NZ Fishing News December 2023

NZ Fishing News December 2023
Published on Nov 28, 2023

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NZ Fishing News December 2023

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46 articles from this collection:
SUMMER SNAPPER
SUMMER SNAPPER
Xmas gift guide
CONTENTS
CONTENTS
Nick jones falls down the proverbial slippery slope.
MURDERER!
MURDERER!
Recently, i found myself in the gaping chasm that one inadvertently falls into while scrolling social media on the couch at the end of a long day. In this dark place, there was no shortage of naysayers casting recreational anglers as sadists, scumbags, and even murderers.
Learning from the LEGENDS OF THE SURF
Learning from the LEGENDS OF THE SURF
I received a phone call from the team at shimano: “would you like to go surfcasting with chad prentice and damien sinclair in the far north and test some new product?”
MARLIN DIY
MARLIN DIY
It is the time of the year that gamefisher across the new zealand look forward to all winter long- the warm water is making its way towards the country, bringing with it the annual pelagic visitors to our shore that many anglers regard as their favourite fish to target: marlin
GOING DEEPER WITH SOFTIES
GOING DEEPER WITH SOFTIES
Many people are surprised to learn i’m happy to use softbaits in 40-50 metres. Indeed, i’ll even fish them in depths over 70 metres if necessary – and have often done very well, too!
KINGI BOARD – KEEPING FISH IN THE SEA, AND NETS OUT
KINGI BOARD – KEEPING FISH IN THE SEA, AND NETS OUT
Three diverse groups have joined forces to fight against bottom trawling in new zealand waters – and they’re doing it with a chopping board made from fishing nets and postconsumer packaging and plastics.
RED SNAPPERS WIN AT VAVA’U
RED SNAPPERS WIN AT VAVA’U
Team red snappers – garry townley, neil lunt, greg and matt bell were the champion team in the recent nz fishing news hosted 19th vava’u international, with matt taking out individual line honours.
TAGGED MARLIN TRAVELS 7819NM
TAGGED MARLIN TRAVELS 7819NM
The blue marlin that travelled the furthest as part of the igfa’s great marlin race covered an impressive straight-line distance of 4,149 nautical miles from the united states’ east coast to waters off brazil.
ULTIMA 3.0 OFFERS EVEN MORE RANGE
ULTIMA 3.0 OFFERS EVEN MORE RANGE
Ultima’s new 3.0 electric outboard comes with an even more powerful battery, giving an impressive, almost 50% increase in range.
KEEPING KIDS SAFE WITH SPINLOCK DECK-VEST NEMO +
KEEPING KIDS SAFE WITH SPINLOCK DECK-VEST NEMO +
Spinlock’s new deckvest nemo+ is a combination lifejacket and deck harness designed specifically to keep younger crew members safe and comfortable on the water.
MERCURY TAKF BOAT GOES TO TITIRANGI STUDENT
MERCURY TAKF BOAT GOES TO TITIRANGI STUDENT
‘I never win anything’ was nineyear-old toby barry’s lament, until he was told he was now the proud owner of the nz fishing news 2023 mercury take a kid fishing (takf) boat prize.
YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES ON THE WATER!
YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES ON THE WATER!
Coastguard is the charity that helps keep kiwis safer on the water – whatever your waka. They are the only marine search-and-rescue organisation in new zealand delivering vital lifesaving services.
NEW FRESHWATER LICENCE INTRODUCED
NEW FRESHWATER LICENCE INTRODUCED
The freshwater fishing season began on october 1, and included in the license categories is one for designated waters.
EXPORT PRIZE BOAT PUT TO GOOD USE
EXPORT PRIZE BOAT PUT TO GOOD USE
When te aroha’s hazelton family learned they had won the 2022-23 export nz fishing competition’s prize boat, they were excited on a number of fronts.
SEASONS GREETINGS!
SEASONS GREETINGS!
The Export NZ Fishing Competition Update. As we sail through December and towards the end of another year, longer days with warmer weather provide great angling opportunities. However, the morning missions can sometimes be hamstrung by the end-of-year functions and late-night Christmas shopping!
Canada A BUCKET LIST OFFSHORE ADVENTURE
Canada A BUCKET LIST OFFSHORE ADVENTURE
It was a bucket list trip of a lifetime – heading to canada to fish for salmon, halibut and sturgeon – that got off to a less than auspicious start.
HALIBUT – FLOUNDER ON STEROIDS
HALIBUT – FLOUNDER ON STEROIDS
When a recently returned friend from canada offered us some halibut for our dinner, i jumped at the chance to reunite my taste buds with this piscatorial delight. While halibut look like our flounder on steroids, the flesh although very white is quite different in texture – somewhere between snapper and kingfish. And like kingfish, it is best not over-cooked. It is a firm flesh which makes it ideal for dicing up for curries and cut into even smaller pieces for the dumpling/ m
OVEN BAKED HALIBUT
OVEN BAKED HALIBUT
Serves 4
HALIBUT DUMPLINGS AND MONEY BAGS
HALIBUT DUMPLINGS AND MONEY BAGS
Makes 24
ONE-PAN TOMATO POACHED SNAPPER WITH LEEK
ONE-PAN TOMATO POACHED SNAPPER WITH LEEK
Cooking with cobb
ABOUT THE KAI IKA PROJECT
ABOUT THE KAI IKA PROJECT
The kai ika project is a non-profit initiative bringing communities together to share previously underutilised fish parts, to reduce waste and feed the community while conserving fish for future generations.
CHRIS’ KIWI FISHERMAN’S STEW
CHRIS’ KIWI FISHERMAN’S STEW
Nose to tail recipes
THE RECIPE
THE RECIPE
Recipe by: chris scott
A NICE IDEA WITH POOR EXECUTION
A NICE IDEA WITH POOR EXECUTION
The goal of marine protection is to help enhance and protect ecosystems for future generations. Our children’s children deserve to enjoy an abundant and diverse hauraki gulf.
A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR AN ABUNDANT OCEAN
A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR AN ABUNDANT OCEAN
A battle is being fought between prioritising the health of the hauraki gulf marine park for future generations, and degrading the seafloor for short term gain of commercial interests.
EFFECTIVE MARINE PROTECTION NEEDS A HOLISTIC APPROACH
EFFECTIVE MARINE PROTECTION NEEDS A HOLISTIC APPROACH
People are a vital part of the marine ecosystem. We can influence changes in both positive and negative ways. conventional marine protection separates us from the environment, creating a disconnect between people and conservation efforts.
LIVEBAITING PERFECTING THE CRAFT
LIVEBAITING PERFECTING THE CRAFT
Fishing can represent many things to different people: a chance to escape the pressures of life; a way of enjoying quality time with friends and family; a never-ending pursuit of the next trophy fish; or a craft in a constant state of evolution and improvement.
THE GOOD LIFE
THE GOOD LIFE
A couple of years ago i made good on my long-term escape plan, selling up and moving out of auckland, semi-retiring and settling in a coastal township further north. After thirty years based in the big smoke, i had had enough of the stresses of an increasingly sprawling, overcrowded, unliveable city. I married my longtime partner and we are loving living in a small town with its slower pace of life. I can launch my modest tinny a few minutes from home and have good, handy fis
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS CHANGING PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION OF FISHING
HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS CHANGING PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION OF FISHING
@Sam_boothroyd
A FISH OF A LIFETIME
A FISH OF A LIFETIME
A’20-pounder’ is considered the benchmark as far as snapper fishing goes and like many others, it had been a goal of mine to one day join the club. Previously, i had been close with a few models in the ‘high teens’ but hadn’t quite cracked the 20-pound mark despite many years of trying.
NIUE Small Vaka, Big Fish
NIUE Small Vaka, Big Fish
Unlike most other pacific islands, niue rises from the deep blue sea like a calcified mushroom with a green jungle topping. It has just a few delightful small coral beaches and a narrow band of reefs.
TROUT FISHING AT THE END OF GRAVEYARD GULLY ROAD
TROUT FISHING AT THE END OF GRAVEYARD GULLY ROAD
Recently, while looking for some new trout water near alexandra i found myself parking up at the end of graveyard gully road. Yes, there is a small historic graveyard named pioneer cemetery located here, and yes, it sits in a gully that runs down to the manuherikia river. From here i walked down a boundary fence which gave me access to the river. The rocky knobby range towered behind me.
RYAN ‘MUDDY FEET’ HAMPTON AND KINGFISHER 390 POWERCAT
RYAN ‘MUDDY FEET’ HAMPTON AND KINGFISHER 390 POWERCAT
While you might not call it quite a ‘midlife crisis’, after 12 years working in the horticultural industry, bay of plenty’s ryan hampton started looking for options more in line with his passion – fishing.
PROJECT BOAT THE ELECTRONICS
PROJECT BOAT THE ELECTRONICS
■ new zeland fishing news
PENN FATHOM II JIG COMBO
PENN FATHOM II JIG COMBO
The well-established penn brand is synonymous with quality fishing tackle, so i jumped at the opportunity to give their mid-range fathom ii jig set a hoon.
DOWNRIGGERS FISHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT
DOWNRIGGERS FISHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT
Downriggers are one of the most versatile but underutilised bits of kit available to recreational fishers.
A COUPLE OF OPTIONS
A COUPLE OF OPTIONS
The two downriggers i am most familiar with are the scotty electric 1101 depthpower and the manual scotty compact 1060.
HAYABUSA JACK EYE KUNEKUNE JIGS
HAYABUSA JACK EYE KUNEKUNE JIGS
Having run charter boats specialising in slowjigging around the hauraki gulf for more than six years, it’s not often i come across a new lure design that gets me excited. Enter the hayabusa jack eye kunekune. The name may be a bit of a mouthful for human beings, but these lures have no problem ending up in the gobs of fish.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
New zealand fishing news
YELLOWFIN RUN HAS STARTED
YELLOWFIN RUN HAS STARTED
Greg@troppofishing.com
TRADE WINDS LIMITING FISHING OPPORTUNITIES
TRADE WINDS LIMITING FISHING OPPORTUNITIES
Paulpasisicharters@gmail.com
FISHING SURVEYS COMING TO A BOAT RAMP NEAR YOU
FISHING SURVEYS COMING TO A BOAT RAMP NEAR YOU
Whether you catch fish for a feed or buy it from your local market or fish and chip shop, there’s one thing that’s clear – we all want to know that our seafood comes from healthy fisheries that will continue to provide delicious kaimoana for future generations.
Take a kid fishing
Take a kid fishing
Archer franklin (7) caught his biggest snapper (65cm) in the hauraki gulf over the school holidays. A huge moment for archer, who lives and breathes all things fishing.
A FISH WITH MY NAME ON IT
A FISH WITH MY NAME ON IT
We had been threatening to go for a late afternoon strayline for some months, my neighbour phil and i, and were waiting for the right opportunity.
FIND FREDDY AND WIN A 6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION
FIND FREDDY AND WIN A 6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION
Find all 7 freddies hidden in this issue! Scan the qr code to submit your entry. November issue closes on december 31, 2023. The first correct entry drawn will win a 6-month print subscription.