Another day at the office

The last duty day I worked was a Saturday and a couple of us started at 8.15am preparing Hibiscus Rescue 1 for her day. This comprises safety checks, weather checks, gear checks and crew checks (coffee). Our skipper for the day Tom arrived and let us...... Read More

Holiday fish biting

Local fishers are catching good sizes and numbers of snapper from just about every depth in Whangaparaoa Bay and the crews that are heading out deeper in the Gulf are doing equally as well in the work ups. The place has been on fire! With the advent...... Read More

Meet the team

How often do you see those white and orange boats on the water and ask yourself, ‘I wonder what that’s all about?’ Well, here’s an insight into Coastguard Hibiscus. Our unit was formed many years ago as the Hibiscus Sea Rescue...... Read More

Giving kayak fishing a go?

Since the beginning of time, man has been fishing from canoe and small craft. In modern times kayak fishing has developed into a large part of our country’s recreational fishery. So if a sit-on kayak is under the Christmas tree for you this year,...... Read More

Finding a good spot

November typically heralds the beginning of the spawning season with warming sea temperatures, a mass influx of fish of many species with the buzz around town being about the good snapper fishing. The Hauraki Gulf is the perfect spawning ground for snapper...... Read More

Summer checklist

With Labour Day approaching, it’s the time of year again to clean out the bait bin, dust off the fishing gear and blow the cobwebs off the outboard. It’s boating season! This means it’s also time to take care of that essential pre-summer...... Read More

Gateway to good fishing

Spring has well and truly established itself around the traps. Typically we have quite a few westerlies during this part of the year and often strong. This means we can’t always get out to where we want to fish but there has been plenty of good...... Read More

Plenty of bait options

 The water temperature has dropped to about 13-14°C in the Hauraki Gulf and there has been some pretty exciting fishing in deeper water around Flat Rock and out in the middle of the Gulf, particularly the area about five miles south of Little...... Read More

Chocolate helps

The good fishing continues and it’s evident that we have a late season again. The water temperature is slowly dropping but the fish are feeding aggressively as they put on condition (a layer of fat) to see them through the cooler months. The kahawai...... Read More

How many fish in the sea?

There is a fair bit of talk around the traps lately regarding the proposed marine reserves in our area and in The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Many people don’t know that the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park covers 1.2 million hectares of sea, including...... Read More