White baiting starts earlier on the East Coast than the West Coast so it was really cool taking a drive out in the country on our recent visit down south to come across the hopefuls out on the river.
I say out on the river – they were lining the river banks on both sides.
We were taking a drive to the Catlins – to view the Waipapa Point lighthouse to be precise and came around a corner on route to cars lining the roadside by the river and white bait stands and huts lining the river edge.
It was a sight to behold – almost a little unreal with so many stands and huts almost as far as the eye could see as the river wound its way towards the ocean.
It would have been rude not to stop and take a little walk to get a bit closer. The river was so calm giving wonderful reflections of the stands.
We had Mum with us and she stopped to talk to a couple of the locals trying their hand at the white baiting and in typical NZ style they knew my Grandpop and my Aunty and Uncle who used to live near by (anything within the vicinity of 100kms is near by) – so classic.
As the river meandered round through the paddocks so did the stands – don’t think I’ve ever seen so many huts along a river edge.
While it was tempting to stay and relax a while with these hopeful souls, we had a destination to reach.
In saying that we stopped in Fortrose, the official start of the Catlins and this is where the mouth of the river meets the Pacific Ocean.
There were more white baiters here on the beach of the river trying their hand with the little swimmers too.
It was a picture perfect day to be out with family and friends, sharing a story or two and soaking up the surroundings.
For us though it was time to continue on our adventure to the lighthouse…….
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the West Coast. They enjoy getting out and exploring as much of this beautiful country as possible. Time – we just need more time…….