21.02.2010 - 22.02.2010 24 °C
After a tasty continental breakfast we walked to the wharf where we got the Blue Pacific fishing boat for a half day’s snapper fishing. There were two others on the boat with the three of us; one chap was from Fleet, Hampshire – only 16 miles from Basingstoke (what a coincidence!). The boat took us far out into the bay where stopped and caste off. We used small fish for bait, like sardines which were hooked and weighted. It was fantastic weather – a clear blue sky and about 25 degrees. It didn’t take long before we started catching some – but they were not great sizes so we threw them back. After about half an hour I caught a fairly big one (about 10 lbs), one of the men caught a whopper (18 lbs) and all except Thomas landed large ones; we had a catch of twelve big ones between us. Thomas was looking into the water pulling in a small one when he dropped his glasses in the water and couldn’t retrieve them; we joked that the next one he’d catch would be wearing his glasses. Before going back to the harbour we had photos taken with our largest catch. Thomas has his photo with one of the bait fish wearing sunglasses! Back at the harbour the crew filleted and prepared the catch for us, which we took to a restaurant near our B&B and asked them to cook it for us. The cook there did a platter of the fish cooked in three different ways, which we had with chips and salad – a lovely meal. We even had some left over to give to our hosts at the B&B. Bloated after our meal we drove and took the ferry across to Russell, an old colonial town which was the first capital of N. Zealand and had an energetic walk along the beach and up to the historic flagstaff from which there was a fantastic panoramic view. ‘Came back to the B&B and after a few glasses of wine had an early night.