Ok its Monday guys and I have been hopeless with keeping you updated on the fishing front, lets just say the rivers ar busy and Andrew is doing his head in trying to find water for his clients. I am guiding all the rest of the week and cant get at the computer so I am sorry to report there will be no report till the weekend. I hope to have some good stories for you and some photos of happy clients , cross fingers for me. Again I am sorry but please keep reading its so nice to know when I do reports they do get looked at.

Be lucky , Andrew

Hello again, Got a little bit of time this week as you can see and you are all being spoilt with up to date info as it happens which should keep you all keen to get to Taupo and enjoy some fishing with me. The rain looks like its on the way in the next few days but should ease up by Friday which will be great for all getting away for the Easter break. This rain is just what the system needs and may bring some fish up all Taupo rivers to give you all some sport over the break.

The barometer dropped today and I had a spare hour so I snuck down the Waytoohardanuie to see if any fish were moving through as if you catch this right it can be easy fishing. I spotted alot of fish in the first 2km of river with the majority being Rainbows that were on the move, I’m not sure where the browns had gone?. I managed to pull a perfectly conditioned fish from the Cliff Pool using a tangerine glo bug weighing around 4lb and was ready to drop fully developed eggs. The last few good fish that I have landed of late have been getting the better of me as this one also caused me to get wet as it ran down river around the corner and under every bush available which she must have remembered from last year. The angling pressure was once again minimal with only one English tourist flogging a size 8 Royal Wullf which was happy to see a fisherman with a fish. I spoke with him for quite some time and advised that he may like to consider fishing a weighted fly with a nymph or glo bug but as he did’nt see that as fly fishing he stuck with his big dry fly even in the misty rain.

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Local knowledge is worth something guys especially when the angler is walking down the river with a fish on his belt ,but some people waste their holidays pursuing what they know even when they are in totally different eco environments and new methods need to be applied. I know fishing heavy bombs are no fun and glo bugs look terrible and dont resemable a fly but if thats what works in the area you’ re fishing you better start changing or you may walk away with nothing. Achieving depth and a good drift is the biggest thing, once you have worked that out it really is up to the fish to grab it but it is up to you to give it to them so they can at least see it.

That was Tuesdays news, today I guided Paddy from the UK for half the day on gods river -the Tongariro. It was raining hard when we left Taupo and things looked pretty bleak but I was excited as you never no what the rain and cold weather brings with it. I thought the braids might be worth a look and I sure wasright with Paddy getting into 4 fish in three hours nymphing a glo bug. In all the time we were out we never saw another angler its so nice to just relax and take your time in this area which you cant do in the winter. Fish were on the small size but silver and good scrappers so he was pleased.

Quite often I get asked have I ever had  a real job and I think it’s important that I start to let you know what I did before I became an over glorified fisherman. The plain answer is YES I have had  a rarther demanding job in the past and after telling most people about it they agree that I am mad. Has anyone seen the documentry that has been screened on National Geogaraphic, Worlds Dangerous Jobs and Discovery Channel called the “Tuna Cowboys” well that was me. I am a qualified Commercial Diver and have been working as  a diver doing jobs such as underwater cutting, welding, inspections and salmon farming scince I was 18. The job that I have loved the most and have the fondest memories of was living at sea for three months at a time with a small team of men catching wild Blue Fin Tuna for the Asian market. This was done in the Great Australian Bight when the Tuna at a certain time of year follow the warm currents close to the coast which allow boats and their men to capture the yearly quota. When I say they are close to the coast it still takes a week of solid motoring to get to the fishing grounds. Tuna are spotted by plane every day and the schools of fish are reported to the fishing boats which are able to follow co ordinates and locate the schools making catching them slightly easier with the help of live attracting baits. It is along story of explaining exactly how the catching is done as it takes many boats, men, divers, planes and seamanship skills to catch these and keep them alive and in good condition for the tow home.

As a diver  you are the eyes under the surface and your judgement and opinion is vital to the success of the entire trip as you can see how the fish are reacting, how fast they must be towed and how heavily you can stock the cage for the tow home. Every fish must be accounted for and strict guidelines are followed as to stick within the tonnage quota and not to come home too full or short of fish as one fish could be worth up to $5,000.

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The biggest thing the divers were responsible for is the health and safety of the catch and that means extracting sharks from the net if and when the blighters chomp their way in. Sharks are the main problem but getting them out really is a rush and are a vital part of keeping the job interesting and exciting as things can get slow at times while drifting around the ocean with men and muttorn birds. Types of sharks we had dealings with are White Pointers, Bronze Whalers, Blue Sharks,Tiger Sharks and Mako sharks which are all amazing animals that cant be trusted. Most of the diving was done with power heads as protection but even then it can be a case of who is faster and who sees who first. Most sharks were as scared of you as  you were of them and sharks such as Blues and Bronzies can be steered out of holes and set free. I can’t say the same about the cunning Mako Shark.

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The life on the high seas was great but it really is lonely and would only recommend it to a young bloke with no girlfriend, no sport and wants to earn quick good money. It actually takes time to adjust when you get back to port and you don’t stop swaying for hours upon getting back on the wharf. Everything is done very professionally and the boats are all drug and alcohol free which is also a really good thing especially for saving money. The chefs are amazing on these ships and you should not consider loosing weight out there as they really look after you all day and make sure you are kept healthy. There is so much to tell you about this job and some great videos to see but you will have to book  a day fishing with me to hear all the ins and outs of my adventures. Trout fishing is a lot safer and my parents are really pleased I have given that Shark wrangling away but if I cant’ make millions at this I may have to go back for another stint so come on take the worry off Mother and lets go Trout fishing, doesn’t have the same ring to it does it.

Have fun guys

Enjoy the pics