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Yep, spring is here - well that's what the calendar tells us anyway - the weather gods may see it differently.
Regardless of the conditions, the October issue heralds a change in fishing seasons.
For many throughout the county October 1 is the opening of the trout season. Many lakes, rivers and streams have been locked up so that trout can do their 'wild thing'.
One of the areas where opening day has almost cult status is in the Rotorua region, and non more so than at Lake Tarawera.
There are several stories outlining the prospects for this coming season in the magazine, regardless of where you are situated. Peter Langlands offers some tips on catch trophy South Island trout while herb Spannagl puts his spin on fishing after dark at Taupo.
Staying with the freshwater theme, our cover shot this month shows a salmon caught on soft-plastic baits.
There are a couple of features on salmon - Adrian Bell's lead piece on soft-baiting and Greg Morton's fair Chase effort on targeting predators.
There is also plenty for the surfcasters. Gary Kemsley's Casting About column is on bait selection while Bruce Basher offers another helpful hint in DIY casting rigs. Kane Wrigglesworth tries his hand at targeting moki with some helpful advice resulting, while wellington based shore fisher Andrew Macleod talks about his winter in the capital.
On the gamefishing scene John Holdsworth takes a look at the science of tracking our highly migratory species and sounds a few alarm bells while on the practical front, Bonze Fleet talks about using 'dredges' to catch billfish.
Sam Mossman's feature this month has the eye catching title 'An Orca Ate My Homework' when he tangles with these marine mammals. His boat test is on the Senator Typhoon MH670.
Kylie Laker explains why it is good to get the ladies out on the water while Paul Senior gets out among the Hauraki Gulf snapper on the jet ski. Adam Clancey's feature this issue is on the basics of finding fish while mark Kitteridge shares some magic tips for catching tricky kahawai.
Editor grant Dixon took a recent trip back up to Cape Karikari, based out of Whatuwhiwhi, and was reminded as to just why this part of the world is species - not only the fishing and the scenery, but the people.
All of the above compliments the regular mix of columns and reports which covers off most of the angling opportunities available to readers nationwide.
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