Wairaka Rock Mission

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We went out to Wairaka Rock at around 10am and high tide was around 9:30am… so by the time we got to the rock we were scratching our heads as to how you get over it.The front of the rock was about 1m deep of water so the high tide obviously comes around behind it. Looking up at the top of the rock we were wondering if you climb up it or around it. Anyway we decided to wait and let the tide drop a bit before crossing the water to get to the rock. We headed around further along the coast and came across a small camp site and also a rocky beach. It dropped off a little but there was nice kelp and sand so we decided to throw our lines in. With not much luck I decided to attach smaller hooks and also I attached a balloon to the line- I’ve never tried this before and was interested how the sea and strong wind would move it about. To give the line weight I added a small rock inside the balloon before blowing it up. I was amazed with the good distance I could cast and also it was great around the rocks. What wasn’t great was seeing other balloons others had used washed up around the rocks. So obviously people use this technique however they just forget to pick up there rubbish. So if anyone sees a balloon around the rocks – it isn’t mine, none of my balloons came off nor did I dump any.

Anyway, just casting around the rocks I managed to hook up on a great size kahawai, which was a great fight, having to dodge the rocks and run up and down the beach. I managed to land this and we released it. Though we really should have kept it and used it as burley and bait!

We headed back to the Wairaka rock and still the tide was high, but only about a foot deep so we decided to cross over and see if we could work out how on earth you get around it. The wind was really strong, which didn’t help, and a good swell was crashing through the area. Once we got across we looked virtually straight up and it didn’t seem possible to climb Wairaka Rock so we didn’t bother trying. Getting around the rock seemed to hard as the waves were large and tide was to high. So we instead gave the rock to the left of it a try – it’s a lot smaller and was nicely sheltered from the wind.

It had quite a good ledge however I think its possibly just to shallow as we didn’t have much luck there for the day, just caught another kahawai and also some smaller reef fish. We however didn’t have enough burley and we used most of it within an hour.

We did see a huge ray glide past into the shallows and once the tide was really low we left our gear and decided to have a quick look to see if we could get onto the rock.

Sure enough it had dried up between the shore and the rock and also the tide was so low we could climb around the right side (Later we found out you go around the rock and don’t try to climb it, it’s virtually impossible to climb). Once we walked around a bit of the rock there was a natural place to start to head up and then over and I think we saw where most people fish – there seems to be two channels. One straight in front of you – its a nice looking channel, just felt a bit dodgy standing high up looking down. The other a bit further out. With it being the end of the day we decided not to fish the rock and instead headed back. It was good to have a look around there, however I can see that the wrong step would lead to falling onto some sharp rocks. My digital camera which is apparently shock resistant ended up cracking its lcd monitor. It’s a place you want to have quite a bit of experience of edge fishing as it does take a bit of effort to get around the rocks and there is climbing if you do end up fishing the rock. There is some great fishing spots around the walk to the rock with some nice gutters around. Take care fishing around Wairaka Rock as it can be unpredictable and if you get the tides wrong you might find that you are stuck on the rock till low tide. Also watch out for waves as they are quite unpredictable there and you wouldn’t want to fall into the sea around that area.

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