Rob Fort is one of New Zealand’s most experienced kayak fishing anglers and is a professional guide, artist, writer, photographer and videographer. He is also recognized internationally winning awards for his kayak fishing films. Rob’s love for the marine environment is reflected through his passion for kayaking, fishing, freediving and spearfishing that have spanned over many decades. His enthusiasm for kayaking is reflected through the various enterprises he undertakes and is actively involved in education.
Co-owner and operator of Coromandel Kayak Adventures one of New Zealand’s first dedicated kayak fishing tour business. He also works with various companies in product testing and development within the marine, tackle and fishing industries. Rob has introduced many anglers to softbait fishing and is recognized for his involvement and education of the subject in New Zealand. He has a wealth of fishing knowledge from both the kayak and other types of platforms. Rob originally developed the concept of using a vessel (mother ship) to transport kayaks to remote offshore locations in New Zealand.
Feature story writer and regular contributor of the kayak, fishing and spearfishing columns in NZ Bay Fisher and The Adventurer Magazine. Rob has appeared on television fishing programmes Gateway Outdoors show in 2007, Gone Fishin show in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also speaks regularly (every second week) on the Radio Livesport Fishing Show.
New Zealand’s highest profile independent kayak angler, Rob’s exploits have meant he is recognised at the top of his various fields. Currently one of the Humminbird and Ocean Kayak Pro Team including a former member of the NZ Berkley Pro Team and Slam Pro Team Captain. His long term love for spear fishing/free diving as well as the ocean and its creatures has meant an intimate insight into the terrain and habitats within. He regularly explores, tours, fishes and free dives on and in the ocean from kayaks and other vessels. His experience with the environment spans more than thirty eight years.