Fishing

Van Life: Aotearoa

We named him Reggie the very first day we got him. Just like a boat, every adventure vehicle worth its salt needs a name, and one look at this staunch vessel – with its boxy lines, knobby mud tires, and flat-top wooden roof rack – had us convinced it was...
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The Colorcote tradie profile: Matthew Kim

Matthew Kim is a passionate builder who’s recently gone out on his own under the name Arrowtree Builds and spends much of his spare time bow hunting and fly fishing in the Hawkes Bay region. I caught up with Matthew recently on the phone, and it didn’t take long before...
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BIG SIX ’21

When Brian McFarlane from Rheem called Te Awamutu plumber Brent Palmer and told him he had won the latest Rheem Big Six Challenge, he was ‘gobsmacked.’ “I couldn’t believe it, and going out with GT! I met GT at the Motutapu fishing contest years ago and that was the biggest...
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Soft-baiting for Dummies

Now, I’m not calling Off-Site readers dummies, but if you’re looking for a quick way to catch a feed without too much thought, equipment, or skill – then this is the article for you! The gear You don’t need to spend lots of money on gear to be successful when...
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A Dream Day on the Tools

Earlier this year, I got a brief from a client to photograph a bunch of new spearfishing gear. The only issue: I’m based in Canterbury, which is not known for its great water clarity – most of the year I’m lucky if I can see the end of my fins....
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Outdoors with little people

It’s fair to say my childhood was a bit of a fishing overload. My dad Blair fizzed off it. It didn’t matter if he was hauling up blue cod off Motunau Island or trolling for trout in one of Canterbury’s many high country lakes – if there was a rod...
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Topwater Fishing for Beginners

Fishing topwater lures has to be one of the most exhilarating ways to catch kingfish – but it can also be a frustrating and expensive addiction! Don’t let that discourage ya though – beginners can get in on the fun too. The gear Kingfish by their very nature are generally...
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The Great Tradie Fish Off

The inaugural Great Tradie Fish Off is kicking off this March, and there is a lot to get excited about. You’ll get a chance to win individual, company and trade honours – and it’s absolutely free to enter! Thanks to our generous sponsors, the first 1000 tradies registered will also...
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How to Win The Great Tradie Fish Off

Tis the season of fishing competitions, and now you tradies have your very own one to get excited about. The inaugural Great Tradie Fish Off will be held in March – it’s a measure-based online comp with three leaderboards: individual, company and trade. The eligible species are kahawai, snapper, and kingfish,...
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Hammering on Heaven’s Door

This is admittedly an unhealthy mindset but a reality for many tradesmen with young families to support. Now throw this in the mix: a morning commute which involves watching the sun rise over the water, revealing that yet again it’s another perfectly glass day out on the Hauraki Gulf. You...
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