Overcast but fine here in Turangi this morning. The Tongariro is highly fishable and flowing at 28 cumecs. No wind as of 9:30am.
I have a bit of a Nautical theme to the report today …. I was always intrigued by the following verse …
Those that go down to the sea in ships
Who do business on great waters
They see the works of the Lord
and His wonders of the deep
I always thought that the “Wonders of the Deep” were something along the lines of a Kraken, Giant Squid or a Beautiful Mermaid, however I was out for a flick on the Tongariro on Monday with the Double Hand Spey/Switch rod and I was fishing away happily until I hooked something in the depths ….. it kind of felt really funny, gave way and next thing I was fighting the “Wonder of the Deep”. I wound in the line and to my amazement, the “Wonder of the Deep” turned out to be half a spinning rod !!! I have caught plenty of strange stuff over the years but never part of a spinning rod in the Tongariro River. Now, we all know that you are not permitted to spin fish in the Tongariro River, but as a gesture of kindness, I am offering the angler the opportunity to collect their rod and reel should they wish 😉
(Below) Neil and I had a bit of a break from the Fresh and headed for the Brine on Tuesday and Wednesday. We headed up to the Coromandel for a trip on the Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris to test out and try some gear thanks to Black Magic Tackle. It was a great day and plenty of Snapper were caught …. It is kind of ironic that I hooked one rod in the river but unfortunately another angler on the trip had a very expensive rod and reel set disappear over the side on the Snapper trip.
(Above) Neil about to board the Mussel Barge. It is a great fishing platform, nice and stable and plenty of room.
(Below) The Black Magic Tackle Snapper Snack ….. deadly on the Snapper.
(Below) Neil with a good sized snapper caught yesterday. The weight of Black Magic Nylon went up for snapper fishing compared to catching trout. Also the Black Magic Hooks were much larger for the saltwater fish than the freshwater counterparts !!