‘No regrets’ over years spent fishing

Marlborough Sounds couple Peter Stewart and Vicki Rizzi fish in the upper Otago Harbour yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Marlborough Sounds couple Peter Stewart and Vicki Rizzi fish in the upper Otago Harbour yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Peter Stewart caught a salmon in the upper Otago Harbour yesterday morning and has no regrets about spending recent years mostly fishing and travelling the country.

Mr Stewart (65) once lived in Nelson where he was a successful sculptor, creating, among other things, large ceramic fish.

However, he has since sold up and moved to Belvue Bay, in the Marlborough Sounds.

For the past six years he and partner Vicki Rizzi spend nine months of the year travelling in their camper van, fishing and, from time to time, undertaking charity work.

Mr Stewart also devotes some of his time to creative writing, which includes producing adventure books for young people, set in the Marlborough Sounds.

The pair have spent the past week in Dunedin where he has family links, and enjoys the excitement of wharf fishing.

‘‘I just like being out in the fresh air and in the nature. There’s always something going on, on the water.

‘‘People get stressed out over the smallest things.’’

New Zealand Salmon Anglers Association Otago branch secretary-treasurer Peter Coory said yesterday salmon anglers had been enjoying much greater success in Otago Harbour this season — which ends in April — than the previous season.

He expects entries and catches for the association’s annual competition next month will be well up on last year.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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