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

Motutapu Fishin’ Mission!

Overlooking the camp in Administration Bay – Earlier this year, over 100 plumbers and gasfitters gathered at Motutapu Island with their sleeping bags and fishing gear in tow. For 21 years, Rheem, RMC, Marley and Englefield have been hosting a fishing competition for the trade, and as 2020 was

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

Tradie profile: Wes Braddock – Taking on the tackle trade

It all started for Wes Braddock when he saw one of his daughter’s toys start flashing. As he watched her play, he wondered whether a similar embedded LED light might make lures more attractive to fish. Then Acting Principal of a small school in Kaitaia, he had spent plenty of

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

Rainbow’s Return

But John Bebbington from Rheem was right onto the target as it flew out of the trap and bounced along the track, smashing four out of five ‘rabbits.’ Most clay targets fly up and out at different angles, but the round orange clay which simulates a running rabbit is always

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

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

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

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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