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Academy introduces students to fishing

It is a common enough expression for people to suggest taking kids is the future of our sport, but many just pay lip service to it.

One who has gone beyond this is Parakai School's Cameron Tamatahi-Davies (Mr T to his students!)  who set up Fishing Academy NZ (FANZ). Cameron for two years now has shared his love of fishing with a bunch of students who gave up their own time to learn a little of the skills required to go fishing, along with its associated etiquettes and ethics.

Cameron involved a number of people from the community as well as NZFN staffers Mark Kitteridge and Grant Dixon in FANZ, helping broaden the participants' knowledge.

Recently Mark spent a day on the water with the kids of FANZ and came away with some great shots and a nice story. One of the students graces the cover of this month's magazine and story is quite inspirational as it shows how one person has gone from talking about TAKF to actually doing it.

The lead story this month also involves someone who has been instrumental in getting many people out onto the water, both in a practical and theoretical sense.

Sam Mossman spent a few days recently in Wellington and reacquainted himself with some of the Cook Strait residents courtesy of Pete and his charter vessel Daniel.

Pete is a  bit of a legend in the capital's fishing circles. He is involved in not only the tackle and charter boat scenes, but also hosts fishing classes as well. Over the years he has also contributed many articles to NZ Fishing News with landbased fishing one of his fortes.

There is a bit on fishing baits in this issue. Whangaparaoa charter skipper Damian 'Damo' Clayton takes a look at some back to baits basics while Adam Clancey explains why molluscs and crustaceans make good baits and how to apply them to your hook.

'Flasher rigs' go hand-in hand with baits and this month's reader contribution from John Flynn gives a step-by-step guide to creating your own sabikis for a range of species.

One of the growing aspects of recreational angling is kayak fishing. This issue John Eichelsheim shares his first 'yak fishing experience with a bunch of keen North Shore clubbies while regular kayak contributor Stephen Tapp tells the tale of a great trip to the Three Kings aboard a mothership. Taking on kingfish and 'puka from a large vessel can present its challenges, let alone from a narrow 'canoe'.

Also at the Three Kings this month is Mark Kitteridge. On his annual Pursuit charter trip, after a slow start the first two days, it all came together on Day Three. Mark's story of that day's action just makes you want to be there.

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Staying with the gamefishing theme, Graeme 'Bonze' Fleet gives us part II of his Offshore Odyssey, this time concentrating on Bermuda where he was part of the marlin magazine team presenting the marlin 'university', as well as covering the action from a couple of big gamefishing tournaments.

Freshwater readers have not been forgotten. Herb Spannagl shares his shooting head' techniques while Peter Langlands explains why he looks forward to sea run trout time, coming up just prior to the start of the trout season proper.

In his fair Chase column, Greg Morton checks out the canal action for trout and salmon while peter Shutt interviews Laurie Claringbold and his early involvement with the Waitati salmon hatchery.

The ITM Fishing Show's presenter Matt Watson, now a veteran of over 200 episodes, presents part two of his chosen Top 10 episodes which throws in a couple of surprises.

Boats reviewed this month include the 9-metre Allenco Rod Baron as well as Kingfisher 625 Centre Console bound for charter work in Samoa. A range of the Pro-Hunter lures are also reviewed in the Tackle test section.

If you are looking for a good gift for Father's Day, there is a double page selection of possible options, and at the very worst you can sign him up for a 12-month subscription to NZ Fishing News.

Enjoy your reading.

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