Five reasons you caught no fish

Sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on why you’re not catching fish, but at other times it can be worked out.

If you come home with no fish, it might not be your fault says surfcaster Andy Macleod.

How to catch a kahawai

FISH TALE: NZ Fishing News writer Andy Macleod with a 2.5kg summer kahawai.

Andy Macleod looks at the tricks to hooking a Kahawai.

A fisher's guide to sharks

Of the 440 known species of shark only a small number are man-eaters.

A large dorsal fin slicing through the water terrifies many of us- but is our fear justified?

Tackle test: Fin-Nor Lethal LT100

The NZ Fishing News crew put  the Fin-Nor Lethal through its paces.

REVIEW: The largest black marlin ever caught was taken on a Fin-Nor reel in 1953, cementing the brand’s reputation for quality.

Mexico: Funs, food and fins

The early angler catches the fish. Charter boats leave the Cabo san Lucas marina at dawn in search of a marlin.


Cabo trip

Cabo San Lucas is Hollywood's favourite holiday haunt. But its first claim to fame is as a world-class sports fishing destination.

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What makes a winner?

Kayak angler Jai Saunders with last year's winning Century Batteries Beach and Boat Competition and Furuno Snapper World Cup 10.85kg snapper.

Plenty of practice is key to fishing contest success says the current Furuno Snapper World Cup champ.

Soft-baiting for starters

With a few simple changes in technique, beginner soft-baiters can greatly increase their success

Josh Darby offers top tips for fishing lovers struggling to get to grips with soft-baiting.

Unpredictable salmon

One thing that never changes about salmon fishing is the beauty of the prize!

There is no doubt about it: fishing for salmon is easy – but catching them isn’t.

Catching a striped marlin with a lure

Graeme 'Bonze' Fleet shares techniques for hooking a striped marlin with a lure.

One of New Zealand’s most prominent gamefishing skippers and lure makers offers advice on catching more striped marlin on lures.

Auckland Area Fishing Report

Local snapper for the locals - part of a nice catch from North Head

Auckland Area Fishing Report for January 2015

South Island Area Fishing Report

Albacore start to turn up off the West Coast in January.

South Island area fishing report for January 2015.

Northland Area Fishing Report

Kenichi Myamoto with a nice king taken aboard Kuri II at Whangaroa

Northland Fishing Area Report for January 2015

Lower North Island Area Fishing Report

Wellington's south coast is fishing well; Owhiro Bay is a popular launching spot.

Lower North Island Fishing Area Report for January 2015

Bay of Plenty/Waikato Area Fishing Report

The bronzies are back - are are taking their 'tax' of kingfish catches

Bay of Plenty/Waikato Area Fishing Report for January 2015

Fishermen develop app to log catch

A screen grab from recreational fishing app Fish4All.

The pair have invested more than $100,000 developing a free smartphone app to log catches.

Setting the record straight!


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


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

Hatchery helps with salmon recovery


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


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


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

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Ruato boat restrictions lifted


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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.

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