The long and the short of it

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…

McLay’s CrossXover 601 – safety in style

McLay Boats, based in a large, new, purpose-built factory on the outskirts of Milton, south of Dunedin, is one of New Zealand’s top aluminium boat builders, both in numerical production and quality of build.

When small is best

When super-keen soft-baiter Mark Kitteridge found his usual strategies weren’t producing, he had to to rethink his approach.

Flasher rig finesse

BY SAM MOSSMAN - Fishing News

When sabiki flies were first introduced into New Zealand, they revolutionised the catching of small baitfish like mackerel – but baitfish were not all they caught. Sam Mossman details their progression to flasher rigs and the best ways to fish with them.

ITM Fishing Show - May 2013

"Ten years! Really?" is the typical reaction to the news that we're entering the tenth series of The ITM Fishing Show, and I can understand the disbelief because I feel the same way. Over two hundred episodes later it still feels like we're just a little number eight wire television production company trying to mix it with the big boys in the television industry - and I guess we are.

The ITM Fishing Show - a KIWI Favourite

It will come as no surprise to readers to hear The ITM Fishing Show made it to the top three of the annual TV Guide's 'Best on the Box' competition.

Inflatable marlin!

Monster snapper caught - and released!

Surtees 5.8 Game Fisher

After around 20 years of producing boats, Surtees is rightly considered to be amongst the top handful of New Zealand’s aluminium boat builders, with a strong export market in Australia as well.

Going on safari

Like the idea of a serious fishing expedition? Andy Macleod has a few tips to help you pack…

Getting through the kahawai

An inside-out bait

Tackle Talk - August 2013

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

DIY - August 2013

One place I do a bit of surfcasting has large stones on the beach. It is a great snapper spot, probably due to the fact there are mussels and oysters on the stones as well.

Wildfoods - May 2013

Moroccan BBQ Trevally

Wildfoods - April 2013

DIY - April 2013

Wildfoods - August 2013

Three-egg smoked trout omelette

When fair is foul

Hover through the fog and filthy air, chant the witches as they await the arrival of Macbeth in Shakespeare's tragedy of that name.

Recommended Reading

Below are some of our favourite online resources.

Southern Bluefin Tuna


Blue shark

A common pelagic shark with world-wide distribution, blue sharks are common in New Zealand offshore waters right around the coast. They are easily recognizable by their bright blue colour and long slender body , with over-length pectoral fins.

Whangarei/Tutukaka - September 2014

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

Northern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

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

Eastern Coromandel - September 2014

Manukau - September 2014

Southern Hauraki Gulf - September 2014

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


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