Deep Sea Fishing with the Marshalls

Ghost Diver

Ghost Diver

Rowan Marshall, aka Speedy had a birthday party several weeks ago that I attended.  On this trip I went out on the Marshall family boat and enjoy a day of fishing.  A few weeks later I received a call saying that Speedy was planning an overnight deep sea fishing trip to the Alderman Islands off the coast of Whangamata.

I was super excited, I had never been deep sea fishing before.  I probably should have went out while I was in San Diego, but never had the opportunity, or willingness to spend the money.  The plan was to head to Whangamata on Friday, sleep on the boat in the marina that night, get up early and head out.

Myself and 4 other friends arrived at 9 pm Friday evening and loaded up the boat with our stuff.  We all had rooms and beds and crashed out, excited about what was to come.  The next morning we checked the surf, which was flat, and pulled up anchor to headed out.

The Cabin

The Cabin

Cabin

Cabin

Boat Bathroom

Boat Bathroom

Boat Kitchen

Boat Kitchen

Speedy and Pete finding the fish using technology

Speedy and Pete Marshall finding the fish using technology

Captains

Captains

We headed right for a fishing spot and dropped our lines in.  We all had luck and caught fish.

Cliffs and Caves

Cliffs and Caves

After the morning fish the wind really started to pick up, and we headed over to Slipper Island where Speedy’s dad, Captain Pete has a mooring.  It was in perfect position on the island to shelter us from the wind.  Once in place we went for a snorkel.  I took out my camera in the water housing and went for a dive.  A few of the guys went cray and paua hunting.  Speedy caught his first legal sized crayfish, and I got some amazing pictures.

Speedy Diving for Crayfish

Speedy Diving for Crayfish

Matty Snorkeling

Matty Snorkeling

Sting Ray

Sting Ray

Sting Ray

Sting Ray

Speedy with Crayfish

Speedy with Crayfish

Speedy with his catch

Speedy with his catch

The water was filled with a weird jelly like substance, which was later explained to me by Pete to be plankton.  There where also many jelly fish floating around, and at one point the boat was surrounded by them.

Jelly Fish Surrounding Boat

Jelly Fish Surrounding Boat

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish


That night we feasted on fresh caught fish, paua, crayfish and beer.  We spent the rest of the evening getting drunk on a boat, the only thing one can do in that situation.

Filleting Fish and Drinking

Filleting Fish and Drinking

Boys Filleting Our Catch

Boys Filleting Our Catch

Pete Grilling

Pete Grilling

Red Snapper and Paua

Red Snapper and Paua

Split Crayfish Ready for the Grill

Split Crayfish Ready for the Grill

View in the evening from the mooring near Slipper Island

View in the evening from the mooring near Slipper Island

In the morning I went for a hangover breaking dip off the bow and we cooked up a sausage and egg breakfast.  We detached from the mooring and headed for the Alderman Islands. These islands are visible from the coast but are a distance to reach.  They are a very unique look island chain, marked by jagged cliff faces, rock spires jutting up from the ocean surface and rock caves.  They almost look like they belong in Thailand, not New Zealand.

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

On the way, we checked a few deep water spots, and did some trolling for school fish.  Its a cool process, we put out several lines and used the large outriggers on the boat to spread the lines out.  We used squid like jigs that dance just below the surface of the water and criss-crossed our path on the surface to find the school fish.  One person sits in back of the boat looking for a breaching fish, or the zip sound of a line, then yelling “strike!” once a fish is hooked.  Usually when you get one, you get several, and we pulled in three Bonito.

Bonito

Bonito

We tried a little deep sea fishing with no luck, and decided to head to a small bay in the Aldermans for a snorkel and lunch.

The water was very clear and warm in the bay and we ended up spending several hours snorkeling and cliff jumping.  I got some great underwater pics…..this was all getting a little surreal at this point.

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

Alderman Islands

This is the small bay we anchored in for lunch and snorkeling in the Alderman Islands

This is the small bay we anchored in for lunch and snorkeling in the Alderman Islands

Mark Cliff Jump

Mark Cliff Jump

Black Angel Fish

Black Angel Fish

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

Sandagers Wrasse Fish

Sandagers Wrasse Fish and Leather Jacket Fish

Sandagers Wrasse

Sandagers Wrasse

Sandagers Wrasse

Sandagers Wrasse

Sandagers Wrasse

Sandagers Wrasse

Tarakhi Fish

Tarakhi Fish

We headed to one more fishing spot in the Aldermans and caught a few snapper and tarakhi fish, then headed home.

Matty P and Mike Fishing

Matty P and Mike Fishing

Big Fish and Blue Water

Big Fish and Blue Water

Pete Filleting on the way back to the mainland.

Pete Filleting on the way back to the mainland.

The next night we ate a massive fish and chips dinner with our catch.  I’m not sure how I am going to top this, it was amazing.

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3 responses to “Deep Sea Fishing with the Marshalls

  1. These may be your most beautiful pix. Ah-mazing adventure.

  2. ahhH!!! i am so jealous!

  3. Rowan Marshall

    wheres the naked snorkling pics phill.aha classic

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