NZ Fishing

New Toys

Okuma T-Rex 7000

Okuma T-Rex spinning reel is designed by crossover construction and the handle is forged aluminium with a comfort ball handle. It is equipped with a solid reel system, worm shaft transmission system, fast progressive drag, and LCS line control spool that makes casting smoother and enables greater casting distance. The gear ratio is 4.5:1 and the retrieve is 102cm per handle revolution. It offers a maximum of 12kg of drag, and is constructed using six ball bearings and one roller bearing. A large handle knob makes for comfortable use. Distributed by Composite Developments Ltd and available in tackle stores nationwide. 
Haswing New Generation Trolling Motors
The new Generation 1.6 Cayman B GPS bow mount electric trolling motors are available in 12V and 24V and in shaft sizes up to 72inch. This makes them the perfect match for boats up to 6.5m and weighing up to 1850kg. They feature a new Full Speed button on a redesigned, stylish wireless remote, the latter ensuring operators have complete remote control of their engine including Anchor Lock, Heading Lock, Steer Left and Steer Right. When combined with the Helmsman App, the Gen 1.6 can also perform a host of other advanced features including Route To, Cruise Control and much more.
Product and dealer information is available from Lusty and Blundell on (09) 415-8303 or at

Shimano Sephia Squid Iki

Most anglers iki our fish when we catch them to improve the eating quality of the flesh, and you should do the same with your squid. Shimano has released an easy-to-use squid iki. This tool has an ergonomic plastic handle for ease of use. With a quick turn of the red knob, the stainless blade also retracts inside the handle when not in use. This is not only a safety feature, but also reduces the size of the overall tool for ease of storage and carrying when moving around.
Distributed by Shimano NZ and available at all leading tackle retailers.

Toadfish Glass Tumblers

Having glasses that won’t tip over is a bonus when boating, or even around the camp or caravan. Toadfish non-tip glass tumblers feature Smartgrip technology that makes them hard to tip over, but easy to lift. They feature double-vacuum insulation to keep drinks either hot or cold to the last sip. Manufactured from high-grade stainless steel, they are puncture and rust resistant as well as shatterproof. There is an optional glass insert, designed for optimal taste.
Distributed by Composite Developments and available in outdoor and sporting goods stores nationwide.

Daiwa D-Vec Windbreaker

Daiwa’s first NZ-specific clothing capsule brings to you the Daiwa D-Vec Windbreaker. The stealthy yet understated appearances, combined with premium functionality and comfort, make this all-round fishing jacket a winter fishing must-have. It features a magnetic storm flap; a 5000mm waterproof rating; a peaked hood; toggle hardware; welded seams; adjustable Velcro cuff; and a discrete side pocket design with a hidden enclose.
Selling for under $200, the Daiwa D-Vec jacket is available for purchase at

Gill OS25 Offshore Jacket

The new Gill OS25 Offshore Jacket is designed to withstand the toughest coastal or offshore conditions. Made with the latest generation XPLORE 2-layer recycled fabric, it’s constructed for a highly waterproof and breathable finish, as well as being coated with XPEL fabric finish technology to offer incredible levels of water repellence, stain resistance and odour control to keep you protected and comfortable. Available in women’s and men’s sizes, this design has the technical features now standard across all Gill’s most advanced clothing, including fully taped seams for a waterproof seal, a two-way zipper protected by a double storm guard and adjustable outer cuff with PU inner seals for watertight comfort.
Available from Burnsco stores nationwide and online at

Daiwa Tackle Backpack

The Daiwa Tackle backpack provides robust tackle storage for anglers on the move. Loaded with features, this unique tackle management system is centred on a Four-Box Stack System easily accessible from the front. Tough, strong and designed to handle the rigors of the mobile angler, the Tackle Backpack features a ton of storage options with front, top and side pockets that provide a host of different storage locations. A front chest strap provides added back support and comfort, while zipper loops ensure fumble-free easy access to all pockets. The tackle backpack is just one piece of a new seven-piece range of tackle storage from Daiwa.
For more information go to www.daiwa., or enquire at your local Daiwa stockist today.

Raymarine Lighthouse 4

Raymarine’s next generation Operating System, LightHouse 4, is available free for all Axiom, Axiom+, Axiom Pro, and Axiom XL MFDs and gives owners an even greater ability to personalise how their Axiom MFDs look and perform. The system offers four simplified menus, which makes tapping into the power of Axiom faster and easier, while longer pullup menus are now nested and more intuitive to read and operate. LightHouse Apps that integrate control or provide information from marine integration partners like Seakeeper, Victron, Lumishore (and a host of others) are now launchable directly from the LightHouse Home Screen and key Apps are now viewable in split-screen configurations. LightHouse 4 also takes integration with Mercury Marine Vessel View to the next level. Lighthouse 4 is now available and free to download using the Axiom’s software update feature or from More information is available from Lusty and Blundell on (09) 415-8303 or at

Eze-Lap Diamond Sharpeners

The American made Eze-Lap diamond sharpeners, as the name suggests, use a diamond abrasive surface to sharpen knives and a range of other tools. There are two options. One is a conventional round style, designed to keep an edge, the other a flat steel that can be used for creating an edge and keeping it. The latter can be used to sharpen not only knives, but scissors, axes, mower blades, hatchets, hooks, chisels, and shears. There are two grit grades available – fine and superfine. The diamond surfaces are double-bonded, and heat treated to create a long-lasting surface. Distributed in NZ by Conaghans Ltd, Albany and available in tackle stores nationwide.

Baker Fishing Tools

Manufactured in high-quality stainless steel, Baker has a range of fishing tools for both salt and freshwater use. Established 60 years ago, the Baker brand is recognised world-wide for its quality, with the hook-out tools being the most recognised product in their range. Included in the line-up available in New Zealand are 8” and 6” forceps, a combination two-in-one scissors and forceps, and a 3.5” fly tyer’s forceps and braid scissors – the latter incorporating a hook sharpening pad. Other features across the range include extra-large finger loops and, for the braid scissors, an adjustable tension screw to maintain tight cutting tolerances.
Distributed by Conaghans Ltd, Albany and available in tackle stores nationwide.

Catch Harrier Elevator Jigheads

Designed specifically for fishing large soft-baits such as the 10” Catch Livies in deeper water, the Catch Harrier elevator-style jigheads are designed in New Zealand for local conditions and angling preferences. There are three weights available – 168g (6oz), 112g (4oz) and 56g (2oz). The two lighter options are rigged using 5/0 stainless hooks, the 168g with a 7/0 hook. The rigs are finished with a ‘glow-in-the-dark’ coating that makes them more visible at depth. There is a second attachment point for the addition of a replaceable assist hook or in-line rigging hook. On both the drop and retrieve, the heads produce a darting action that adds to their fish-attracting capabilities.
Distributed by Catch Tackle, North Shore, and available instore now.