HANDY LEDGER RIGS

Ledger rigs have been around for years, but they are still an effective way to catch snapper and other popular table species.  You can either tie your own or buy the pre-tied rigs that tackle companies produce.  Editor Matt Hewetson looks at two good options to consider when fishing. I started out using the humble ledger rig as my go …

SMALL BOAT FISHING

There are rich pickings for small budgets with many advantages of being a small boat fisherman.  Writer Scott Cushman looks at your options…. Godzone has an awful lot of fishy coastline that can be easily accessed, especially the east coast of the North Island from East Cape north. This area also has some of Godzone’s calmer waters which makes it …

TOP TEN: SURFCASTING TIPS

Surfcasting means getting wet and beaten up by powerful surf, it’s one of the hardest challenges in fishing but also the most rewarding.  It is a simple form of fishing that doesn’t require a lot of specialist tackle, but there are several key things to consider before packing up the 4×4 to head down the beach.  To help you land …

Top Ten: Fishing Work-Ups!

  WRITER SCOTT CUSHMAN PROVIDES HIS ‘10 TOP TIPS’ FOR CASHING IN ON THOSE AWESOME SPRINGTIME FISH FEEDING FRENZIES!     1/ Start with good intelligence Subscribing to publications , email newsletters or joining Facebook groups that have regular fishing reports or activity where you can get information on where the fish are biting helps point you in the right …

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DESTINATION: THAMES COAST

The Thames Coast offers great fishing and boating access from Thames up to Coromandel Harbour, with a gateway to the wider Hauraki Gulf.  Editor Matt Hewetson recently visited in spring to find hot fishing action and welcome hospitality from the locals. Thames is a sleepy small town that reminds me of my own home town in Northland, it is also …

CHASING & HOOKING KINGFISH

There is something about kingfish that always seems to draw me back for more. They are challenging to land, fight dirty, can be extremely fussy but, will help you to refine and alter your angling techniques to successfully land one of these incredible fish. DYNAMIC STRUCTURE Yellowtail kingfish are widely distributed across Godzone and international waters, with our southern species …

Ultimate 16 Side Console

The new Ultimate 16SC is my type of boat, with no roof and a layout that is suited for the serious lure fisherman to take advantage of for casting softbaits or stick baits to fish.  Powered by the economical and reliable Honda 90hp, then fitted with a Minn Kota electric motor and you have one serious fishing platform. Owner and …

Facts on Whitebait

Whitebaiting is a classic Kiwi past time and from mid-August through to the end of November, riverbanks throughout much of the country are lined with keen locals hoping to cash in on some of Godzone’s iconic “white gold”. Even though whitebait and the humble whitebait fritter is a delicacy well known throughout the country, they are a peculiar fish and …