSland and one thing I wanted to make sure of was that his first rockfishing mission on the Barrier would be a success. Partly because I want him to land and eat decent fish, but …
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/
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.