Kon­tiki fish­ing has this au­thor hooked

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Fish­ing has been Steve O’Brien’s pas­sion since he was 10 – one that has led to him be­com­ing a pub­lished au­thor.

The Toko­roa born and bred fish­ing guru has re­leased his book about Kon­tiki fish­ing.

The method of fish­ing uses a small pon­toon-type boat, raft-like struc­ture or a kite sail to name a few.

The struc­tures are cast off­shore by the wind or a mo­tor and are equipped with hook­lines.

‘‘I had a bit of a pas­sion for it and I like writ­ing so I thought stuff it, I’d just make a book.’’

His in­ter­est takes him back to the rocks on a Kaitaia beach where he caught his first snap­per with a fish­ing rod.

O’Brien and his fa­ther would travel once ev­ery six months and trek through farm­land to fish off rocks at the beach.

Ever since he would take ev­ery chance he could to get be­hind a fish­ing rod.

O’Brien picked up on the method of Kon­tiki fish­ing at age 35 when his brother gave it a go.

It was a ‘‘very dif­fer­ent con­cept’’ but he found it sim­ple and ex­cit­ing.

‘‘It’s the mys­tery of what you’re get­ting off it. If you use an elec­tric tor­pedo, it’s ex­cit­ing to see how fast it goes.’’

The Hamil­ton petrol sta­tion fore­court at­ten­dant wrote a book almost 20 years ago but this time round he had gone more in­depth.

It took seven months of in­ter- view­ing, writ­ing and tak­ing photographs. He also spoke with some of the most unique char­ac­ters at places such as the coast of Waihi.

‘‘I met some in­ter­est­ing peo­ple. A lady in her 70s, she would go out ev­ery day and ev­ery night.’’

Toko­roa man Brian Wil­liamson even fea­tured in the 45-page book.

The fam­ily ori­ented sport that Wil­liamson was so pas­sion­ate about was too good not to share with O’Brien.

His con­tri­bu­tion

in­cluded pho­tos and his own wis­dom from almost 20 years of Kon­tiki fish­ing.

The fascination lies within the va­ri­ety of hooks, lines and tor­pedo, he said.

UNIQUE METHOD: Steve O'Brien, left, is now the pub­lished au­thor of the only book in New Zealand about kon­tiki fish­ing which fea­tures Toko­roa's Brian Wil­liamson.

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