A funny thing happens when you’re on holiday, synchronicity slips in and you see and accept all the opportunities in front of you - you don’t say ‘no’...you say ‘yes’.
The Coromandel is a beautiful place in NZ, and the fishing is exceptional. We decided to stay in a little out of the way motel right on the waters edge. An extended family normally books out the whole motel for anniversary weekend, but this weekend one family had pulled out...and we unexpectedly stepped in. They were a beautiful down-to-earth family that loved fishing.
I woke on Saturday morning to find they had all been out in the boat and had just started filleting about 70 fish. I was in heaven - I grabbed my camera and spent a glorious 2 hrs capturing hands, fish, scales and bodies.
At one point a Maori family living across the road also discovered what was going on and came over to ask if they could have all the fish heads and left over fish bones. In exchange for some beautiful photos we enjoyed fresh fish for lunch and dinner - and in exchange for the fish heads and bones - 2 dozen beers.
We all felt that moment where every part of the fishing experience was being enjoyed on every level - every part of their fishing experience was about sharing and giving back.