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Exciting things that happened while I was away - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 6th, 2014

11:18 am - Exciting things that happened while I was away

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Well, exciting if you're a boring old fart like me, anyway.

* My Kiwisaver went over $20,000
* Our mortgage ticked over the first $10,000 paid off.

Given that many people my age are about half way to freehold, it's small fry. But I didn't really get started on any of this future-investment stuff till I was nearly forty. So I'm stoked.

Also, have a picture of some fish:



This is Dr Wheel and me making out we caught all of these. Actually, I only caught one of them, and he caught, um.. several. Way more than me, anyway. Happy caught the big one (a hapuka), and tieke caught her fair share too. One pink maomao and a 5 ft tope (which we threw back) was my tally for the day. Dr Wheel, on top of his maomao, caught 2 barracuda (put back) and 2 skipjack tuna which we used for bait.

Fishing is fun! I struggle with it a bit ethically, but I rationalise that as long as I'm fishing for food and not just killing things for no reason, I'm ok with it. And when we couldn't catch anything but pink maomao, we stopped fishing because really, that fish up there was enough for us to eat nothing but fish for two days solid, after giving half the catch to mine host (who volunteered to do all the filleting for us and loaned us some flippers and was all round good value).

Am now busy trying to persuade myself not to buy a boat.

PS Catch limit in NZ is 30 fish per angler per day, which can be caught in various permutations - like, maximum of 9 snapper, maximum of 3 kingfish, etc etc. I think this is ridiculous. Who could eat so much? That hapuka and 5 pink maomao fed four of us for two days. You'd need to have a huge family to need 30 fish per angler. I'd be happy to reduce that to 10 fish per, and even that would be an excessive amount of fish.

PPS Despite that, it's not the recreational fishers that are wrecking the fishery, or who have the ear of the government. But that goes without saying really, doesn't it?

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From:pombagira
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
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nom nom fish.. also yay fishing..

so when are you buying that boat! *grins*
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From:tatjna
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
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That's a very good question. This is a specific boat rather than just any one, and I was considering saying "When you sell it, call me first." Because, well, fishing!

Having said that, you can paddle off Island Bay and catch a feed in one of those idiot-proof family kayaks. It's just not all that comfortable.
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From:pombagira
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
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i had fun food adventures with rabbit and catnip, and potstickers, and then rasberries and banana loaf.. noms! also all the foods...

also wanna come visit this week?

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From:tatjna
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I texted before cos I wasn't sur if you were still on holiday or not. When's good for you?
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From:pombagira
Date:January 5th, 2014 11:06 pm (UTC)
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did text back :D
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From:nick_101
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
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That's a lot of fish. Glad you caught one.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 5th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Heh, me too! ;-) I dropped a couple of skippies as well, and managed to make some macrame with other people's fish swimming round my line, but I'm not sure that's a good thing eh?

For me, catching fish wasn't such a big deal. I used to hang out at Tutukaka and muck about being a deckie on this guy and other folks' boats, so I've caught my fair share of fish in the past. I was keen for my companions to have a good day out fishing since none of them had ever caught anything of size before. It worked out fantastically. ;-)
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From:kehleyr
Date:January 6th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
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I feel the same way about fishing as you do :-).
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
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;-) Hard to justify, but damn tasty and also fun? That's 2 to 1 in favour, I reckon.
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From:sight
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:34 am (UTC)
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I've always wanted to go fishing, but I'm terrified of worms. O_O
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
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Are you ok with hunks of raw fish? Because that's the bait we mostly use. Also, lures. One of my favourite kinds of fishing is casting shiny metal lures and winding them back in fast, to catch those hunter-type fish that like to chase things. Luckily for me, the ones here that do that are also really tasty. ;-)
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From:sight
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
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Strangely enough, I am fine with hunks of raw fish!!!! Oh man, I forgot that there could be other options for fish baiting other than worms!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
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Then I totally recommend having a go at it, first chance you get. Super fresh fish + excitement!
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From:nessainwe
Date:January 6th, 2014 04:47 am (UTC)
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I love fishing, :) But I struggle to catch anything substantial and usually end up tossing whatever back in the lake.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 05:00 am (UTC)
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I admit I've never tried lake fishing, and based on what I've seen of others doing it, it seems that saltwater fishing is more productive both fun-wise and food-wise. Luckily we aren't short of ocean around here. ;-)
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From:meathiel
Date:January 6th, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
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As I don't eat fish it doesn't look like a good pastime to me ... haha ...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
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Haha true, if there's no reward at the end it'd be pretty pointless.
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:January 6th, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
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It's good that they restrict the fishing, to try and keep track of things, but yeah, it's never going to be recreational fishers who do the most damage!

I suppose 30 fish could be filleted and then frozen? But you'd need to be very organised with your meals!

I agree with you on the ethics of sport fishing - I feel that if you're eating what you catch, it's fine; or if you catch-and-release. I have issues with the catching and mounting of fish. That seems pointless.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I guess I'm a bit spoilt with the fish because I see frozen fish as inferior and try to avoid doing it if possible. But that's the privilege of living somewhere where fresh fish is accessible to anyone with a hook and line and a bit of gumption.

It's still crazy expensive in the shops though. ;-(
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From:momlovesnoel
Date:January 6th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Wow! That's quite the catch :)

For a landlocked girl...the thought of catching a barracuda is pretty exciting! Are the teeth really huge?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 6th, 2014 06:29 pm (UTC)
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They are for the size of the fish, and they are big enough in the mouth that we didn't bring them on board because of the damage they can do flailing around. Unfortunately they are classes as a rubbish fish because they tend to contain parasites within their flesh, that makes them somewhat gross to eat. I'm told some people eat them, but you'd have to be pretty hungry I'd say..
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From:anna_en_route
Date:January 6th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the kiwisaver =)

From memory you started your house buying with a pretty substantial deposit so I think you might be further along than you think (especially since most of those people will have "upgraded" and taken on more debt along the way).

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From:tatjna
Date:January 7th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
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I think our equity is about 23% of the GV. It sounds like lots to me, but I have no idea really. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 14th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
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So, I am not the biggest eater of fish, having only really started vaguely enjoying them a couple of years ago (and even then I don't like them cooked unless it is battered cod)...

But I don't have a problem with someone catching 30 fish so long as they are eating them. I can totally see freezing, smoking, or salting them for instance. Can't think you'd do it every day, but that would certainly last a while.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2014 12:39 am (UTC)
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I think perhaps we are spoilt in NZ with the ability to fairly easily go catch a fish. Therefore, apart from salted(and smoking but only if you don't freeze it), fresh is about the only way I think fish is ok to eat.

I prefer raw fish too, but am willing to eat cooked if it's on offer. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 15th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
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True, the proportion of shore to land is pretty high there! Wasn't sure on the season though. Even in the coastal bits of Canada, some seasons really are much leaner than others, so traditionally people still would have preserved their catch.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
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That's true, although I don't think many people approach fishing with the idea of catching and preserving enough to last the winter or whatever around here. Again, a product of the privilege of having easy access to fishing I guess, but usually it's "Yay let's go catch a feed!" rather than "Right, we are pursuing sustenance for the future, this is SRS BSNS."

And I expect the seasons do vary, but it's rare that you can't find something to eat on a day out, even if it's only kina

*blergh blergh ew ew ew*

Kaimoana is a thing here.
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