Fishing

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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Different Spring Options

Don’t get me wrong – I love the classic northern NZ spring fishing option of chasing workups for snapper. But sometimes, especially on weekends in areas close to Auckland, it can all get a bit too busy out there. I find fishing in a crowd somewhat ruins the serenity and...
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A day with Hauraki Express

In the early hours of a crisp pre-winter morning, Off-Site big cheese Ethan Neville and myself found ourselves wandering through the Auckland CBD, a spring in our step and full of confidence. But we weren’t there for a beer or kebab or any late-night escapades for that matter; we were...
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Winter basics for snapper

I love snapper – they are super accessible for those based in the northern part of NZ, can be caught using a variety of methods and, best of all, go pretty damn good in the fry pan. So, in winter when other popular species like kingfish and gamefish move further out...
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Dropping deep

Getting ready Generally, with deep dropping, you’ll be heading miles offshore, so it goes without saying that your boat needs to be capable, have plenty of fuel, and equipped with decent safety equipment. A sounder capable of picking up structure and fish in the depths is also mandatory, unless you’ve...
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Gamefishing for beginners

Catching a gamefish is one thing, but landing one on your own boat with your mates is another experience entirely. Charter captain Nick Jones shares a few tips for getting started with gamefishing. With warmer than average water gracing New Zealand as a result of La Niña conditions, we have...
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Which Lure to use?

A beginner’s guide for summer saltwater action If you’ve been thinking about giving lure fishing a crack but haven’t quite known where to begin, Nick Jones has the answers. He provides all the info you need to get started with lures this summer. There is something incredibly satisfying about fooling...
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Unlocking Summer’s Secrets

For avid freshwater angler Josiah Atkinson, summer brings some of the most exciting trout fishing of the year – but this doesn’t mean it’s the easiest time to catch fish. He lets us in on some of his tips and tricks for landing more trout in summer. The cicadas are...
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REGISTER NOW for The Great Tradie Fish Off! Free entry and over $15,000 of prizes to be won!