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Tackle Talk - August 2013

It is without doubt the spin-fisher surfcaster's biggest irritation.

Fishing techniques and snapper survival

Sam Mossman explains how the hooks and techniques used have a big effect on the survival of released fish.

Barker v Spithill

By Matt Watson

It’s kind of like when Princess Diana was killed: when Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle team delivered that killer blow to Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup’s final race, everyone remembers where they were when the news came through.

The long and the short of it

Kayak Fishing

The Hutchwilco Boat show is always a great place to be, with plenty of opportunity to check out recent innovations in everything from large craft (for carrying your kayak of course) to the smallest items of terminal tackle.

In search of Spot-X

Land-based fishing

Once the basic skills are learned, perhaps the primary ingredient to ensuring a land-based angler‘s success is the spots he or she fishes. Experienced surfcaster Andy Macleod explains how he goes about finding those ‘Spot X’ locations…

Tackle Test - Straight Up rod racks

For anyone owning more than a couple of rods, where a few nails in the garage wall will no longer suffice, storing your favourite fishing tackle can be a pain.

Marine Electronics - Fish-finder basics

The following email from Raewyn Manuel is typical of many requests from NZ Fishing News readers when it comes to understanding marine electronics.

Tackle Tests - Jigging machines

Technology - Big-hearted middleweights

Something Fishy - Leopard chimaera

A rare leopard chimaera has been caught in a canyon on the northeastern coast.

Tackle test

The name Fin-Nor is linked to the pioneering days of big game fishing.

Something Fishy - Bluefinned butterfish

Something Fishy - Red Mullet

Something Fishy - Blackbelly lantern shark

Lantern sharks are a group of deep-water dogfishes usually only seen as trawler by-catch, but one was recently caught on rod and line.

Without one, you're going nowhere!

Trailers – without them boat-based anglers are going nowhere, yet they tend to be a neglected part of our equipment.

Extreme Game King 700 - NZFN Project Boat

When setting up a new boat, it’s often the smaller things that make a difference to its ‘fishability’ and enjoyment.

Setting up for sportfishing

Extreme Game King 700 - NZFN Project Boat

Haines Signature 485SF

The name Haines is an icon in the boating industries, both in New Zealand and Australia, and John Haines Senior’s ground-breaking early Haines Hunter designs commanded great respect.


At Christmas time, with family members sprawling around tables groaning with calories, declarations are made to get fit, trim down and spend more time fishing.

Fish Science - Old Man Snapper

In November 2007, a snapper taken from New Zealand’s West Coast North Island stock (SNA 8) was later aged at 60 years, one of oldest ever encountered in fisheries research assessing the length and age composition of commercial catches.

Fair Chase - Back to basics tenting

Land Based Fishing

Far North dreaming

Five in the morning at Spirits Bay and we were having coffee and Weetbix; after enduring 16 hours behind the wheel from Wellington it was good to finally be going fishing.

Saltwater Technique

For a long time I wished for more variety in the inshore sportfish species available in New Zealand waters.

Offshore Adventure - Variety is the spice of life

One of the great things about fishing in Vanuatu is the variety of locations, opportunities and species on offer.

Offshore Adventure - Aussie LBG Trifecta

What's your favourite game lure?

A beginners guide to jigging - PART 1

I guess by now most people will have seen, heard, read about or even given mechanical jigging a go.

A touch of the Irish

Pat O’Keefe’s quiet voice issued from just behind my left shoulder, reminding me I should strike.

When Trout go Doggo

Trout can be totally unresponsive to flies or any other potential food; they just sit in the one place for hours on end.

Fishing weedbanks

Fishing to sighted trout

Salmon Fishing - February 2009

Time and tide wait for no man, particularly a salmon fisherman.

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