About Us

Coromandel Fish and Kayak (Go Kayak Coromandel Ltd) was founded in 2007 and has introduced many people to the sport of lure fishing and kayak fishing. This has placed us at the forefront of the most modern fishing technology which has created interest in these types of activity further contributing to their popularity over the years. 

Our mission - We strive to give the best service to each and every customer. It's our goal to ensure you have the best experience while visiting Coromandel where our store is based in this stunning part of New Zealand. If you are in the area and either want to learn or are already into fishing, kayaking, spearfishing and diving then we have the knowledge to put you on the right track. We are only to happy to offer advice on local conditions, fishing or diving hot spots plus what works best in this area.


Coromandel Fish and Kayak is owned and operated by partners Janet Botma and Rob Fort who are both well known for their friendly helpful approach. The couple both have various roles within the kayaking business.

Rob FortNew Zealand's most experienced kayak fishing guide, professional angler and kayak fisher. He is the original founder of this Coromandel based business, Go Kayak Coromandel Ltd. His enthusiasm for kayaking is reflected through the various enterprises he undertakes and is actively involved in kayak education. 

Rob has also worked with various companies in product development within the kayak, fishing and marine industry. Feature article and regular contributor of the fishing, kayak fishing and spearfishing columns in NZ Fishing News, Fishing Coast to Coast and Bay Fisher Magazines. Rob has appeared on TV3 fishing programme Gateway Outdoors show in 2007, Gone Fishin show in 2012 and 2013. Rob also talks regularly on Radio Livesport Fishing Show.

Rob is well known around the country and overseas for his kayak fishing exploits. Formerly one of the NZ Berkley Pro Team and also the New Zealand Slam Pro Team Captain. He is also New Zealand's only Humminbird Pro Team member and the longest serving member of the Ocean Kayak Pro Adventure team.

Rob's long term love for spearfishing/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 freedives/spearfishes on and in the ocean from kayaks and other vessels. His experience with the environment spans forty years.

Janet Botma

Office Administrator and many other roles within the operation. Janet has a large amount of experience in office admin fields and joined Coromandel Kayak & Fishing in 2009. 

The variety of roles Janet fills with the company range from accounts, website orders, serving in the shop to kayak rentals and deliveries.

An accomplished kayak angler herself Janet loves fishing from kayaks and continues to push herself managing to achieve many personal best catches with a seventeen pound snapper the biggest so far.

She has a love of the Coromandel Peninsula also and is finding out how diverse the coast-line is. Janet's friendly smile and cheerful nature is sure to make you feel welcome. Her efficiency in processing any web orders soon after they arrive is outstanding and this is why Coromandel Kayak & Fishing has proven to be a popular place to shop and get information.