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 …

Adopt A New Approach

Spring is good. Especially when the work-ups in the Hauraki Gulf can be found and everything has come out of winter sleepiness. The annoying thing is that the water temperature doesn’t always reflect the air temperature in the early phases of the season so while you’re slapping on sun tan lotion, the fish may not be in the same frame …

Mule Side X Side

The opening weekend for duck shooting is an eagerly anticipated event and this year the usual excitement went up a few levels as we had the use of the new Kawasaki Mule PRO FXR Side by Side to help us get to our hunting areas and head down the beach surfcasting. Each year in early May I head up to …

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 …