Monday, April 28, 2014

Hauraki Gulf Easter Fishing 2014


Breakfast of champions - tiller in one hand, weet-bix in the other! [Go the Badgers]
Time again for a week of fishing on Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, where the wind blows, the fish bite and the beer is cold!

Waiheke

Man-o-war Bay was our first destination, with a light breeze pushing us East down Tamaki Strait. As per usual we trailed a lure behind us and as per usual (in the harbour) we caught nothing but seaweed. Then we spotted the birds working, and not for the last time as the Gulf is abundant with life at this time of year. A couple of kahawai in the fridge meant that we would be having fish for dinner. We arrived at Man-o-war Bay and found a city of launches and yachts enjoying the Easter weekend. That was Saturday - we stayed on until favourable winds on Monday, working hard to catch our dinner - with lots of under-sized fish in the catch.

Kawau Island bound

Monday we headed for Kawau Island, about 30 nautical miles from where we were, with a rising wind of 20-30 knots and a moderate sea, we put a reef in the main, and furled the headsail to a No.2 size. A fantastic sail, with a couple of monster kahawai on the way. Going at 6-7 knots we arrived in Mansion House Bay absolutely exhausted. Once relaxed I decided to take the dinghy out to the channel and drift - 3 nice snapper later...

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Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island anchorage.
We spent Tuesday and Wednesday around the island and the bay, with a day spent around Burgess Bay area.

Heading for Motutapu

Thursday dawned and we were up early, with the thought of a nice sail with a fish along the way, heading back closer to the city so we could be home Friday at a decent hour. Sailing across Kawau Bay we saw the fish finder go nuts and decided to drop sails and drift fish. As we started to catch fish we decided to drop anchor and spend the rest of the morning fishing. By 10 o'clock we had our limit of snapper, with a few travelli thrown in for good measure.


We couldn't believe the condition of these fat fish - there must be a lot of feed for them to be this healthy.
A fine sail back to Motutapu with an occasional downpour on the way we arrived in Home Bay with a bin full of fish and happy smiles.

One for the road - Rakino

Friday morning we got up at 6:30AM, had breakfast and went to our favourite spot between Rakino and Motutapu to use the last of the bait - we made sure we had plenty this year, so there was a bag of pilchards and a couple of boxes of squid left.

BOOM!

The fish were on again, and this time bigger and better, and we ended up filling the fridge with nice sized snapper - enough for Roger to take a few fillets home to Australia with him the next day.


Spider (the cat) can't believe his eyes!
We have quite a few packs of snapper in the freezer now - all good as we eat quite a bit of fish - especially on Sunday nights ;-)

The best trip yet! Cheers JohnHS.

1 comment:

mark said...

outstanding result! sounds like a brilliant trip all round - and lucky with the weather by the looks of those photos too..