In fishing, the only constant is the desire to buy more fishing gear. Everything else is transient. Changing seasons change fish behaviour. The cold winter months and cool water temperatures shut down many of the angling opportunities available in summer. But winter also opens a few windows of opportunity. For me, winter means one thing. Rock fishing for blackfish.
The North Island of New Zealand is renowned for big kingfish and we were flying from Australia to test that reputation. With three days of solid fishing booked, we couldn’t wait for the chance to tangle with these hard fighting hoodlums of the deep.
We set out on a bushwalk to explore the upper reaches of Middle Harbour. The plan was simple – access secluded sections of water on foot, throw a few lures about, and see if anything happens.