When I was 23 I decided life was too short to be stuck in a job I didn't like so I gave up my job, packed up my Holden Kingswood full of camping and fishing gear and when on a hiatus to Cape Runaway to suss out the monster kingfish lurking around. I found my Birth Mother, gave up smoking and got fit. After this trip and a number of far north trips I started running landbased fishing charters and selling wholesale fishbait in Wellington.
Now I have a retail fishing shop in Rongotai, a wholesale bait distribution business and run fishing charters on 3 vessels from Mana on Wellingtons West coast.
I usually run an annual fishing competition in the middle of the year, hold instructional fishing classes, seminars and private tuition.
Ross Garrod (aka Horse)
Horse and me go way back to primary school in Tawa.
While we were teenagers we discovered Boom Rock (walking over from Tawa) and fished it when the pauas were the size of dinner plates.
Although horse is not a real experienced fisher he does know the gear, basic techniques and is good at listening to the many keen and experienced anglers that frequent the shop. He is more than happy to pass on the knowledge he has picked up over the 15 + years he has been working for me at the Rongotai Shop
He's caught his fair share of puka, terikihi and cod out in the boat plus a good LBG kingfish and snapper from the rocks
He looks after the wholesale bait department, manufacturing and also the retail side of things out front.
Our Wholesale Outlets
We supply these outlets with PLF fishing products
Shipwreck Trading Seaview, Sunshine Bay Service Station, Fairprice dairy Moera, NZ Sea Adventures Mana, KP Marine, Plimmerton.
These outlets with Southern Bait products
Z Service stations - Kilbirnie, Constable St, Taranaki St, Broadway, Johnsonville, Tawa, Vivian St, Harbour city.
Mobil - Karori, Kilbirnie, Mana, Cannons creek, Silverstream, Petone.
BP - Roadmaster, Wainuiomata, Waiwhetu, Upperhutt, Paremata, Paraparaumu, Kapiti, Brooklyn
GAS - Waikane, Khandallah,
Allied Fuel - Seaview Service Station
Challenge - Sunshine bay
Caltex - Stokes valley, Rimutaka
Paknsave - Porirua and Kapiti
New world - Waikanae, Paremata
4 Square - Raumati beach, Raumati South, Titahi bay, Otaki, Thriftway Paraparaumu
Dairies - Titahi bay convenience, Titahi beach mini mart, Fairprice store Moera, Lyall Bay Mini mart, Strathmore foodmarket, Raumati Village Dairy, Manly St Dairy Paraparaumu, Driftwood Dairy Kapiti, Pukerua Bay Dairy, Waimea Dairy Waikanae
The Kina Bros blues band
When I'm not fishing I like playing music with old and new friends. My Favourite music is the blues and occasionally I get to indulge with like minded individuals at functions and establishments around wellington and beyond.
The Kina Brothers generally play Blues fishing based music and have recorded a handfull of songs including fishing on my mind, fishing blues, cape brett blues, bring out the boogie in me, baby please dont go (fishing) and got my berley working.
Band members (past and present) - Richard (guitar, basss, vocals), Sarah Tetau (bass), Jonathan Coakly (guitar, vocals and bass), Nick Main (guitar, vocals, bass and sax), Susan Ellis (violin, cello and banjo), Bernard Wells (everything apart from drums), Dylan Jennings (keys), Ross Capill (bass and vocals), Tim Little (harmonica and vocals), Peter Holmstead (guitar and vocals), Jade Lamb (flute), Jackie Lamb (drums and mandolin) and Me (slide guitar, harmonica, percussion, diddly bow and vocals)
We can also play Jazz, Irish, folk, Rock and Americana. If you would like a band at your event or venue please let me know and I can arrange a group for you
From time to time I will have a jam with my mate 'Nick Main' at his open Mike session at various pubs around Wellington or at someones house for a music night/jam. It can be accoustic (for small sessions) or electric (for larger venues)
If you would like to join the band or have a jam your most welcome.