haven't taken many trips out over the last year, so when my wife asked
if I would take a 'Hen's Do' out of course I was agreeable. The girls
had been looking forward to the trip for many months and we had had a
number of excited calls prior to the day.
The day turned out to be
not too bad weatherwise with 15-17 knot Westerlies. I could tell it was a
very casual lead up to scheduled departure time of 11 am
we eventually threw off the ropes and headed out at 1230. The girls
were very excited to be heading down the harbour on their adventure.
like to head into the weather on the way out which meant Karewa as we
were time limited and did not want to travel too far. The calm seas made
for a comfortable ride.
anchored up, the lines were dropped and the boat was alive with
anticipation. There were a few birds-nests in the reels as everyone got
the hang of how to do it. Putting on the smelly bait on the hooks caused
more hilarity. A few tarakihi came aboard amid squeals of excitement.
Even a kahawai gave his life for the occasion. The wind then turned to
30 knots west-northwest, the fish stopped biting and it was time to go
have been other casual reef fishing trips, some days the fishing has
been hard, other days everyone has caught a good feed. The catch has
mainly been snapper and tarakihi.
Roger with a snapper and blue cod
Pillay with a John Dory