We've all heard about that big fish that didn't make it
to the boat. Well, sometimes it's true.
A group of us recently ventured out in the Bay of
Island's with Eddie Brooks Blue Sea Charters, on one of
those halcyon days when rainfall worries are pushed to
the back of your mind.
There were six aboard 'Skipper Jim' out of Paihia and 40
minutes out boat skipper Andrew McKinnon put us on a
Kaipara-based fishermen, Gary 'Gravy' Greaves and Andrew
Kenny were armed with their own rods and were soon over
the side, with Andrew K soon hauling in a good sized
snapper. Then my rod assumed a boomerang shape and the
tussle was on.
'Shark' I thought at first, but the crew reckoned it was
a big kingi. Probably right as each time it neared the
surface it went away again, until it found the anchor
rope after about 15minutes of fun. Typical kingi trick.
End end of story.
it was a huge day out and a weary party that re-docked
in Pahia with a good feed of snapper to share and take
home - obligingly filleted to order on board.
evening, fellow writer, Adrian Blackburn and I checked
out the town. Tourist with a capital T pretty much sums
it up, but with a good kiwi flavour too. Restaurants for
all tastes and budgets, and friendly boutique bars here
and there. A good place for a holiday off the farm with
tons to do and still stay close to home.
the west coast of Northland there have been some bumper
snapper catches and down in the Kaipara, the King of the
Kaipara contest out of Kelly's Bay attracted record
entries last month. At weigh-in time, the fish caught
testified to the wide variety that can be caught on any
one day in this huge harbour. Trevally, kingfish,
gurnard, snapper and kahawai were there aplenty.
Deckie Fabian, Gravy, Andrew Kenny
and boat skipper Andrew McKinnon deal to the first of
many fish from the chilly-bin of the Bay of Island's