Rockfishing Adventures On The Barrier

I had the pleasure on Friday to take a keen father and son on a rockfishing adventure. Granted, our timing could have been better, but we had a great, memorable and successful fishing day nevertheless. The team (Morlin & Benjamin) came from Auckland to the Barrier for one important purpose, fishing. As we were walking on a rocky beach toward a productive ledge, they told me that the previous two days charter fishing had not been rewarding. They were struggling to catch a feed on the first day and nothing was landed on the second day. I was astounded to hear that because my pick for the best day out of the week was the previous day (Thursday). So yeah, …

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Rockfishing – The Benefits of Berley

Wow, last time I went fishing was three months ago. Glad to back on the Barrier, and writing about another truly great day on the rocks. Monday was the day, it had to be the day, conditions were good and comfortable, I was keen, and the plan was to catch a feed and have a go at live-baiting in winter. The Spot I enjoy walking on a rocky beach, especially on a crisp but sunny winter day, and when access to the headlands of a bay is easy, it doesn’t matter if it takes 30 minutes or an hour, you just have to walk the extra mile. This is where you find a good current and deep water. Sure, you …

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Big Snapper Off The Rocks XI – The Big Surprise

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 Spot In spite of the rain we had lately, the track was still very manageable and my plan was to fish off the point. Like most of the spots I fish regularly, this too, is a low tide spot. While this spot …

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Rockfishing With My Dad – Part III

Conditions & Tide Low tide 1630, tidal flow very strong, overcast, calm sea, no wind. Sunset at 1745, and the plan was to burley hard and catch decent snapper before it got dark. In German they say “Aller guten Dinge sind drei” (Third time’s a charm), however, they also say “Einmal ist keinmal” (Once doesn’t count), so where does that leave us? I don’t know, it’s not important anyway, what needs to be highlighted though, is that Dad and I went rockfishing, for the third time, and it was almost perfect. When I got home from work yesterday, I hurried Dad, “Come on, we need to go, where are the torches, are you ready?…” “I just made tea Son”, he …

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Rockfishing With My Dad – Part II

Dad and I went rockfishing last week again. In part one of fishing with my Dad, I wrote about how to find a suitable spot, why it is paramount not to let the less-experienced angler call the shots in terms of where, when and how to go fishing and the advantages of using a circle hook rig. We went to the same spot, a 10 minute easy walk from where we parked the car. The plan was to land a feed at dusk, instead of early in the morning like last time. So yeah, in other words, a pleasure fish off the rocks. I was also hoping to drop some fish off at my mates. Conditions & Tide Extremely calm …

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Rockfishing With My Dad

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 also because I would probably not hear the end of it, if I took him fishing and we ended up empty-handed. Fishing is an awesome sport and I’ve come to notice that anyone feels like an expert and is hardly ever shy of making suggestions, theorising and making conclusive remarks based on, well, pure assumption and thin air. When it comes to taking less experienced people rockfishing I’ve learned that …

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Kingfish Off The Rocks VIII

On our last rockfishing mission, Paul and I targeted kingis on the east coast of the Island. It was a great day, there was no wind at all, the small swell was also very manageable. I was anticipating to hook into a 40 pound fish, that was the goal… Conditions & Tide Sunday, 01.03.2015, Great Barrier Island, calm sea, half a meter swell developing, hot, clear sky, variable 5 knots of wind. Low tide at 1100. We had the burley deployed and the first baits in the water by about 09ish. Catching a Kahawai – Using Two Rod & Reel Setups There used to be a time, when schools of kahawai were frantically swimming in the burley trail and picking …

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Kingfish Off The Rocks VII – Great Barrier Island

My friend Paul from the UK is here, visiting the Barrier during his annual rockfishing holiday. We’ve been going hard, walking the extra mile, buying the extra burley, getting up early and all the rest. However, we experienced extremely poor fishing too many times in the first week of his visit. We had a great session last Saturday and Sunday though, and, once again, were proven that it’s best to go fishing when the conditions are right. Conditions & Timing Saturday, 28.02.2015, Great Barrier Island, calm sea, hot, no cloud in the sky, variable 5 knots of wind. Low tide at 1000. We had the burley deployed and the first bait in the water at about 08ish. Early Morning Low …

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