6 Pack For Winter

It’s winter time and here are 6 fish you should look to target as they either put up a great fight or are excellent for the table to enjoy, or both! First: Tarakihi WHERE TO FISH: Found throughout Godzone living in deeper water usually from 50m+, they will come into shallower depths in winter.  Look for good sign on the …

SURFCASTING – PART 2

Following on from the Jan/Feb issue, experienced surfcaster Dennis Hewetson imparts his general knowledge for keen, novice surfcasters to help catch more fish off the beach. In Part 1 we covered “where to fish – holes and sand banks” with tips for recognising a good piece of water most likely to harbour fish.  We also looked at what baits work …

Confessions of a Deckie

Keen angler Mitch Pattinson has worked aboard the boat “Family Jewels” as a deckie over the past two seasons.  His highlights included a trip to Tonga in 2017 where they accounted for 48 marlin, 6 sailfish, 2 short bill spearfish and dozens of yellowfin and mahimahi.  Mitch is living the dream and has provided his tips for keen game fish …

MULTIPLY YOUR CHANCES

Winter rock fishing can be a good time to get out, especially since many people are planning to watch the action on TV, instead of going and finding some of their own. Less pressure because of fewer people or worse weather, means fish will often quietly take up residence in places that have been rested for a while. This is …

TARGETING JOHN DORY

These highly prized table fish are very common in Godzone and if you spend the time to actively target John dory, you will be surprised how many you can catch in a day. The John dory is an odd-looking fish, quite thin but when seen from side-on, appears to be large. This thinness, allows it to sneak up on its …

Godzone Destination: The Aldermens

The Aldermen Islands are a small group of rocky islets to the southeast of Mercury Bay in Godzone, located off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the mouth of the Tairua River. The islands were named ‘the Court of Aldermen’ by Captain Cook and his crew on November 3, 1769 after previously naming Mayor …

Autumn Snapper Fishing

Here are some tips and techniques that will help you provoke a bite from a late summer snapper and then really cash in over autumn when the snapper fatten up after spawning. Writer Johnny Pearce spent his summer staying and fishing on Great Barrier Island with family and friends.  The snapper fishing proved to be spectacular with a couple of …

Top Water For Kings

Tauranga tackle shop manager and keen angler Sam Wilkinson, shares his experience on top water fishing for one of Godzone’s hardest pulling sports fish, the rugged kingfish.   Top water fishing is an exciting style of fishing, that has been used extensively around the world for many years to target large tropical reef species like tuna and giant trevally.  It …