A Guests Fishing Trip on Stewart island

Dinner Is Caught. Blue Cod,one of the Islands delicacies

Dinner Is Caught.
Blue Cod,one of the Islands delicacies

One of the Island delicacies is Blue Cod. Actually this fish isn’t a cod, but rather a member of the Weaver Fish family. It gets its name from James Cook, whose crew caught it in great numbers in Dusky Sound in 1773. He referred to it as “Coal” fish, as it has a deep blue/black upper colouring…… hence coal. This has been bastardised into “Cod” Fish. Never the less it is excellent eating and very easily caught, as one of our guests discovered on a half  day Stewart Island fishing trip. And of course we enjoyed it for dinner. I whizzed up a couple of tablespoons of Colby cheese into a cup and a half of bread crumbs, rolled the fillets in flour, then beaten egg and then the cheesy crumbs and gently fried it in butter. That and a fresh salad …. superb !!

More Than Just Fishing

Southern Royal Albatross and a White Capped Mollymawk

Southern Royal Albatross and a White Capped Mollymawk beyond, both waiting on a handout.

A fishing trip on Stewart Island has much more to offer than just fishing. Many of our seabirds will follow fish boats, as they know there is usually a free meal to be had from the discarded offal. So birders can combine a pelagic birding trip with a spot of fishing.. And most of the skippers will detour past a seal colony if asked..

New Zealand Fur Seal

New Zealand Fur Seal