Big storms produce great inshore fishing
The recent pounding along our coast stirred up plenty of feed.
Spring snapper soon on the way
RICHARD & BILL BATHURST - Fishing NewsSnapper are still in the gulf, but are not as willing to take a bait as throughout the summer months.
EUGEN DE BRUYN - Fishing NewsCasting around the inner harbour has been hard work over the last few weeks.
Longlines produce the goods
MARTY BOWERS - Fishing NewsThere can be September days when the small panny snapper are in close, but generally they are moving out by now and not in easy reach from the beaches.
Spring snapper on the way
BEN FRANCIS - Fishing NewsSpring snapper fishing is not far away, with September generally marking the beginning of this.
Southwest Reef still firing
CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing NewsWith spring just around the corner now, we can soon expect an influx of snapper schools moving inshore to build condition in preparation for spawning.
Tarakihi still out deep
RUSS HAWKINS - Fishing NewsOur great table fish, tarakihi, are still out wide (from 55-80m), with the inner ground around the 30m mark producing mainly small snapper.
It’s not over!
STEVE SMITH - Fish & GameWhile the traditional winter fly fishing is coming to an end, there are still good fish being caught.
Harling focus for lake fishers
STEVE BARRY - Fishing NewsNow that September has arrived, the Hinemaiaia River is beginning to taper off, with most fish in spent condition.
LLEW JONES - Fishing NewsThis time of year doesn’t usually produce good catches of kingfish – but this year’s an exception.
JIM O’BRIEN - Fishing NewsBetween the prolonged cold southerlies and big swells, fishing opportunities have been worth taking for boat and shore fishers.
Winter offers diversity
STU DAVIDSON - Fishing NewsInshore the snapper are well spread, with a good number remaining available in patches right along the beach.
All quiet at Top of the South
TONY ORMAN - Fishing NewsIt’s generally quiet over winter, not helped by big tides and muddy water, says Dave Fishburn, well-known charter operator in Queen Charlotte Sound.
Targeting big browns
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsEarly September is a great time for targeting large brown trout in some of our year-round waters, especially the lower Selwyn.
DAVE CRAZE - Fishing NewsWhitebait are showing up in the rivers and, as in past years, they are out around the offshore islands.
Lake edges a good option
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsThe recent drought on the West Coast has made trout fishing difficult in the smaller rivers, but opened up opportunities for exploring larger rivers not normally easily accessed.
What a summer!
GRAHAM HOWARD - Fishing NewsEveryone is crowing - with the exception of the cockies, who are really suffering now.
From tuna to red cod
BRUCE BASHER - Fishing NewsWith the warmer weather the country has been experiencing over the past month or two, water temperatures have remained high and the fish species caught have confirmed this.
Lures at the ready
CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing NewsWest Coast fishing has been exceptional, with a lot of light wind and low swells.
Hot marlin bite
BEN FRANCIS - Fishing NewsEaster passed, and due to a great period of weather there were plenty of people out on the water.
Superb summer fishing
STU DAVIDSON - Fishing NewsSome very respectable snapper are hitting the beach, along with some large kahawai, gurnard and trevally.
Autumn late, but summer goes on and on
STEVE RADICH - Fishing NewsCrystal-clear cobalt blue water is right up the harbours - then turns into a pretty tropical turquoise as soon as it gets over the sand.
Monster marlin the highlight
WAYNE BARCLAY - Fishing NewsThe Salsa Cafe Fishing Competition was held over two days during Easter Weekend, with 14 boats taking part.
Good month for flounder fishing
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsCooler water and autumn flows often refresh many smaller coastal streams in April.
Tournament produces big fish
ALAIN JORION - Fishing NewsThe Eastland Port Marlin and Tuna Contest once again demonstrated that Gisborne produces great fish.
Drought affects river fishing
STEVE BARRY - Fishing NewsThe drought has made things pretty tough for the river fishos in Taupo.
CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing NewsBoats that specialise in game fishing are enjoying some good conditions and results.
Small fish a problem
EUGEN DE BRUYN - Fishing NewsThe Waitemata Harbour continues to produce schooling snapper, with the main problem being the high number of undersized fish.
Wind change brings billfish bite
BRIAN CANDY - Fishing NewsOnce the southeasterly winds changed, the marlin bite was on.
Tuna on the bite
PAUL PASISI - Fishing NewsYellowfin tuna have been running and FADs - both inshore and more predominantly offshore - have been producing some excellent fish.
Excellent salmon run
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsThe outstanding salmon season continues, with good numbers of fish taken from rivers throughout the region.
Bottom fishing heats up
SHAY FAIRHURST - Fishing NewsThe bottom fishing continues to improve for most areas in Taranaki.
Marlin on the go
RUSS HAWKINS - Fishing NewsThere have been some nice blue and striped marlin seen and hooked, with a live skipjack being a near-sure bet and the good old Lumo Sprocket having some success, too.
Game fish galore!
CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing NewsThe charter skippers out on the water every day allowable, Dwade Pinny (Clansman) and Dave Donald (Crazy Horse), can't remember marlin numbers like they're experiencing before.
RICHARD & BILL BATHURST - Fishing NewsThere are still heaps of smaller snapper around the outer gulf, but the fishing has been better in the inner gulf - maybe not in size, but certainly in numbers.
Want a feed? Stay in the harbour!
JOHN VOWLESS - Fishing NewsThe harbour fishing is running hot, with good numbers of nice snapper in top condition.
Big yellowfin don't show
STEVE CAMPBELL - Fishing NewsTonga has managed to avoid the worst of the cyclonic conditions so far.
Kingfish firing up
TONY ORMAN - Fishing NewsKingfish are firing up in Tasman and Golden Bays, as well as around the Marlborough Sounds.
A kingfish Christmas
BRUCE BASHER - Fishing NewsThe more settled weather and sea conditions have seen shore and boat anglers enjoying an increase in fish catches.
Warm water tactics
STEVE SMITH - Fishing NewsJigging and stream-mouth fly fishing are the main techniques for February - if the forecasts hold true.
Gamefish start to arrive
CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing NewsThe snapper season has generally been a good one.
Pelagics start to move in
BEN FRANCIS - Fishing NewsThe water temperatures have been increasing consistently into January, which saw the annual arrival of mako sharks and albacore.
Early blue marlin catches
GEOFF STONE - Fishing NewsThe game fishing season started with a bang on January 2 with blue marlin caught from boats fishing out of Tutukaka and Whangaroa.
Billfish on the bite
PETER PHILLIPPS - Fishing NewsThe marlin fishing is red hot at the moment, and we are all now looking to the Vanuatu Marlin Classic, which starts on May 31 and runs for a week.
Salmon in the surf
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsJanuary is the top month for elephant fish in Canterbury as these fish feed close inshore.
Patience is the key
STU DAVIDSON - Fishing NewsThe snapper fishing remains a hot and cold affair.
'Goldfish' move in
RICHARD & BILL BATHURST - Fishing NewsThere will soon be hordes of juvenile snapper throughout the gulf, picking baits off the hook and taking the tails off soft-baits.
Signs of summer
BRIAN CANDY - Fishing NewsThe kings are on the small size, with some big ones amongst them, and some of the bigger ones are full of paper nautilus; these creatures are usually in fairly warm water, and get targeted by all types of pelagic fish.
Big GTs up north
PETER PHILLIPPS - Fishing NewsLots of drizzly weather, some windy days and just a little slower fishing action than usual have made for a tough month.
Great fishing for sea-run trout
PETER LANGLANDS - Fishing NewsOutstanding sea-run trout up to 3kg have been caught in Lake Forsyth, and as the lake warms up the trout are likely to move into Little River.