d'Urville Island 18th June 2017

Eleven fishers left Port Nelson at 7am - before sunrise - and once again motored to d'Urville Island aboard "Cappy". Lynley Bird was not aboard so we took another Linley to make up for this. However Barry cooked the scones, with instructions from his wife to make date scones. 

We travelled to Port Hardy anticipating plenty of large fish - Snapper, Kingfish, Trevalley & Tarakihi but the fish weren't very plentiful. However a selection of fish were caught there before we moved to Stephens Passage where the fish were once again less than plentiful. We travelled through Stephens Passage and down the West Coast of d'Urville Island to fill our quota (2 per person) of Blue Cod around the Rangitoto Islands. 

Of note were my (JR) exploits - 3 fish on 2 hooks from 100m - but they were 2 carpet sharks and one small Sea Perch. Then, when Blue Cod were plentiful, I fished with only one bait, but caught a Blue Cod on the bait plus a Sea Perch on the bare hook. (None of these 5 fish were keepers)

Through French Pass and then back to Port Nelson. A beer tasting was held on our return - all had been asked to supply a bottle of beer for judging, Neil C's Bach Brew Driftwood was the winner. 

(It was dark again when we berthed at Port Nelson around 6pm)