Fishing

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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Catching Summer trout in the lakes

The New Zealand summer attracts anglers from all over the world to experience hot days, crystal clear waters, deafening cicadas, and hungry trout. While many fishers look to the hills, some of the best summer fishing is found right under their noses in the lakes. Josiah Atkinson from Whakatrout explains...
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Plumber Supreme

Rob Teina is a successful plumber, keen outdoorsman, and part-time actor. Nick Jones caught up with him to find out more. I first met Rob when he came out on a fishing charter with a mutual friend in the building trade. It quickly became apparent he was a charismatic, social plumber...
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‘Mad’ Mike Owens

I first heard of ‘Mad’ Mike Owens as the go-to guy for scoping out tradies to profile in this magazine. However, he took me by surprise by nominating himself alongside a bunch of other prospects. I figured that if the bloke signs off his emails as ‘Mad Mike’ then he...
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Smoking Fish Part 2

When it comes to smoking meats, often the more time and effort you put in, the better the results will be. Matt “Smokey” Oak gives the low down on how he gets a premium smoke on his fish. Drying It is best to properly dry fish before smoking. This process...
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Tradie Profile: Tom Bilkey

Tom Bilkey certainly isn’t your average bloke. He’s a work hard, play hard civil engineer who loves beer almost as much as he loves the outdoors. I caught up with Tom at one of his sites on a crisp Autumn morning. Tom’s company Development Construction Ltd, which he owns and...
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2019 Rheem Big 6 challenge review

01 Day... 02 Hours... 10 minutes When Whangaparaoa plumber Glenn Keating heard he had won the draw through Chesters Plumbing to take on the Rheem Big 6 Challenge, he thought he had a good chance of being the first to crack all six. For Glenn has a long history of...
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Smoking Fish Part 1

People have been smoking fish since ancient times, dating as far back as the caveman era. Back then, due to lack of refrigeration, the purpose of curing and smoking meats was purely functional – meat preservation and human survival. Although fish is still smoked for preservation, over time the process...
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