Sevengill Shark caught surfcasting near the mouth of the Rangitata River

Rangitata sevengiller.

Rangitata Sevengiller Seven Gilled Shark caught near the mouth of the Rangitata River. We catch about 15 a season and all are returned to fight another day. This one was 9 foot long and was approximately More...

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A glorious spring day near the mouth of the Okarito River, Westland. This whitebaiter is dressed in a wet suit to keep warm and, just as importantly, to expose the minimum of skin for sand flies to bite!

Okarito River Whitebaiting, Westland, New Zealand

Okarito River Whitebaiting 2006 Photographs of whitebaiters chasing this New Zealand delicacy [Show slideshow]  More...

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Mobile Website We have now got the new fishingmag.co.nz mobile site up and running well. Now you can read about your best fishing spots, More...

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Picton Jetty Fishing – In the Marlborough Sounds

Fishing from the Yacht Club Jetty at Picton – Berley brings in the fish! At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound For an angler More...

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Fishing the Twizel Canals E-book and See the short video clip

How to fish the hydro canals of the Mackenzie Country around Tekapo and Twizel Tackle and techniques for trout and salmon fishing in More...

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Waiheke Island – Catching a 21 Pound Snapper

Snapper 9.6kg (21.12lbs). Snapper When someone on a fishing boat says that they, ‘have a good feeling,’ it is akin to telling More...

A couple of dozen old zed spinners are given new life with a fresh coat of paint and new VMC hooks.

Zed Spinners are the best selling salmon fishing lure – Here’s how to paint your old Zed Spinners

A couple of dozen old zed spinners are given new life with a fresh coat of paint and new VMC hooks. White  Zed Spinners A few years More...

Jig heads

Making Sinkers and Jig-Heads

Leadheads are straight runners but are cheap to produce. There work well trolled or cast. They are one of the few lures that can be More...

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Yabbies – Catching shrimps for bait

Yabbies are excellent bait for yellow-eyed mullet. Yabbies are Top Mullet Bait This article is all about catching yabbies and yellow-eyed More...

Surfcasting Baits – Using different baits to target different species

Elephant fish baits feat

Elephant fish taken at Birdlings flat by Ian Robertson on crab or crayfish bait. This is the best bait for rig and elephant fish and makes a big difference when it comes to catching More...

Common Small Inshore Sharks

Spiny dogfish

Spiny dogfish. Small Inshore Sharks Spiny Dogfish Surfcasters fishing around the South Island of New Zealand will typically catch a number of smaller sharks. The most commonly More...

Surfcasting After Dark

Button cell powered rod tip light is taped in place near your rod tip. The battery lasts for ages.

Button cell powered rod tip light is taped in place near your rod tip. The battery lasts for ages. Surfcasting After Dark with Allan Burgess Most experienced trout anglers are More...

This fish was Neville Neal's biggest marlin caught that summer. A striped marlin weighing 137 kg.

Marlin Fishing – Trailer Boat Marlin Fishing – Raglan Harbour South

This fish was Neville Neal’s biggest marlin caught that summer. A striped marlin weighing 137 kg. West Coast Marlin with DJ Moresby The coast to the west of Te Kuiti is More...

Mayor Island Hapuka Experience by DJ Moresby

Mayor Island Hapuka Experience   by DJ Moresby Tauranga Harbour, on New Zealand ‘s Central North Island East Coast has a large well used charter boat fleet: Winter More...

Twilight Beauty – Traditional Wet Fly for Early Season Trout with John Hey

The Twilight Beauty is a traditional wet fly. Wet Fly Fishing calls for great touch. It is more demanding than the dry fly. These flies can be used all season but my best results have been early season.

Twilight Beauty The Twilight Beauty is a traditional wet fly. Wet Fly Fishing calls for great touch. It is more demanding More...

Orange and Partridge Wet Fly

Orange and Partridge wet fly.

Orange and Partridge wet fly. Orange and Partridge The Orange and Partridge is a small wet fly from the old country; More...

A glorious spring day near the mouth of the Okarito River, Westland. This whitebaiter is dressed in a wet suit to keep warm and, just as importantly, to expose the minimum of skin for sand flies to bite! Okarito River Whitebaiting, Westland, New Zealand

Okarito River Whitebaiting 2006 Photographs of whitebaiters chasing this New Zealand delicacy The best whitebait fritters...

Whitebait Fritters Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe with Allan Burgess To make the best whitebait fritters: For each cup...

Every now and again a much bigger wave comes sweeping in. It is essential to keep a sharp lookout should a quick retreat back up the beach become necessary. Several sets of eyes on the lookout are an advantage. Whitebait Scoop Netting at the Rakaia River Mouth, Canterbury – November 2011

Whitebait Scoop Netting Rakaia River Mouth Photographs Allan Burgess Video of whitebait scoop netting at the...

Surfcasting Baits – Using different baits to target different species

Elephant fish baits feat

Elephant fish taken at Birdlings flat by Ian Robertson on crab or crayfish bait. This is the best bait for rig More...

Casting Nets are a great way of quickly catching baitfish like mullet and piper

Casting Nets Once you have seen a casting net being used to land mullet, or garfish to be used as bait,..

Yellow-eyed Mullet – Aldrichetta forsteri – are a small inshore fish often found in harbours, estuaries, and tidal rivers

Yellow-eyed Mullet Yellow-eyed mullet are often incorrectly called herrings Yellow-eyed Mullet – Aldrichetta forsteri are a small inshore fish. A big..

Kahawai Fishing – Do I need a sports fishing licence when fishing at the river mouth?

If you are fishing in fresh water and using gear that could reasonably be expected to catch sports fish (Trout, Salmon and Perch) you need a valid sports fish licence.

Kahawai Fishing – Do I need a sports fishing licence when fishing at the river mouth? If you are fishing More...

Time to buy a new fishing reel

There comes a time when you are better off buying a brand new reel It can be frustrating having a fishing reel..

Terror Wind Near Kaikoura

Almost Blown Out to Sea by Powerful Northwest Wind A fortnight ago, November 2014, I spent a couple of days in Kaikoura doing..
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Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica

Pacific Pomfret – Brama japonica This unusual fish was caught by Mark Slade while fishing out of Whakatane in the Bay..
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Red Shadow Lure with John Hey – Original tie by Robert Bragg

Red Shadow – Original Tie by Robert Bragg with John Hey It was still November and early season when Owen and..
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Berkley Gorilla Stick Light-Weight Salmon Rods

Berkley Gorilla Stick with Allan Burgess In salmon fishing, unlike trolling from a boat, or surfcasting, the rod must be held..