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Enjoyment for all if you follow rules

MARK WATSON
Last updated 14:36 27/04/2012

Well, I got the chance to redeem myself at the weekend, after missing out on the kingfish the week before, and fortunately, I did.

With the big king tides occurring with the full moon, our plan was thwarted a bit, as we wouldn't have been able to launch the boat because the tide goes out too far and there is no water on the ramp.

So a new plan was hatched  launch at night and stay on the boat. It worked a treat.

We left the harbour at 4.45am and headed for the fishing grounds.

I was the first to drop a jig and within 10 minutes had the first hookup, a nice kingfish of about 18 kilograms. We released it and continued fishing.

It was a while before we came across any more, but I did manage to land and release two more for the day, the biggest about 22kg, so some good fish were around.

While not directly concerning fishing, it is part of it, so I would like to share some views on boat etiquette.

When fishing the areas that are well known for fish such as kingfish, it is an unwritten rule that you always give way to the boat that is on the drift, meaning that even if they hook up, you should start your drift upcurrent of them  a bit like whitebaiting.

It can be tempting to rush in and join the action, but before you do, think about how you would feel if the roles were reversed.

This also applies at the boat ramp. If ever you need some light entertainment on a sunny afternoon, grab an icecream and sit at a boat ramp. It can be very amusing at times.

You know the ones, like where a husband is abusing his wife for not holding his boat after he raced down the ramp and jammed on the brakes, sending the boat flying off.

It's a laugh a minute, although maybe not for the wife.

But the unwritten rules here are the same as on the water: first in, first served. In saying that, please get ready before you enter the ramp.

I have seen boaties wait 10 minutes in line to back down the ramp and take 15 minutes to load the boat from the car, untie the covers and so on. This should have been done while waiting in line.

It is no wonder people behind you get frustrated and sometimes share their thoughts with you.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I never tire of being out on the water in this fantastic resource we have called the Sounds.
Some of the scenery is just breathtaking and to watch the bird and fish life in action is awesome.

It does, however, require you to do your part. You actually have to take notice. These things don't just jump up and stare you in the face.
It takes a conscious effort to notice and enjoy.

Start thinking about why the birds do what they do. The same with fish. Even the water. Why do eddies occur just here and not there?

This approach adds a new dimension to being there and engages you more.

It helps you look after the environment, as you can see the need for balance and care.

Until next week, good fishing.

- The Marlborough Express

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Tom   #1   09:46 am Apr 30 2012

some pics would make the story even better :-), hope next time

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