Last Updated: 01/23/2020 | January 23rd, 2020

I’ve only been fishing once in my life. It was during an extended stay on the island of Ko Lipe in Thailand. A few of us had rented a boat to explore the nearby national park and islands. For lunch, our Thai captain went out to catch fish. I was one of the few who went with him, each of us allowed a chance to catch something.

Fishing in Thailand is done the old-fashioned way: a hook attached to a line thrown in the water. foarte simplu. Our lunch bit while I was holding the line. I had caught a good lunch for everyone, but in the process managed to slice my finger open. A bittersweet victory.

Trout fishing in Taupo, new Zealand, I had a completely different experience. instead of line fishing in an open long boat, we went fishing with a modern sonar-equipped boat, a surly but funny captain, and very modern fishing rods. It was a completely different world.

Launching out into the lake after lunch, we went in search of trout. We were a venerable United nations of fishermen – me from the US, my pals from Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and Australia – wanting to kill an afternoon as well as some fish. Our hunt didn’t go too well, though. In fact, it didn’t go at all. After our captain used some modern equipment and weights to drop the lines 120 feet below the surface, we cruised around waiting for our first bite, each of us picking a line to use. then we waited longer. and longer. Eventually, getting bored and grabbing a few beers, we went to the top deck and took in the view.

And what a view it was. Taupo is my favorite place in new Zealand. The area is absolutely stunning. The town is situated on the most significant lake in the country, and from here you can see mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom from The Lord of the Rings) and mount Tongariro (the site of the greatest one-day hike in the country). nearby you have hot springs and the incredible Huka Falls, where the water is incredibly blue—it’s like taking a look at an iceberg.

I loved Taupo and loved even much more sitting out on the lake cruising around, taking in the sun, viewing the other boats, and marveling at the mountains in the distance.

We had rented the boat for two hours, and the much more time passed, the less it seemed like we would catch anything. Our captain was getting much more aggravated, cursing about how he hated going back empty. He tried to placate us with a few much more beers, and as we were listening to him rant about the local culture, we saw it: a pull on one of the lines. then another pull. We had two fish.

And one of those fish was mine. It was time to catch the second fish in my life. Except, I had no idea what to do. I’d never used a reel before.

“How do I reel it in?” Am întrebat.

“No silly questions!” the captain yelled. “You reel it in by turning the wheel!” he said, pointing angrily at the rod.

So there I was reeling in my trout. It didn’t put up much of a fight, and pretty soon I had it. My pal also reeled in his fish, and soon we had a mighty feast. Driving back into port, our captain was all smiles and pleased we had caught something, even if they weren’t the most significant trout out there. It was an exciting day on the lake, the sun was shining, and the air was crisp. despite the surliness of our captain, he was funny and made good conversation.

That night we took our fish to one of the lakeside restaurants where they gutted and cooked it for us. With fish and red wine and the lake in the background, we were content with our day.

NOTE: To find a fisherman, just head to the wharf and ask around. You don’t need to take any expensive tours. They are a rip off. plenty of the fishermen at the dock will take you out. You can work out the rate. It’s simpler and much more fun!

Book Your trip to new Zealand: Logistical suggestions and Tricks
Rezervați -vă zborul
Use Skyscanner or Momondo to find a low-cost flight. They are my two favorite search engines because they search sites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned. start with Skyscanner first though because they have the most significant reach!

Rezervați -vă cazarea
You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the most significant inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the most affordable rates for guesthouses and low-cost hotels. My favorite places to stay are:

Rainbow Lodge

If you’re searching for much more places to stay, here are my favorite hostels in new Zealand!

Don’t forget travel Insurance
Asigurarea de călătorie vă va proteja împotriva bolilor, vătămărilor, furtului și anulărilor. Este o protecție extinsă în cazul în care orice nu merge bine. Nu plec niciodată într -o călătorie fără ea, deoarece a trebuit să o folosesc de nenumărate ori în trecut. Companiile mele preferate care oferă cel mai bun serviciu și valoare sunt:

Safety Wing (for everyone below 70)

Asigurați -mi călătoria (pentru cei de peste 70 de ani)

MedjET (pentru o acoperire suplimentară de repatriere)

Căutați cele mai bune companii cu care să economisiți bani?
Consultați pagina mea de resurse pentru cele mai bune companii pe care să le utilizați atunci când călătoriți. Enistând toate cele pe care le folosesc pentru a economisi bani atunci când sunt pe drum. Vă vor economisi bani și atunci când călătoriți.

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Asigurați -vă că consultați ghidul nostru de destinație robust pe Taupo pentru și mai multe sfaturi de planificare!

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