The Wanderers Surfcasting and Angling Club celebrates 50 years of fishing this year.
The club was formed in the lounge of John Claire in Howick on July 29, 1968. This hardy bunch of shore-based fishing pioneers met monthly to explore Auckland’s coastlines together. The club’s catch records paint an interesting picture of the changing health of the fishery along with the development of shore-based fishing techniques over the past half century.
The Wanderers has always had a membership of 25-30 keen anglers and for the last 25 years, half of the membership has been based in the King Country around the communities of Te Kuiti and Otorohanga.
This geographical divide has seen members fishing the west coast south of Kawhia, Great Barrier Is, the Far North and often being a midway point for everyone, the Coromandel Peninsula.
The last 10 years has been hard on many fishing clubs. The traditional role of the fishing club was to provide knowledge, resources and connections to fishermen looking to improve their skills. With various social media platforms now catering to these needs, many fishing clubs are struggling for new membership. The Wanderers however, have maintained a solid bond over the last 50 years, based not only on fantastic fishing but also each other’s company, camaraderie and banter between trips.
If you’re reading this and thinking that you might have something to offer, as well as receive, from being involved with a club like the Wanderers, contact secretary Stewart Anderson on [email protected] as the club looks forward to the next 50 years of fishing adventures.
05 December 2018