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Tips on bottling, smoking, and freezing fish. How to tie knots and rigs, make sinkers, maintain fishing tackle, fix leaking waders, fishing books, whitebaiting, and heaps more! Our full How To Menu is in the sidebar on the right of this page.

Smoking Fish – How to prepare and cook fish by the hot smoking method

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Nothing quite compares to freshly caught hot smoked fish. How to Smoke Fish Smoking fish in a hot smoker I must admit that some of my earlier smoking fish sessions have produced less than perfect results. I finally caught on and would like to pass on the following advice. This is really a method better thought of as quick smoke/cooking, rather More...

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How to make a Wooden Flybox.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
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How to Make Your Own Large Wooden Fly Boxes by Allan Burgess

Home » How-to Advice and Fishing Tips The large wooden fly box can hold around 300 lures. Making Large Wooden Fly Boxes Here is a great idea for those who like to make things. Although I carry several small fly More...

A little bit of bottled salmon goes a long way. It is best to use smaller bottles if possible.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 19th, 2016
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Bottling and Preserving Salmon – how to guide to bottling salmon

Home » How-to Advice and Fishing Tips Add salt, sugar and vinegar to each jar before putting on the seals and rings. Bottling Salmon The Americans call this process canning even when glass jars are used Following More...

Kahawai steaks enclosed in a think layer of ice to prevent freezer burn.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
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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. Freeze Fish without Freezer Burn How to freeze fish so that it keeps longer. When freezing fish the biggest problem can be freezer-burn. This More...

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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Fishingmag.co.nz Mobile Website – Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP

Mobile Website Fishingmag.co.nz Mobile Website Nowadays over 70 per cent of our web traffic comes to us from mobile devices like cell phones and tablets.  Fishingmag.co.nz now has an AMP mobile version More...

With the aid of a D lead and about 1.2m of monofilament you can fish a fly on spinning gear.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 4th, 2015
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Fishing Flies on Spinning Gear using a D lead Rig Can be very Effective

Fishing Flies on Spinning Gear How to Fish the Fly and D lead rig on spinning gear With the aid of a D lead and about 1.2m of monofilament, you can fish a fly on spinning gear. You can save a lot of fishing time More...

Salmon anglers at the mouth of the Waimakariri River, Canterbury, South Island of New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Desktop Wallpaper Fishing background for your computer

Whitebaiting with pole nets Okarito River and Lagoon, Westland, South Island of New Zealand. Desktop Wallpaper Desktop wallpaper of whitebaiting with pole nets Okarito River and Lagoon, Westland, South Island of More...

Yachts at anchor in Waimea Inlet.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Sea Sickness – How to Avoid Being Sea Sick on Your Next Fishing Trip

Avoiding Sea Sickness For many anglers, seasickness can easily ruin what would otherwise be an enjoyable day on the water. It is perhaps surprising to note that many commercial fishermen are also affected by this More...

Gut fish as soon as possible to prevent the flesh from spoiling
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Look after your catch: kill, gut, and place your fish on ice immediately

Tossing your freshly caught fish into a plastic bin in the hot sun is a bad idea. Try to use an insulated bin with a tightly sealed lid and ice if you can to lower the temperature of the fish. For best results gut More...

Kill your salmon quickly.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Killing your salmon and looking after your catch

Killing your salmon and looking after your catch Kill your salmon immediately with a blow or two to the head. Place on ice immediately to prevent it from spoiling. Now that you have finally caught that elusive salmon More...