We call it Zeand (pronounced 'Zend' ) because it includes over tones of Zen Buddhism, Maori tikanga and good old Kiwi New Zealand ethics. We see it as an evolution from so called 'Green Fishing' standards.
Okay, so you think you might want to experience ZEAND Fishing? Great. But if you're really not into fishing then check out our other alternative day 'Voyages', you might prefer to undertake these.
Please be aware that at this stage of our growth we do not offer our own on sea boat experiences but if you have your own boat then that's great, or if you want use a local charter fishing operator, that can work too.
Currently we do offer exciting land based river fishing outside the Wharf Hub where you can catch hard fighting Kahawai (sea trout), flounder (patiki), yellow eyed mullet, white-bait (inganga) and more.
There's four distinctive parts to our 'ZEAND Fishing' experience.
The first part, like any trip, involves advanced planning and preparation. Yep, checking tides, weather forecasts, your boats sea worthiness, charts, etc
If you have your own boat and want to head out to the Opotiki Community Reef or Open Ocean Mussel farm then that's great. We are happy to assist you with a boat check and harbour familiarization.
Last minute planning phase involves personal preparation, loading the rods, lures, bait, nets, ice, spears and whatever else you might need to go fishing.
For river fishing outside the Wharf Hub we supply all these things (and tuition) in your fee.
A second part is knowing something of the history to the area you will fish. Fortunately there's a long Youth Art mural and Historic Society story board set on the Opotiki Wharf to act as springboards. We'd like to hear about fishing in your area too. Zeand fishers know the value of 'connecting' to an area that may be new to you.
In the third phase ZEAND Fishing really differentiates itself, for experienced fishers discover and know the value of spiritually connecting.
So before we charge off to the rivers and sea, there's an essential phase we describe as 'invoking the spirit'. Whether through art, karakia, fishing tai chi, meditation, gifting; its a personal thing.
Whatever you look forward to, in this phase we stay mindful that fishing is ultimately about making a connection, between yourself, nature and the fish. Turn off the distracting sonar and VHF radio for a bit. We might also be thinking of how we might share our catch.
Zeand Fishing involves also the use of our RCELR (Recreational Catch Effort Landing Return) and how it can help fishing for the whole community. If it's too rough or wet to go fishing, then its time to build 'Sea Garden' reef modules for deployment later in the local Opotiki Community REAF.
Our fourth part is the 'celebration phase' when we come together to share in the harvest, reflect and enjoy a feed. Smoked fish, marinated fish, steamed fish, sushimi, whitebait and more can all be on the simple menu, caught fresh by you.
Guided core cost for the ZEAND land based Fishing experience includes all gear you might need, tuition, baits, certification, use of facilities at The Wharf Hub.
Come one, two, three or more , please ask for a quote for our Zeand Fishing experience.