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Z Man DarterZ soft bait bodies
I’m a big fan of Z Man soft bait bodies. I’ve used them for many years and found that they are usually my go-to choice, and I’m not alone. The other option is GULP, which are an entirely different proposition, and more recently, Catch and Daiwa entering the market with a very similarly based product to Z Man. That is, a tough, but very stretchy elastomer material in a range of tasty colours.
Talking to Bonze about rigging for marlin
Our north island road trip with young Flyn Jack (@Flyn Jack Fishing) had us dropping in to see the legendary Bonze (Bonze Lures) for some expert advice on rigging for marlin. Bonze is world famous as a true expert in his field, and if you want advice on how to catch marlin, Bonze is well worth listening to. It was so great to see such a busy man take the time out of his day to help out Flyn, and he gave us some great advice about setting up the boat, which eventually turned out to be very valuable, with Flyn landing his first marlin. It's pretty rough and ready, but I ran the camera to grab some of this advice as Bonze talked to Flyn, so take a look and you might pick up some tips.
The Lateral Line: EP #18
The boys make the drive over to the Wild West coast and plan to pitch the tent on the boat and spend a night in the harbour. Snapper are on the hit list as the sun goes down and king fish as the sun comes up. Nato manages to film kings hunting live mullet in 4K 60 frames with his iPhone.
Hints & Tips
How to fillet a fish
If you’re anything like me, you are lucky enough to regularly find yourself filleting nice eating sized snapper. Surely practice makes every cut perfect then? Yeah, not so much. Every time I think I have filleting dialed, and I might get a few absolutely bang on, there’s always that fish that just throws you, and you end up feeling like Edward Scissorhands on the piss. Here’s a quick vid taken on my phone by my mate Lloyd, after a brilliant morning session on the kayak.
Call out for 'Quirky or Retro' Boats
The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show is sending out a call to owners of retro and/or quirky powerboats or “oddities”. “To give everyone a bit of a lift after the tough times of 2020, we would like to create a display a special, fun display for the 2021 show,” says general manager Dave Gibbs.
Thai Fish Cakes - How to make them
Here is an incredibly tasty and different way to prepare any variety of fish that tastes amazing and is easier than it looks to prepare. It’s a great way to utilize trout, kahawai, or any other more popular fish species, that actually is more about the texture than the pure flavour of the fish.
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Easy to learn: How to tie the FG knot
The FG Knot with a Rizzuto finish is my go-to leader knot. I'll use it for GT, Tuna, Bass and everything in-between! But this here shows you the exact knot I tie when Popping and stick baiting for GT with my heavy setups.
The Lateral Line EP: #17
The boys leave the harbour and head down the coast to shelter from the forecasted wind. Later that day the wind drops out and the nearest island seems like it’s worth a visit. After a few stuff ups Milan lands a couple big beautiful king fish.
The Lateral Lin: EP #16
After a couple years of no fishing, Nato wants to have a crack at catching a king fish on his fly rod. The boys find a pack of ray-riding kingfish and A fly is smashed in what the boys reckon is one of the greatest strikes they have ever seen. Nato manages to catch 2 more solid harbour king fish on live baits that were trailing behind the boat while fly fishing.
The Lateral Line: EP #15
After 2 previous fishing trips in the new boat where no kingfish were landed. Milan goes to his favourite spot, where he feels the most confident. The boys anchor up for the night in a sheltered bay and await the sun rise of the next day. They wake to beautiful weather and the fish are biting. The first king fish landed on the boat is a good one.
Full Documantary: The Price of Fish
What's the real cost of the way we are fishing in Aotearoa? Who's winning? Who's losing? And will there be enough fish for our grandchildren? A documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Mike Bhana and Wild Film, that examines how effective NZ's Quota Management System has really been and what is the REAL cost to our marine environment.
Fishing the Mighty Mokes with Yamaha School of Fish
The Mokohinau Islands are a stunning fishery within fairly easy reach of Auckland for trailer boats. The fishing is (sometimes) amazing, and the scenery is always spectacular. Take a look at a bit of action fishing the Mokes for a day with the team from Roger's Boatshop in Albany.
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