The Wild West team met Graeme Sinclair and his son James earlier this year at a couple of hunting & fishing shows in Auckland. We told him all about our fourth generation Nannas recipe we use to make our award winning worcester sauce and where we make it here on the Wild West Coast of the Kaipara. We told him how blessed we are to be able to hunt and fish right on our doorstep in our slice of paradise we are privilaged to call home. He wanted to come & visit us here in Northland from the moment The Saucerer told him of his hunting and fishing stories. The ones he’d caught and the ones that got away.
Last week Graeme and James came up to Dargaville for three days filming in the Kaipara. The Saucerer took them to the toitoi to get some scratches. In The Saucerer’s words…”Ladies go to the hairdressers to get their nails done. Dudes go to the bush to get scratches. Chicks dig scars.” So they went pig hunting at The Saucerer’s spot “X” down Pouto. Unfortunately they missed the pig this time. But Graeme didn’t mind. That’s the nature of hunting. He said it gives him a good excuse to come back again next time.
We took him to visit Matua Cyril Ranginui our local fisheries officer for a yarn about our Kaipara and the history of our west coast beach. We visited the local museum to check out some local history, shipwrecks found in the area and saw some locally found kauri gum.
We took him fishing on Ripiro Beach, our wild, windy west coast on a westerly wind. Luckily we still managed to catch a few fish despite the huge seas. We also shared some locally caught and smoked mullet smothered with our wild west worcester sauce of course!
Graeme is such a nice, down to earth kiwi bloke. He is easy to talk to and makes filming such a casual and relaxed atmosphere. He doesn’t let anything hold him back. He is a family man. Was saucesome to see both him and his son on this trip. Next time hopefully he will bring his wife and daughter too. He is an inspiration! It was his first time visiting this area of the country and he is very keen to come back. He loved our slice of paradise and the history learnt along the way. In the time he was here we only managed to share a few of our hundreds of favourite spots around the kaipara. So hopefully we will be sharing some more special spots reel soon.
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