Some big fish deserve to be the ones that get away

WE'VE heard a lot about fishing over the past few days, and heaps of folk at the Boyne Tannum HookUp have caught big ones, little ones, some as big as your head.

Others will have caught diddly squat.

And that brings to mind a fishing expedition I undertook from my old home town of Whangamata, New Zealand, some years ago.

My mate Noddy and I decided we'd go out for a day's fishing in my boat. We fuelled up, got our gear together and off we went to the boat ramp.

Dropped the boat in the water and headed off down the channel and out into the outer harbour.

The ocean around the east coast of New Zealand can be a little rough. But on this occasion the water was dead calm.

We tried a fair few fishing spots that had been reasonably successful in the past, but the fish just weren't hungry.

And then we noticed a fin a little way away from the boat. And then another, and another.

We decided it was a pod of dolphins, so we started up the motor and moseyed across to take a closer look.

Sure enough, the dolphins were there - about 10 of them - and they were dancing on and under the water.

We just set the boat motor on idle and sat back, following their antics.

We kept with them for about 20 minutes as we became enthralled with their amazing agility and playfulness.

Then, all of a sudden the pod just took off. They went deep and headed off south.

We decided that our 20 minutes of entertainment was much more fun than catching fish.

And we weren't the slightest bit concerned that we were going home empty handed.

Nature is an amazing thing.

And sea creatures are just a joy to behold - much like the striped marlin which light up under water when they are excited.

Another astounding spectacle.

As far as I'm concerned, I can see no reason to catch such beautiful fish.

Let's just leave the big ones to nature.

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