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Your Guide to Fishing - The Seasons
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EDITOR HAPPY, HAPPY SPRING everybody!
my opinion that the snapper fishery
Wow, what a difference a few
should be treated like a national
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treasure, a Taonga of the nation; its
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worth is far greater than the export
provoking and enlightening articles,
dollars our political leaders are willing
and industry news and information
The fishing has definitely taken a turn for the better with captures of solid fish from the inner East Coast Bays
to hock it off for.
to forward-thinking fisher people.
, Gulf Islands and monsters from the
On the ‘value’ front, I’ve been aiding
Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay. By
EDITOR / Derrick Paull
an Auckland University student,
the time we get to print there’ll be a
ART DIRECTOR / Jodi Olsson
Ahmad Shendi, in getting his survey
decision on the future of the Snapper
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on recreational fishing habits in the
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Phone Derrick on 021 629 327
Hauraki Gulf responded to by as many
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disaster we should be happily catching
local fishos as I can. If you have a few
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a few months. It’s a real pity the
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Politics and dollars aside, this is
ADDRESS / NZ Fisher,
ministry hasn’t done a bit better job of finding a solution to the issue. Credit where it’s due, Sam Mossman presented a very interesting and informative (read eye-opening) article on the history of Snapper in NZ in
without doubt the season to catch a fat, tasty snapper in the north or a puka out wide – both would go down
Note: Our apologies that the promised
track down a copy.
‘How to’ Kingfish articles have not
of the fishery we see today and look back to the times when the fishing was unconstrained and the real damage was done. Sadly, now, as we did
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a treat on the plate!
Fishing News. If you haven’t seen it,
Sam managed to look past the state
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materialised due to a continuing trend of poor weather when we’ve attempted to get out. We’ll be getting
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then, we’re seeing ‘our’ fish sold off
for a price far below their worth. It is
Converted By Seduction By Tom Lusk
UNTIL RECENTLY, I FISHED for
and an angry pannie absolutely
surface, and the excited spotties and
snapper from the rocks using the
smashed his fly. Fish on! After he’d
hiwihiwi stampeding around all sound
same, very effective method that
caught and released this lovely fat
the dinner gong.
most readers would probably use. A
kelpie, Matto moved on and let me
promising ledge would be found, a
tussle with its mates.
big lump of frozen berley would go
At some of my spots, there would be four or five snapper fighting each
I’d read about this technique in
other for the shreds. In this situation,
articles by Craig Worthington, but
it’s very difficult to present your
had always imagined it would take a
fly to the biggest fish - one of the
I’d been doing this for many years,
huge amount of patience. Sometimes
tricky and exciting aspects of the
and caught a lot of great fish: the
it does - but these times are rare.
method, but also very frustrating. If
method works. Every so often
Often we will get the first fish up
you do catch a small fish, however,
however, the snapper would come
and feeding within five minutes. Last
the bigger ones will usually be back
right up to our feet. Usually silly little
Saturday it wasn’t quite like this as it
and happily feeding quite soon
pannies, but sometimes, a monster. I
was almost two hours before I raised
afterwards, provided you haven’t
once sight fished, caught and released
my first snapper. This is very unusual,
been rushing around at the water’s
in, and I’d cast un-weighted pillies or similar baits out into the berley trail.
an estimated 20lber that came steaming up out of nowhere and nearly gave me a heart attack. Then, this autumn, regular saltwater fly contributor Matt Von Sturmer put me on to a whole new way of fishing. I’d already transitioned from bait to salt water fly and was catching plenty of
edge waving your arms
Seeding involves shredding a pillie and flicking it into your spot while crouching down low so that they can’t see you. The oil from the pillies, the silver pieces falling through the water, the splash as the shreds hit the surface, and the excited spotties and hiwihiwi stampeding around all sound the dinner gong.
good fish in the berley trail alongside my bait fishing mates. On this particular day, however, Matto drew me away
pool, he had two fish well into the
As the tide receded, better and better spots became exposed. At one of these, I threw in a couple of kina to boost the action and within ten minutes I had a lovely 50cm snap rushing around with the pannies.
in, which might have kept them dozy.
it, gulped it down, and I struck. He
were suddenly everywhere. My
he was flicking them! In a nearby rock
while you focus on one.
for two seconds before he charged
unpromising-looking (to me) gutter.
the surface; snaffling shreds of pillie
you can rest three spots
but there was a nasty southerly cutting
Once they came on however, they
zipping around about a metre from
having several spots is that
The white marabou fly sunk
from the berley to a shallow and an
Here, he had a group of five pannies
around. The benefit of
approach is to “seed” four or five likely looking spots on arrival, and usually by the time the last spot is
powered off for the Barrier in a 30m run, then the hook pulled just as the backing knot was streaking through the guides, leaving me with the long wind back in.
seeded, the first one will have some
Fortunately I’d caught some nice
40cm fish, and my mate Mikey had
40cms that he’d already caught from
Seeding involves shredding a pillie
the same spot. It was unbelievable. In
and flicking it into your spot while
about 2-3 metres of water, snapper
crouching down low so that they
were charging about, all lit up and
can’t see you. The oil from the pillies,
completely fearless! Matto crept a
the silver pieces falling through the
little closer, made a cast of 3 metres,
water, the splash as the shreds hit the
got his share using unweighted softies and the same seeding method, so we had a good haul to take back to the families. Another great day when the wind was knifing in from the south and keeping a lot of us at home.
A New Fishing Year Dawns: Your guide to fishing the seasons By Sam Ellison
AFTER BRACING THROUGH what can often be a barren winter, spring represents “New Years” for fishing. So when I see kowhai trees in flower and new lambs in the paddocks, I know the fishing will be on the improve. That isn’t to say that big fish can’t be caught in winter (check out last month’s issue of NZ Fisher), but in general you just have to work much harder for them.
work, family and friends get in the way. With that in mind, it’s probably a good idea to know what to expect throughout the year. It’s also probably fair to say that your approach to how and where you are fishing should change with the seasons. Below are a series of “rules of thumb” of how to approach the year (focussed on the Hauraki Gulf and snapper). There are always
As such, now is a good time to plan
exceptions to the rule, but for the
your fishing year and lock in fishing trips
entry level fisher, this guide should
before pesky commitments such as
help to maximise your experience.
EARLY SPRING: September and October Although spring will have sprung on land, the water takes a bit of warming up, so the appetite of the fish is still low during this period. School snapper will begin moving into embayments such as the Hauraki Gulf and this can result in some very good fishing. The best way to take advantage of these school snapper, if they are around, is not to head out to the same spot that you always go to. Instead, use what resources you have at hand.
The general rule is that you aren’t
baits, a foul bottom and deep water
going out to fish particular spots or
(preferably over 150 m).
looking for structure on the seabed, you are trying to fish where the fish are. I call this the “search and fish” method. This type of fishing also works well with lure fishing (soft baits and the various forms of jigs that are around these days), but controlling your drift so that your bait stays near the seabed is paramount. Other approaches for snapper include anchoring up, burleying and
The spring months can also be good for kingfish, specifically they can be found chasing bait on the surface in deeper water or in areas near deep water. October would be a good month to get your stick bait rod out for example, but that isn’t much help to our Hauraki Gulf based fisher sitting in his dinghy with a Jarvis Walker rod.
stray lining baits over a rocky bottom (often in shallow water). This method
LATE SPRING: November and December
This means covering a bit of distance
will work with varying degrees of
looking at your sounder in search of
success at all times of the year.
“eyebrows” near the bottom and
Furthermore, if you are around the
keeping an eye peeled for working
back of Great Barrier Island or in the
birds. In general if you can get out to
Far North, you will probably pull big
30-50m you should be able to find
snapper using this method during any
fish, but success can be had closer to
season. But, as a general rule for the
the coast if you are lucky.
Gulf, there are better times of year to
you can find the spawning fish you’ll
When you find fish don’t anchor
try this approach (see autumn).
have great success, if you can’t, you
immediately. Drop a flasher rig
For other species, these months can
weighted with a 3-4oz sinker baited with
have a good reward. Hapuku tend
This time of year lends itself to the
small cubes of pilchard or squid. If the
to move into shallower water over
search and fish method described
fish are there you should get a response
the entire spring period, so this is
above. By now the snapper should be
within a few minutes. If you don’t have
the preferred time of year to target
closer to the coast, so this is a good
any luck consider starting the search
them. If you have a big enough
time for the dinghy owning Jarvis
again, or if your drift is too fast and your
boat to target hapuku you probably
Walker bearing fisher to head out.
bait isn’t staying near the bottom, this
don’t need me to tell you what to
Just remember to keep your eyes
might be a good time to anchor.
do. In general it involves large cut
peeled for signs.
Yes, that’s right by the fishing calendar December is spring. Furthermore, these months can be some of the most rewarding. At this time of year snapper group to spawn. As such, if
could go home empty handed.
and she won’t mind you legging it for
lure after a couple of casts and are
a week when the fishing is really firing
usually quite small. Live baiting is very
later in the year.
effective if you can catch the baits.
fishing year and thank goodness for
You could always chase kingfish
Put the time in to fill up a bucket of
that. This may sound strange, but
as they should be hanging around
live baits before you head out; it can
have you ever noticed just how slack
certain inshore spots at this time of
pay dividends. While suspending the
the fishing can be at this time? It’s the
year. Look for reefs that rise out of
live bait under a balloon is probably
ultimate inconvenience that when half
deep water, areas of high current and
the most well-known method, it is
the country is camped at the beach
man-made structures such as marker
really only appropriate if you are
with fishing on the mind, the fish
buoys. If you see bait working on the
fishing in shallow water or from the
themselves won’t cooperate.
surface, or schools of bait on your
anchor (and that can often mean that
sounder, these can also be good
you aren’t in the fishiest of spots).
signs. There is a multitude of ways
So if you are serious about catching
of catching kingfish from jigging to
kingfish, devote the trip to it. First
surface lures and live baits.
find your kingfish or likely sign and
SUMMER: January and Early February Summer is the shortest season in the
You’d have to ask the fish for an explanation as to why, maybe they aren’t that interested in food after all that spawning, maybe there are just too many people on the water? Unless
If you are fishing in the shallow inner
you have the ability to get out wide
Gulf, jigging isn’t the most effective way
chasing gamefish, I’d almost go as far
of targeting kingfish. Casting poppers
to say that you could leave the rods at
or stick baits at channel marker buoys
home. Sell the idea to your missus as
can be productive, but the kingfish
your desire for quality time together
generally become accustomed to the
then drop a livie down to where the fish are. If they are on the surface that could mean you need to use a balloon or no sinker. If the sign is in mid water, then drifting (no need to anchor) the livie down with a 4 oz sinker above the swivel is usually the best approach.
fish ds, nice Cold han
AUTUMN: Late February to June
do it. The fish flood through
fished in close at this time of year
channels at this time, so
(i.e. “wash fishing”). Cast right in
anchoring up in deeper
close to a rocky outcrop and jig the
water with a reasonable
lure back just fast enough to keep it
current (between islands or at the
off the bottom. The softies also work
entrance to a harbour) will work well.
well in the channels at this time of
For fishing from the pick, consider
replacing your flasher rig with a
Kingfish should be available for most
After the shortest season comes
running rig (i.e. a hook on an arms
the longest and my favourite. Water
length of leader, tied to a swivel,
of this period (maybe not May and
temperature is at its peak, as is fish
with the sinker above the swivel).
June for the inner Gulf). Apply the
appetite. Combine that with the fact
Using as light a sinker as possible to
that the school snapper are still in
get the bait down in the current can
close to the coast and there are likely
really help bring the fish on the bite.
to be kingies in the mix, and you have
Periodically feeding line out to keep
the time of year when fish are most
the bait near the bottom helps keep
accessible to our near shore angler.
your sinker weight down. With the
So if you are only going to go fishing
fish moving into channels, this is also
once or twice during the year, do it
the best time of year to catch snapper
Not much to be said here. Yes, good
over these months. It’s no coincidence
within harbours and estuaries.
fishing can be had at this time, even
that nearly all fishing competitions are
Another snapper option is stray lining
held at this time (NZ Fisher just had to
baits over a rocky bottom. If you can
be different). That includes gamefish,
get to a more remote rocky outcrop,
but they are not that easy to catch on
then this is going to be the most likely
a Jarvis Walker spooled with sunburnt
method of getting that larger snapper.
As such, large baits are a good way of
Lots of burly and persistence is
excluding the pickers.
the key. Expect to be cold and not
time of year is that there is a range
Don’t forget to burly and don’t
catch a large number of fish (but
of different approaches that can
be afraid to fish extremely shallow
potentially a good one). You are
prove fruitful. The search and fish
water in search of that moocher (<5
probably better off planning your
method is a good first option, but
m can be productive). This is also the
fishing trips for the rest of the year.
if you prefer to anchor up at your
best time of the year for rock fishing.
Again, use the “quality time” excuse
favourite spot, this is the time to
Soft baits will also do extremely well
and bank the brownie points.
One of the best things about this
techniques described in summer and expect some bigger specimens, especially if you can get to deeper water reefs (>80 m),
WINTER: July and August
in the shallow waters of the inner Gulf. In fact, if you can’t get right out wide to deep water, your best approach at this time of year is to stray line baits in shallow (<10 m).
Fishing the Australian Angling Association Nationals Kiwi anglers take high honours By Anne Dawber on behalf of the NZACA
AUSTRALIAN ANGLERS ASSOCIATION, commonly known as AAA held their bi-annual Nationals on the Sunshine Coast, Tuesday 16th August to 22nd August 2013, based at Golden Beach Caloundra. These Nationals are exceptionally well run with Off Shore Championship, Rock and Beach Championship, Estuary Championship and a Casting Championship for anglers to compete in. This saw the opening ceremony followed by a welcome night of drinks and nibbles for competitors to mix & mingle and garner a little knowledge from the locals. The opening ceremony was quite emotional; our Aussie friends are extremely patriotic.
Registration and Captains meeting take place the first day. Betty Edwards representing NZ.
And Jessie Vuletich and Ann Dawber
little later at 7.30a.m. Lines up each
between them raised the NZACA
day ranged from 11a.m. to noon
flag in their turn along with all the
which was a very early finish for most
other State flags. Each state makes a
kiwis – we wanted to fish all day!
“good to be here” speech as their flag is raised, of which Graeme Dawber spoke representing NZ.
Weigh in was very quick and everyone is there to see the day’s catches - you wait for approximate 30mins then the
First the Australian flag is raised to
The third day of fishing began, the
results are given out and there is a
the National Anthem followed by
registrations were always very early,
presentation of daily sponsored prizes.
the NZ flag raised by Betty Edwards.
3.30am most days, and casting was a
One notable thing is that sponsors are
presentations with the supreme awards after dessert. Like New Zealand they have many trophies to present; each trophy comes in a numbered bag or box and the recipient must take the bag or box and sign for it. There are magnificent prizes to go with the trophy but as with the daily prizes, the emphasis The Kiwi team really made their mark on the ‘offshore days’ with this great haul of HUGE Queensland snapper.
is on that trophy, the prizes are secondary and again no one knows what they are getting. The sponsors are all there that night and they present the prizes they sponsored. It’s quite an awesome array and the prizes range from fishing gear to baskets of toiletries, groceries to BBQ’s, and all manner of
not recognised until the actual day,
tiny fish. It’s all about bag weights for
equipment. Various clubs throughout
no winner has any idea what they are
estuary fishing; they’re not individual
the country are asked to sponsor
going to get. The emphasis is always
fish weights, except for best of
something as a prize (mostly used
on being the champion and gaining
as the daily prizes) as well as others,
that elusive trophy. The excitement and cheering are awesome.
Rock & Shore was hard going
which is a great idea.
finding the right spots, as the
There’s so much excitement as you
Graeme, Jessie and Betty were
Queenslanders do not give away
get to the climax is of the champion
fortunate enough to have a great
their secrets! We struggled here
male and female fishers. Queensland
boat and skipper who made sure
but fished hard all the same.
and New South Wales gained most
that they did well; Graeme and Jessie went out three times, Betty twice. They got really shook up
Casting is always very interesting as it is so different to NZ. They use level
trophies. It is a wonderful moment when NZ gets their trophy which is a beautiful carved wake in a glass case
on one trip, but of course enjoyed
line reels (overhead) and don’t use
telling the story; they got to see
leaders. Both our ladies got on the
plenty of dolphins and whales.
board and did well for NZ.
When it came to the estuary fishing,
On the last day everyone gets very
Air New Zealand many years ago. Of
our team weren’t quite so successful.
excited wondering which State won
course we don’t get to bring that one
Graeme had a fish weighing 0.28kg
and whom the champion fishers
home, but Jessie received a lovely
and strangely that is acceptable, but
are. This night is so much fun, there
native wood miniature trophy in the
Betty beat him by 0.03kg but you can
was music. and at the dinner they
shape of Australia plus a cloth badge
catch as many of those as you like as
presented a few trophies. Then
to be sewn onto a garment stating
the winner is the biggest bag of these
we had two courses and more
that she was one of the champions.
and Jessie was thrilled to find her name engraved upon it. This trophy had been donated by
Jessie Vuletich with the Kiwi Trophy
Incidentally, all trophies are already engraved when you receive them which is a marvellous feat considering there’s not a lot of time. I would recommend NZ fishing
In the teams event, our results were:-
NZ did our NZACA proud with the
Jessie Vuletich (Auckland Lady
shore Vet Ladies competition,
The camaraderie is amazing, and
heaviest cod caught
at the final meeting prior to the •
Betty Edwards (Rotorua Fishing &
2nd place in vet ladies casting competition (Betty & Jessie)
Anglers Cub) – Champion off-
friends to attend the AAA Nationals.
presentation night, each fishing
teams comp (Jessie & Betty)
following awards: •
2nd place in vet ladies off-shore
3rd place in vet ladies estuary competition (Betty & Jessie)
3rd place in vet men’s off-shore
group has a representative to state
Casting Club) – Heaviest snapper
what they enjoyed.
caught, 3rd place vet ladies
It was amazing that first came
estuary comp’, 3rd place vet
It’s a great experience and well
the camaraderie, the catching
ladies casting competition.
recommended, very competitive. Of
Graeme Dawber (Rotorua Fishing
course there are the odd niggles, but
& Casting Club) - 3rd place vet
they are so quickly settled, usually to
up with people you only see every second year and the fishing side came second.
men’s off-shore comp’, 5th place vet men’s estuary competition
teams event (Graeme)
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Monster Fish Hooks Young Angler for Life By Wellington Fish & Game
FELLOW ANGLERS AND onlookers couldn’t believe their eyes when ten year-old Tom Weeks landed a whopping
(7.7kg) - mark!” Mr Cotsilinis says the 7.7kg trout
trout to be caught at the centre with a further five open days scheduled.
caught by Tom (from Miramar,
“These open days are a fantastic service
Wellington) is the largest fish caught
the club runs for kids – club members
in the 14 years the club has been
invest a lot of their own time and
running the open days at the centre.
effort for the enjoyment of the wider
“Oce all the club members present
community, and I know many kids have
realised that Tom had a big fish on,
an awesome time when they visit.”
there was much excitement, and then
The Capital Trout Centre at Happy
of course a variety of estimates once
Valley is funded by Wellington Fish &
it had been landed. In any angler’s
Game, Wellington City Council, local
terms, this is a giant fish.”
businesses and organisations and is
Club spokesman Strato Cotsilinis says
Tom’s twin brother Ben also landed a
supported by DOC Turangi.
the trout released in the pond are
trout, with his around 0.5kg, a point
To manage the large number of
generally significantly smaller, around
of difference for the twin boys. Tom’s
children keen to have a crack
the 0.5kg mark.
father Gary Weeks says “It was a
at catching a fish, a booking
fantastic start to Father’s Day” and
system has been set up with
7.7kg (17pound) rainbow at Wellington’s Capital Trout Centre on Sunday. The monster rainbow was part of a consignment of 1000 trout recently delivered to the Happy Valley pond. They were from Fish & Game’s Ngongataha hatchery near Rotorua, sent down for the children’s open days held by the Wellington Flyfishers Club each year.
“I think the guys from Fish & Game slipped a surprise in this year to add to the kids’ excitement. It certainly achieved that – most adult anglers
to see both his sons hook fish, he thanked the angling club volunteers for their help.
places reserved through Steve’s Fishing Shop (Wellington), Hamills (Thorndon) or Hunting and
would class Tom’s trout as a fish of a
Wellington Fish & Game manager
Fishing (Lower Hutt). More from
lifetime - going over the 17 pound
Phil Teal says there are still plenty of
Fish & Game Wellington here.
Fishing through the Eyes of the Occidental Politician
Blog linked with permission of Martin Salter,
former member of Parliament for Reading, England.
IN 2011 MARTIN SALTER, long
something NZ & our
suffering UK coarse fisherman
own extreme fisher,
(Seriously, it does seem a bit like
Matt Watson, would
suffering from here...) has a new
seem to be quite fond
position on the Angling Trust, the UK’s
of lately. I think Vladimir
Rec Fishing peak body.
Putin missed the point
Martin’s role is saltwater centric nowadays, and he’s got a blog
in his attempt though! Ed.
running, touching on a number of worldwide angling issues. This blog
Click HERE to see
below (from August 2013) looks into
the phenomenon of ‘Extreme fishing’,
El Ganzo del Oro IT IS A SAD DAY when an obituary must be written and so much sadder again when it flows three months after the death of the friend in question. Pete Goosev aka Pete the Yank aka El Ganso del Oro (The Golden Goose) aka Pete the Goose was a relatively new friend to me but one who burned an indelible mark on my fishing
drinks in Mt Eden to discuss fishing,
saltwater fly fishing – a new angle on
memory and what it is that defines
tackle and the state of the world (more
our sport, which I’ll both struggle with
whom a friend is these days.
recently the demise of fisher’s interests
and enjoy in times to come. When I
by the political powers of the day).
finally land my world record fish on
Pete passed away in Hawaii on the
a Fly, it is to the Goose man that I’ll
19th of June this year. I’m still a bit
Pete was an unashamed tackle whore
shocked, and deeply sad to have
with a tackle collection on constant
lost a great friend and really top
rotation; as he found new bling he’d
There are many more words I’d like to
bloke. Pete & I fished together first
move on the old gear, often un-used.
share, but really I just hope my Yankee
in 2009 at the NZACA National
There are many Kiwi fishos out there
mate Pete has found a nice spot out
Champs in Coromandel. We were
who have no idea how cool the guy
there overlooking the sea with a rod in
both members of the Hibiscus Kayak
they bought their gear off really was
his hand and a glint in his eye.
Fishing Club (until Pete’s shoulder
– to many he was an easy going dude
gave out in 2011).
who just wanted to give his gear away.
I managed a few more trips after, but
What Pete was also responsible for,
Americas Cup - god only knows whom
mostly we caught up for lunches and
was fostering my growing love of
he’s cheering for though!
I have no doubt Pete will be off fishing somewhere with an eye on the
Reader Pics A fat Hutt River Trout landed by keen fly fisher Paul Rountree landed during a quick conference break!.
Craig Mullen with 21kg Bass mayor Island on board blue ocean charters
Luke Stoutâ€™s first ever John Dory - not a bad effort for an after work quicky!
Hamish & Isla with a beautiful Brown trout. Isla cast for it, hooked it, retrieved but woudn’t hold it!
Sea Ox’s est. 120kg Three Kings Marlin released after a spirited battle
Graeme ‘Sea Ox’ Cox & Aaron McDonald with a handful of HUGE Three Kings Bass n Puka
John Buckley & a 20kg+ king he landed, bung shoulder & all!
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Fishing Video of the Month What is under the water?
NIWA HAVE BEEN filming the sea floor around NZ looking for what lies beneath. These videos cover depths from under 100m to well over 1000m! •
Three Kings underwater shots
White Island III
White Island II
White Island I
And if you’ve made it this far, you’ve obviously got a passion for angling. This one is a bit on the fruity side by today’s standards, but cannot be ignored for its very direct message – look after your catch, especially if you’ll be releasing it. There’s more here too.
Marine Safety Education Knowing your Maydays from your Albatrosses The marine radio operator course from Coastguard Boating Education By Derrick Paull
I WAS BOUGHT UP a land based
did my learning come accompanied
for a week away when disaster hit –
fisher but migrated to boats in the
by a certificate or ‘how to’ manual.
we’d blown a flux capacitor or similar
mid nineties under the wing of some experienced if not ill-educated
One trip however, I was on a mate’s
and needed assistance. My mate’s old man got on the radio & got us
boaters. I learned a fair bit but never
dad’s boat, a 30 something foot
a tow sorted; to the barrier I might
form reputable sources and never
cruiser on our way to Great Barrier
add - not back to the mainland!
His use of the radio was so polished,
in a 5 meter boat on occasions, so it
VHF course. I was quickly issued a
knowledge of the phonetic alphabet
does seem sensible!)
log-in and sent on my way home to
seamless and poetic. I’d never been
I headed down to the Coastguard
learn, research and test myself before
exposed to VHF and fell in love with it
Marine Education centre at
being allowed to undertake the final
then & there.
Westhaven Marine (Next to the
assessments for each of three core
Despite having owned many boats
Richmond Yacht Club) and spoke
units – the passing of which sees a
and registering many call signs with
to the team there about getting my
certificate issued for Marine VHF
the Coastguard I’d never actually
VHF skills up to speed.
Operator Qualification. I learned far
learned to use the VHF. It’s only now,
I was really impressed with the state
after 20 years of boating that I figured
of marine education – these guys
I should get myself sorted (we are
are ahead of their time with online
travelling up to 30 miles from shore
learning and assessments for the
more than I expected, and the whole course took just two nights (at home, on my PC). At under $70 I highly recommend this course to all levels of boaters – the info in the course could be the difference between a fun day on the water and a tragedy. For booking information, please head to the Coastguard Boating Education Courses page, here.
Cook Pork like No Other By Derrick Paull
GREAT FOR PARTIES as you can
each piece and place on the Smoker
layer it off as you need it if people are
Rack. Cold smoke the pork pieces for
coming late or you get hungry later
2 hours using hickory wood in your
on after a few drinks. This is also is an
inexpensive way to feed a crowd. I have even done lamb and chicken yiro parties for my kidâ€™s birthdays.
Then place them on top of each other with the sword supplied with the spit. No need for oil as there is enough fat
Ask the butcher for a pork fillet, skin
on the pork and there is also no need
off. With skin on it will take an extra
to leave to marinate as you can cook
30 minutes to cook as you want to
straight away. Tighten one prong on
render the skin fat and crisp it up.
the shaft then slide the pork onto it.
I prefer skin off and you can fit up to 6kg per shaft. If you are doing less than 6kg per shaft you can cut
Make sure the fillets are compacted down the best you can then put one prong at the other end.
fillets in half to make them a smaller
Cook on high heat all the way. Start
diameter and stretch it out on the
to layer off thin layers with a knife as
shaft to save half the cooking time.
pictured. Then cook the next layer,
You can also use chicken thigh fillet
then repeat until it has all gone.
which has a smaller diameter.
Preparation time 15 minutes.
Season the tray with either Classico
Cooking time up to 3 hours for
or Portuguese seasoning, then season
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO The Boating Safety
CODE Before you go boating on our seas, lakes and rivers, get familiar with New Zealand’s Boating Safety Code, no matter what kind of boat you use.
Take them – Wear them.
Marine weather New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the local marine weather forecast before you go and expect both weather and sea state changes.
Boats, especially ones under 6m in length, can sink very quickly. Wearing a life jacket increases your survival time in the water.
to help you stay safe:
The skipper is responsible for the safety of everyone on board and for the safe operation of the boat. Stay within the limits of your vessel and your experience.
Safe boating and alcohol do not mix. Things can change quickly on the water. You need to stay alert and aware.
The Water Safety
Take two separate waterproof ways of communicating so we can help you if you get into difficulties.
The Outdoor Safety
For more information about safe boating education and how to prepare for your boating activity, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz
Garmin GMI10 Reviewed by Derrick Paull
From NZ Fisher: With the Honda BF60 outboard all
offers a streamlined approach to
scenario where fuel consumption
was out by more than 5% was when trolling and the motor was running
sorted aboard the NZ Fisher boat we
Most modern outboards are fitted
started looking at the fuel economy
with NMEA2000 connectivity, but I
and performance of the outboard
can only vouch for the unit’s seamless
compared to the recommended stats
integration when paired with the
from Honda and other users.
Honda (or two Honda’s it turns out
port on a tank that had shown to be
– Honda NZ also use the GMI10 to
emptied approximately 4 miles earlier.
manage dual outboard set-ups on
To be fair though, this only added to
many commercial vessels they supply).
the units appeal as I’d rather have
Because of the NMEA2000 system
more gas than I thought in the tank
you can also interconnect the GPS,
VHF and other electronics to provide
We have one bug-bear, and it’s a
After some investigation, we learned
inputs as well as verifications for the
small one. The GMI10 requires manual
that the GMI10 multipurpose gauge
inputting of fuel levels when the
form Garmin could provide the data
What I really appreciate is the breadth
tank is refilled. While not a biggie,
we were looking for (speed, fuel use
of information available and the
having no fuel sender unit means it is
to date, current fuel consumption,
simple interface that allows easy,
possible to leave port on a full tank &
hours and distance to empty) at a
intuitive scrolling between screens.
only realise half way through the day
If you can use a smart-phone you’re
you’ve forgotten to reset (yes, we did
According to the Garmin site, the
already over qualified to operate and
do this) and then fuel computation
GMI10 “improves upon the traditional
navigate the GMI10.
becomes a matter of shaking the tank!
method of marine instrumentation,
We have tested fuel usage accuracy
Despite this minor gripe we’d buy one
in which standard marine instruments
extensively and have found that it is
again and recommend the GMI10 for
have their own dedicated display. By
accurate to within 5% over a 8 hour
those wanting a compact, easy to use
displaying data from multiple remote
trolling day and under 5% on shorter,
engine & fuel management unit for
sensors on one screen, the GMI10
moderately intensive trips. The only
small to medium boats.
While we could easily enough have the data downloaded via an NMEA port on the outboard we were looking to have a real time feed and visual available to the helm.
continuously for over 10 hours. On this occasion, the GMI10 over-calculated fuel consumption and we arrived at
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