Over the last decade or so, kayak fishing has been one of the fastest growing aspects of recreational fishing. Low outlay and running costs, combined with portability and the opportunity for some exercise have seen kayaks as the vessel of choice for many anglers.

Steve Tapp had been championing the kayak cause in the magazine but in this issue, it was Jai Sanders who was writing about mechanical jigging from a ‘yak.

Bluefin tuna continued to feature with Part II of Sam Mossman’s trip to the South Island’s west coast to chase these behemoths. On the gamefishing theme was Jeff Strang’s article on how to beat difficult fish. Mark Kitteridge has two features this issue – one recalls a recent trip to Rarotonga, the other an interview with consistent Far North tournament champion Rob Parker, who is profiled again by Bruce Basher on page 80 of this issue.
Reader Bevan Billington took on more than he bargained for when he hooked a big bronzie when landbased fishing at Mount Manganui. Matt Watson, host 
of what was then known as The ITM Fishing Show, was on the look-out for an ‘apprentice’. His search made for a few interesting episodes of the popular show. Paul Senior was writing about inchiku jigging for snapper.

Other news items included a nice story of a father and his young son, Kelton and Ryan Dylan, landing a couple of kingfish – dad’s at 41.6kg just falling .4kg under the then current world 10kg tackle record – while Dylan’s went a respectable 16.1kg.

Noted skipper Geoff Lamond was offering ‘Gamefishing Outside the Square’ seminars for $20 a head, supported by Sam Mossman and Mark Kitteridge. 
In the boat brokerage section, Rayglass were offering their flagship model, the 2800, powered with a Cummins 320 HP diesel, with packages stating at $220,000. The Trailerboat Trial this issue was on a Marco 440 Angler built by Dayne Horn in Morrinsville which you could buy on a trailer with a 40HP outboard for $25,490. Base turn-key models, including a 40HP Mercury, were $21,990.

For the divers, a Pro-Dive cray catcher package which included a catchbag, stainless loop, Kevlar gloves, dive torch and cray measure cost $285, normally retailing for $335.