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

Care with flares needed

The unit has continued to be very busy despite continued high winds over much of the holiday season that have not made for the best conditions for getting out on the water. A large number of the work we undertake involves responding to breakdowns of...... Read More

Dodging the Jonah tag

Auckland Anniversary weekend has been a bumper as people have enjoyed the calmer and hotter weather. I had the opportunity of spending it fishing in the Warkworth Game Fishing Club’s One Base tournament, which is held annually and based out of...... Read More

Kayaker causes major callout

In the column last month, I noted that the number of callouts for the unit had been increasing and over the past few weeks that has not let up – this will only increase as the Christmas and New Year holiday approaches. One callout in particular...... Read More

Fishing - Snapper snapping

It seems that we are never going to get respite from the relentless winds that have plagued us through spring. November has seen the snapper become prolific biters as they go through their spawning time. As they congregate in the deeper waters over the...... Read More

Coastguard in full swing

I wanted to start off this article by saying a big thank you to our previous columnist, Dale Hodson, who is moving away from the coast to take up a new job in Tauranga. Dale has been a member of the Hibiscus unit for around three years and will be sorely...... Read More

Fishing - Good news for fishers

For those of you who have been out on the water in the last month, you will have noticed some good workups around the front of Kawau Island and up towards Leigh reef. There is a lot of baitfish around and solid workups mean good snapper below, with the...... Read More

Crucial role for volunteers

Coastguard Hibiscus has spent the colder seasons training and honing our skills so we can help those in need and bring boaties in distress home. There have been a few jobs over the winter, mostly towing and jump-starts but as things go south very quickly...... Read More

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