Fishing - End of the winter gloom

What a run of unfishable weather we have had to endure over the winter months. Spring has finally arrived and the change of season will be very welcome. However, with the advent of the Rugby World Cup, I imagine a lot of anglers will be fishing from their...... Read More

Fishing - Tasty fun

For those of you who religiously pack away your boat and gear for the winter each year, why not try your hand at squid fishing? Those of you who do catch them will all agree that they are super tasty and great fun to catch. The nice thing about squid...... Read More

Terrific tuna

Southern bluefin tuna are currently being targeted off East Cape. This annual run is known as the Waihau Bay Bluefin Tuna Run. This year, for the first time, a catch limit has been imposed on recreational anglers. This is set at one fish per angler,...... Read More

Into the unknown

Autumn has brought some mixed results in from anglers. Some have had real patchy days getting a feed and others have had the occasional good day out on the water when everything works. Some have tried shooting over to Little Barrier to try to get a better...... Read More

Better days ahead

For those who were lucky enough to get 10 days off over Easter and Anzac Day, I trust you enjoyed the break. Unfortunately, the weather did not play the game this time. Fishing was definitely not the sport of the week. However, there were some reports...... Read More

The one that got away

Wow, with the nice calm weather I was blessed to have got out for a fish last week. We trolled up from Whangarei and within an hour or two, just off Ocean Beach, we had a strike. After a short fight, the striped marlin was at the boat. When the fish...... Read More

Successful search

All day, every day Coastguard volunteers around the region are on call to assist boaties who need a bit of help. Although weekends and evenings are the busiest times, there are quite often incidents during working hours where we are tasked to respond....... Read More

Great summer catches

What great weather we are having this summer. Even better has been the fishing over the summer holidays. Normally the fishing gets tough while holiday-makers are swarming over our local waters. But not this year. Many who did go fishing can attest to...... Read More

Hibiscus 1 to the rescue

January 3 turned into a 15 hour day (about twice as long as usual), which included a rescue, a Mayday and a couple of other interesting challenges. We started the shift with a pager call at 7.15am to assist a launch with mechanical problems anchored...... Read More

Smooth operators

The Coastguard Hibiscus crew meet many fantastic people while on the job; we swap photos, stories and experiences while helping them get home safely. On Saturday, October 6 we were tasked to a location northwest of Moturekareka Island to a very nice...... Read More