Looking for fish with eyes on the sky

The water temperature has dropped to about 13-14°C in the Gulf and there has been some pretty awesome fishing in deeper water. Flat Rock and Nelson’s rock off the back of Kawau have been fishing reliably with a good average size of around 40cm. Out...... Read More

Cool changes

The cold weather has reached our shores and with it comes a change in fishing. The water has cooled down causing the fish to go into ‘power saving mode’. Feeding is a battle of risk versus reward. Much like us, fish feel the effects of the...... Read More

Fish are biting

Although the weather over the past few weeks has not been the kindest, the fishing has been red hot. We have certainly felt the drop in temperature and it looks like the fish have too. This cold southerly we have had recently is exactly what fishers...... Read More

Sinking feeling

Over a weekend at Matauri Bay, while taking a walk up to the monument commemorating the Rainbow Warrior, we noticed a boat being launched and took some photos. What we did not expect was what quickly followed. The chap had no help except for the driver...... Read More

Recruits needed

Coastguard Hibiscus attended 60 jobs over the December to February period with 155 people assisted and 566 crew-hours on the two Coastguard rescue vessels. We assisted with jump starts, tows, medical events and coffee stops but all our customers made...... Read More

Wind and tide

We’ve had some windy conditions to deal with and with water temperatures up for the time of year we may have to endure even more. On the plus side though, Whangaparaoa Bay is full of bait schools along with kahawai tearing through them with the...... Read More

Storm brings opportunities

Local fishers have been hampered by the conditions lately, partly due to warmer than normal sea temperatures as I mentioned last month, and we are all hoping for a calm Easter. Salt water fish species generally don’t like the lower salinity after...... Read More

Training aids real life rescue

It’s been a busy summer for Coastguard Hibiscus, many sunny and eventful days on the water. Silverdale fire brigade conducted a training exercise that some of our team were involved with, back in December. This involved rappelling an injured person...... Read More

Kaipara cricketers on front foot

Moderate Blogs Kaipara Flats cricketers head into 2018 with a bounce in their step knowing all three major Northland club trophies could be in the clubhouse at the end of the season. After winning the Dargaville Shield 40-over competition, Kaipara...... Read More

Summertime, and the fishing is easy

The sea temperature is unusually warm this season, in fact over five degrees warmer than normal on the west coast. The Hauraki Gulf too is pretty warm and local sea temperatures are around 22°C. The influx of snapper, kingfish, sharks and other species...... Read More