Yellowtail – King of Broken Water – Milford Sound, Fiordland

This yellowtail all but inhaled the blue and silver Rapala CD 18 plug.

Yellowtail - King of Broken Water by Dick Marquand The yellowtail kingfish, or kingi as it is known in New Zealand game fishing circles, would rate as one of the hardest fighting species of game fish available to the light tackle angler. The yellowtail kingfish, or kingi as it is known in New Zealand game…

Whitebaiting season S.I. West Coast ends 14 Nov. For the Rest of NZ season ends 30 November

Whitebaiters Never Lie – Exploring an iconic Kiwi culture – Peters & Hedwig

Whitebaiters Never Lie – Exploring an iconic Kiwi culture.

Whitebaiters Never Lie - Exploring an iconic Kiwi culture by Anita Peters and Murray Hedwig - Forward by Keri Hulme First published in 2009 by David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand. ISBN 978-1-86953-749-4. Size: 213 x 286mm. 148 pages in full colour. Hardcover with dust jacket. Now out of print but you might find a…

How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide with Allan Burgess

If you are unsure if you will enjoy whitebaiting I suggest you start out with a pole net such as this one. It is inexpensive, easy to use and versatile. Most importantly it will catch you a feed.

How to Catch Whitebait for Fun and a Feed In this article, we explain a bit about whitebaiting and offer a few tips to help the beginner get started. Learn about how to catch whitebait. …

Whitebaiting in the Arawhata, Waiatoto, Turnbull, and Okuru Rivers

Okuru River whitebaiting.

"On a single day in 1944, Des Nolan famously caught 130 kerosene tins of whitebait single-handed in the Waiatoto River." A closer look at these Famous South Westland Whitebait Rivers The Arawhata,…

How-to Advice, Fishing Tips, Projects

Brown trout mounts on display at Mt Cook salmon farm near Twizel. A three dimentional mount is way better than just a photograph.

Taxidermy Fish – Mounting the Whopper – Preparation Matters

Taxidermy Fish with Monty Wright Photo (1) Denis Brundell’s 16.5lb (7.5kg) brown trout. Each time we head out fishing we all dream of capturing that large fish but in many cases are poorly prepared if it does happen. What should you carry with you to be prepared? One of the first things should be a…

Bottling Salmon – how to guide to bottling salmon and other fish

Bottling Salmon - Also effective for Trout, kahawai and Mullet The Americans call this preserving process canning even when glass jars are used Following congratulations from your fishing mates on having finally landed a salmon,…

Baits and Berley

Worms – Starting A Wormery for Freshwater Fish Bait

Tiger worms - Eisenia fetida - one of six different common garden earth worms found in New Zealand.

From Coarse Fishing Corner by the Canterbury Coarse Fishing Club There is scarcely a freshwater species of fish that at some time or other will not readily accept small lively worms. Perch, tench, rudd, and or course eels are particularly attracted to the redworm, which comes from compost heaps. These worms can be fished on…

Surfcasting Baits – Using different baits to target different species

Elephant fish baits feat

Surfcasting Baits Using different baits to target different species Surfcasting bait is a very…

Nelson/Marlborough

French Pass, D’Urville Island – Dangerous Passage Tips and Big Kingfish – Updated

French Pass looking across to D’Urville Island at its narrowest point from the Mainland.

French Pass, D'Urville Island - Top Yellowtail Kingfish Spot Plus French Pass Kingfish by Maurice Scoble (scroll down). by Roy Jones French Pass is a most beautiful and rewarding location. It is a top spot for yellowtail kingfish. For those of you fishing it for the first time, it can be quite daunting. That's…

Otago Fishing

Makarora and Wilkin Rivers Lake Wanaka Otago

Brown trout from the Makaroa River which flows into Lake Wanaka. Photo Monty Wright.

By Monty Wright Being on holiday Colleen and I woke at a respectable hour. We had stayed overnight at Makarora House which is a farm stay facility in the Makarora Valley. From our bedroom, we could look right up the Wilkin River Valley - a beautiful sight for anyone to behold first thing in the…

Harling Lake Dunstan – Best Fly Colours, Line Setups and Harling Tips

by Peter Lemin - Harling Lake Dunstan Part 1 The main angling methods in Lake Dunstan have been trolling as well as fly fishing and thread-lining from the shore. During January, the fishing slowed down considerably, no doubt partly due to the angling pressure the lake received over the Christmas holiday period. I felt sure…

An eye for the Water – A Study of Trout and Where to Find Them

By Monty Wright The habits of various kinds of trout differ considerably. Even though transplanted to new surroundings they still maintain their individual ways. The majority fish which we angle for in the South Island are now in their own individual right a wild strain. These fish were introduced originally by the old Acclimatisation Societies…

Freshwater Fishes

Sockeye Salmon – Oncorhynchus nerka – Limited to Waitaki River Catchment – Video

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka

Sockeye Salmon - Oncorhynchus nerka - only landlocked stocks are found in New Zealand Most New Zealand freshwater anglers will have never seen a sockeye salmon. They are only found in the Waitaki River catchment, especially in lakes Ohau and…

Central North Island

A typical "fresh" rainbow trout from the Whitikau Pool. Tongariro River trout.

Tongariro River Trout – Fly Bombs on the “Big T” – A Mainland Perspective

By Tom Fraser The Tongariro can be an intimidating river and sitting in the pre-dawn gloom with the frost settling on me, it dawned upon me just how easily someone could approach this river, be overawed and have very little success. We were excited to be finally fishing the world-famous Tongariro River Trout fishery that…

Coleridge Group Lakes

Coleridge, Lake – Best Fishing Spots – 39 Place Names – Picture Galleries

Hauling a boat onto a trailer at the head of Lake Coleridge on Opening Day.

Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country - Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing Map with Allan Burgess Plus a New Fishing Map with 39 Place Names Up until a few decades ago Lake Coleridge and the surrounding mountains were regarded as "the back of beyond." In…

Trolling for Trout and Salmon with down-riggers and flat-lines

Trolling for Trout 1. Trolling for trout without a down-rigger? You certainly don't need a down-rigger on your boat to catch fish. Trolling for trout with nothing on your line other than your lure is called flat-lining in the United States. A down-rigger is an additional…

Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips: Beginners Guide to Fishing Lake Coleridge

Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips This article is aimed at helping the complete beginner angler who wants to travel to Lake Coleridge for High Country Opening weekend, and hopefully catch a trout or salmon, but has absolutely…

Tekapo Canal Trout Tagging 24 July 2020 – CSI Fish & Game – The tagging project will assess how adult trout that migrate to the Tekapo Canal from Lake Tekapo contribute to the canal fishery.

If you catch a tagged trout in the canals, could you please record its four-digit number, weight and size (length) as best you can, approximate location, and if you kept it or released it and send those details to: csi@fishandgame.org.nz or call us on 03 615-8400

Ohau A Canal Rainbow Trout Fishing

Catching big rainbow trout, along with some browns, mostly by drift fishing nymphs from the top of the Ohau A intake wall. This is exciting trout fishing – although it is somewhat unusual to be fishing in such close proximity with other anglers.

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Floods and Their Impact on Trout Fishing and Trout Food

The Waimakariri River in flood- no fishing today! A 1000 years ago the Waimakariri River ran into Lake Ellesmere. It is now "fenced" in by stopbanks.

By Monty Wright Nature's creation of rivers was originally developed by excessive rain falling on the land creating its own channels and flooding much of the deltas. Some floods are slow and steady while other ones have immense energy through the amount of rain that falls. Although the river systems were originally created by this…

Catch and Release – Exquisite Moment at Larry’s Creek

Catch and Release - Exquisite Moment at Larry's Creek - also known as the Awarau River, Near Reefton by Graeme Smith It happens in that one exquisite moment, that moment we wait for, are watching for, yet usually miss. One instant it's there, the next instant it's not. Catch and Release. Like watching a magician,…

Catch and Release or Catch and Kill – By Dick Marquand

"A good game fish is too valuable to be caught only once." Lee Wulff Advice on Catch and Release to give your big trout the best chance of survival   The coolness of the approaching evening signalled the end of another glorious day in paradise. I had covered many kilometres of the Caples River, a…