From the Helm


As the tides of time continue their inexorable flow, we find ourselves bidding a fond farewell to a stalwart captain of the journalistic seas. After an illustrious 30-year tenure at the helm of NZ Fishing News, Grant Dixon is setting sail into a well-earned retirement.
The start of his professional (or should I say, profishional?) journey can probably be traced further back than his stint as a news reporter for the Te Awamutu Courier. I’d hazard a guess that the roots of his fishing affliction, and therefore his piscatorial writing career, actually stem from a fishing trip at six weeks of age, in a bassinette, up the front of his family’s 16’ Augustin cabin cruiser on the Kawhia Harbour.
From the early days when he first set foot in the bustling world of fishing journalism to the present, where his wisdom and passion have shaped NZ Fishing News into the publication it is today, his impact has been immeasurable. His dedication to accuracy, storytelling, and the authentic portrayal of the fishing experience have left an indelible mark on the publication, earning him the respect and admiration of both readers and colleagues alike.
Grant’s editorial skill and innate understanding of the fishing community have not only informed and entertained our readers but have also created a sense of camaraderie among anglers across New Zealand. Under Grant’s stewardship, NZ Fishing News became more than just a magazine; it has been a trusted companion for anglers, a source of inspiration for those who love the sea, and a vital link connecting the diverse fishing community of New Zealand.
Beyond the printed page, Grant has been an advocate for sustainable fishing practices, a voice for recreational fishing advocacy, and an unwavering champion of our favourite Kiwi pastime.
As we bid farewell to ‘GD’, we do so with a deep sense of gratitude for the legacy he leaves behind. His wake will undoubtedly continue to ripple through the pages of NZ Fishing News… particularly as he’ll still be writing regularly for us!
Fair winds and following seas, mate. We look forward to your continued contributions to the magazine and seeing evidence of your so-far elusive 30lb snapper in due course.
On a final note, I wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a fishy holiday period!
Nick Jones Editor