Catching the first fish of the day off Waiheke Island
Amid the frenetic energy of the recent Hutchwilco Boat show, I took some time out for a spot of fishing with Evinrude brand ambassador, Joseph Parker and a couple of mates.
The sun is just starting to peek over the horizon as JP launches the twin Evinrude-powered Stabicraft from Half Moon Bay and we drift silently towards the light.
Our destination is Waiheke Island, one of Joseph’s favourite fishing spots. Everyone is in good spirits and looking forward to catching some Snapper and Kahawai.
“We may even get a Kingy,” JP says.
Having checked that everyone is “holding on” knowing that the formidable power of the E-TEC’s can catch you off guard, JP opens the throttle and the boat jumps onto the plane. We race to meet the streak of orange light on the horizon.
JP tells me he started going out with his Dad from the age of two and has never looked back. “I really love fishing,” he admits. “It’s relaxing and gives me a sense of freedom.”
I ask about his recent fight with Anthony Joshua, and JP says he can’t wait to fight him again. “It was a tough fight, and we have some rebuilding to do before we get there again, but we have already started with plans for the next fight. “
Even though the loss to AJ was a setback, I can see that JP is brimming with confidence. I see the determination in his face.
“I will have a few fights to get back to the top he says, we may even fight in New Zealand next,” he adds.
We have slowed down and study the fish-finder and soon the rods come out. We drift slowly and the birds lead the way. JP is the first to hook a couple of decent-sized Kahawai and the mood is relaxed.
“How are the engines performing?” I ask. Joseph answers without hesitation; “Brother, they get me to where I want to go quicker and with less fuel. I end up saving money and can spend more time fishing.”
I decide to get a bit more technical and ask about oil usage, knowing that this has always been a talking point for two stroke engines.
“I don’t need to hook my boat up and take it to a dealer for a service,” he says. “Not only does that take up valuable time, but it’s expensive. I top up the oil myself and it take a minute. It’s cheaper for me.”
We spend the rest of the day talking about fishing and boxing and then slowly head back, a chilly bin full of Snapper and Kahawai. “Next time we get a Kingy,” says JP.
Good boating to you all
Joseph popped in to visit us at the Evinrude 2018 Hutchwilco stand.
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