Best Snapper Fishing


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. Take only the bare necessities, one rod, one reel, a handful of pre-tied rigs, one camera, one …

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Land-Based Fishing


About a week ago I took Chris and his sons Max and Alex on a landbased fishing trip. We met up in Tryphena and headed to a fishing spot on the south-western part of the Island. Our plan was to walk around the coast to the headlands of a small bay and fish a few hours before and after low tide. The boys were fit and fast on the rocks, and we arrived on a ledge, looking toward the Coromandel Peninsular two hours before the low tide. Conditions & Tide The conditions were good, a cool, pleasant, northerly breeze, calm waters and we had the first bait in the water two hours before the low tide. The burley was deploying …

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Action Packed Rock Fishing Trip


I received a query from Jason about two weeks ago via this website. He asked whether I could take him and three other family members on a land based fishing trip over Easter. His email ended with: “We are all fairly inexperienced fishermen but all fit and ok to hike in anywhere. We have transport.” I replied yes. We stayed in email contact and Jason confirmed that Saturday would be the day, and that one of the fishermen will be 10 years old. Conditions & Tide The forecast was variable 10 knots, fine spells with a retreating 2 m swell on the east coast. The tide was also not in our favour, with high at about 1030. I saw two …

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Great Barrier Island Kingfish 2016 – Part 2


Third Attempt Third times a charm, that’s what they say and that’s how it shall be done. While I was at work, Paul and Connor went rockfishing for kingfish at a rather easy spot. The conditions were such that the East Coast spots were not safe to fish and since we had a couple of long hikes under our belt, Dad and Son thought it would be best to have a good, but easier go at catching kingfish off the rocks. He was right. I had just arrived home after a rather frustrating day of helping youth with formal education. My plan was to open a beer and go for a walk with Rani in the bush. It was about …

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Great Barrier Island Kingfish 2016 – Part 1


Landbased fishing for kingfish is best during February and March. For over a decade, I have watched his majesty being targeted, hooked and landed off the rocks. The first kingfish I saw was protruding from a large hiking pack at Port Jackson in the Coromandel. I stopped to have a chat with the chap who landed that monster of a fish. His name was Paul (the angler’s that is)… We became top friends and meet once a year during his extensive New Zealand Rockfishing Holiday. This year, he arrived earlier than usual and brought his son Connor. We had 11 days on the Barrier, this was Connor’s first time to New Zealand, and our plan was to catch kingfish, talk …

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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

18 lbs snapper off the rocks

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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