The whitebait season on the westcoast in New Zealand starts on the 1st of September and ends at the 14th of November.
For all that time there are mainly three types of fishing: on a stand, with a socknet or with a scoopnet. Talking to all the whitebaiters is absolutely phantastic. Some of them won´t tell you their name, which is in Kiwi manners to say: “fair enough”. Others are very open and helpful. Another myth goes around about the catches. One day a fisherman told me he got roughly 10 kg, well some hours later at the fish and chips shop the same guy caught already 120 kg, just awesome.
To all the fisherman, friends and souls I met my greetings and my respect. It is not all about the fishing, but about the time when man can stay on the river to fish and keep their wifes a little space. It is a world and its self and with every tide and all the water which drains you, as the wind and the sun does, a day being outside and doing what has been a part of life since generations.
Thank you Tangaroa, that you allowed us to take some of your children home.