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Kahawai Mighty & Tasty
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Cover Image: Conner showing one of his fiesty Pupuke Perch
I’M IN FISHING MODE. It’s time to put
Walkley has taken the annoying
away the woollens, pack the sunscreen
spring westerlies that inhibit fishing
and hit the water!
and exploited their usefulness for
There’s just so much to offer in New
getting a longline off-shore with a
Zealand, and we don’t have to travel
kite, while up and coming fishing film-
far to get into some fantastic sport and
maker Connor Scott has spent more
subsistence fishing. I’m so encouraged
time than he’d admit honing skills
by anglers exploring new techniques
hunting and hooking the fresh water
and skills, especially the young ones, in
greeblies in Auckland’s Lake Pupuke.
search of new reads on the water.
These guys are finding ways to keep
This month we have two excellent
rising and having fun, even when the
examples of fishing outside the
conditions force their hand, for both
‘normal’ sphere. Regular Michael
fun and food.
While it’s been a reasonably quiet time
opportunity to connect a ready supply
on the fisheries management front,
of fish to the under-resourced families
there’s no rest for the wicked, so the
team at LegaSea have quietly been
Scott bought the Auckland Outboard
working on their strategies for the new year. This included a new interactive stand at the Napier/Hawkes Bay A&P show in October.
Boating Club (OBC) and Papatuanuku together in a meaningful way. The OBC have upgraded their fish cleaning facilities to food safety standards,
The LegaSea team have been working
installed refrigerators and supplied bins
tirelessly in the Bay to help the
for fish to be stored and transported in.
downtrodden rec rushers gain some ground in what is essentially a race for space. Their new stand allows supporters to represent themselves in a very graphic way all while raising muchneeded funds to fuel the fight. I’d also like to congratulate LegaSea and in particular Scott Macindoe for his work on a project which has grabbed my attention and admiration. Earlier this year Scott saw an article in the Herald which journaled the work of Lionel Hotene of Papatuanuku Marae in Manger expressed his desire to help wean his whanau and community off insidious junk food and onto a better diet including kumara and similar, quality foods grown locally at Papatuanuku Marae. Scott saw an
The fish, most made up of frames, heads and offal are all taken by the mare - the heads and frames either smoked on-site at the mare and used for events or as fresh fish or smoked delivered to the local community at no cost. The offal is utilised in the gardens, providing natural, chemical-free fertiliser of rah many acres of gardens on site. We look forward to bringing you a full story not his fantastic, thoughtful and beneficial collaboration in a later issue, but for now - Ka Pai Scott, Lionel and the teams at OBC and Papatuanuku, you’re doing an amazing job!
Derrick www.nzfisher.co.nz 5
Kahawai Mighty & Tasty
BY Derrick Paull
I KNOW WE FOCUS a lot on snapper.
quickly the kahawai hot blood
It’s hard not to since they’re just so
(which is again the key) cannot ‘cook
prolific in my backyard, but there are
the flesh’ and cause the damage
other species out there and some
bleeding it is also trying to prevent.
are more than worthy of our fishing focus. Recently I got to spend some quality time on the water with my good friend Scott. We’ve talked fishing for about six years but somehow it wasn’t until October that we got a line wet together. Scott’s a big fan of fish for the table, but unlike most of us, snapper is not his target. For food, he’s a real fan of kingfish, followed closely by kahawai - the mighty one. Scott has a dozen, or more very good recipes from raw and simple to curried in the most subtle and delicious sauces. Kahawai has earned
Once on shore, Scott’s kahawai gets the highest respect. Not only do the thick, meaty fillets get removed but in filleting, Scott leaves a healthy layer of flesh against the backbone. He separates the throat and head from the offal which is then utilised in compost, while the backbone, throat and head are put aside for smoking or to be boiled up and stripped. The fillets can be fried, curried or smoked, but my personal favourite is in the dish Thai kahawai curry Scott showed me last year.
a reputation for so long as a strong
The recipe is simple but requires just a
fighter, but poor eater - due in part to
little prep to get the kahawai just right.
its high blood-flow during that fight
After filleting and skinning the fish,
we so dearly love.
cut it into 1-inch cubes and plunge
Most people bleed their kahawai
into fiercely boiling coconut cream.
to reduce the blood build-up in the
It only requires about 30 seconds in this
flesh but both Scott and I agree,
bath, just enough to cure the surface.
this isn’t necessary or important.
Remove from the cream and set aside.
What’s important is to have the
It’s best to run the kahawai in batches
fish put on ice immediately; chilled
and keep the cream hot, hot, hot.
For the curry you’ll need: • Bunch of green beans, roughly cut • Two carrots Chopped • One sliced Green capsicum • One sliced red capsicum For the Thai curry paste: • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds • 6 white peppercorns • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste (see note) (belacan) • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric • 4 coriander roots, roughly chopped • 2 lemongrass stems (pale part only), roughly chopped • 1 tablespoon freshly grated galangal (see note) or ginger • 1 long green chilli, roughly chopped • 4 small green chillies, roughly chopped (or use 2 extra long green chillies) • 4 kaffir lime leaves (see note), spine removed, roughly chopped • 2 Asian red eschalots, roughly chopped • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
Step one: Toast coriander and cumin seeds with the pepper in a wok or pan over medium heat for one to two minutes until fragrant, shaking pan to prevent burning. Cool slightly. Grind to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. Making the paste: Toast the dried spices to release their aroma before grinding. It’s best to pound the paste roughly with a mortar and pestle to release the aromas and flavours of the ingredients before blending. The perfect paste should be fine in texture with no stringy bits. It should have a khaki green colour and be just a little wet, but not runny.
Step two: Dry-fry in a wok or pan over medium heat for one minute to toast slightly. Cool, then add to a mortar with remaining ingredients and pound with the pestle until roughly crushed. Add one tablespoon water and use a stick blender (or transfer to a processor) to blend to a paste. Add the paste to the coconut cream; heat then add vegetables before finally adding the cooled kahawai. Serve immediately over warm rice. Delish as fish!
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Doorstep All weather mayhem on light gear BY Connor Scott
GROWING UP ON THE North Shore
fishos simply don’t know how fun and
of Auckland, most of my fishing
easy it is to catch the vast assortment
experience has come from the salt
of freshwater species Auckland’s lakes
water sitting just on my doorstep.
hold. The primary targets are, believe it
With the endless boat ramps and
or not, Rainbow and Brown trout. Trout
shorelines, there seems to be no limit
in Auckland!? Most people don’t believe
to the angling opportunities. With so
me when I tell them, but I can assure
many species to target and techniques
you that although they are by no means
to perfect, it’s hard to imagine how
huge, they are in fact trout.
anyone with a passion for fishing would
Another predatory fish you will often
catch is the Redfin Perch. They are
My problem, however, is not that I’ve
effectively New Zealand’s version of the
lost interest. It’s that I’ve accidentally
American Bass. They are quite prolific
gained another. Freshwater fishing is
and are great fun on light spin gear.
not something that at I thought would
There are of course other species that
interest the everyday average snapper
can be targeted such as Tench, but I am
catcher from Auckland. But maybe
yet to fully explore how to land these
that’s just because most Auckland
awesome looking fish.
My obsession first started a few years
Over the years I have visited this lake
before the end of high school. I was
more and more. In fact, for the past few
on end of year break so had a lot of
weeks, I have been fishing it pretty hard
spare time on my hands and wanted
daily. I am slowly refining my techniques
nothing more than to go for a fish. After
and learning to catch new species. The
searching online for easy places to fish,
buzz I get from catching a fish I have only
I found myself reading an article from
seen pictures of people catching is one I
the month prior about the release of
cannot replicate while fishing saltwater.
thousands of trout fingerlings into Lake Pupuke in Takapuna.
When I’m fishing the lake, I will only be targeting a couple of species at a time.
After a bit more research I was on a bus
My favourite species to fish for by far
headed towards Milford. Hunts Sports
would have to be the Redfin Perch. A
provided me with my first ever fishing
light spin outfit and a small lure are
license, and as a result, I had a full day
all you need to catch these beautiful
to fish as much as I wanted.
fish. Often you will have them follow
Sylvan Park on the Eastern Shore of Lake
the lure right to your feet before they
Pupuke was my first stop as it was the
finally decide to grab it. I have had some
closest access I happened to stumble
amazing surface strikes from perch on
upon that day. You couldn’t have written
an assortment of lures as they are such
about it. Three casts in and wham! My
aggressive feeders. Due to the lake’s
first ever rainbow trout. The feeling of
abundance of smaller fish, I find it is
utter amazement I had that morning
easier to target the larger specimens by
when that fish hit the bank is one I
flicking out larger profile lures. Recently
can still remember. What an incredible
I have been throwing around small
resource on our back doorstep!
sinking stick baits with great success.
Generally, I will target trout on small
pick one to suit. It does not matter what
metal spoons, spinners/blades or
license you have as long as you have
wobblers, but small bibbed lures find
one. Fishing in the lake is prohibited
the soft spot in most lake species. If
unless you have one, even if you are
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Update Commission of Inquiry
IN MAY DR GLENN SIMMONS
It was accompanied by leaked
released a shocking report
Ministry for Primary Industriesâ€™
highlighting New Zealand
reports revealing that MPI not
authorities had, for 60 years,
only knew of the illegal dumping
knowingly underreported total
but had video footage of the
fish catch to the United Nations.
offences. Copies of emails showed
The report also exposed the
that senior MPI officials decided
excessive and deliberate waste of
against prosecuting the offenders
our fish by commercial fishers.
despite that irrefutable evidence.
After days of denials and plenty of
the management of our fisheries.
heat, MPI commissioned a review by
Please take three seconds to vote in
QC Michael Heron into the decisions not to prosecute. In September, Heron released his report into three MPI investigations. For Operation
the poll: Do you support LegaSea’s call for a Commission of Inquiry?
Achilles he found the decision
Taranaki Seabed Mining
not to prosecute was ‘flawed’.
In 2014 the Environmental Protection
Even more interesting are the
Authority rejected an application from
emails from MPI’s Director of
Trans-Tasman. Resources to mine iron
Fisheries where he comments
sand off the South Taranaki Bight.
fish dumping is a “systemic
Overwhelming public opposition to
failure of the current system”.
seabed mining and environmental
Fisheries Management can’t
concerns were the big issues.
quantify the tonnages involved, but
TTR are back. They have resubmitted,
we suspect they are significant to
proposing the excavation of 50
the point that they are impacting
million tonnes of iron sand from
on stocks”. Also, that if they
the seabed each year. There is little
stopped fish dumping, “we would
information as to what effect this may
probably put half of the inshore
have on the fish stocks in an area or
fleet out of business overnight”.
future productivity of the seabed.
Is a system that can be described
LegaSea is working alongside Kiwis
like this, by the people who manage
Against Seabed Mining to protect
it, fit to serve the public of New
this area for future generations.
Zealand? Far from being ‘world
Head to kasm.org.nz and use their
leading’, LegaSea says it is time
easy submission form by 5pm this
for us to take a close look at the
Friday 14 October. Please, let the
Quota Management System and
EPA know what you think, now.”
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Here’s the boat, Chris the skipper was a real genuine good bugger.
Noosa BY Wayne ‘Pieboy’ Downer
FISHING WAS FURTHEST from my
family, rang the number and we were
mind while on a winter escape in
booked the next day - too easy! It
seemed way too easy at this point,
I was a little bit nervous as this was
but another holidaymaker who had
our first extended family Holiday and
been out several times with them
it was kind of my idea. I had stayed
overheard and put my mind at ease.
in Noosa many times with work and I
This eased my nerves somewhat,
loved it, but was a wee bit worried the
but you never know how others
expectations might be different to your
Sunshine, shopping, swimming and
own. Full boat charter for $80 per head,
relaxing was on the agenda to get
seven people all tackle bait and lunch
everyone in the Holiday mood.
provided seemed like a pretty good
We booked into ‘Calgoa point beach
price - best of all, the boat picked us up
resort’ in Noosa Heads.
20 metres from our accommodation.
Apartment accommodation at a very
He knew his stuff, had a great boat,
affordable rate, built on man-made
tackle and attitude. The plan was to
canals with river views and great
fish the waterways and out to the
restaurants close by it was a really
heads. The target was flathead and
neat place to stay with the family.
brim. The bait was shrimp and live
After a few days of the usual Holiday
baits. Seemed too easy!
stuff I saw a boat pull up to the jetty
After a small burn out to the river
right behind our apartment, the
mouth, Chris started to cast a bait net
skipper was filleting the catch. The
while we fished the shrimps. From
primal instincts kicked in, and I had
here, we put down lines for more
no choice but to walk down and have
‘target’ species. A mix of live baits
a look. A bit of friendly chat with
and dead baits saw plenty of brim
the skipper and his customers and I
and flathead come on board. The kids
thought I needed to go fishing! Back to the poolside, I rallied the
and big kids were all catching fish at a steady rate.
Holly with a nice Brim
Briana with a live bait caught flathead
Chris, the skipper, was fantastic.
With the day coming to an end we
He moved around when the fishing
headed back up the canal to Calgoa
slowed due to a tide change. A simple
point, Chris filleted the catch ready to
thing but not something skippers are
go straight on the BBQ.
always keen to do. Chris constantly worked to make our day a success. I’ve been on a lot of charters, and this was one that will be near the top of the list. Sometimes it’s not the size of the fish it’s the package of boat, skipper,
Chris runs a tight ship and provides anglers with good quality Daiwa fishing tackle. A good haul of fresh fish, the brim we cooked with the skin on, the flathead was skinned and bone.
fishing spots and the people you’re
The flathead was very similar shape
fishing with and this was no exception.
to our gurnard, we rolled it in olive
Chris filleting a flat head
Chris started to cast
a bait net while
we fished the sh rimps
oil and cooked it on the BBQ. The flesh is delicious and melted in the mouth. It’s not a pretty fish, but it rates highly over there for its eating quality. I can’t speak highly enough of ‘Noosa river fishing safari’s’. They run a slick operation from individuals to half or full day charters. He runs three boats and does offshore trips for Pelagics and bottom fish and the river fishing. The gear is excellent; there’s plenty of bait as well. We had a mixture of people with a combination of experience; Chris made sure everyone that needed help got help. I absolutely would go out with him again.
Soaring Above Food for the family & friends at a leisurely pace
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE you sat
is about 50 metres of line and then
there on a blustery offshore day
crimps to which you attach your baited
fizzing to get out for a fish but know
longline hooks with a sinker, before and
how terrible the situations are
after the set of hooks, to keep it firmly
beyond the shelter of the coast?
placed on the bottom. Then it goes out
These days especially this spring have been frequent and instead of moping
one to two kilometres, fairly basic, but the results speak for themselves.
around we can make good of these days
This spring had had a lot of south
and let the winds do the work for us
westerlies, which were perfect for kite
Kite fishing has been around for years and still used today with great success, it’s low-impact and easy to do, well once you get the kite flying and tacked properly which does take a few attempts.
fishing in the Whangaparaoa Bay Area. With the wind on our backs, we sent the kite out a long way and produced some excellent table fare. We found mullet and squid to be key to this especially with the bait sitting out there
The rig we’ve been using is a simple
for times up to an hour the stronger
long line rig, so the kite is attached to
baits are less likely to be picked off;
the main line with a spotter flag in line
we’ve been getting plenty of nice
about 10 metres off the water’s surface
snapper and gurnard recently with a
to allow boats and others to see exactly
few rig shark thrown in the mix.
where your main line is. Below that
What better way to spend a warm
is between one to two litres of water
spring day down at the beach with
bottles, which weights the line down so
family and friends soaking in the sun
the the kite can’t lift your trace up out
and soaking some baits, the only hard
of the water. Running back from there
part is pulling it back in.
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Azar’s 9kg kelpy from the shallows at Stevenson Is
> Alex Wong with a stunning Hauraki snapper aboard Phoenix Charters 16lbs+
Andrew E says “I took my friend Forsyth Thompson fishing the other day and he got his first Kingfish. Not quite legal but glad we have the pic to remember it”.
COASTAL FISHING CHARTERS Day Trips to Ranfurly Banks 1 hour from Hicks Bay
Devin Clarke Caught this meaty Trev off Whitianga wharf
Brett Smith and a chubby 25kg Kingy from Rakino Island on Phoenix Charters
Jason Copedo with a nice king from the rocks near Kawakawa Bay, Auckland
> Eric Wong with a silver bullet from the shore near Marsden Cove
Joshua Slater and a chunky Northland snap
Jimmy McNeil with a knarly king - check that tail!
Loki Tee with a snapper - could he be happier!?!?!
Liesete Gregory caught her first kingfish without Dad helping. At 16.0kg thatâ€™s a fine fish! Well done, Liesete!
Young Tim Fairhurst with his PB King
Steven Hurleyâ€™s little girl taking in the beauty of a wee kahawai
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