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In Canterbury? Want to learn about trout fishing?
Fresh water

In Canterbury? Want to learn about trout fishing?

Or seeking to improve your trout angling and learn new techniques? Come along to the free Canterbury Trout Festival starting at 8.30am on September 4 2021 at Peppers Hotel, Clearwater. We have again been able to persuade some of New Zealand's best trout anglers to come and share their knowledge and skills.
Motiti Protected Fishing Areas from 11 August 2021
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Motiti Protected Fishing Areas from 11 August 2021

The new Motiti Protection Area comes into effect on 11 August 2021, creating three protection areas around Motiti Island where the taking of all plants and animals (including fish and shellfish) will be prohibited. To protect the reef systems, anchoring on these reefs will also be prohibited. This is to protect indigenous biodiversity and acknowledge the significant marine, landscape and cultural values in the area. Those three areas comprise of Ōtaiti (Astrolabe Reef); including Te Papa (Brewis Shoal), Te Porotiti, and O karapu Reef, Motuhaku Island (Schooner Rocks) and Motunau Island (Plate Island).
C-MAP® LAUNCHES NEW CHART RANGE, INTRODUCING GLOBAL SHADED RELIEF
Boats

C-MAP® LAUNCHES NEW CHART RANGE, INTRODUCING GLOBAL SHADED RELIEF

NEW DISCOVER™ & REVEAL™ Replaces, Simplifies MAX-N+ range. Egersund, Norway – C-MAP, a leader in digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping, has today launched a re-designed, simplified charting portfolio for Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® chartplotter with the introduction of C-MAP DISCOVER & REVEAL. Replacing the MAX-N+ range, C-MAP REVEAL charts display the very best of C-MAP. It boasts stunning seafloor and inland Shaded Relief along with all the core features of C-MAP DISCOVER, including full-featured Vector Charts.
Shimano NZ Catalogue 2021
Gear

Shimano NZ Catalogue 2021

Here's the latest and greatest from SHIMANO NZ. A very cool live calendar, just click and scroll through all the goodies. We know Shimano make some of the greatest fishing products on the market, so here is a feast for the eyes. Enjoy.
The new Stabicraft 2250 Ultracab WT is the ultimate tourer
Boats

The new Stabicraft 2250 Ultracab WT is the ultimate tourer

Stabicraft has just launched its exciting new 2250 Ultracab WT. The WT (walk-thru) model is the natural follow-up to the original 2250, launched in 2019. Since hitting the global market, the 2250 has become one of the most popular Stabicraft vessels in what was already a pretty impressive fleet.
INTRODUCING THE LATEST SIMRAD® VHF RADIO  & CLASS-B AIS SYSTEMS
Boats

INTRODUCING THE LATEST SIMRAD® VHF RADIO & CLASS-B AIS SYSTEMS

The complete modular VHF solution. Simrad are pleased to announce the arrival of our premium multi-station black box marine radio systems - the SIMRAD® RS100 and RS100-B. The latter integrated with a Class-B AIS transceiver and GPS. These systems are expandable and customisable to suit any boat and any on-water communication needs.
New netting restrictions now in place to protect Hector’s and Māui dolphins
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New netting restrictions now in place to protect Hector’s and Māui dolphins

In June, Fisheries New Zealand and the Department of Conservation announced decisions on a revised Hector’s and Māui dolphins Threat Management Plan. Hector’s and Māui dolphins are among the world’s rarest dolphins. They face a range of human-induced threats, including fishing, seismic surveying and the disease toxoplasmosis. As a result of these decisions, on 1 October 2020, new fisheries measures took effect restricting commercial and recreational set-net and commercial trawl fishing off the west coast of the North Island, and commercial and recreational set-net fishing off the north, south and east coasts of the South Island. In addition, drift netting will be prohibited in all New Zealand waters.
Trout season 2020 -2021 begins on October 1st
Fresh water

Trout season 2020 -2021 begins on October 1st

Freshwater anglers are eagerly anticipating the start of the new trout and salmon fishing season, which begins on October 1. Early reports indicate there is some excellent fishing to be had this coming season. Licences are available now and the photo on the licence was the winner of the 2020 Fish & Game Fishing Licence Photo competition. Take your camera with you when you go fishing because the competition will begin again in January 2021 with more spectacular prizes to be had. "Getting your licence signals that winter is over, spring is here, and Christmas is coming, which means your favourite little stream, lake or river will be open soon for fishing," Fish & Game New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Taylor says. With more Kiwis holidaying at home this year the time is right to have a go at fishing when you are camping, tramping or just visiting your local lake, river or stream. "Kiwis are exploring New Zealand like never before. Every river you cross is a fishing opportunity. "New Zealand is one of the world's great fishing countries. Our lakes, rivers, and backcountry streams all offer fantastic opportunities to fish for brown and rainbow trout. In the South Island, you can also fish for salmon in many places. "You are never far from the action."
Yamaha Helm Master EX
Boats

Yamaha Helm Master EX

Yamaha has launched an amazing new digital boat control system that holds you over your fishing spot or sets up a controlled drift, hands free! Applicable to single and multi engine craft, this is a world first and should be very popular if you like holding over pins, deep drops etc.
New rules aim to protect salmon fishery
Land-based

New rules aim to protect salmon fishery

The most significant change ever to the way sea-run salmon are managed in NZ has been proposed, to help rebuild Canterbury’s wild sea-run salmon population. In co-operative decisions, the Central South Island Fish and Game Council (CSIFGC) and North Canterbury Fish and Game Council (NCFGC) have formally resolved that a sea-run salmon "season bag limit" regime should be implemented across both regions. Both Councils have jointly agreed to recommend this new tool, to restore the resilience of wild salmon populations. Fish and Game New Zealand will now seek Government regulations to implement this proposal. The size of the season bag limit will be reviewed annually, based on where the size of the spawning population sits within the range of spawning thresholds.
Fish On in the Hawke’s Bay region under Alert Level 3
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Fish On in the Hawke’s Bay region under Alert Level 3

With the country stepping out of Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, freshwater fishing is now a great option for recreation and to provide for the table. "Being able to break the cabin fever and go to your local river fishing is fantastic safe family fun" says Nick Page from the Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game. "A quick check of our regulations book will let anglers know where they can go locally for a fish" says Nick Page.

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