THE CATCH

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.

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.

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.

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.