December 2016, Tairua NZ, What a trip. I met Carl Muir at the Sydney boat show earlier this year, he was a guest speaker telling all about this fairy tale place called Tairua on the east coast of NZ, video and pics of big Kings and multiple hookups. Hell Yeah.
We knew we would be over end of year for business so couldn’t miss the opportunity. Carl organised some accommodation for us at Tairua Shores motels, a cracker of a spot just up from the fishing club. Steven and his family went out of their way to look after us.
We had meetings in Palmerston North then decided at 10.pm to split the next days trip and hit the road heading to Taupo then up to Tairua the next day, It would have worked well if Taupo hotels would answer at 1 am. We got caught in the kilometer vs time NZ factor so ended up really late into Taupo. For those of you who have not done that yet 100 km doesn’t take an hour, it takes two. We continued the drive and at 4 am decided to pull up for a nap in a Tokoroa car park. We got into Tairua about 7.30 am, and a quick trip to the motel (2 pm check in time) to see if we could get in earlier, Stevens wife took pity on us and said to give her an hour or so. we will be forever grateful for that early check in, both Kev and I died as soon as we hit the pillow. Carl came down and caught up with us later that day, pumped as he knew the fish where there as promised.
The local Game fishing club is a half block from the Hotel, with recommendations we went there for tea, food was great, locals were great and made us really welcome with an invite for the next night to party on NZ style as it was the presidents Warren Mahers birthday. This club has its own vehicle and the members go on a roster to be designated driver, you get one or maybe two night for the whole year to drive and the rest to be driven home or to the local party after closing. There were several standout moments but I suppose the most memorable was the owner of a pretend Bar Crusher, Alec has promised me a marlin off it next trip. Liza Turner heads up Skyline Charters, she is an awesome chick and loves meeting new people and showing them a good time, lasting longer than others they know who they are.
This place is amazing if I was ever going to go live back across the ditch I would want to go there, a definite slice of Heaven, we will be back early 2017 to chase those Marlin.
The fishing, well the video tells the story, enjoy.
References for everyone:
https://www.facebook.com/carlmuirfishing/ – Carl Muir : Deckie extraordinare
http://www.tairuashores.co.nz/ for all your accommodation needs and a few laughs
http://www.skylinecharters.co.nz/#tairua-fishing-charters tell Liza we sent you