Fish and Trips
I find myself thinking more and more often that this is certainly an interesting time to be alive.
Who would have thought, even 50 years ago, that the things we can do now would be possible? The technology that surrounds us can often be overwhelming to some, while others embrace and run with it to achieve even greater things.
One of the things I have been enjoying in the past few years especially is the video capabilities, both above and below the waterline.
I clearly remember the first video I saw a few years ago of a snapper eating a livebait, which had been filmed by an underwater cameraman. This changed my thinking and understanding of how snapper in particular catch and eat their prey and subsequently I changed some of my fishing methods and results.
This was not entirely new, as I can also remember as a child watching Jacques Cousteau on television. I thoroughly enjoyed those programmes as well, which, as I think about it now, most likely also had a positive impact on my love of the sea and fish life.
I have had the opportunity to go on a couple of flights up and down the country lately and on each occasion I have once again been reminded of the many different ways that we can choose our hunting, fishing and dive spots.
Of course there is the time-proven method of following others. This can sometimes work, although I have also had times where we had just stopped because it was a pleasant spot for lunch only to have multiple boats pull up all around us and start fishing. This can sometimes produce fish but is in no way one of the most reliable.
While on the plane a couple of weeks ago coming back from Dunedin, I had a bird's eye view of both the coast and the hills close by and spent most of the trip looking at all the places that are not visible from the ground.
Yes, you can still see them on a paper map, but in real view it is so much better.
The things to look for are clearings in the bush where animals might come out to feed in the early mornings or evenings. Many of these are not where you might expect them to be and are often not shown on maps.
Everyone has their own interpretation of what constitutes a great day's fishing.
I am also learning as I get older that even my own ideas have changed over the years.
There have been times in my fishing life where just catching a certain species was a major goal. Other times I have wanted to catch large fish of a particular species.
I have also been through the stages of just wanting to catch a feed of fresh fish, as long as it was of good eating quality.
At this time of the year, my fishing wants change. I tend to enjoy the places and the journeys as much as the fishing in winter around Marlborough. What I love about this time of year is the longer periods of settled weather which allow you more fishing days, especially on the weekends.
I am often intrigued by the things we remember throughout our lives.
A clear memory for me is the first snapper I ever caught.
Our family had rented a bach in Kenepuru Sound and I was under 10 years old at the time. I can remember Dad offering a special prize of 50c for anyone who caught a snapper and, me being a little bit competitive, I must have taken the challenge seriously.
The rod I used was an old split cane two-piece rod that was a gift from one of Dad's friends and the reel was just an old eggbeater type. The book that I treasured most at the time was a New Zealand classic, New Zealand Sea Anglers' Guide, by Ray Doogue.
As I recall the event, I start to realise I must have been a bit of a studier and information gatherer from way back, as I can recall reading that book from cover to cover numerous times to get all the information I could from it. Things haven't changed much.
My son and his friends have been on a few early-morning excursions lately in the hope of catching some kahawai.
Unfortunately, they have not had a lot of success, so I thought I would use this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on why not and what I would advise as the best options to try.
First, this time of year is not the best for catching kahawai around the rivermouths in Marlborough.
Although there are kahawai around, they are not in big schools as they are spring and their metabolism is slowing down for the lean winter months.
This happens with most of our local game. As I understand it, because of the lower winter temperatures, the available feed is not as plentiful or nutritious as it is in spring and early summer, so the benefits of working hard to catch a feed are poor in relation to the nutrition received.
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