Well we had our first fish of the year on New Year’s day out of Oakura, Northland.
Every year we go there for a week to spend some time with some very good friends and we had a chance meeting with a neighbour who has an 8.4 metre White Pointer boat. He was kind enough to offer us a place on the boat.
We hit the hay at 12.30 am for a 5.00 am start going out wide for Hapuka and Blue nose, and when I say out wide, I mean 120km off shore heading east to 500-metre-deep waters.
After a 3-hour trip traveling at 25 knots we arrived at our destination and proceeded to get the electric reels ready for some action. After what feels like 10 minutes the lines hit the bottom and we are on within 2 minutes, click the reels to the retrieve position and wait for ever for the lines to come up and so it goes for a few hours. Fishing 2 rods at the time to stop tangles.
Biggest fish for the day was just short of 80 pounds for the Hapuka. Let’s face it, it’s not fishing, but more like harvesting. It then took 3.5 hours to get back and 2 more hours to clean the fish.
We ended up feeding most of the bay, with lots of fish heads going to the locals and also smoking a lot of the wings as well.
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