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.
I experienced a great fishing session two weeks ago at this very spot, where I tried my best to land a kingfish but ended up (only) with a bag of trevally (see: how to catch trevally). With 14 days being half of the lunar month, the tides thus being again the way I prefer and other conditions being very promising as well, I got up for an early session last Friday. The goal was to do better than last time and – something that is always in the back of the head – to perhaps hook into a kingfish as well.
Continue reading Land-Based Fishing: Improving Your Odds With Fresh Bait
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.
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.
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.
I went to the same spot on the northern side of Medland’s Beach as last week and was in for another exciting experience fishing off the rocks. This time I was wearing shoes instead of gum boots and realized that there is a quicker way over and around the hill. I still can’t believe it but I managed to reach the fishing spot in less than 30 minutes. Perhaps I don’t want to believe it because my lungs were bursting yet again going up hill. Now, I’ve been warned to “watch the bull” when I’m on that hill, and although I recognized cow feces and obvious tracks last time, I didn’t expect that shit being literally bull shit. Well, it was around 0630 and I was half way over the hill when I spotted a bull in the distance, I took a picture of it and zoomed in later to verify the big horns.
It’s Sunday late afternoon and I’m sitting here by the fire listening to Aotea FM, the local radio station on FM 94.6. This is a good station alright, no ads, no news, only music and most of it is good stuff. The weather has been awesome the entire week and I was pretty keen to get out there on the weekend and do something. The plan was to get up early on Saturday and take the dinghy out fishing, but after knocking off work on Friday evening, I didn’t really feel like an early start anymore. Continue reading Hiking & Fishing in Tryphena
from Paul, from Lightwater England, arrived on Thursday. He had a rough sail over, the wind was gusting from southwest with speeds up to 40 knots and I wasn’t too sure if the ferry is going to leave Auckland at all. But it did and arrived here only a couple of hours later than usual. We drove up to BENIsLAND and unpacked, chatted, drank and made heaps of plans for fishing. Unfortunately, the forecasts were not that promising; more wind and gusts. Continue reading Great Barrier Island Kingfish – Rockfishing