Don't Fish To Escape Life, Fish To Live Life!
Tony Orton and Bea Bagnall have immersed their lives in fishing and guiding. Tony has over 20 years experience as a professional fishing guide/captain and for nine of those years Bea and Tony have travelled the world, as guides to the rich and not-so-famous.
Now, with a four-year-old and another on the way, life has changed for the travelling duo. Six years ago a plan was made to construct a purpose-built fishing lodge at Mangawhai Heads which would offer boutique fishing adventures out to the stunning Mokohinau Island to target the aggressive Kingfish. Tony has brought a lot of techniques learnt overseas, to his local Mangawhai fishery.
The charters are all about using well appointed vessels with the best quality and latest equipment. During the summer months they run Kingfish clinics, which show the passion they have for teaching and sharing. Tony is all about sustainable fishing and is always learning new ways to look after the Mokohinau fishery. His methods include the use of circle hooks, lowered boat limits and non-anchoring while fishing, to protect the seafloor. It is now normal for Offshore Adventures summer season in Mangawhai, to be fully booked five months before the summer has even started.
During the winter months the family packs their bags and heads offshore to guide fishing adventures overseas. For May to September each year the family takes Kiwis to fish in some of the world’s best fishing destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, México, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Canada and even Oman in the Middle East, where there are monster tuna. The trips are set up so that individuals or small groups can join in these fully guided trips. The affordable packages typically include five days of fishing, seven nights accommodation and airport transfers, which leaves the angler the easy job of just turning up to the airport on time. Tony and Bea take away over 90 adventurers, anglers and non-anglers each year.
“We really pride ourselves that we have fished all the destinations many times before we even take guests there so we can ensure the best experience on and off the water. We want our guests to walk away from their adventure blown away; ticking off a bucket-list species, having learnt something new and in the process making new friends. This is what fishing is all about for us.”
Check out their video channel from their amazing fishing adventures at www.youtube.com/c/JourneyofaFisherman.