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 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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101 Things I Know About Rockfishing

There is quite a bit to rockfishing, and I want to find out what the most important 101 things to know are. In order to obtain a comprehensive list of practical and useful tips that will guarantee more and bigger fish at the end of your line, I collect things that have worked out for me in this article. Some of these suggestions are a result of empirical knowledge, a lot has been shared with me. Hopefully, there will be feedback from like-minded fishos and we can compile such a list together. 1. when stray lining, fish a big and a medium-sized rod simultaneously. 2. fresh bait stays better on the hook and big fish go crazy for it. 3. …

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Kingfish Off The Rocks VI – Great Barrier Island

As my friend Sinclair put it some time ago, “there is quite a bit to rockfishing”. The plan for yesterday was to target and arrest kingfish. Everything went according to plan and we experienced spectacular rockfishing action. We landed a kingi, but what we saw next was huge. 500 kg of huge and it almost took our bait. Conditions & Timing Sunday, 01.02.2015, Great Barrier Island, calm sea, cloudy, variable tail wind and very warm. Choosing the right time might not seem that straight forward but with low tide at 1230, I felt confident that there was no need to get up early. We had the burley deployed and the first bait in the water at 1020, the first kingi …

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Kingfish Off The Rocks II – Great Barrier Island

Finally, I get a chance to write in more detail about our recent land based fishing adventure. As any keen angler, I also enjoy putting friends onto the fish. At times this can prove difficult, mostly because fishing is not always the highest priority, but that is not an issue with my English bud Paul. He is an expert on catching kingfish off 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.

Big Snapper Off The Rocks X – The 20 Pounder

Sunday morning (04-11-14), 0630, Great Barrier Island, Tryphena. While the rooster is crowing, I’m putting pre-tied rigs into my fishing pack and am getting ready to head out. My plan is simple but sound. It is a calm day, slightly overcast, a northerly wind will develop later in the morning, low tide is at 0930 and while most are still in their beds, Rani – the fishing dog – and I are about to embark on a land-based fishing adventure.

Big Snapper Off The Rocks IX – Aotea

I was feeling energetic walking along the coast with the fishing pack on the back, the rods in one hand and the bucket with bait and burley in the other. It was Sunday morning, about 10 o’clock, and the plan was to arrest a few fish for dinner. I was so eager about this rockfishing mission that I even took the live-bait rod. Burley hard, catch a decent snapper and send a live bait out under a balloon before low tide at 12 o’clock. Not a bad plan… Conditions seemed great, the sky was overcast, the wind variable and the sea slight. As I was walking up and down those big boulders, telling Rani for the x-th time to either …

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Big Snapper Off The Rocks VII – Great Barrier Island

In this part of my Big Snapper Off The Rocks series, I write in detail about how I target big snapper. On this particular day, well more an adventure than just day, I got up early and by about 0700 I had the burley deployed; low tide was at 0800. The sea was moderate, no swell, but a lot of wash hitting the rocks, the winds were slight.

Big Snapper Off The Rocks VI – Great Barrier Island

I had a remarkable landbased fishing session on Easter Friday. I listened to the marine forecast, looked at the tides, climbed up a tree and had a good look at the harbour. Well, things looked quite promising and I decided to go to a spot close by for a quick snapper fish. Also decided to only take one rod and reel and to pack light, leaving most of my gear at home. Pre-tied 5 rigs and took only the bare essentials. I was keen on burleying up, but the shop didn’t have any and I decided to purchase two packets of frozen pilchards. One for casting, the other for cubing and attracting the big snapper.

Big Snapper Off The Rocks V – Great Barrier Island

The other day, my mate and I decided to go hiking and scouting for new landbased fishing spots. It was a hot day but I thought it would be a good idea to take the small rod and reel, a few pre-tied rigs and a pack of pilchard bait. Finding new fishing spots is a big part of landbased fishing, a part that is often neglected. I’m probably no different to you, once about a dozen of fishing spots have been found, I tend to fish them depending on tides, wind and other conditions. Thus, utterly neglecting the fact that finding new fishing spots can be just as exciting as landing fish.