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Make a Whitebait Cleaning Screen to Separate Bait from Debris Video

Whitebait Cleaning Screen Video Making a Whitebait Cleaning Screen. Sometimes the best whitebaiting takes place when the river and More...

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Whitebait Chips – the very best way to Cook Whitebait Video

Whitebait Chips – the very best way to Cook Whitebait Video with Allan Burgess The very best way to cook whitebait is to simply More...

Whitebaiting on the West Coast of the South Island with Margaret Fenemor

Whitebaiting on the West Coast of the South Island with Margaret Fenemor One good shoal. Things are looking up. The weather is idyllic, More...

Turnbull River, South Westland, whitebaiter's caravan.

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

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 More...

Okarito River whitebaiting featured image July 2016.

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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Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe with Allan Burgess Translucent freshly caught whitebait. To make the best whitebait fritters: For each More...

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 Whitebaiters fish the surf on the north side of the Rakaia River More...

Brunner, Lake, Trout Fishing – Where the trout die of old age!

Lakeside lunch at Lake Brunner. Photo: Lex Coutts. Featured image.

Dan Sweeny with a dark coloured brown trout taken at Lake Brunner while fishing with local guide Brent Beadle. Note the typical colouration of fish from Westland lakes. Photograph More...

Jackson Bay, Westland – Sea fishing for groper, cod, sharks, tuna – video

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Jackson Bay Wharf, Westland – Great Surfcasting, Boat Launching, and Sea Fishing Video Video title: Jackson Bay Wharf, South Westland – Fishing boats, Wharf and More...

Lake Poerua Brown Trout, Westland – Black water brownies – troll, spin, fly, bait fishing

A typically buttery chocolate coloured, though larger brownie, from Lake Poerua.

Most trout caught in Lake Poerua are taken by trolling or harling A typically buttery chocolate coloured, though larger brownie, from Lake Poerua. Lake Poerua is a small, shallow More...

Christchurch angler Paul Stewart with his big bluefin tuna taken at the entrance to Nancy Sound on Fiordland’s rugged coast. Featured image.

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi – Southern Bluefin Tuna

Southern Bluefin Tuna – Thunnus maccoyi by Allan Burgess Murray Whyte with a Southern Bluefin Tuna he caught fishing off Fiordland, New Zealand. Southern Bluefin Tuna The More...

Carpet Shark – Cephaloscyllium isabella – also Cat or Swell Shark

Carpet Shark – Cephaloscyllium isabella A brace of carpet shark caught by Allan Burgess from the beach behind the railway station at Kaikoura. Though quite eatable they More...

Building A Mega Surfcasting Rod Part 2 – Assembly – Fishing Video

Southern Mega Surf Beast surfcasting rod.

Building the Southern Mega Surf Beast Surfcasting Rod Here is a video of the Southern Mega Surf Beast in action. Part 1 More...

Building A Mega Surfcasting Rod for Heavier Weights – Initial Testing

The author at Birdlings Flat, near Christchurch, about to make the first few tentative casts with the Kilwell 9 oz blank. The guides on the surfcasting rod are all held in place with insulation tape. Featured Image.

This Mega Surfcasting Rod is Designed for Casting Heavy Sinkers Part 1 – Surfcasting Rod Initial Testing  The More...

How to freeze fish while preventing freezer burn by encasing in ice

Kahawai steaks enclosed in a think layer of ice to prevent freezer burn.

Kahawai steaks enclosed in a think layer of ice to prevent freezer burn. Freeze Fish without Freezer Burn How More...

Bottling and Preserving Salmon – how to guide to bottling salmon

Bottling Salmon The Americans call this process canning even when glass jars are used Following congratulations from your fishing mates on..

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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..

Fly Rod Harling – A useful fishing method and a lot of fun with Monty Wright

Harling with a fly rod by Monty Wright.

Fly Rod Harling on Lake Hawea With Monty Wright Evan Taylor and Monty Wright with Evan’s nice rainbow More...

Fishing Paddock at Paddock Bay, Lake Wanaka, Otago

Fishing Paddock at Paddock Bay By Monty Wright As l rolled over in the sleeping bag I noticed something was different...

Oamaru and Otago Fishing Memories by Ron Sim – Wanaka, Haast and the old Chev V8

Oamaru and Otago Fishing Memories by Ron Sim Ron Sim Oamaru’s local chiropractor has been a keen fisherman for almost as..

Tyro on the Tongariro River – The Judges, Major Jones and Breakaway Pools

Tyro on the Tongariro River by Piscator With mixed feelings of nervousness and anticipation, I sat on board flight NM 26..
Leigh Tobeck with a very fat 7.5 pound searun brown trout taken in the Rangitata River. What a well fed fish! Photograph by Darryl French.

Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting

Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting with Allan Burgess The “Rangi” as it is affectionately known, is a top salmon fishing..
Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph

Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph

Black Tungsten Bead Head Attractor Nymph This nymph pattern has proven deadly on big rainbows when fishing on the Ohau A Inlet Wall..

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Adult Whitebait


The whitebait fishing season opens on 15 August, except for the West Coast where it opens on 1 September.
How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide

Most popular fishery?

Ever wondered where New Zealand's most popular fishery is? It is the stunning Mackenzie Basin hydro canals where on average 120 fish a day are caught. If you are looking for somewhere to go winter fishing then the canals are the place to go! Fish & Game NZ

Alvey GRC High-Speed


Alvey Reels Australia Closing Down
In the video a quick look at the unusual geared Alvey 650GRC side caster.