Area Reports

Whangarei/Tutukaka - September 2014

Big storms produce great inshore fishing

The recent pounding along our coast stirred up plenty of feed.

Northern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

Spring snapper soon on the way


Snapper are still in the gulf, but are not as willing to take a bait as throughout the summer months.

Southern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

Fishing patchy

Sth Hauraki Gulf

EUGEN DE BRUYN - Fishing News

Casting around the inner harbour has been hard work over the last few weeks.

Eastern Coromandel - September 2014

Longlines produce the goods

MARTY BOWERS - Fishing News

There 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.

Manukau - September 2014

Spring snapper on the way

BEN FRANCIS - Fishing News

Spring snapper fishing is not far away, with September generally marking the beginning of this.

West Coast Waikato - September 2014

Southwest Reef still firing

CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing News

With spring just around the corner now, we can soon expect an influx of snapper schools moving inshore to build condition in preparation for spawning.

Tauranga - September 2014

Tarakihi still out deep

RUSS HAWKINS - Fishing News

Our great table fish, tarakihi, are still out wide (from 55-80m), with the inner ground around the 30m mark producing mainly small snapper.

Rotorua - September 2014

It’s not over!

STEVE SMITH - Fish & Game

While the traditional winter fly fishing is coming to an end, there are still good fish being caught.

Taupo- September 2014

Harling focus for lake fishers

STEVE BARRY - Fishing News

Now that September has arrived, the Hinemaiaia River is beginning to taper off, with most fish in spent condition.

Waihi/Whangamata - September 2014

Kingfish surprise!

LLEW JONES - Fishing News

This time of year doesn’t usually produce good catches of kingfish – but this year’s an exception.

Wellington - September 2014

Winter opportunities

JIM O’BRIEN - Fishing News

Between the prolonged cold southerlies and big swells, fishing opportunities have been worth taking for boat and shore fishers.

Whakatane - September 2014

Winter offers diversity

STU DAVIDSON - Fishing News

Inshore the snapper are well spread, with a good number remaining available in patches right along the beach.

Nelson/Marlborough - September 2014

All quiet at Top of the South

TONY ORMAN - Fishing News

It’s generally quiet over winter, not helped by big tides and muddy water, says Dave Fishburn, well-known charter operator in Queen Charlotte Sound.

Canterbury - September 2014

Targeting big browns


Early September is a great time for targeting large brown trout in some of our year-round waters, especially the lower Selwyn.

Southland - September 2014

Whitebait Show

DAVE CRAZE - Fishing News

Whitebait are showing up in the rivers and, as in past years, they are out around the offshore islands.

West Coast - May 2013

Lake edges a good option

west coast small


The 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.

Wairarapa - May 2013

What a summer!

GRAHAM HOWARD - Fishing News

Everyone is crowing - with the exception of the cockies, who are really suffering now.

Hawkes Bay - May 2013

From tuna to red cod

BRUCE BASHER - Fishing News

With 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.

West Coast Waikato - May 2013

Lures at the ready

CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing News

West Coast fishing has been exceptional, with a lot of light wind and low swells.

Manukau - May 2013

Hot marlin bite

BEN FRANCIS - Fishing News

Easter passed, and due to a great period of weather there were plenty of people out on the water.

Whakatane - May 2013

Superb summer fishing

STU DAVIDSON - Fishing News

Some very respectable snapper are hitting the beach, along with some large kahawai, gurnard and trevally.

Far North - May 2013

Autumn late, but summer goes on and on

far north strap

STEVE RADICH - Fishing News

Crystal-clear cobalt blue water is right up the harbours - then turns into a pretty tropical turquoise as soon as it gets over the sand.

Cook Islands - May 2013

Monster marlin the highlight

WAYNE BARCLAY - Fishing News

The Salsa Cafe Fishing Competition was held over two days during Easter Weekend, with 14 boats taking part.

Canterbury - April 2013

Good month for flounder fishing


Cooler water and autumn flows often refresh many smaller coastal streams in April.

Gisborne - April 2013

Tournament produces big fish

ALAIN JORION - Fishing News

The Eastland Port Marlin and Tuna Contest once again demonstrated that Gisborne produces great fish.

Taupo - April 2013

Drought affects river fishing

STEVE BARRY - Fishing News

The drought has made things pretty tough for the river fishos in Taupo.

West Coast Waikato - April 2013

Feet first

CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing News

Boats that specialise in game fishing are enjoying some good conditions and results.

Southern Hauraki Gulf - April 2013

Small fish a problem

EUGEN DE BRUYN - Fishing News

The Waitemata Harbour continues to produce schooling snapper, with the main problem being the high number of undersized fish.

Whangaroa - April 2013

Wind change brings billfish bite

BRIAN CANDY - Fishing News

Once the southeasterly winds changed, the marlin bite was on.

Niue Island - April 2013

Tuna on the bite

PAUL PASISI - Fishing News

Yellowfin tuna have been running and FADs - both inshore and more predominantly offshore - have been producing some excellent fish.

Canterbury - March 2013

Excellent salmon run


The outstanding salmon season continues, with good numbers of fish taken from rivers throughout the region.

Taranaki - March 2013

Bottom fishing heats up


The bottom fishing continues to improve for most areas in Taranaki.

Tauranga - March 2013

Marlin on the go

RUSS HAWKINS - Fishing News

There 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.

West Coast Waikato - March 2013

Game fish galore!

CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing News

The 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.

Northern Hauraki Gulf - March 2013

Snapper patchy


There 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.

Whangarei/Tutukaka - March 2013

Want a feed? Stay in the harbour!

JOHN VOWLESS - Fishing News

The harbour fishing is running hot, with good numbers of nice snapper in top condition.

Tonga - March 2013

Big yellowfin don't show


Tonga has managed to avoid the worst of the cyclonic conditions so far.

Nelson/Marlborough - February 2013

Kingfish firing up

TONY ORMAN - Fishing News

Kingfish are firing up in Tasman and Golden Bays, as well as around the Marlborough Sounds.

Hawkes Bay - February 2013

A kingfish Christmas

BRUCE BASHER - Fishing News

The more settled weather and sea conditions have seen shore and boat anglers enjoying an increase in fish catches.

Rotorua - February 2013

Warm water tactics

STEVE SMITH - Fishing News

Jigging and stream-mouth fly fishing are the main techniques for February - if the forecasts hold true.

West Coast Waikato - February 2013

Gamefish start to arrive

CHRIS BUNGARD - Fishing News

The snapper season has generally been a good one.

Manukau - February 2013

Pelagics start to move in

BEN FRANCIS - Fishing News

The water temperatures have been increasing consistently into January, which saw the annual arrival of mako sharks and albacore.

Bay of Islands - February 2013

Early blue marlin catches

GEOFF STONE - Fishing News

The game fishing season started with a bang on January 2 with blue marlin caught from boats fishing out of Tutukaka and Whangaroa.

Vanuatu - February 2013

Billfish on the bite


The 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.

Canterbury - January 2013

Salmon in the surf


January is the top month for elephant fish in Canterbury as these fish feed close inshore.

Whakatane - January 2013

Patience is the key

STU DAVIDSON - Fishing News

The snapper fishing remains a hot and cold affair.

Northern Hauraki Gulf - January 2013

'Goldfish' move in


There will soon be hordes of juvenile snapper throughout the gulf, picking baits off the hook and taking the tails off soft-baits.

Whangaroa - January 2013

Signs of summer

BRIAN CANDY - Fishing News

The 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.

Vanuatu - January 2013

Big GTs up north


Lots of drizzly weather, some windy days and just a little slower fishing action than usual have made for a tough month.

Canterbury - December 2012

Great fishing for sea-run trout


Outstanding 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.
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