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Pro tips: How to catch more fish with soft baits
Follow the adventures of the Team from Catch using softbaits to target snapper in Northland, New Zealand. Along with spectacular scenery, learn tips and tricks from the team to increase your success and enjoyment of softbaiting. We discuss softbaits (also known as soft plastics), jigheads, sea terrain and equipment needed to have you fishing like a pro.
Hutchwilco Boat Show 2022 Tickets on sale from December 1
Tickets to the 2022 Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show go on sale on December 1 from www.boatshow.co.nz and come with both the chance to win Viking Kayak’s Ultimate Fishing Kayak Package, valued at well over $8000, AND a free, bonus entry into the show’s $250,000 Surtees/Yamaha Grand Prize! The Ultimate Fishing Kayak Package is based on Viking’s impressive Profish Reload fishing kayak. The flagship of the popular Viking Kayaks range, it is both fast and stable and has been specially created for keen kayak fishers by extremely experienced kayak fishers.
The Lateral Line: EP #33
After being locked up at home, unable to go camping and fishing for some 5 weeks! The boys have there freedom back once more. The forecast says rain, but after being stuck on dry land for weeks on end, going fishing in the rain sounds like a lot of fun. Nato’s tent on the boat was designed to make fishing and camping on the boat in the rain possible and enjoyable, the Tent is about to be put to that very test. The boys plan to make the most of the terrible forecast in some sheltered waters. As always, a tonne of fun was had trying to catch some fish to eat despite the rain and there are big smiles all round.
How to Catch Squid in deeper water
Here's an excellent 'how-to' video from Japan (with subtitles) showing the full detail of Tip Run Eging, or deep-water eging. Apply this in NZ waters for sure, in the peak squid seasons early winter and spring.
Seeing the value of marine reserves
Did you know that a big 70cm snapper can produce the same amount of eggs as 36 legal sized 30cm fish? Marine reserves are more and more becoming the last option we have to preserve certain fish stocks, given that limits put on commercial and recreational fishing are slow to change due to debatable political and economic reasons. For one, it lends sense to the action of putting the big fish back into the breeding system at least. Take a look at a few research insights about how we can better protect marine biodiversity, presented by Nick Shears from Leigh Marine laboratory.
Pocket Maps - NZ Walking Access to trout rivers
Next time you're thinking of exploring a few trout rivers, and wondering how to access some new ground, check out this app. Pocket Maps is a mobile mapping app for the outdoors. Find out what publicly accessible areas are local to you and explore somewhere new. Download Pocket Maps now via the Apple and android app stores.
The Lateral Line: EP#32
After an epic trip last time round, all the boys want to do is go back out wide and repeat the process. This time around, Andrei is keen-as to catch a big king and tags along. An epic day's fishing was had.
Catch 'Double Trouble' Jig Review
Say you were having a nightmare where you could only have one jig to use for the rest of your days (Heaven forbid!) After waking up in a cold sweat, you might just get to thinking if that really WAS the case, what lure would I choose? Based on the results I’ve seen over the last few years. It would be hard to go past the Catch Double Trouble as the most effective and versatile jig out there. This initially angular looking pattern comes in a pretty wide variety of sizes from 100 grams to 300 grams, and I have personally used, and watched it in action, catching darn near everything out there that hits a lure.
NEW Abu Garcia rod review. VERITAS 4.0
VERITAS = VERI TASTY! There are just some products that I know I’m going to buy the moment I see them. As a massive soft bait and lure fishing fan, I love catching decent fish on relatively light weight spinning gear, and when the opportunity arises to upgrade or replace broken gear, it’s a no brainer.
The Lateral Line: EP#31
The cuffs have come off. The weather is perfect and the top water fishing season has just kicked off in New Zealand. The plan is to head wide to an off shore island that is surround by big fish habitat. Wash rocks, step drop offs and tonnes of current. Big stick baiting rods and reels are rig and ready to do tangle with the the Yellow Tail King Fish.
Salty Bay Salt Guard
When you are fishing or boating, there’s one thing that is for sure. Salt is going to get into your gear and cause havoc to expensive fishing rods, reels, boat engines, fittings, trailers, you name it. Here’s a great new product to the NZ market, developed and formulated here in New Zealand by Campbell Banks and Sam Johnston.
Kingfish Movement Insights
Two kingfish originally tagged in very different locations have been recaptured off Yamba on the same day by the same fisher. The two recaptures highlight the dynamic and variable movement patterns of the iconic species, while it also gives a small insight into the potential of genetic mixing between different populations.
Anglers Hit The Water for Opening Day
Thousands of anglers across the country headed out before dawn this morning to start the 2021/22 sports fishing season. The weather played its part, with fine weather for opening day across most of the country. With Covid-19 restrictions, fishing has become a great way of dealing with the stress the restrictions cause and provides an excellent opportunity enjoy the outdoors and change things up a little. The opening day of the new fishing season this year is in the middle of Mental Health Awareness Week. This is appropriate given that fishing is one activity that has been proven to improve your wellbeing. Studies overseas have shown that going fishing reduces stress, and with the school holidays starting this weekend, fishing also is a great school holiday family activity.