HOOKED up ISSUE 9 2017
THE NATIONALS WINNING TACTICS!
BROOKE SUMMERVILE passionate about fish
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is one of the longest serving incorporated organisations representing recreational anglers. The NZSFC was formed around the IGFA fishing rules and ethics so that a consistent standard could be set when comparing catches. The NZSFC offers additional records classes for New Zealand records beyond what IGFA offer for juniors and small-fry anglers. We have refined some of the IGFA rules to make them more suitable for our contests. Our New Zealand based IGFA representatives keep a close liaison between IGFA and (NZSFC) and have regular input into issues that could affect New Zealand anglers. We have promoted valuable marine research that is internationally respected. This includes the game fish tagging programs for marlin, sharks, tuna and kingfish which now has a history of 17 years of information. The Council created and continues to support the NZ Marine Research Foundation (NZMRF) for the primary purpose of conducting research on fish species benefiting our membership that could not, or will not be financed by government agencies. Information from research carried out by the NZMRF has been very valuable when justifying our position in species management. All they have to do is remind themselves, that the majority of what the NZSFC does is for the benefit of individual members rather than equal benefits for each club. More fish in the sea, better access, water quality, individual legal protection, record recognition, research, advocacy, fishing data collection and dissemination are all individual benefits of belonging to the NZSFC.
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CONTENTS Editorial........................................................4 Executive Profile: Ross Lucas .......................6
EDITOR / Dave Lockwood SUB-EDITING / NZ Fishing Media
Weighmaster Roundup ....................................8
ART DIRECTOR / Lucy Davidson CONTENT ENQUIRIES / Phone Dave on 021 177 1705 or
Nationals Measurement Section ......................13
email email@example.com ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES /
Phone Scott Taylor on 021 862 579 or
Fisheries Management Update....................19
Legasea Update ............................................21 NZMRF...................................................24 Angler Article ..............................................26 Club Profile ..................................................30 Tournament Profile ......................................31 Club Marine.................................................33
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his weekend is the annual Simrad/ ITM Nationals Tournament, New Zealand’s most iconic sportfishing event, which can be fished anywhere in New Zealand’s 200-mile economic zone. Fished over eight days, starting on Saturday, we expect over 1600 anglers will take to their launches, trailerboats, kayaks and land-based locations to target the many species of gamefish on offer in our waters. This unique tournament caters for all anglers, including women and juniors. Originally the tournament was the domain of the big game anglers, targeting almost exclusively billfish, tuna and sharks. While many of our competitors still target the ‘big game’ species, many anglers are targeting the readily accessible inshore species - snapper, kahawai and trevally - for which national honours are at stake. 4 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
For the third year in a row, Simrad has stepped up to the plate as the naming-rights sponsor for the Nationals. Once again, they are providing us with seven great prizes to be drawn out of the hat each day during the first seven days of competition. This year ITM has come on board as the joint-naming rights sponsor, too. They previously supported NZ’s premium national rugby competition the ITM Cup, so the council is hugely privileged that they have chosen to support the council and its annual Tournament. It’s not too late to register for the 2017 Simrad ITM Nationals. Go to our website for further information or contact your club. We wish every competitor success for the tournament and the opportunity to experience the unique hospitality of the many clubs around the country. Just remember to be careful out there, particularly
those teams that are navigating bars to get to their chosen fishing grounds The game season is now up and running. In what can only be described as somewhat bizarre beginning, the usual suspects were missing at the beginning of the season. The first billfish to appear this summer were blue marlin, with many reported catches being over the 175kg mark. The striped marlin have just appeared on the radar over the last couple of weeks, which will no doubt relieve those anglers who
target them during the Nationals. There have been good numbers of yellowfin caught up north and it is heartening to see there have been reports of solid kingfish produced out of the Hauraki Gulf in recent weeks.
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Ross Lucas Zone 8 Delegate
Growing up in Rotorua I was far from the sea, so my first fishing memories were of early morning starts and days trout fishing on the local lakes (mainly Tarawera) with my dad. Then the occasional trip to Tauranga for a fishing charter, and being amazed at the size and variety of what we were catching. After spending time overseas doing my OE I came home, and lived in Kerikeri, working for a keen game fisherman that would take me out whenever the weather permitted. I was fortunate enough to catch a 30kg yellow fin tuna on my first outing which hooked me for life. The following year I moved to Tauranga but returned to Kerikeri for holidays and to chase gamefish. My first marlin experience came on Christmas day 1994 (much to the disgust of my soon to be wife) when me and my father ventured out to Cape Brett and dad caught a 104kg stripey that was the pin fish for NZ and the Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club. Since then I have done most of my game fishing out of Tauranga fishing on my Buccaneer Billfisher, “Buccadee”, and the nationals for the Te Kaha Sport Fishing Club on my mates boat Vitamin Sea. I joined the Mount Maunganui Sport Fishing Club and their committee, becoming one of their NZSFC delegates in 2013. 6 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
After attending local zone meetings and the NZSFC AGM’s I quickly became concerned about the vulnerability of New Zealand’s inshore fishery, and the need for NZSFC and Legasea to coordinate a response on behalf of the recreational fishing public, if this fishery is to be protected for future generations. So I was proud when asked if I would help out and represent Zone 8 on the board. This has been a huge learning curve for me and has only reinforced my belief in what the council and Legasea promote, and the unbelievable dedication of the people involved.
How to win at the
Nationals Paul Batten has investigated certain Nationals sections and looks at how to target the top spots. This issue he looks at: Section One - Team Champions, blue and black marlin and the Air New Zealand Trophy; Section Two - NZ Champion Angler, blue and black marlin; Section Three – line-weight champions, blue and black marlin; and finally, Section Four - NZ Champion Billfish Angler.
‘There are two truisms in regard to the Nationals: big fish will be beaten by bigger fish, and a good fish caught on a lighter line classes will blitz a big fish caught on heavier tackle’ SECTION 3 - WEIGHED NZ CHAMPION LINE WEIGHT ANGLERS The winner will be the angler with the heaviest single fish in each line weight for blue, black and striped marlin sections, along with broadbill and shortbill spearfish.
SECTION 4 - NZ CHAMPION ANGLER The winner will be the angler with the SECTION 1 - TEAM TROPHIES most accumulated points over both Trophies will be awarded by the NZ landed and tagged fish. The points Sport Fishing Council to the team come from the top three scoring scoring the most points for each weighed fish, plus all those tagged of the thirteen species. Points are and released. Again, it applies to gained for all tagged blue and black blue, black and striped marlin, along marlin, broadbill, striped marlin, short- with broadbill swordfish and shortbill bill spearfish, tuna, sharks and yelspearfish. lowtail, along with the top three scoring fish weighed. Looking at last year’s winners in the Only the top three scoring mahimahi, billfish blue and black marlin section, albacore, skipjack/slender tuna (com- the following results were found. bined), snapper, kahawai and trevally will count in their sections. SECTION 1: BLUE AND BLACK MARLIN AIR NEW ZEALAND TROPHY SECTION 2 - CHAMPION NZ First: Ocean Monarch, Tauranga ANGLERS INDIVIDUAL ANGLER Sport Fishing Club, 1,202.70 (two The most meritorious catch on the blue marlin weighing 240.1 and 204.9) formula basis for a single fish scoring 2nd: Femme Fatale, Clevedon Game the highest points is determined by Fishing Club, 879.73 weight of fish multiplied by 100 and 3rd: Chasing Tail, Mangere Boating divided by the line weight used. Club, 698.33. 7 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
SECTION 2: NEW ZEALAND CHAMPION ANGLER Blue and black marlin 1st: Andy Hewitt, Mangere Boating Club, 698.33 points, 167.6kg on 24kg 2nd: Louise Stewart, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 648.92, 240.1kg on 37kg 3rd: Brian Stanbridge, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 553.78, 204.9kg on 37kg. SECTION 3: BLUE & BLACK MARLIN (all blue marlin) 37kg: Louise Stewart, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 240.1kg Brian Stanbridge, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 204.9kg Brad Willetts, Raglan Sportfishing Club, 201.1kg 24kg: Andy Hewitt, Mangere Boating Club, 167.6kg.
The 347kg blue marlin caught on 24kg line off Back in Black was worth 1,445.83 points; if caught in the Nationals it might possibly have taken out the line-class and billfish champion angler honours.
SECTION 4: NEW ZEALAND CHAMPION BILLFISH ANGLER Blue & Black Marlin Champion 1. Andy Hewitt, Mangere Boating Club, 698.33 points 2. Louise Stewart, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 648.92 points. 3. Brian Stanbridge, Tauranga Sport Fishing Club, 553.78 points. Looking at these results we note the following: no individual angler caught two blue marlin, although one Tauranga team managed to do so. A tagged blue marlin is worth 450 points, so the $64-dollar question is where do we fish and how do we win these sections in the 2017 Simrad ITM NZSFC Nationals?
This 332.3kg caught aboard Satisfaction was caught on 37kg line, equating to 898.1 points and being a potential line-class winner if landed during the Nationals.
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WEIGHMASTER ROUNDUP We have already recorded many fine blue marlin captures and tags in the 2017 fishing season, from Houhora in the north down to Whitianga in the Bay of Plenty. Whitianga had three big blues come in on one day, weighing 304.2kg, 281.2kg and 266.5kg, all caught on 37kg line. Had these fish been caught during the Nationals, they would have scored well: 304.8 kg = 823.78 points; 281.2kg = 760.0 points; and 266.5kg = 720.27 points.
Moet with their 166.6kg blue marlin caught on 15kg tackle by Linda Bradley. It would have been worth 1,110.6 points and would have been a potential 15kg line-class champion, as well as perhaps winning champion angler overall as well.
St Moritz’s 181.8kg blue marlin caught on 15kg line would have been line class champion and a contender to the throne for the champion angler billfish, but was just pipped by the Back in Black’s 347kg blue. 9 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
Now let’s add a couple caught from up north and weighed at Whangaroa: a 166.6kg fish caught on Moet during the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club’s Eldorado Tournament using 15kg line, giving them 1,110.6 points. A great effort and possible champion winner if caught in the Nationals. The top fish was caught on Diesel, with a 181.8kg blue marlin on 15kg line giving them 1,208 points. The Bay of Islands vessel Back in Black, with angler Greg Haliday in the chair, weighed a very nice blue marlin of 347kg on 24-kilo line. This fish would be worth 1,445.83 points if caught in the 2017 Simrad ITM Nationals, making it more valuable than three tagged-and-released marlin. At Whangaroa, the crew fishing aboard Satisfaction weighed a 332.3kg blue marlin caught on 37kg line after a marathon 10-hour fight – another great fish worth 898.1 points if caught during the Nationals.
What have we learned? A big fish on 37kg tackle scores worthwhile points, but two tagged fish are better points wise; a great fish on 24kg will score points that will be hard to beat; blue
marlin can be caught on 15kg line, as seen at the El Dorado and as indicated in our record booklet.
Category line weight Angler
Men 15 Women 15 Men up to 11 15 Men 11-16 15 Men 24 Women 24 Men up to 11 24 Men 11-16 24 Men 37 Women 37 Men up to 11 37 Men 11-16 37 Women 11-16 37 Men 60 Women 60
Cape Karikari Three Kings Bay of Islands North Cape Te Kaha Bay of Islands Bay of Islands Aldermen Islands North Cape Cavalli Island Bay of Islands Bay of Islands Mayor Island Bay of Islands Whangaroa
19/02/2002 05/04/1995 26/12/2010 20/02/2000 07/02/1988 11/03/1985 10/01/2015 22/02/2010 16/04/2009 02/03/2007 27/02/2005 07/01/1999 25/01/2015 13/03/1968 25/02/1966
234.00 220.00 226.60 166.20 364.00 325.00 179.30 232.90 483.40 354.20 227.00 292.60 212.20 461.31 252.65
T Woolston C Stone Brad Batterton J Mason T Hickey I Jamieson Hunter Scott Ryan Housley R Jameson L Melody R Angus A Havill Lucy Jensen R Greig M Jones
The highlighted dates indicate they may have been caught during the Nationals. The Men’s and Men’s junior (11–16) on 15kg line certainly were, and show that the Nationals is a great time to target records. The Nine Pin Trench, Garden Patch and the ‘505’ up north, along with the Foot Print and Ammo Dump out of Mercury Bay, are likely spots to start looking. From all reports, as many blues are being lost as landed, so it is all looking positive for the Nationals. Since the Auckland/Northland Anniversary Weekend, reports of striped
W Record 500.54 289.84 n/a N/A * 528.89 428.00 n/a n/a 561.50 452.20 n/a n/a n/a 624.14 434.54
marlin from the west coast have come in. To date the totals are: Raglan three, Manukau two and Ahipara one, so if the predicted easterlies kick in over the Nationals, the west coast might be a good option. Reports from the Garden Patch and 505 areas indicate striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, shortbilled spearfish and mahimahi have been seen and/or caught. There are two truisms in regard to the Nationals: big fish will be beaten by bigger fish, and a good fish caught on a lighter line classes will blitz a big fish caught on heavier tackle. - By Paul Batten www.nzsportfishing.co.nz ◆ 10
The 2017 Nationals
Measurement Section Participation in the Measurement Section is a simple process that can be managed from any internet-enabled device provided you have an internet connection. The NZSFC has partnered with The DB Export NZ Fishing Competition to provide an online system for the Measurement Section for the following species: albacore, kahawai, snapper, skipjack, trevally and kingfish. If you haven’t already registered at The NZ Fishing Competition then take a moment to do so now here. It’s FREE thanks to the good folks at DB Export just use the code DB Export for a free registration. Ensure you include the name of your club when you register, so catches are recognised as NZSFC Nationals entries. You will need an official measure, available at Burnsco stores nationwide, online here or from your club if they have stock. To view the official measures, click here. Entering a catch in the Measurement Section Login to www.fishingcomp.co.nz on your smartphone, tablet or computer and follow the prompts to ‘Enter your Catch’ – it’s simple. (If any of your team members don’t have a smartphone you can use another phone provided they login 11 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
separately and all the photos are on that phone). You need an internet connection to load your catch and that can be done anytime from any device. Check list for the Measurement Section 1.The maximum allowed is one entry per eligible species per day. 2. A clear photograph of the whole fish correctly placed on the measure is critical for your entry into the Nationals. Take several photos just in case. Ensure the V of the tail is clearly visible and as close to the midline of the measure as possible. Take the photo from above the fish looking down on it, rather than from the front or side. It is your responsibility to ensure you provide an image that can be used to verify your entry. 3.It is permissible to place a hand or have someone hold the fish on the measure or use a damp cloth on the fish to settle it while a photo is taken, provided this does not obscure the fish significantly or prevent the administrators from being able to clearly verify and validate your catch. 4. The measure should be placed on a flat surface. 5. The jaw of the fish must not be distorted in an attempt to exaggerate the length and must touch the L-shaped plastic end of the measure. 6. Fish must be released.
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Entry $25 per angler Fish anywhere in NZ NZ Championship awards at stake Enter via your affiliated fishing club. For full details and terms and conditions visit
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KINGFISH - A bright future
for the New Zealand fishery. Yellowtail kingfish are a spectacular fish to catch. They are strong and smart and the big ones can pull eye-wateringly hard. NZSFC club records show that there are more good-sized kingfish being caught, indicating abundance has increased significantly over the last 20 years. High-value specialist fisheries have developed that are very attractive to fishers overseas. Charter trips to White Island, and the Epic Adventures boats based in Tairua and Whitianga have brought millions of dollarsâ€™ worth of business regional economies. A significant component of this business comes from Australian tourists who specifically travel here to fish for kingfish. There is a structural change underway in the North Island recreational charter boat fleet, with a move away from large launches to trailer boats, and kingfish as a major target species for these new operators. None of this would have been possible in the mid-1990s when abundance was low and inshore kingfish and stocks were depleted.
Kingfish fisheries and management changes
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Whitianga, Tutukaka and North Cape. These trapped a variety of species but were particularly efficient at catching kingfish. Hundreds of tonnes a year were removed before the trial was discontinued. There was a noticeable effect on the recreational kingfish fisheries in these areas for many years afterwards (Pers. Comm. Peter Saul MAF diver on box nets and charter skipper). In 1986 kingfish were not included in the Quota Management System (QMS). There were no commercial catch limits and a regulation banning commercial fishers from targeting kingfish was ineffectual. Catches increased rapidly in the early 1990s as fishers tried to establish catch history in anticipation of the introduction of kingfish into the QMS. Many of the reef systems were targeted by set netters trying to catch non-quota reef species and kingfish. This wasteful and unsustainable practice was discouraged following a review by the Set Net Task Force in 1991 which made 19 vulnerable reef species non-commercial (not for sale) and introduced set net closures in some areas in FMA1. A Minimum Legal Size (MLS) for kingfish of 65 cm was established in October 1993 for all methods except trawl. The trawl exemption with respect to MLS was removed in December 2000 after a campaign led by the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. While the inshore fishery was in
decline, several offshore fishing opportunities were developed. The best example is the White Island fishery, 45km from Whakatane. Rick Pollock has been running a very professional charter boat business out of Whakatane for many years. Early on he realised that kingfish were hardy and with careful handling they survived catch and release well. To sustain the kingfish population at White Island, a voluntary charter boat agreement was developed to release most of the fish caught. The kingfish catch-andrelease ethic is now widely accepted amongst recreational fishers and charter operators and has sustained the successful White Island fishery for nearly 30 years. Some Japanese rod makers and tackle manufacturers still choose the White Island fishery to develop and test new products. Kingfish have been a major component
of the New Zealand Gamefish Tagging programme for many years. This is a cooperative programme between the Ministry, New Zealand Sport Fishing Council, charter boat operators and fishers. Alongside the research objectives of recording growth and movement, tag-and-release offers anglers a method of formally recording their capture, while contributing to the conservation of the stock. Over 22,000 kingfish have been tagged and released in the New Zealand gamefish tagging programme, with 1500 recaptures. While yellowtail kingfish are capable of extensive movements (trans-Tasman movements have been recorded in both directions) more than 80% of recaptures are made within 20 nautical miles (37km) of release. Kingfish were introduced to the QMS in 2003. After consideration of submissions and Ministry policy advice www.nzsportfishing.co.nz â—† 14
a significant influence on the future health of the fishery by continuing to implement voluntary management measures to further improve the abundance of kingfish.” Out of a Total Allowable Catch of 964 tonnes, the commercial share was only 209 tonnes, making this a rare fishery where recreational anglers have the
the Minister concluded “that catch reductions were required in key fish stocks”. So the TACC was reduced by 20% from recent catch history in the main quota management areas, and the recreational MLS was increased from 65cm to 75cm nationwide. The Minister also noted “Recreational fishers have perhaps a unique opportunity to have
Over 22,000 kingfish have been tagged and released in the New Zealand gamefish tagging programme, with 1500 recaptures
majority of the quota. Subsequently, kingfish were added to the list of quota species that commercial fishers can release, if alive and likely to survive. Recreational charter boat registration was introduced in October 2010 and reporting of kingfish catch in KIN 1 and KIN 2 has been required since October 2011. There are some gaps in the data recorded in the first year but reported charter boat catch, including kingfish released, increased from 10,057 in 2012–13 to 15,340 in 2014–15 in north-eastern fishery from the Three Kings to Ranfurly Bank. While 82% of the catch was released, there is no distinction between undersize and legal-size kingfish in the charter boat reporting forms so it is not possible to calculate a meaningful catch rate of 15 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
fish of legal size. Anecdotally, the data quality from charter boat reporting is declining as there has been very little feedback from MPI to those skippers about the data collected, what it means, and how it is used. It is not enough to collect more information if it is not better information that is fit for purpose. The National Panel Survey (NPS) in 2011–12 provided updated estimates of kingfish harvest. These were 535 tonnes for KIN 1 from a total of 662 tonnes nation–wide. The number of fish harvested is down on previous surveys (1994 to 2001 Telephone Diary Surveys) but the average size is larger, in part due to an increase in the MLS to 75cm. Kingfish is the third largest New Zealand recreational fishery by harvest weight, behind snapper and
kahawai. MPI monitors the status of stocks in KIN 1 by sampling the catch from recreational charter boats and avid private fishers who target kingfish. Because a large proportion of catch is released, fish must be measured at sea, and the fish that are retained are aged by counting the growth rings in otoliths (ear bones). Estimates of total mortality including fishing mortality are generated for each region. The results show that fishing mortality was lower in 2014–15 than in 2009–10, in all regions. This means that the population is growing faster than the fishery. In 2014–15 recreational fishers funded an economic survey of saltwater fishing through a New Zealand Marine Research Foundation project. The lead researcher was Southwick Associates from Florida who surveyed fishers to estimate the average expenditure per trip, and on durable items over the last 12 months. These figures were then scaled up by the very good estimates of the number of marine fishers and number of trips by fishers in the National Panel Survey. The economic contribution to New Zealand from the recreational kingfish fishery was estimated. These are ballpark estimates, as the sample sizes were not large. The total economic activity generated from the kingfish fishery, including tourist spending, was estimated at $134 million, contributing $50 million to GDP, and about 630 full-time equivalent jobs
catch for saltwater flyfishers. New Zealand’s fresh water fly fishing lures hundreds of international tourists to our lakes and rivers. Kingfish are a real trophy for any fly angler and there are now specialist guides showcasing this fishery to the world. Fish are released in good condition. One guide reports that at Collingwood, “the local camp ground is pretty much booked out every weekend in Jan/Feb by fly fisherman. The local motel is heading the same way. Good for a small-town economy.” - By John Holdsworth
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FISHERIES MANAGEMENT UPDATE
‘It is also clear that the proposals were deliberately tailored to protect commercial interests, particularly trawl fishermen’ After a slow start to the game-fishing season it is pleasing to hear reports of success from up and down the country, from west to east. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a fruitful few months ahead.
Future of our Fisheries
In November, 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries released their fisheries system review proposals, the Future of our Fisheries (FOOF). Submissions were due by 23 December. The NZSFC response to FOOF was comprehensive and informative. If you only read important stuff, this is one submission you should read. 17 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
It will give you a clear picture of what we need to do to restore abundance, generate more value from harvesting our national fisheries resources, and why we need a new Allocation Principle in the Fisheries Act 1996 to guide Ministerial decisions based on Moyle’s Promise. If you cannot get through the 31-page submission then this one page summary is just what you need to get understand the major points of concern and the solutions to rebuilding our inshore fisheries. The minister’s FOOF Technical Advisory Group has invited NZSFC to a meeting
on March 1 to discuss the next steps. The team will be attending and reporting after that meeting.
Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan
Since the release of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan in early December there has been a lot of online debate over the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council’s involvement in the discussions and outcomes. There is quite a lot of misunderstanding about the plan, its status, the proposed marine reserves, and the role that both mana whenua (local iwi/ hapu) and the public will have in future decision-making processes. The team is developing a summary of the plan and a raft of Frequently Asked Questions to help people better understand why the NZSFC supports both the establishment of a separate Fisheries Management area for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and banning trawling, Danish seining and dredging (commercial and non-commercial) from Park waters by 2025.
Snapper 1 Management Plan
No further progress is reported on the Snapper 1 Management Plan. It is unclear if the Minister, Nathan Guy, will be progressing the Plan prior to the general election in September. If a SNA1 Advisory Group is established the NZSFC will need to consider who is our representative and what level of involvement we have in the group.
Since December the NZSFC has tabled several submissions. One is supporting our affiliate, the Tautuku Fishing Club, in responding to marine protection proposals at 20 sites around the south and southeast coast of the South Island. Major effort went into developing a response to the fisheries system review, FOOF. Submissions were
due on December 23 and both deadlines were met. The submission responding to the ministry’s crayfish proposals was submitted on time, on February 10. a. Proposed MPAs for NZ’s southeast coast: NZSFC submission, made in conjunction with Tautuku Fishing Club. NZSFC submitted in support of six of the proposed Marine Protected Areas and opposed 14 proposed MPAs. The proposals demonstrate a lack of consideration for safety of small craft users. It is also clear that the proposals were deliberately tailored to protect commercial interests, particularly trawl fishermen; the South-East Marine Protection Forum did not afford the same protection to recreational fishing interests. b. Future of our fisheries: Joint submission by NZSFC and New Zealand Angling and Casting Association advocating for more abundant fisheries and an industrialfree fishing zone inshore. Managing for abundance is one of the two most pressing fisheries management reforms required in New Zealand. The other urgent reform is a new Allocation Principle, based on Moyle’s Promise, to guide ministerial allocation decisions. c. Crayfish 3, 4 and 7: NZSFC submission supporting the proposed TAC reductions in CRA 3 and 4, and recommending a lower TACC in CRA 3. The NZSFC rejects the proposed TAC and TACC increase in CRA 7. The NZSFC has recommended the minister revoke the concessions enabling the commercial harvest of crayfish smaller than the minimum legal size in CRA 3 and 7 (and 8). We also recommended the minister discontinues the use of current Management Procedures applying to these stocks, due to the continued decline of abundance. - By Peter Campbell
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THE LATEST FROM LEGASEA By Scott MacIndoe / Trish Rea
Summer means events While the silly season is over for some, our events team is busy attending, presenting and participating in numerous events around the country. It is pleasing that Si Yates and Piet Battaerd have a good overview of what is required and who is the most appropriate person/people to attend each event. We are getting good feedback from the events we’ve been at.
Our focus is on growing our database, and at one Wellington event Josh Barclay managed to secure database subscriptions from more than 50% of attendees. Well done, Josh. Planning is already underway for the big midwinter event attendances at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show (May, 2017) and the Field Days (June, 2017). We will be joining ITM at the Field Days in Hamilton for the first time. LegaSea was pleased to be a part of a powhiri and hui at Papatuanuku Marae in South Auckland, welcoming the leadership team from the Outboard Boating Club. There is a solid commitment from the OBC to continue developing its fish-cleaning station, 19 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
where unwanted fish parts are stored in freezers until collected by marae staff. The fish heads, frames and parts are variously smoked, chilled or sorted for distribution to needy families in the South Auckland community. This relationship is flourishing and providing everyone with the satisfaction that comes from such shared generosity. LegaSea is committed to looking for more opportunities to better utilise harvested fish, while conserving fish for future generations.
New Free Fish Heads app
A new phone app has just been released to make it easier for anglers to find someone in their area to take any unwanted fish heads and frames. All you have to do is download the app from the App Store or Google play. When you’re on your way back from fishing and you’ve sorted out your fillets, take a couple of minutes to clean up the heads and frames. Keep them on ice and use the app to find the contact details of someone near your boat ramp or campground. It’s that easy.
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Our Xmas specials campaign was a success, generating over 100 orders in the first week, with even more responses when the reminder email was sent in early December, 2016. We trust the people who received LegaSea gifts will wear their gear with pride in 2017. We have now loaded a form online so you can order a Subscriber Booklet and help
‘LegaSea is committed to looking for more opportunities to better utilise harvested fish, while conserving fish for future generations’
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All Members of Parliament have been sent an information pack from LegaSea. This pack includes the latest Fisheries Management Annual Report 2015-2016 and the NZ Marine Research Foundation’s Economic Report. Several summary documents were also included, so all MPs are aware of what we want them to do – reset government policies so our inshore fisheries are rebuilt to abundant levels, and provide statutory support to Moyle’s Promise, which gives preference to public fishing when there is not enough fish for both commercial and non-commercial use.
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marlin A striped marlin weighing 244kg has been caught in New Zealand, but unfortunately did not qualify for record status. ebruary and March generally offer the best weather, the best fishing, and the best time to go catch yourself a striped marlin - arguably one of the premier fish to catch in New Zealand waters. All the line-weight world records from 6-60kg were caught in NZ, including the all-tackle 224kg heaviest. A fish weighing 244kg has been caught in New Zealand, but unfortunately did not qualify for record status. 22 â—† www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
It proves we have something special with our striped marlin fishery - a fact the NZ Sports Fishing Council has longed proclaimed when debating access and management of this fish. Your desire to know more about striped marlin has led the foundation to spend over half a million dollars on research over the last 17 years to assist maintaining its special status as a marine fish that can only be legally taken by recreational anglers. To date, it is the only species given this unique status. Prior to the year 2000, our scientific knowledge of striped marlin was based on catch records, dissection of fish and return of tags from the conventional tagging program. The latter returned less than 1% of all tags deployed. This, in turn, led to doubts about the survivability of striped marlin from catch and
release and the value of the program. The foundation embarked on financing a series of projects, tagging striped marlin with smart tags to provide better data on the ‘what, where and when’. Ground-breaking techniques and research data followed, thanks to those involved in deploying and analysing the smart tags and their valuable data. While most of the data was captured by satellite, three tags were eventually recovered, washed up on beaches in Australia, which provided more comprehensive data that couldn’t be sent via satellite. So, what is unique about ‘our’ fish? We appear to have our own stock in the South West Pacific Ocean - a broad area that ranges from New Caledonia to Tahiti, from NZ up to 20⁰ south of the equator. New Zealand is the southern end of the striped marlin’s summer migration, chasing food from our rich feeding grounds on the continental shelf. Very young fish (i.e. up to two years of age) are extremely rare here, so breeding takes place elsewhere. Their tolerance for water temperature is narrow, with a strong liking for 20-24⁰C. Like any animal, they will loiter in areas providing food, but can travel up to 80km per day in a straight line when on the move. Depth preference is in the top 150 metres of the water column, but can on occasions dive to 450 metres and do not like descending into water colder than 5⁰C. Other facts of interest: striped marlin are visual feeders so feed in the daytime near the surface, where there is plenty of light. Squid, saury and mackerel are preferred, but as opportunist feeders pilchards, bottom fish and even penguins have been found in their stomach contents. An important part of the tagging program was to establish the fish’s reaction to the process and survival. While all the fish selected for tagging were in a healthy state when caught on a line and brought to the boat, they then underwent the rigours of having the satellite tag attached prior to be-
ing released. All survived initially, and only one out of 34 died subsequently, 14 hours later, killed by a shark. One additional fish was free tagged by a diver (i.e. not caught on a line), but the tag never returned a response. It was interesting to note the process did effect their activity, with most leaving the area they were caught in straight away, migrating north. Some, if caught early in the season (January/February) did return to New Zealand to feed again later on.
Some recommendations when planning to catch-and-release striped marlin. If using baits, use non-offset circle hooks; deep hooked or gut-hooked fish have a 63% mortality rate. While circle hooks have proven to be very effective at hooking up and mouth hooking, lure ‘J’ hooks invariably hook in the mouth or sword. When tagging, make it count. Aim for the shoulder by the top dorsal fin. This causes the least damage and has the best tag retention. Most clubs and the NZSFC have a minimum weight of 90kg for award recognition for weighed fish. Fish at or over 2.4 metres, measured from the tip of the lower jaw to the V of the tail, will very likely exceed the 90kg minimum. Finally, keep up the good work. NZSFC members tagged and released 60% of all the striped marlin they caught. Remember to complete the tag card and drop it off at your club. Fished tagged without a corresponding recorded card is of no use at all for science research. And while the recapture rate is low, your tagging data is still very valuable.
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Brooke Summerville - Scientist and angler
“My skipper never quite said how big he thought this fish was, but it was huge - the biggest fish I have ever seen - somewhere up around 1300 pounds [600kg]!” Brooke Summerville has always been fascinated by what lurks beneath the waves. Growing up in Doubtless Bay, her passion for the ocean was fuelled every day as she walked along the beach and across the rocks on her way to school. That interest remains as strong today as it did back then. 24 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
Hooked Up interviews a person whose love of the ocean and all things piscatorial has lead her down an interesting career path... How did you get started in fishing? From as far back as I can remember, I have loved fishing, and it was always something Dad and I did together. Never really knowing what I might catch was somewhat of an exciting thing for me as a kid, and even now, I guess, especially when deep dropping out wide. All anglers remember their first and biggest fish - what is your most memorable fish and why? I don’t really have one most memorable fish because each one I catch is always great fun.
ANGLER ARTICLE I’ve been lucky with the experiences I have had fishing wise, and I have worked hard to be able to get to the places that we have been with fishing and my marine biology side of things. If I had to narrow it down though, it would be last season in Cairns, when we caught a black that was well over the grander mark. My skipper never quite said how big he thought this fish was, but it was huge - the biggest fish I have ever seen somewhere up around 1300 pounds [600kg]! I understand you are a member of the Doubtless Bay Sport Fishing Club. How actively are you involved? Doubtless Bay is a great club and we are fortunate enough to have some of the best fishing and diving locations in New Zealand right at our doorstep. I have just accepted the role of secretary for the club and I look forward to bringing as much as I can to the role. I hope to bring some new fresh ideas and be able to grow the number of members we have this year. I understand you are a qualified marine biologist. What type of fisheries management work have you been involved in? I am qualified as a marine biologist and I love what I do. During and after I became qualified I was fortunate enough to be invited travel to Australia on multiple occasions and work alongside Dr Julian Pepperell - a world renowned marine biologist and an expert in his field - at a number of billfish tournaments. This is where my passion for pelagic fishing began developing. Upon completion of my degree, I returned to Australia and ended up working at many billfish tournaments where the main goal was to tag and release as many fish as possible and investigate/ sample those that had been brought back in to weigh. Being immersed in this type of fishing has taught me so much that I can put to use today. We need to ensure that we are continually learning about the biology and life history of these fishes so that we can keep
catching them and our future generations can have the opportunity to as well. Working alongside Julian taught me a lot about how well both fisherman and scientists can co-operate together. I am definitely not a ‘greenie’ and I think it’s really important that both groups can continue to work together in order to keep catching fish and getting the data that we need to benefit all of us and the fish. You also spent last season working on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, chasing black marlin - how did it compare to previous seasons? I worked on the Iceman last season for the legendary Bobby Jones. Bob has spent 34 years working out of Cairns/Cooktown and last season was his last as a charter skipper. The fishing was good to us: we ended up with some good numbers of fish ranging in size from about 100 up to 1300 pounds. It’s a great fishery, with most fish been released after capture. The skippers and crew are serious about ensuring they can maintain the fishery and they all want to continue catching them for many years to come, which is a great mentality to have. Words can’t really explain what it’s like to be there when it’s all happening. If you ever get the chance to go, make sure you do. Having fished in tournaments both sides of the Tasman, what are the major differences? The biggest difference is the numbers of fish and people fishing the tournaments. In Australia I have worked and fished Port Stephens for a number of years now. The fishery there holds a lot of smaller marlin blacks, blues and striped - so numbers are a lot more prolific. Boats can expect to catch upwards of 10-12 fish each a day. The other big difference is that this fishery is almost all tag and release, unlike here in NZ. I think there needs to be better incentives in New Zealand competitions to encourage www.nzsportfishing.co.nz ◆ 25
Tangling with black marlin up to 1300lbs while crewing aboard Iceman out of Cairns last season provided some of Brooke Summerville’s most memorable angling moments.
more tag-and-release fishing. Tags should also be provided free of charge, as in Australia. That may mean paying a small membership fee each year to the NZSFC to cover the costs of tag production or something similar. Personally, I think there is a lot of work to be done around this topic to encourage more tagging of all species in NZ waters. If it can help us get better data on fish stocks, biology and their movements, I don’t see why not. Do you? 26 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
Are there any gamefish you prefer targeting? I like catching all kinds of fish. Pelagic species are my favourite though, as the aerial displays that occur quite frequently get the heart racing. I also love the colourations of the pelagic fishes, they are so bright and perfectly suited for camouflage in the big blue. What’s more, you can also fish almost every line class for them, so that adds a lot of sport and challenges into it. There are multiple techniques as well which, once mastered, can be very rewarding.
In last year’s Nationals you were successful targeting inshore species on light tackle. Do you think this a good way for new anglers to get involved in the Nationals? My partner and I only have a 5.5-metre boat, so when the weather isn’t suitable to be out wide targeting pelagics, we are confined to inshore fishing. However, this is also great fun and takes a lot of skill and patience. Getting to know the areas that you are fishing is a big help also, in terms of bottom structure, tidal flow and the like. People can sometimes forget that inshore species are still recognised as gamefish and there are plenty of points to be gained targeting them. It is a great way for anglers to become involved in the Nationals. Try sussing out an area and fishing your normal line class there; as you gain more confidence, change down to something a bit lighter. You will be surprised how much more fun you have and will gain a new appreciation for the term ‘sports fishing’. How do you think we can get more women involved in sportfishing? The best way is to get out there and do it. Take your wife, partner, girlfriend or daughter out with you and show them how to do it. Be patient and encouraging. Sometimes I think being a female we get a lot of flack
about it. Over the years I’ve had to deal with people trying to discourage me and not accepting the fact that I love my fishing and I’m good at it. Men tend to have egos and that’s fine, but don’t ever try to knock someone else for giving something a go. To me, it doesn’t matter if you are an expert or an amateur, at least you are giving it a go, right? It is great if you can get out with your family, enjoy a day on the water and, better still, provide food for the table while having fun doing it. If you don’t like getting your hands dirty, there are plenty of other options, such as soft-baiting and micro-jigging, which have fairly easy techniques and can be great fun on light tackle. We are very lucky with the variety of fish we can catch here in New Zealand, and the fishery has great accessibility. If any women would like to get in touch and talk fishing or come out on the water with me, get in touch and I am more than happy to help out. Who knows, we may even see an all-female charter fleet in the future. Nothing is impossible - just give it a go and you will be glad you did. Brooke can be contacted on 0272550810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Whakatakataka Bay Sports Fishing Club The Whakatakataka Bay Sport Fishing Club (WBSFC) is an adjunct to the Outboard Boating Club of Auckland, on Tamaki Drive, Auckland. The WBSFC derives its name from the bay in which it resides. Whakatakataka Bay sits between Hobson and Okahu Bays on Auckland’s east coast and is accessed from the Waitemata Harbour by passing under the Ngapipi Road Bridge, just beside the historic Ngapipi Road boat sheds. Whakatakataka has several meanings, among them; - The place where they gathered and prepared for a journey; - where animals took pleasure in rolling in the mud; or – the place where unwelcome visitors (raiders) had stones dropped on them. The Whakatakataka Bay Sport Fishing Club had its inaugural meeting in 2011 where it kicked off with 42 members, applied for membership of the NZSFC & IGFA, becoming full members of Council on 14 July 2012. Five years on and our membership has risen to 110, including juniors.
Because we are reasonably unique as a club within a club (WBSFC members are required to be OBC members first), this means that we enjoy all the well-established facilities of the OBC, which includes the clubrooms, bar, 215 berth marina, 15 launching ramps, fish cleaning facilities, boat fuelling, wash down, parking, security, etc. In our first year (2012), the WBSFC gained some notoriety by recording the first Yellowfin for the season (curtsey weighed by Tutukaka at 54.4kg), and we have gone on to capture several good marlin and other species each season since. It is fair to say however, most of our notable catches have been by members fishing as far north as out of Doubtless Bay, and down to the Bay of Plenty, or beyond the Manukau bar on the west coast. We have three active weighmasters and are happy when required to provide a curtesy weigh, by appointment, at our Whakatakataka Bay location.
WBSFC. Office holders include; Terry Wylens, President, & Weighmaster: 021 656 376 William Reyneke, Vice-President: 021 204 9849 Simon Browne, Past-president, & Weighmaster: 021 393 394 Phillip Perry, Secretary: 027 483 4342 Cameron Cunningham, Treasurer, 027 445 6720 Don Glass, NZSFC Delegate, & Weighmaster: 027 492 0800 Whakatakataka Bay Sport Fishing Club Inc. PO Box 301 748, Auckland 0752, www.wbsfc.co.nz 28 ◆ www.nzsportfishing.co.nz
ONE BASE AN ICONIC CONTEST he Whangarei deep Sea Anglers Club hosts several popular tournaments throughout the season, but one of the strongest supported is its annual one base. Known as the Air Vanuatu Tutukaka One Base Tournament, it is run in conjunction with Furuno and Warren Hay Marine, and this year is set down for March 1-4. The club celebrated the 40th anniversary of the tournament in March, 2015, and the 1975 President Laurie Haggie stated in his Annual Report that year “…perhaps the splendid spirit of sportsmanship and good fellowship that prevailed was even more impressive than the number of catches recorded…” This still rings true for this prestigious annual tournament 42 years on.
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...its popularity soared over the intervening years with a record 169 teams competing in 1993, with 700 anglers trying their luck!
From the inaugural One Base Contest held over March 17-25, 1975, when 18 marlin were caught in one day, its popularity soared over the intervening years, with a record 169 teams competing in 1993, with 700 anglers trying their luck! The Tutukaka One Base started out as an interclub teams contest, run initially over a week with boats returning each night to Tutukaka, and has evolved over time to become a four-day tournament held Wednesday through to Saturday with the option of a stay-away night on the Thursday. An interclub trophy remains as one of the twelve trophies anglers currently compete for in this great tournament. In the 1980/1981 season a total of 98 fish were recorded in five days, with a record 26 marlin caught in just one day, and this was repeated in the 2006/2007 season, when the One Base averaged a daily tally of 21 marlin over four days.
welcome, enjoying great hospitality, making some great new friends, or catching up with some old ones. So fish the Tutukaka One Base for four memorable days!
Tutukaka - home of the striped marlin - still holds the New Zealand and world all-tackle record since 1986, when Bill Boniface landed a stupendous stripy of 224.1kg!
- by Sue Ellis
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