BRRRR: Floundering in the Catlins...looks cold.
BRRRR: Floundering in the Catlins...looks cold.

Calm seas for fishing but rain might arrive

WELCOME to 2015 folks. This year is going to be a cracker!

I have no doubt that many managed to get out over the festive season, with some landing the fish of their dreams and others just lapping up what this awesome region has to offer.

I ended up across the ditch in a little town called Pounawea which is below Dunedin in the Catlins region.

This place is normally pretty wild with the weather and the wildlife but on this occasion it was 30 degrees most of the time and the sea lions and New Zealand fur seals had basically wiped the place out of nearly all aquatic life from sea run brown trout through to flounders.

Something which we all think is quite nice to see, these big lumps of lard, but they are ferocious eaters and can be quite intimidating.

How nice it was to get back here, and see that this doesn't happen in our system.

Lucky for us we were given a bag of blue cod fillets, and also 500gms of white bait.

For all you Kiwis out there, I bet you are licking your lips. All I can say is yum.

I also took the opportunity to check out the latest Wild Adventure DVDs of Johnny Mitchell, as someone was so thoughtful and made the package into a Chrissy present.

If you haven't seen this region up on the big telly, then you need to do yourself a favour and check them out.

This lad has been extremely busy, and for those who would like some hints on fishing the southern barrier reef, or catching a spanish mackerel, or maybe mud crabbing, the series has it all.

With Australia Day looming young Trent Hall looks a total picture holding up an absolute "cracker jack" as he labelled it on Facebook.

Measuring 550mm long this fella inhaled a big live mullet and because Trent was by himself, managing the fish and the camera to take a selfie as good as that is excellent work. Well done Trent.

This weekend looks as though the wind and sea could drop right out but the downside is the rain might be hanging around.

If there are storms about, and you are out on the water make sure you keep an eye on them, and have a plan of how you are going to handle it, should you be caught up in one.

The winds can reach up over 50 knots, and you need to know what to do, and be aware of where you are in relation to other structures around you.

Sometimes it's best to be out in the open, away from everything, and just idling with the bow into the wind, or if you are at anchor lengthen your chain another few metres, and have your motor running.

Normally they will last 15-20 minutes maybe but they will pass.

I have been caught in a couple and when you are coming in North Entrance they can be quite frightening.

Don't forget to become a member, if you aren't already, of VMR Gladstone, and let them know where you are going, and when you will be back as you never know when you are going to need them.

Also it's not the boat which is a member; it's you.

The 2015 20th Boyne Tannum HookUp has its discounted entry tickets available til the end of the month, and there are some good savings to be made.

These guys, and gals, have 10 boats on offer this year, and way over $300,000 in prizes and money up for grabs.

Being part of the initial 15 or 16 years of this wonderful event, I only have praise for those who have helped its longevity, as there are not too many fishing events which can still boast 20 years!

If you'd like to know more visit their website at

Finally for those looking for a feed of summer whiting Collo has been fishing very well along with Facing Island and South End.

Turkey Beach and up through the systems which feed that have been doing well with mangrove jack and this weekend being the last bit of the lunar phase could be very good out the front.

We might even see you out there.

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