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This Is The End My Friends! - Whitebait - NZ by AndreaEL

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Whitebaiting in New Zealand is a seasonal activity with a fixed and limited period enforced during the period that the whitebait normally migrate up-river. The most popular way of cooking whitebait in New Zealand is the whitebait fritter, which is essentially an omelette containing whitebait. Foreigners frequently react with revulsion when shown uncooked whitebait, which resembles slimy, translucent worms. Caravans and campervans litter the landscape as their occupants scour the river banks for slithers of silver. Weather-beaten wooden stands line the muddy river that winds between lush green hills. There are more than 250 registered stands on the Mokau and Awakino rivers. The three-month season attracts all sorts – young and old, men and women. Most deny their catches – and never reveal their technique. “Oh no, there’s not much running at the moment,” one will say. His neighbour will say: “I haven’t caught much, but I think he’s caught a bit today.” The other familiar line is: “A few years ago I’d fill this net with whitebait.”
As friendly as they are, the whitebaiters don’t care to share tales of their ever-growing catch like some fishermen, although a peek in the freezer in some of the caravans reveals the truth. These people love heading to the river at 5.30 in the morning and leaving at nightfall, lured by the excitement of the catch and the taste of a good feed of whitebait at the end of the day.
This is a delicacy and these tiny little whitebait can fetch over $100 per kg in some outlets, it is no wonder the whitebaiters along the rural rivers do not reveal their secrets.
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This Is The End My Friends! – Whitebait


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Now, that is an incredible looking fish and a marvelous story you have told! I’ve never heard of these fish before.

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely comment I really appreciate it. We all learn something new on RB every day.

    – AndreaEL

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 4 years ago

    Cool capture!

  • Thank you Cee for your kind words and support I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 4 years ago
    Now that is mean and unfair ! We just love whitebait but only seem to get the Chinese variety here and can’t afford the local ones – way too expensive. When I was on the Pilot boat, in the season we used to take home three or four bucketloads. They used to run under the wharf right alongside where the Pilot boat tied up. Terrific shot !
  • Thank you Roy, you will have to come for dinner to have some real whitebait then. I had never had it before migrating to NZ, I just love it too.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    I feel sad now, we went to dinner Sunday and had whitebait as starter

  • Thank you Lynn, you should not feel sad, hope you enjoyed it, you have to eat, and if you did feel sad about what you were eating you would starve, everything is alive.

    – AndreaEL

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 4 years ago

    A cool shot of a school of Whitebait and love the interesting information you have provided! : )

  • Thank you Sandy for your kind words and support I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the info.

    – AndreaEL

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture

  • Thank you for your kind words I really appreciate it.

    – AndreaEL

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonalmost 4 years ago

    Oooh, I want some. I havent had whitebait in decades – since I left Enzed!

  • Thank you Marguerite for your kind words and support I really appreciate it. You may have to visit NZ again for a treat.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Cool info and a great photo fo them too, now I know much more about whitebait! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa for your kind words and support I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the info.

    – AndreaEL

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