Egg Rolling/Drift Fishing Method in the Mackenzie Country Canals

A pleasant surprise hauling this 19.7lb salmon to the bank. Lumo Savage Gear softys and Cleardrift eggs are at the top of the menu for these monsters.

Egg Rolling or Drift Fishing in the Mackenzie Country Canals When you consider that a large trout or salmon hen fish can produce as many as 5,000 eggs that's a lot of fish-bite size protein parcels going into the food chain. Big rainbow trout can produce as many as 8000 eggs. Smaller trout produce…

Game Fishing New Zealand

Three Kings Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Middlesex Bank

Heath Fairweather's striped marlin was caught, tagged, and released near the Three King's. It was estimated to weigh 125kg.

Three Kings Islands Marlin Fishing, Northland, NZ By Andrew Padlie It had just come into winter and a memory of the past season still floats in the mind. That year I was lucky enough to venture north for the fishing trip of a lifetime. So far north, in fact, 50-60 miles off the top of…

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…

Marlin Hunting – The Quest for a Beakie – Game Fishing NZ

Displaying the skills of a surgeon, Skipper David Auld rigs a kahawai "skip bait.

Marlin Hunting - The Quest for a Beakie By Dick Marquand I read with great interest Chappie Chapman's excellent article "Marlin Magic, Mania or Madness?" It brought back to me, memories of the endless planning, the exhilarating experiences, the great camaraderie, the frustrations, as well as the spending of thousands of dollars on travel and…

Kahawai Fishing

Malcolm Bell removing a lure from a kahawai before release at the mouth of the Waimakariri River.

Best Kahawai Fishing Lure – Small sprat shaped lures are the best

Best Kahawai Fishing Lure - Smaller lures 10-18g with a single hook work best by Allan Burgess Which is the best kahawai fishing lure for spin fishing at river-mouths? This is an interesting question. When there are plenty of kahawai about does your choice of lure matter that much? Well, I think it still does. …

Kahawai Spin Fishing at River Mouths – Great on Light Tackle Video

Kahawai Fishing at River Mouths on Light Tackle Video Kahawai is one of the most readily available fish species for anglers to catch in New Zealand waters. They often gather in huge numbers around river mouths where they hunt for silveries (smelt), sprats, whitebait, and krill. Kahawai schools will come right in close to…

Marlborough Fishing

Thin Water Snapper and the Meaning of Life – Clova Bay

The rocky point visible from the bathroom window. Our cottage is in the background. (Painting by Johnny W Groome). Thin Water Snapper.

Thin Water Snapper Fishing - Snapper from the Shore by Johnny Groome Have you ever asked yourself that age-old question "What is the meaning of life?" Well, it's simple really. Keep yourself warm and find yourself enough to eat in order to be able to collect as many of the best memories you can. Always…

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…

New Zealand Sea Fishes

School Shark Tagging Program Awareness – How You Can Help

Alex Burton about to release a tagged school shark back into Kaipara Harbour.

School Shark Tag Awareness - How You Can Help By Alex Burton New Zealand is a host to a variety of shark species from well-known species such as the great white - Carcharodon carcharias and whale sharks - Rhincodon typus to deep-sea species like the smalltooth sandtiger - Odontaspis fero and goblin shark - Mitsukurina…

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…

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Hiring a Trout Fishing Guide – Why Hiring a Guide is a Good Idea

A younger looking Tony Entwistle (right), with client John Hewitt from the United States of America, holding for the camera one of four 10lb plus trout caught and released in a single afternoon in the Nelson region. Hiring a trout fishing guide. Now retired, Tony is a Life Member and former President of the NZPFGA.

Hiring a Trout Fishing Guide By Allan Burgess Our fishing guides are doing it tuff at the moment as a result of COVID-19 restrictions preventing overseas anglers from coming to New Zealand and hiring a trout fishing guide.  Over a typical summer fishing season, experienced guides can take out as many as 100 clients. However,…

Surfcasting Around New Zealand

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

Surfcasting After Dark – Fishing often improves after sunset

Surfcasting After Dark with Allan Burgess Most experienced trout anglers are well aware of the advantages fishing after dark. Cruising trout lose their inhibitions and will come right into the shallows chasing bullies…

Feathered Lures

Boobie Fly UV Straggle Chenille – Excellent for fishing the Twizel Canals

Black Boobie Fly UV Straggle String with white foam Para Post eyes. Tighter wraps of Straggle String give a bushier body.

Boobie Fly UV Straggle Chenille Trout Lure - Boobie or Booby trout fly. The boobie fly is…

Salmon Flies and Sea-Run Trout Flies – 14 Patterns for Kiwi Fly Tyers

By Allan Burgess Very few New Zealand anglers fish for salmon with salmon flies and true fly fishing tackle. The Canterbury braided rivers, which are where the majority of salmon are caught, don't really lend themselves to traditional fly fishing. These big rivers often run swift and dirty. Even when running clear the water where…

Fuzzy Wuzzy Trout Lure by Fred Fletcher, Waitahanui Lodge, Lake Taupo

Fuzzy Wuzzy is a trout egg imitation fly The Fuzzy Wuzzy was created by the late Fred Fletcher to imitate freshwater crayfish (koura) in Lake Taupo. Fletcher was the original builder and owner of the Waitahanui Lodge he started way back in 1932. The simple bach-like lodge situated next to the Waitahanui River, which flows into the eastern…

Nymphs for Trout

Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph – Good Twizel Canals Nymph

The Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph is quite simple to tie. It is an effective pattern for deep water fishing.

Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph This nymph pattern has proven deadly on big rainbows when fishing on the Ohau A Inlet Wall near Twizel. It is, for the most part, an attractor fly. The Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph doesn't represent any particular insect though it could be taken for a blowfly or perhaps a spider.…

Hare and Copper Nymph – probably our most popular nymph pattern

Hare and Copper Nymph The Hare and Copper nymph is probably the most popular nymph pattern used to fish for trout in New Zealand. Relatively easy to tie. It is a favourite of the home tier. It is also possible to make numerous variations with different coloured beads, body shapes, and the like to suggest…

Glo-Bug Trout Fishing Flies for Winter Rainbows – Good in Twizel Canals

Glo-Bugs are Fish Egg Imitations by Allan Burgess At first sight, a pink or orange Glo-bug seems an unlikely trout bait. A Glo-bug is a fly tied to imitate a trout or salmon row. It's a fish egg imitation! It can be…

How to Tie the Yoke Rig for Surfcasting When You Want More Distance

Yoke Rig. Use this surfcasting rig when casting as far a possible is your main aim. On a shallow sandy beach sometimes you might have to wade out 100m and then cast another 200m to reach a distant hole or gutter. In this situation, the Yoke Rig comes into its own.

Fishing the Twizel Canals in the Mackenzie Country during winter

Fishing the Mackenzie Country Canals around Twizel during winter can be a challenge. You get some great winter days but it gets very cold at night. The rainbows especially are in spawning mode during winter and are more easily targeted. I don't like fishing when it is raining or snowing, but you have to be prepared for anything when fishing in the Mackenzie Country during winter time.

The Complete Guide to Sea-Run Trout Fishing – Online Book – Members Only

Sea-Run Trout Fishing Ebook – Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction This online book has an introduction and 7 chapters. 1. Where Do Sea-Run Trout Come From. 2. Cucumber Fish, Smelt or Silveries. 3. Tackle for Sea-Run Brown Trout. 4. Fishing Different Rivers – The Mighty Rakaia. 5. The Waimakariri River. 6. Other Sea-Run Trout Fishing Rivers. 7. Dead Drifting Soft Baits. Also includes video. To get immediate access to this content, get your: Fishingmag Website FREE Membership