Check out the following areal photograph. I am stoked, a high resolution and extensive picture of Tryphena and its hills from 1948. I have been searching sporadically for such a photograph, one that shows my land, for a couple of years. A link to similar photographs is provided at the bottom of this post. Turns out, I haven’t been searching properly. I hope now to find a similar picture taken from the other cardinal direction, as it would show the rest of my property.
As I’m writing, another storm is building up on Great Barrier Island, and it is convenient to use it as an excuse to spend the day inside, by the fire, avoiding all the chores that I need to take care of, and watching Rani through the window having another feast on a vast selection of cow bones. To be honest, I have been quite lazy recently and if it wasn’t for the storm, I’d find another lame excuse not to do my chores or tackle any of the projects that I have been pushing aside. Continue reading Words and Images from Great Barrier Island
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 was invited last week to take a bird’s eye view of Great Barrier Island and of my place, BENIsLAND. As some visitors and most locals know, flying to the Island can be an exciting experience. Continue reading Flying Over BENIsLAND
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?
I woke up a few minutes before my alarm was about to go off (25-03-2014; 0530), a sign of getting old and perhaps anticipation of productive fishing. It was of course still dark and it took about 30 minutes to get the morning chores done. Feeding the animals, digging a hole, packing my fishing gear and watering the gardens.
While riding down the drive way on the quad, struggling to hold the torch, the bucket and the gaff in one hand and steering with the other one, I appreciated that it was a warm morning and that it wasn’t raining.
It was still dark when I arrived at the bay I intended to fish. Walking to the headlands of it takes about 30 minutes, but the rocks were slippery, so I walked both slowly and carefully. It started raining.
I like to begin this article with a few words to fellow anglers and land based fishing enthusiasts. First of all, thanks for tuning in regularly and reading my articles on my humble fishing adventures on beautiful Great Barrier Island. I’ve learned how to fish about 8 years ago in New Zealand, mainly by reading fishing magazines, conversing with fishermen and in general trying things out, and being keen. For the regulars here on BENIsLAND, you might have noticed that I stopped using google maps to illustrate the fishing spots and you might notice that I will be even more discrete about the whole thing.
Why?, you ask. Exactly, ideally, I want share with you where I fish and how I fish and all of the rest, however, as it seems to be usually the case, some people take liberties, especially when they are on holiday, and ruin it for the rest. I’m not going to dwell on it but here are a few notes to think about, when you visit Great Barrier Island and plan to do some (extreme) fishing yourself.