Steven Radich was raised on a Kaipara dairy farm. High school years were spent boarding at Northland College in Kaikohe. Here Steve discovered the Bay of Islands.
After a traditional university education and too many years land-locked in Australia, Steve returned to Northland, where he now teaches at his old school, Northland College. The Bay of Islands is his playground. Most weekends he finds time to get out on the water and to dangle a fishing line over the side.
He has come to know the place like the back of his hand, and apart from a few heart-stopping moments, such as foloowing a mast head light into Whale Bay when he thought it was a houselight at Opito Bay, or ending up high & dry on a Kerikeri Inlet mud bank at low tide one dark night, he can usually be relied upon to find his way about, even on the darkest of nights.
While fishing, snorkelling, and just cruising are among his great loves, he seems to have inherited a family passion for exsploration & discovery. And sharing the magic of the place with more than family & friends has become something of a mission. "After all", he says, "few people ahve the opportunity to live & play in paradise as a matter of course."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steven Radich has written a weekly fishing column for the regional Northern News for several years, and he is a regular contributor to the New Zealand Fishing News. He has gained name as a fishing expert with a reputation as a snapper specialist. Catching big snapper is Steve's challenge. Fourteen kilograms is his best! "A Fluke", he says; but, those who fish with him know otherwise. Gathering & sharing fresh seafood (kaimoana) while boating with family & friends are his greatest pleasures. City firends often ask why he lives in the north. "Why leave paradise?" is his usual retort.