Blue Cod (Parapercis colias) – How to Catch Blue Cod Fishing Tips

This blue cod is in the Marlborough Sounds. He’s a friendly chap. Photograph courtesy of Jenna Stone.

Blue Cod - Parapercis colias Other names: Rawaru, patutuki by Allan Burgess Blue Cod - Parapercis colias - are caught all around the coast of New Zealand including the Three Kings Island in the far north, and the Chatham Islands. More abundant and larger around the South Island. Very large blue cod around Fiordland and Southland.…

Game Fishing New Zealand

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…

West Coast Striped Marlin Fishing out of Kaipara Harbour, Northland

All marlin are tagged at the boat, including those that are kept in case they throw the hook at the boat.

We Boated Past the Graveyard of over 125 Shipwrecks By Warwick Judkins You wanna catch a marlin? I first heard these words when I was going to Auckland for my mum's 80th birthday at Christmas and my brother suggested going to Paihia for five days after the event and maybe doing some fishing. On the…

Salmon Fishing

Photograph: Lyndsay Bishop (left), and Allan Burgess with limit bags caught from small boat in the Waimakariri River.

How to Catch Salmon – 12 Tips to get you started landing a salmon!

How to Catch Salmon - 12 Tips to get you started by Allan Burgess How to catch salmon comes down to knowledge and persistence. No matter how knowledgeable you are in the ways of the salmon it still takes time and sustained effort to catch them. If you have never caught a salmon before I suggest…

Rasmus Gabrielsson and Malcolm Bell Podcast Canterbury Salmon

Rasmus Gabrielsson talks with Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler about the Canterbury Salmon Fishery by Allan Burgess Malcolm Bell, from The Complete Angler fishing tackle store in Christchurch, recently broadcast a question and answer session with Rasmus Gabrielsson about the poor state of the Canterbury salmon fishery.  Rasmus Gabrielsson is a fisheries scientist with…

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 Sharks

Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit – steep shelving shingle beach

Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler in Christchurch caught this cool elephant fish surfcasting at Birdlings Flat December 2016.

Surfcasting Birdlings Flat and Kaitorete Spit In my younger days I spent many an afternoon and evening surfcasting at Birdlings Flat - also called Baileys Beach. I remember the rich red sunsets in particular very well. The best fishing here is usually later in the day. So the setting sun generally heralds the start of…

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…

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 Around New Zealand

Allan and Mark Burgess with sevengill shark from Birdlings Flat.

Birdlings Flat – Sevengill Shark Surfcasting at Birdlings Flat

Surfcasting for Sharks at Birdlings Flat, Kaitorete Spit by Allan Burgess The author and his sevengill shark at Birdlings Flat. It had taken a small frozen mullet cut bait intended for red cod. The trace was 80 lb monofilament and the shock leader 50 lb mono. Luckily the sevengill shark didn't…

Course Fishing

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…

Coarse Fishing – Getting Started with a Basic Float Fishing Kit

Assembling a Basic Float Fishing Kit for Coarse Fishing Setting up a basic set of tackle for float fishing. One or two items are specifically for Coarse Fishing and are available through a club, the rest you should be able to get through your local tackle shop.…

Tench Fishing in New Zealand – Course Fish Species

The Tench - Tinca tinca Considering the extensive liberations that are known to have taken place in the 1860s and the subsequent world class fishing available to South Islander's as a result, the tench is still a little-known species. In fact,…

Fly Fishing New Zealand

Catch and Release or Catch and Kill – By Dick Marquand

I wonder how many of the huge trout caught and released in the Twizel Canals survive the ordeal and go on to spawn the next generation. Photograph courtesy of Lance Gill and Fish The Drift NZ.

"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 blue…

Stillwater Brownies – Favourite Flies For Stillwater Brown Trout

Stillwater Brownies - Six Favourite Flies by Dick Marquand Generally speaking, brown trout inhabiting Stillwaters like lakes, ponds and backwaters, present more of an angling challenge than those found in creeks, streams and rivers. In moving water, a trout takes up a "feeding station" in a suitable position and only moves from that station to…

Floods and Their Impact on Trout Fishing and Trout Food

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…

The Complete Guide to River Mouth Salmon Fishing by Allan Burgess

Tips, Tricks, and info on how to get started catching salmon in New Zealand's South Island. Originally sold on DVD. Now on Youtube.

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.

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