The flounder have been running straight into our net over the past few days or so it seems; 13 one day, 17 the next and 22 yesterday, plenty to fill all our freezers as well as lots of fish for dinner each night. We have been filleting the flounder so that they fit into the freezer better which is a bit of a fiddly job, but with a little practice and a very good sharp filleting knife, I have the process down to a fine art. Now the freezer is fairly full, we are hoping that today’s haul may bring a few snapper as the net has been set out further along the bay at a place where a local told us is where we are likely to catch a few snapper. Fingers crossed that it proves correct.

20140408-113618.jpgJim, Bernice and Pat filleting the fish

Over the weekend there was a fishing competition on at the Kaiaua Boat club, which provided us with lots of entertainment. We had front row seats to watch the launching and retrieving of boats and the varying methods employed. The car park was full of boats and trailers throughout the weekend

There was a Motorhome launching a boat, they were obviously well versed with launching and retrieving with their Motorhome, whereas there were others who with their front wheel drive cars who had a lot of trouble gaining traction.


One person got their car and their trailer bogged down and had to unhitched their car so that a ute could hook up and retrieve the boat. It also took some time for the car to inch it’s way up the ramp, with much wheel spinning, smoke flying, car fish-tailing and screeching of tyres, the car eventually made it to the top of the ramp. I bet they needed new set of front tyres though.


Another fisherman left it a little late to retrieve their boat from the tide with the boat and trailer sinking into the mud, the winch rope breaking under the strain of trying to pull the stern of the boat out of the mud. This resulted in the boat slipping back down the trailer into the mud, sinking deeper, with the mud almost sucking the boat into its grasp. It took the owner over an hour to free the boat and finally get it onto the trailer. I did not take any pictures of this particular effort as it seemed that he was having enough of an embarrassing situation without me taking pictures adding to his embarrassment.

More entertainment was provided by a young boy who with his Dad had made a raft out of sticks, complete with small sail. The young man had many hours of pleasure chasing his boat along the shoreline, at was until a strong gust of wind toppled his boat upside down and out of his reach. Jim took pity on him, and armed with a fishing rod with a small sinker on the end of the line, he managed to hook up the boat and bring it to shore to it grateful young owner and to great applause from all who were watching from the other bank.



2 Responses to “Floundering”

  1. Fredrick Coatham Says:

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Talk about floundering Trev. You’ve never seen so much floundering as there is down here. All the naughty ones are turned into flounder and their eyes made to look upwards to see where they would be had they been good. I’ve got a job as Safety Officer in the complaints department.   Hell is a good name for it.


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