Eric Matthews is a patient man, fishing faithfully over the past 60 years despite ever-diminishing returns. "October's the best month for whitebaiting" says 80-year-old Eric Matthews, who goes down to the river to catch the delicacy with his son Shane. "We don't get very big catches these days. I remember a run a long time ago - a bloke across the river from me caught 50 kilos. I got about 11 kilos. It doesn't happen often, but you sometimes get more when you least expect it. Your little container is suddenly not big enough. On that big day I remember people using anything they could find to store the fish, even putting whitebait in their parka pockets; another took his trousers off, tied the legs and poured his catch in there. Before fridges were common people occasionally came home with more whitebait that they could eat or give away, they couldn't store it, and it sometimes ended up round the fruit trees. Nowadays there seem to be fewer whitebait, there are many more people fishing, catches are much smaller, and of course everyone has fridges." - words by John Bristed.
Capital Magazine commissioned PIVOT to head up the Kapiti Coast to spend time with Eric and Shane, the father-and-son fishing duo who have stuck it out through thick and thin. The tranquil river mouth and quiet beach town had a unique charm that us city-dwellers certainly need from time to time.