Fishing

Setting the record straight!

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I was fishing in Samoa, the news crackling through on the VHF of the boat I was fishing on. The boat fell silent for a few seconds, then was broken by a single loud expletive.

The cocktail bait

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Bruce Basher gets great ingredients and combines them to make something special.

Hatchery helps with salmon recovery

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The positive work at McKinnon’s Creek Salmon Hatchery on the Rangitata River prompted Sandie Finnie to talk with Bill Whipp, a long-standing member of Riparian Support Trust.

Kayak comps and expeditions

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A hectic schedule lies ahead over the following few months as Stephen Tapp tries to fit in a series of kayak competitions and expeditions.

Pike fishing in Britain

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Far from home, Sam Mossman enjoys a classic English summer and targets a new species – the pike.

Check out our digital edition - for free!

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Readers are invited to check out the digital issues of our August and September issues for free by logging onto www.fishingnzdigital.co.nz.

Ruato boat restrictions lifted

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The council met recently to consider proposed changes to the Angler’s Notice, which lays down the region’s fishing rules and regulations.

Bar-safety videos for boaties

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ACC, Maritime NZ and Coastguard provided funding to produce the films (about $70,000), which walk boaties through key safety steps to ensure a safer bar crossing.

Huge prizes at Auckland Boat Show

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For example, eight $1000 prize packs will be given away to visitors who purchase tickets online, and there’s also a dream charter trip in Tonga up for grabs.

Which hook?

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As most anglers will now be aware, some months ago the Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, made his pronouncement on reducing the SNA1 recreational bag limits and increasing the size limit.

The long and the short of it

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For me, one of the more exciting aspects is the opportunity to talk to a diverse group of anglers and find out what they’re most interested in. This year was no exception – easily the most common tackle questions from kayakers were based around what rod length to choose.

In search of Spot-X

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Unlike boat fishermen who can range widely over deep water, the land-based angler is confined to the shallow fringes of the coast.

McLay’s CrossXover 601 – safety in style

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They released their new range of hulls, the CrossXover series, currently consisting of 561 (5.75m), 581 (5.81m) and 601 (6.1m) models, at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

When small is best

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For a few sweet weeks every year, the inner Hauraki Gulf comes alive with huge baitfish schools and the creatures that want to eat them.

Flasher rig finesse

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My first experience with a sabiki rig was to lower it off the old Pukenui Wharf at Houhora and pull it in with seven mackerel on the seven tent-wing flies.

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