Category: The catch

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The right hook

The right hook

Whether you are using bait or a lure, it’s the hooks that catch the fish. Despite their importance, though, most anglers give fish hooks very little thought. A blunt hook, poor hook selection, or badly-made hooks can all result in lost fish.

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Seen the light

Rightly or wrongly, I always fished for sport, releasing most of my catch. Putting a feed on the table was a secondary consideration, which has only become more important in recent years.

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Not so fresh

Not so fresh

The 2018 whitebait season closes at the end of November, and it is perhaps a useful marker to reflect on the status of the country’s freshwater fish resource.

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WHITEBAIT UNDER THREAT

WHITEBAIT UNDER THREAT

There’s an elephant in the room: white-baiting.
Of the native freshwater fish considered endangered – īnanga, shortjaw kōkopu, giant kōkopu, kōaro, kanakana/piharau (lamprey), and tuna (longfin eel) – the first four in the list constitute ‘whitebait’, along with banded kokupu, which is not threatened.