Today the forecast was better so we decided to take a member of the local volunteer fire brigade all the way out to the Mokohinau’s for a bit of reconnaissance. The weather was 5 knots variable so we made the trip from Mangawhai to the Mokes in less than an hour – too easy. Target species today was kingfish so we filled up the live bait tank with some fat, juicy live bait. Unfortunately the forecast didn’t pan out as expected and a 15-20 knot nor’wester kicked in – which made targeting the kingi’s a bit difficult. So the kingi’s won on this day. In the end we switched to soft baiting in the lee of the Mokes which produced a good feed of snapper and trevally. The trip home was a bit rough but the boat handled it with ease and still took only just over an hour.