With Golden Bay royals Last month Adrian Bell described the steep learning curve he experienced on the first day while chasing stingrays accompanied by salt-fly-eating kingfish. In part two, he hopes to benefit from some of the harsh lessons learned.
Upon waking up and facing the day’s conditions, we had a balancing act to consider. With a high tide at 7.27am, we wouldn’t have to wade out so far to reach fishable water and the nor’west wind would still be light. However, the autumn sun would be too low to easily spot rays if we started too soon, so we took our time over a ‘Kiwi breakfast’ at The Courthouse cafe.
Next, we followed my brother Malcolm to an inlet situated