You can’t beat Welly on a good day

Freddie and trev enjoy the harbour

An avid angler, I’ve always got one eye on the lookout for spots to cast my line, and recently I tried my luck in Wellington Harbour. Often overlooked in favour of the rugged coast.

It was a good day for the weather, with clear skies, and seas like glass, you just couldn’t beat it. So armed with my trusted gas station squid and burley, my dad and I set out to explore the waters on our mighty Frewza F14.

I cast my line and, patiently, waited for a bite. I didn’t have to wait long before I felt a tug on my rod and I quickly reeled in the first fish of the day, a huge kahawai. After that dad hooked one and for about an hour that was it, kahawai after kahawai. They weren’t small either.

After the lunchtime rush settled down, we went back to waiting.

At the turn of the tide, the snapper came on fast.

Freddie dined well that night

Dad caught the first one, 48cm, a decent catch by any angler’s standards. Before he could even take it off the hook something collided with my line. I managed to wrestle up a lovely 46cm snapper – only slightly smaller than dads. I cast my line again, thrilled to reel some more large kahawai. The fish were devouring our hooks and we were in for a good day of fishing.

As I continued to fish, I was surprised by the variety of fish. Along with the snapper I also caught a 50cm trevally. Known for its fighting spirit and delicious taste it put up a good fight, but with patience and skill, I managed to reel it in. I also caught some gurnard, perfect for fish n’ chips.

These powerful fish put up a thrilling fight, and I had my hands full as I reeled them in one after the other. It was an experience that left me in awe of Wellington Harbour, and the abundance of fish species that it has to offer. As I packed up my gear and headed home, I couldn’t help but reflect on the incredible fishing trip I’d just experienced.

So, if you’re looking for a new fishing destination, don’t overlook the harbour. You just can’t beat Welly on a good day.

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