It’s been a fantastic season for kayak fishos, despite some vicious winds.
Many paddlers have snuck out for successful snapper and kingi sessions between the blows.
And even during some of the stormy days, kayak fishos have found some sheltered pieces of coastline for productive close-in fishing action.
A couple of recent excursions by the Waterline team made use of protected coastline on the eastern seaboard of the peninsula, while the westerly wind was thrashing the gulf side of the Coromandel coast.
The Stealth Fisha was shoved full with softbaits, lures and gear, while our mates Rob and Karen decided to go a bit more traditional and loaded up their Canadian canoe in fishing mode.
After some sage advice from Rob Fort at the kayak fishing shop in Coromandel, and picking up yet more fishy gear, we decided to head for Stony Bay and the Department of Conservation campsite there.
Not necessarily based on any lofty fishing theory, but because the girls wanted to take a hike, and the bay seemed the most protected from the relentless westerlies.
The trip into the wilds of Coromandel took on a ‘Deliverance’ theme as the Canadian, atop its camping trailer, wended its way along the twisty peninsula roads.
You could almost hear the banjo.
Stories unfolded of the Moehau Man and we passed a sign of children running.
They looked scared.
The campsite was pretty quiet outside of the peak months with only a handful of campers so the super-friendly ducks were pleased to see some new suckers.
We tried not to encourage them, but the persistent little blighters simply moved in and made themselves at home, trying to scavenge at every possible moment and taking regular dumps right where we wanted to walk.
One even climbed into the frying pan when it was left on the ground for a moment.
If only they knew how that was tempting fate.
With a bit of ‘shoo’ and threatening talk about the “first weekend in May”, we convinced them to go see the Germans in the next site, who might be vegetarians.
For $13 a head per night you get spectacular views, simple but tidy long-drop toilets and cold water showers.
Boiling the drinking water is recommended as there’s no guarantee of its safety.
We had enough clean drinking water on board the van, so only used the tap water for washing.
There’s some fascinating history on the origins of the bay and its first settlers and farmers.
The office has a copy of the family history which is a good yarn.