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Tackle Talk - August 2013

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

An unusual bait

Bruce Basher gets great ingredients and combines them to make something special.

BRUCE BASHER - Fishing News

Cocktail baits have been around for quite some time, especially in the UK and the continent, where anglers seem to need all the help they can get. 

Saltwater fly ripple casting

A beautiful morning at Rangaunu Harbour has Craig Worthington trying his luck.


I had picked a path through a patch of mangroves in order to connect with one of the shallower channels that drain the harbour. Its watershed came from a massive area of sea grass flat. I figured that baitfish, mullet, kahawai and kingfish must pass down this channel on the dropping tide, so I might get a chance to cast a fly to some of them. That was the plan, anyway.

500,000 smolt release aids recovery

The positive work at McKinnon’s Creek Salmon Hatchery on the Rangitata River prompted Sandie Finnie to talk with Bill Whipp, a long-standing member of Riparian Support Trust.

SANDIE FINNIE - Fishing News

Bill is among volunteers and anglers who collectively spend thousands of hours manning the facility, which had close to 1000 adult fish through the traps this season. For them this represents payback for the work they and others have put in over the years.

Expedition season

A hectic schedule lies ahead over the following few months as Stephen Tapp tries to fit in a series of kayak competitions and expeditions.

STEPHEN TAPP - Fishing News

In little more than a week we begin with the Top Catch Cove to Cape Kayak Contest; September will see missions to Lottin Point and Hicks Bay to try for ‘paddle from shore’ bluenose; Labour Weekend involves a mothership trip with Rick Pollock aboard Pursuit; and finally, there’s the Viking Coromandel Gold Rush event at the end of November. 

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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