Barker v Spithill

It’s kind of like when Princess Diana was killed: when Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle team delivered that killer blow to Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup’s final race, everyone remembers where they were when the news came through.

Fishing techniques and snapper survival

Sam Mossman explains how the hooks and techniques used have a big effect on the survival of released fish.

The long and the short of it

Kayak Fishing

The Hutchwilco Boat show is always a great place to be, with plenty of opportunity to check out recent innovations in everything from large craft (for carrying your kayak of course) to the smallest items of terminal tackle.

In search of Spot-X

Land-based fishing

Once the basic skills are learned, perhaps the primary ingredient to ensuring a land-based angler‘s success is the spots he or she fishes. Experienced surfcaster Andy Macleod explains how he goes about finding those ‘Spot X’ locations…

McLay’s CrossXover 601 – safety in style

McLay Boats, based in a large, new, purpose-built factory on the outskirts of Milton, south of Dunedin, is one of New Zealand’s top aluminium boat builders, both in numerical production and quality of build.

National record john dory claim

Landing a New Zealand record john dory was so surprising it knocked the lucky angler’s friend off his perch.

Record snapper offender sentenced

An Auckland man was sentenced in Papakura’s District Court last month to 320-hours community work for taking 325 snapper.

Ruato boat restrictions lifted

Bar-safety videos for boaties

When small is best

When super-keen soft-baiter Mark Kitteridge found his usual strategies weren’t producing, he had to to rethink his approach.

Flasher rig finesse

When sabiki flies were first introduced into New Zealand, they revolutionised the catching of small baitfish like mackerel – but baitfish were not all they caught. Sam Mossman details their progression to flasher rigs and the best ways to fish with them.

Surtees 5.8 Game Fisher

Going on safari

Tackle Talk - August 2013

It is without doubt the spin-fisher surfcaster's biggest irritation.

DIY - August 2013

One place I do a bit of surfcasting has large stones on the beach. It is a great snapper spot, probably due to the fact there are mussels and oysters on the stones as well.

Wildfoods - May 2013

Moroccan BBQ Trevally

Wildfoods - April 2013

DIY - April 2013

Wildfoods - August 2013

Three-egg smoked trout omelette

When fair is foul

Hover through the fog and filthy air, chant the witches as they await the arrival of Macbeth in Shakespeare's tragedy of that name.

Recommended Reading

Below are some of our favourite online resources.

Southern Bluefin Tuna


Blue shark

A common pelagic shark with world-wide distribution, blue sharks are common in New Zealand offshore waters right around the coast. They are easily recognizable by their bright blue colour and long slender body , with over-length pectoral fins.

Whangarei/Tutukaka - September 2014

The recent pounding along our coast stirred up plenty of feed.

Northern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

Snapper are still in the gulf, but are not as willing to take a bait as throughout the summer months.

Eastern Coromandel - September 2014

Manukau - September 2014

Southern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

Casting around the inner harbour has been hard work over the last few weeks.


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