Strong crew numbers for summer

The past few weeks have seen the Hibiscus Coastguard Unit become increasingly busy. Last Sunday saw a very early start for one of our crews that started with a call from our operations room the previous evening. As Hibiscus was the duty rescue vessel...... Read More

Fishing - Epic workups

November has had some great excitement as the baitfish have been plentiful in the Gulf area. From Pakiri Beach across to Great Barrier and down to Rangitoto, there have been schools of baitfish moving around. The workups that have resulted have been...... Read More

Fishing - World record-breaking kingfish

Fishers eagerly look forward to the summer each year. November brings the snapper on thick and easy, as they school up in large numbers and prepare for their annual ritual of spawning. Labour weekend saw some good snapper catches in depths of 30...... Read More

Coastguard on Skype

When I sat down to write the last article for Coastguard back in March, who would have predicted the events that have unfolded over the last six months here in NZ and across the world. The various periods of lockdown here in NZ saw just about all boaties...... Read More

Fishing - Plenty to fish for

The bluefin tuna annual run has finished and the average size of these fish has been somewhat larger than previous years. Bluefin have been landed for the first time in years from Waihi Bay, with boats fishing past Mayor Island around the 1000m mark. We...... Read More

Fishing - Mixed blessings

This last month the weather has definitely not played fair. Feedback has been scarce as there have been very few days where the wind has not blown or it hasn’t rained. Nevertheless, some of the more hardy have gone and had a fish. There...... Read More

Fishing - Snapper in the shallows

Boat anglers who have gone out fishing in the last few weeks since we have moved out of Alert Level 2 and 3, have given mixed reports of successful snapper catches. It appears that those who have reported that fishing in shallow waters in depths of 10m...... Read More

Fishing - Thinking outside the boat

I am sure for all of you boat owners it was tortuous under Levels 4 and 3 to look at the boat and not be able to use it. With the wonderful weather we were experiencing, every boatie must have been chomping at the bit wishing he could get...... Read More

Awaiting the call

The last few weeks have seen the continuation of some great weather up here on the Coast, which has seen many people getting out on the water and a continued busy time for the Hibiscus Coastguard unit. The downside of this for those of us that rely...... Read More

Fishing - Plentiful pelagics

If it’s pelagics you are targeting, then I am sure you have done well lately. Yellowfin tuna seem to be making a comeback in our area after many years of absence and can be caught from the Mokohinau Islands area and around Great Barrier Island....... Read More