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Waitaki River Salmon Fishing Contest Winning fish weights since 1984

Waitaki River Salmon Weights During the 1990s I spend a good deal of time salmon fishing the lower Waitaki River, the surf in particular. Back 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...

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Sinkers – how to make fishing sinkers

Lead jigs can be made at home very cost effectively. Try to get a mould that will make sinkers or jigs you use most often rather than More...

Malcolm Bell with kahawai caught on light trout tackle, Waimakariri River mouth.

Kahawai Spin Fishing at River Mouths – Plus great light-tackle kahawai video action

Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler fishing tackle store, in Christchurch, demonstrates considerable skill and technique to catch More...

How to Make a Surfcasters Belt and Trolly

Surfcasters Belt

How to Make a Surfcasting Belt and Trolly Surfcasters Belt Surfcasters can do a lot of walking during a day at the beach. You can save your legs by carrying your regularly used More...

Breakaway Surfcasting Sinkers for distance casting and firm grip on the sea bottom

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The Breakaway sinker holds the bottom until you wind your reel. Breakaway Surfcasting Sinkers The breakaway sinker, I believe, first originated in England . The idea was to More...

Northland’s Ninety Mile Beach with Denis Moresby Writer and Surfcaster

Contestant's fishing on a "sand-bar" with deep water in front of you and deep water behind you, it is nice to know that the surf rescue is on patrol! It is against the rules to swim to a sand-bar. You must be able to walk.

Denis Moresby with four good snapper from a “practice fish” on the day before the Ninety Mile Beach Lion Red Snapper Classic a few years back. Contestant’s More...

Surf fishing the Rakaia River mouth at first light for kahawai and sea-run brown trout.

Rakaia River Mouth Sea-run Brown Trout, Salmon and Kahawai Fishing

Surf fishing the Rakaia River mouth at first light for kahawai and sea-run brown trout. Sea-run brown trout, salmon and kahawai Some years the Rakaia River can experience unusually More...

Ohau Canal in the MacKenzie Country – Salmon Fish Farm Gages

Mckenzie Country Ohau Canal One of my favorite fishing areas is the MacKenzie Basin and one of my favorite towns is Twizel. Sound strange! What about Queenstown, or the twin More...

Testing for Cracked or Broken Fishing Rod Line Guides

You can find hair-line cracks in line guides by pulling an old pair of pantyhose across the hard surface. The fine threads will snag on any cracks.

A cracked line guide will damage monofilament fishing line very quickly. Be sure to inspect your guides often. Line guides More...

West Coast Snapper Huge West Coast Snapper

Huge West Coast Snapper by Andrew Blomfield It was a magnificent day. The sun had not...

The author Denis Moresby with yellowtail kingfish that was not weighed so that my mates could not catch a bigger one. Mayor Island Hapuka Experience by DJ Moresby

Mayor Island Hapuka Experience by DJ Moresby Tauranga Harbour, on New Zealand ‘s Central North Island...

Otago harbour salmon Fishing Contest Winning Fish. Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing

Otago Harbour Salmon In 1985, I.C.I. Watties, a New Zealand food manufacturing company specializing in canning...

Winter Trout Flies with John Hey

Winter Trout Flies by John Hey My first adventure with winter fishing was at Lake Coleridge, back in the early More...

Wooster’s Silvery – Canterbury Sea-run Trout Fishing Lure

Wooster’s Silvery I first fished the Wooster ‘s Silvery lure in the Waimakariri River for sea-run trout over twenty years ago...

Woolly Buggar Trout Fly

Woolly Buggar Trout Fly I remember some years ago being in a local tackle store in Christchurch – which shall remain..

Time to buy a new fishing reel

Seascape freespool reel was made in Australia.

Seascape Major reel manufactured sometime in the 1970s or 1980s. It held 450 yards of 20 pound monofilament, More...

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..

Fishing Van or 4×4 Truck; which is more useful?

Fishing Van or Fishing Truck; each has its Pros and Cons? Here is a question for you to ponder; If you live..

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Waitaki River Salmon Fishing Contest Winning fish weights since 1984

Waitaki River Salmon Weights During the 1990s I spend a good deal of time salmon fishing the lower Waitaki River, the..