Penultimate Day

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

We decided to do something more leisurely today after the high of Lionman's Big Cat sanctuary. This led us to a pretty cove at Ti Point in Leigh, about 100 Km north of Auckland. With the coffee on, K relaxed with a book and M fished for a few hours. The final NZ fish started successfully with 4 eels and 3 snapper and all was going well until I switched to a live bait late in the day.   In absolute horror, I watched a Yellow Headed Australasian Gannet dive into the sea and swallow my live bait whole before attempting to fly off with a huge hook in its mouth and still attached to a 50lb line. The next few minutes was awful as its wing got tangled in the line and it dropped into the sea. I gentle pulled the bird to the wharf under the watchful gaze of many locals, and beleive me, this was definitely the worst moment in NZ. When I finally got the bird close it attacked me, but fortunately, with the trusty gerber (again), I managed to get the hook out of its mouth.  How glad we were when it was finally free and it flew off, albeit a little shakily after its experience.

It would have been so easy to have left this story out of our blog, and just focused on the actual fish caught, but that would have been unfair to some our readers who are going to milk this story, and pull my leg for many years to come. 

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