|Our women await their hunter-warriors return. Kapiti Island in the background.|
New Zealand is surrounded by a bountiful larder in its coastal waters. So grab any chance you can to get out on the waters and spend a day fishing. Nothing more relaxing than taking a day off, heading out early, and getting horribly sunburned while everyone else is enjoying their work immensely. I mean, wouldn't you chose to go to work rather than getting all fishy smelly, and seasick, and burnt, and running the risk of getting gobbled up by sharks, or orca?
Our son and I have half shares in a 5 metre runabout. Sits on the backyard most of the time, hardly gets used because his work commitments means he is on call so much.
But now and again it's "Come on Dad. We're off tomorrow!"
|We head out early morning. Those fish will be too sleepy to realise the breakfast carries a wee surprise!|
A flock of seabirds circling around and diving into the water showed us where the fish were. They were feeding off schools of herring or mullet, and in and turn they are followed by larger fish such as kahawai. And the big kingfish will be feeding off them both. Really is exciting if you can bag a big kingfish. They can be over a metre long and that is huge! That would frighten the women...all that cleaning and gutting!I was first to haul in a kahawai. Well I managed to get it into the scoop net...it squiggled violently for one last chance of freedom, and threw the hook which flicked back past my eye!
And that's when I caught my hat!
|My second catch of the day. |
Kapiti Island is separated from the mainland by Rauoterangi Channel, part of which is now a Marine
|Our beautiful companion.|
Have you ever seen a guy hopping around a boat in joy, trying to hang on to such a monster?
|When Tim calmed down we managed to get this pic.|