Lake edges a good option
PETER LANGLANDS - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsEveryone is crowing - with the exception of the cockies, who are really suffering now.
From tuna to red cod
BRUCE BASHER - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsWest Coast fishing has been exceptional, with a lot of light wind and low swells.
Hot marlin bite
BEN FRANCIS - © Fairfax NZ NewsEaster passed, and due to a great period of weather there were plenty of people out on the water.
Superb summer fishing
STU DAVIDSON - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsCooler water and autumn flows often refresh many smaller coastal streams in April.
Tournament produces big fish
ALAIN JORION - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Eastland Port Marlin and Tuna Contest once again demonstrated that Gisborne produces great fish.
Drought affects river fishing
STEVE BARRY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe drought has made things pretty tough for the river fishos in Taupo.
CHRIS BUNGARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsBoats that specialise in game fishing are enjoying some good conditions and results.
Small fish a problem
EUGEN DE BRUYN - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsOnce the southeasterly winds changed, the marlin bite was on.
Tuna on the bite
PAUL PASISI - © Fairfax NZ NewsYellowfin tuna have been running and FADs - both inshore and more predominantly offshore - have been producing some excellent fish.
Excellent salmon run
PETER LANGLANDS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe outstanding salmon season continues, with good numbers of fish taken from rivers throughout the region.
Bottom fishing heats up
SHAY FAIRHURST - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe bottom fishing continues to improve for most areas in Taranaki.
Marlin on the go
RUSS HAWKINS - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe harbour fishing is running hot, with good numbers of nice snapper in top condition.
Big yellowfin don't show
STEVE CAMPBELL - © Fairfax NZ NewsTonga has managed to avoid the worst of the cyclonic conditions so far.
Kingfish firing up
TONY ORMAN - © Fairfax NZ NewsKingfish are firing up in Tasman and Golden Bays, as well as around the Marlborough Sounds.
A kingfish Christmas
BRUCE BASHER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe more settled weather and sea conditions have seen shore and boat anglers enjoying an increase in fish catches.
Warm water tactics
STEVE SMITH - © Fairfax NZ NewsJigging and stream-mouth fly fishing are the main techniques for February - if the forecasts hold true.
Gamefish start to arrive
CHRIS BUNGARD - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe snapper season has generally been a good one.
Pelagics start to move in
BEN FRANCIS - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ NewsJanuary is the top month for elephant fish in Canterbury as these fish feed close inshore.
Patience is the key
STU DAVIDSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe snapper fishing remains a hot and cold affair.
'Goldfish' move in
RICHARD & BILL BATHURST - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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 - © Fairfax NZ 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.
Patience is a virtue
ALAIN JORION - © Fairfax NZ NewsFishing has been good and bad, with most boats going to South Rocks for a feed of tarakihi.
Harling hard to beat
STEVE BARRY - © Fairfax NZ NewsSome very hot days at the end of last month produced a really good beetle hatch.
Kingfish arrival anticipated
BEN FRANCIS - © Fairfax NZ NewsPersistent winds have limited opportunities for people to get out in the harbour and over the bar.
Whitebait and wind
LLEW JONES - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhitebait catches have been the best in our area for some time.
Fishing hit and miss
BRIAN CANDY - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe month just gone by has seen hard fishing - when you could get out - but with waters warming, the fishing should be picking up.
When fish attack
PETER PHILLIPS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe winds have been shifting through 360° over the month, but overall the fishing has been very consistent.
The 'white gold' rush is on!
PETER LANGLANDS - © Fairfax NZ NewsEarly November often sees some of the best whitebait runs on the Coast as the water warms up.
It ain't what it used to be
ALAIN JORION - © Fairfax NZ NewsEast coast swells have continued to hamper fishing all winter.
Spring fishing at its best
STU DAVIDSON - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe winds have predictably curtailed many early-spring fishing opportunities.
Tarakihi in good numbers
MARTY BOWERS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe weather has restricted most fishers to close-in or land-based fishing the majority of the time.
Snapper schools moving in
EUGEN DE BRUYN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWe have kicked off the snapper-schooling season with a good start from some of the traditional grounds out in the middle areas of the gulf.
'The Ninety' fires early
STEVE RADICH - © Fairfax NZ NewsClub members were rewarded with some great snapper and trevally while fishing at their most recent Ninety Mile Club field-day.
Red-hot marlin action!
PETER PHILLIPPS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe month of September has produced the best marlin fishing I can recall in a long time.
Snapper on their way
BRUCE BASHER - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe slow improvement in the weather has been very welcome.
Scallops off limits
RUSS HAWKINS - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe scallop season opened on September 1, but then we were told the toxin levels are not safe, so now we wait; this sometimes lasts some months.