Fishy Stories

Part 5

Snapping a catch

If you are old enough, you will remember how easy it was to catch a bag full of whiting & dabs. I remember heading for the Gorleston quayside one evening in October 1958 It was packed with anglers who although they were landing fish, seemed to be having a frustrating time casting over each others lines, and on retrieval, sorting out who’s fish was on who’s hook! I made my way towards the little Beach behind the Breakwater. Not a soul in sight! I baited three hooks cast out, and immediately landed three good Whiting. I fished for one hour, filling my bag with Dabs & Whiting, I guess there were fish everywhere that night.

Those days have long passed into myth. It is still possible to get a good feed of fish in New Zealand, but even so. Things ain’t wot they used to be! Over here in Queensland there is still good beach fishing in the more isolated parts of the state. For example, Fraser Island attracts hundreds of anglers complete with tents, four-wheel drive vehicles, rods, and an ample supply of Pilchards to catch the Tailor, beyond the trough’s of the waves during the season when these fish are running. When we retired to Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand in 1984, my wife and I purchased a Fi.Glass fishing boat and had some great times fishing down in the Marlborough Sounds.

Marlebrough Sounds

Heading Through the Mountains for a Days Fishing

Another venue, was Cable Bay. (The site of the first telephone cable to New Zealand from Australia.)

Marlebrough Sounds

I have attached a photo of a Dolphin, one of a pod playing around my boat, whilst fishing in cable bay. Our favourite fish were the Snapper, excellent eating and good fighting fish.

Marlebrough Sounds


One other point of interest. Last year they passed a law in New South Wales, whereby one has to have a license to fish in the sea. Failure to do so incurs a heavy fine. This applies to boat fishing as well as shore fishing. Here a technicality develops not yet put to the test. Over the border here in Queensland this law does not apply. So technically if you are fishing on Snapper Rocks in Queensland, and you hook a large fish, and it swims a few metres south over the border, you are fishing in N.S.W. without a license. I guess you would have to make sure you landed it in Queensland If this happened in the U.K. I think it would start a revolution!
So remember my piscatorial friends.  Always keep a tight line!

Arthur. E. Bensley




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