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Popular west coast fisherman Pete Jackson is the cover star this issue. He made the news by landing a spectacular 197kg bluefin tuna while on a broadbill mission over the Manukau Bar to the Kaipara Trench. He was fishing with two friends Mike Langley and Mark Edmondson aboard Mark’s Buccaneer Billfisher trailerboat Pleco when the big tuna nailed a slimy mackerel livebait. The fish took over two hours to boat on 37kg standup tackle.
This issue heralded the start of the Kahawai Legal Challenge, spearheaded by option4.co.nz – a forerunner to what today is known as Legacy.
An Auckland food import and wholesale business, Khan Brothers Distribution Limited, was convicted and fined $60,000 in the Waitakere District Court in July for knowingly importing and selling a banned freshwater fish originating from Bangladesh.
A stunning late afternoon photo of a boy and his uncle fishing has won the inaugural Fish & Game NZ Fishing Licence photo competition.
Moving past hull type, there are a range of topside configurations that may be considered. Hard tops (open-back or enclosed), cuddy cabins, centre consoles, centre cabins, side consoles and dories (open boats) are some of them. The choice is usually governed by the size of the boat and its intended use.