New Zealand known as the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ is the top trout fishing destination in the world. Rex finds abundant rainbow trout in the gorgeous scenery of the Tongariro River and enjoys a freshly prepared trout cooked in the sand at Hot Water Beach. We catch yellowtail kingfish and take part in the measure and tagging programme as well as learning about the art of ‘jigging for trout’. We finish by swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty. Changing location to Australia we then visit the coastal fishing town of Albany 400 kms south-east of Perth. Albany was a thriving whaling town and we see archive footage of the industry that was closed down in 1978. The old whaling station is now the sight of Whale World the largest whale museum in the world. Out in the big swells of Frenchman’s Bay we join local fishermen as they catch pilchards which are packed into boxes right on their boat. Rex and his team then set about catching southern blue fin and striped tuna and make an outing further east to Esperence home to the red snapper and where a massive cuttlefish devours Rex’s sergeant baker.
20 September 2004
Green Umbrella Productions