Blue Bottle Nymph Fly

Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph for the Twizel Canals by Allan Burgess

Wiggle Legs Bluebottle Pheasant Tail Nymph Start with strong size 8 hook. Nymphs are often over looked by anglers new to trout fishing More...

Salmon spawning in the Canterbury high country.

Chinook Salmon Spawning Act: Canterbury – New Zealand – Video

Chinook Salmon Spawning Act – Video This series of videos captures a pair of “fin clipped” chinook salmon preparing More...

The 8540 (pictured top) uses finer steel and a very slim needle sharp point without sacrificing hook strength. The other heavier gage hook is a high carbon model from VMC. It is still a good hook but you have to keep it sharp with a file. It is also heavier and has a fatter point.

VMC Forged Vanadiun Steel Cone Cut Point – Salmon Fishing Treble Hooks

VMC Forged Vanadiun Steel Treble Hooks VMC 8540 Treble Hooks VMC 8540 Treble Hooks If you want to turn some of those near misses that 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 [Show slideshow]  More...

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Fishingmag.co.nz Mobile Website

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...

Picton Yacht Club Jetty.

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...

Twizel Canals ebook

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...

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.

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

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 Tauranga Harbour, on New Zealand ‘s Central North Island East Coast has a large well used charter boat fleet: Winter fishing More...

Taupo, Lake – Rainbow and Brown Trout Fishing – Tongariro, Tauranga-Taupo, and Waitahanui Rivers

Rainbow trout like this one are typical of Lake Taupo and its many tributaries. Photograph courtesy of taupofishing.co.nz

Lake Taupo and its Tributaries The wild rainbow trout fishery centered on Lake Taupo, and its tributaries, is justly famous the world over for being one of the most productive More...

Alvey 650c surfcasting reel. Allan Burgess

Alvey 650c Side-Cast Surfcasting Reel reviewed by Allan Burgess

Alvey 650c with Allan Burgess Allan Burgess with a spiny dogfish from the beach at South Rakaia on an Alvey 650C. Most anglers have their favourite fishing reels. These are their More...

Shakespeare Medalist 6600G – Tackle Test

Shakespeare Medalist 6600G In the North Island we’d call the Shakespeare Medalist a snapper reel, while in the south it would mostly be used as an excellent salmon fishing 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...

Rakaia River surf whitebaiting 2009 Whitebaiting in the Surf at the Rakaia River Mouth 2009 Season

Whitebait in the Surf Best whitebait fritters recipe Okarito River Whitebaiting, Westland...

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...

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..
Parsons' Glory Yellow.

Parsons’ Glory – Taupo, Rotorua trout lure or streamer fly

Parsons’ Glory The Parsons’ Glory is one of New Zealand ‘s most popular trout flies. According to Keith Draper in his..
Lead Pyramid Sinker

Pyramid Lead Surfcasting Sinker

Pyramid Lead Sinker with Allan Burgess The pyramid sinker is ideal when fishing over both stony and sandy bottoms. It still..