Category: The catch

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Join the tag team

Join the tag team

Once the exclusive preserve of those targetting larger gamefish, tagging is now being extended to New Zealand’s inshore species and everyday recreational anglers are being asked to help. Kiwi fishing personalities and multiple IGFA world record holders, husband and wife team Scott and Sue Tindale, are behind a new fish tagging programme that is gaining...

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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

Seen the light

I’ve always been an advocate of using light tackle. Maybe it’s my background in fly-fishing and an early interest in club and IGFA light tackle records. In my early enthusiasm for light tackle fishing, I attempted to catch powerful fish like kahawai and kingfish using 1kg and 2kg monofilament nylon. I enjoyed some success with...

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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.