Fishing

Tradie Profile: Marion Thomas

Marion was 28 when she arrived in New Zealand on a yacht. She had sailed from San Diego with friends of her family on their second attempt to reach NZ by boat; the first was a few years prior. Marion had been invited on that trip too but turned down...
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The Kayak Conversion

When Alert Level 4 hit NZ a few months back, all of us fishermen and boaties were left land-locked for several weeks. Level 3, however, saw every ocean-going Kiwi rummaging around in their sheds or under the house for that kayak they hadn’t used for a year or two, but...
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The Coromandel – a paradise for holidaymakers

The Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations. I’m sure a huge part of this is the fact that it’s a fishing and boating paradise blessed with miles of diverse coastline, hundreds of islands and reefs, and shelter in all but the worst weather conditions. Working our way...
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TRADIE PROFILE: GEMMA O’BRIEN

After growing up on the family’s beef farm near Kawakawa in the Far North, Gemma went to Otago University, where she gained not one, not even two, but three degrees. She credits her mother, whose early-onset arthritis was a wake-up call for Gemma to live life to the fullest and...
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TAMING THE TIGER TROUT

If you’re an avid trout fisher, you would have heard whispers about the “tiger trout”. For those that don’t know, the tiger trout (Salmo trutta × Salvelinus fontinalis) is a sterile, hybrid of the brown trout (Salmo trutta) and the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), and in my opinion, is the...
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Epic Fishing Destination- Great Barrier Island

Having run snapper and kingfish charters in the Hauraki Gulf for many years now, there’s one place that I find particularly special and almost always delivers on the fishing and diving front – Great Barrier Island. Great Barrier Island is the largest and most seaward of Hauraki Gulf’s islands. The...
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EXTREME FISHING THE THREE KINGS ISLANDS DESTINATION

After spending time fishing their home waters, most keen anglers get the itch to chase larger fish in more remote locations. And in New Zealand, the fish don’t get much bigger, nor the location more remote, than the Three Kings Islands. Located 30nm to the northwest of Cape Reinga, the...
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The Season of Beasts!

For keen freshwater angler Josiah Atkinson, this time of year means one thing: big trout. Below, he offers a few tips for catching trophy fish in autumn. It’s getting colder at night, the leaves are turning brown and the light is starting to fade. Autumn. The season of beasts! Autumn...
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HOW TO CATCH KINGFISH

Everyone loves catching kingfish – they grow big, fight hard and make good eating. With the warm water beginning to slowly cool, the next few months are a prime time to target chunky kingies. This issue, Nick Jones provides a crash-course on what you can do to increase your chances!...
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Ben Afeaki

Ben Afeaki, or 'Bigs' to his mates, is a great bloke who has already achieved a great deal in his life. Nick Jones caught up with the former All Black and discusses his scaffolding business, rugby life, fishing and diving. Ben’s story could have been one of sorrow, with his...
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