I think it is time to track down my dinghy.
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Big day today doing some exploring for a scollop....resounding fail on the scollops but managed a feed of snap and gurnard just.
Cheers again @stingray.....always an adventure.
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I thought scallops were off limits around these parts at the moment. Have they opened the fishery up again?
In search of scallops!!
Out again with VC this time in search of that classic New Zealand delacasy the humble scallop.
Brief back ground is we have a closed season due to very low numbers on the sounds side of the top of the south it exstends from Nelson right through to cape Jackson so takes in all of the sounds innr and outer , both reactionary and commercial . This leaves the golden bay side open but since it was commercially harvested and with continued rec pressure they are thin on the ground also ..
With the season on what waters were open due to close next week VC devised a devious plan of one last chance attempt, so Saturday saw us hauling through to Collingwood , after a couple of pie and coffie stops we arrived at the ramp at full tide. Boat in the water and away out into the wild blue yonder , we set about gearing up the dredge . This done and VC reccomended hot spot now the parking area for 400 odd whales we were left in a delema , so using of years of combined knowledge we decided to try test spots in differnt areas and depths..
So 20 meters move 15 meters move 7 meters move 5 meters???
In one spot 15m we were towing the dredge up using the clip and float method when both floats 20 litre buoys disspaerd VC advised me that this was infact a good thing and the dredge had some weight in it......it bloody well did full to the neck with shell crap Kina and more shit than you can imagine ..it took both of us gingerly lifting enough into the boat to to dump a third of this crap out of the dredge into the boat and then out of the boat and into the tide all the while trying not to take water over the back of the boat. To say it was exciting was an understatement.!?!
We however did manage to drop a hook line on some solid marks at 30 meter, leaving this to soak we headed in shallow where again the bouys dissaperred ...this time it was starfish ...I shit you not the dredge was stuffed full of these 8 armed orange / brown little beasts again VC and I did the dance of the mad men getting the dredge empty whilst not getting the boat full. About then as we headed for another ideal scallop spot we became involved whale rescue.
We were heading up the spit when we saw another massive pod of pilot whale . I would estimate they cover about 750m - 1k of water this group 100 + were heading (at speed) straight for the mainland. What to do what to , it was decided to head over to the boats herding the whales in close to the spit and alert them to this pod and hope they could arrange help to aviod them beaching ..when we arrived we were a bit concerned about what reception we would receive ( some people being very protective of there area of response abilities ..no amateurs allowed sort of thing ) ... we aprraoched quietly and watched as the DOC boat would edge up to,the pod 6 - 10 whales and put his boat between them and the shore ..they simple swam around his boat and carried on for the shallows .. the poor bugger must have being at his wits end there were pods stranding in the shallows with people trying to shepard them out , pods out deep heading in ..whales dyeing on the beach ..it was just ........so VC and I set to on a pod with the DOC blokes advise of keep them clear of your prop etc we gave it a heave . We started with a gently gently approach of boating up the inside lead whale and trying to guide it out, with this not working and whales beaching in front and behind us ( I do not applosigise for the following , these whales were heading for death any way) we put the acid on our small pod we nosed up to the inside lead animal and with a revving motor and boat pressure turned this bod out , we never touched the whales but got right up in the lead whales face . This worked and our pod turned out. The DoC bloke seeing this worked started doing the same! Success ....no the pod we turned went 100 yards met another one coming in turned. It was hopeless so after an hour of this and the weather deteriorating ang a long run to home we pulled the pin . Headed away from the whales pulled a the hook line and headed for home ..got there to find the water gone , sat it out eating smoko and cups of tea / coffee . Then with a rising tide and evening turning to dusk we had enough water to get to the ramp. Out and heading for home.
It was a hard days fishing , epic ,heart breaking , and another memory of a lifetime. thanks again VC who's humour and skill kept me laughing and safe throughout the day. If you ever have a chance to visit this spot of NZ it is amazing ,words cannot describe the change in depth and simple mass (k & k's in both directions of 2-4 meter water), as VC said it's the perfect whale trap and is proving to be this week.
Went for a shore dive this morning at one of the southern bays in chch. Vis was okay for the first hour or so but not very fishy. Heaps of Paua around but couldn't seem to find any legal. Probably pulled about 50 and put them all back as they were a couple mm to small. Shot one good moki. Only legal fish I saw. Wind came up and got a bit rough, vis turned to crap so home I went. 3 hours in the water for 1 fish and 5 Paua.
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