Fishing - Thinking outside the boat

I am sure for all of you boat owners it was tortuous under Levels 4 and 3 to look at the boat and not be able to use it. With the wonderful weather we were experiencing, every boatie must have been chomping at the bit wishing he could get...... Read More

Shore fishing

Under Alert Level 3, boaties will still need to keep their boat under cover for a wee while longer. But the good news is that we can now get on to the beaches and put a bait or two into the water. Reports of good snapper catches, as well as huge kingfish...... Read More

Awaiting the call

The last few weeks have seen the continuation of some great weather up here on the Coast, which has seen many people getting out on the water and a continued busy time for the Hibiscus Coastguard unit. The downside of this for those of us that rely...... Read More

Fishing - Plentiful pelagics

If it’s pelagics you are targeting, then I am sure you have done well lately. Yellowfin tuna seem to be making a comeback in our area after many years of absence and can be caught from the Mokohinau Islands area and around Great Barrier Island....... Read More

Care with flares needed

The unit has continued to be very busy despite continued high winds over much of the holiday season that have not made for the best conditions for getting out on the water. A large number of the work we undertake involves responding to breakdowns of...... Read More

Dodging the Jonah tag

Auckland Anniversary weekend has been a bumper as people have enjoyed the calmer and hotter weather. I had the opportunity of spending it fishing in the Warkworth Game Fishing Club’s One Base tournament, which is held annually and based out of...... Read More

Kayaker causes major callout

In the column last month, I noted that the number of callouts for the unit had been increasing and over the past few weeks that has not let up – this will only increase as the Christmas and New Year holiday approaches. One callout in particular...... Read More

Fishing - Snapper snapping

It seems that we are never going to get respite from the relentless winds that have plagued us through spring. November has seen the snapper become prolific biters as they go through their spawning time. As they congregate in the deeper waters over the...... Read More

Coastguard in full swing

I wanted to start off this article by saying a big thank you to our previous columnist, Dale Hodson, who is moving away from the coast to take up a new job in Tauranga. Dale has been a member of the Hibiscus unit for around three years and will be sorely...... Read More

Fishing - Good news for fishers

For those of you who have been out on the water in the last month, you will have noticed some good workups around the front of Kawau Island and up towards Leigh reef. There is a lot of baitfish around and solid workups mean good snapper below, with the...... Read More