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The fishing Paper - april 2014
Two Broken Ducks By John Speer
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On an early March trip out of Okiwi Bay with Lionel Roughton and Dave Oldham, I knocked a couple of items off my fishing bucket list. We headed out a few kilometres, set the lures and settled in to wait for the action. The first strike turned out to be a barracouta, so back to our cups of tea. Ten minutes later a rod bent over, looking much more promising. I grabbed the rod and had the fun of the play. When the fish was boated, we saw just how lucky I was because the tuna was hooked in the flesh forward of the tail, not in the mouth. This was a 19-pound fish and my first tuna. A while later Dave spotted a distant workup so over we went, and he caught an
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identical fish there. My other first was on a very early morning start targeting snapper. We had caught some nice pannies until things went quiet and we were having the final wind up. My rod felt as if I was winding up a sack of spuds, but it turned out to be this nice john dory. My first ever again! I wonder if JD’s have superior tastes in bait. This one was caught on a ‘supermarket throw out’ shrimp. Just occasionally we all have a fishing trip that stays in the mind forever. Some will remember their first fish and some the massive marlin that they hunted for days before the big strike. But for me, these couple of firsts will do until I get that over twenty pound snapper.
Reuben’s Over the Moon By Glenn Shaw
There’s nothing wrong with Geraldine School, but my five-yearold son Reuben wants to leave it and go salmon fishing all the time! He’s been fishing for as long as he could hold a rod and loves flicking a line at the Rangitata Mouth with me and his older brother Caleb. He uses his trout rod with 6kg line and on this occasion, was fishing with an old Zeddy I had given him; it hardly had any colour left on it. I give him the old was because he loses a lot of gear on snags. We had cooked sausages and marshmallows down at the mouth on a fire the boys had made and decided to have a few casts before going back to the caravan. He hooked into something really solid after a few casts and I thought it was another snag. However, he thought different and was very determined to get it in, so after battling it all the way on his own, he proved me wrong with this 14lb silver monster. Caleb and I were very jealous, but young Reuben was totally over the moon with his first salmon. So much so, he had me up early the next morning and dragged me down to the river in the pouring rain to have another go. He’ll be back at school once the salmon stop running!
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Front Cover Story When Mitch (15) and Ben Amberger and good mate Flynn Green (both 13) headed out fishing from Nelson in March, they had little idea the day was going to be one of surprises. The lads were tagging along while their dads tried to catch kingfish in Tasman Bay. After taking out insurance in the form of a wellplaced setline, the serious business of targeting kingies began. Flynn’s dad hooked up and after a bit of a tussle, a nice kingfish
Seddon’s Surprise Elephant
By Rick Amberger
By Karl Blick
was on the boat. While sorting the fish, Mitch ‘borrowed’ the rod and dropped, hoping to hook up too. Something nailed the jig and Mitch thought he was into another kingy, but was stoked when ‘colour’ revealed it to be a 22lb albacore. There were three pretty happy boys on the way home to pick up the setline, which added a couple of snapper to the catch.
I have been fishing the same stretch of Seddon Beach for 10 years now and have probably tossed thousands of baits into the tide, but I’ve never seen or heard of elephant fish being caught off there in my time. There’s another bloke who has fished there for thirty years and he says the same. There’s the odd report of one being taken by the kontiki guys, but who knows? In mid-February I was back down there chasing moki. This time of year presents prime fishing, with moki, rig, greyboys, sevengillers and kahawai being the main target species. For the moki, I fish with a two-hook ledger rig with 5/0 wide gap hooks and fresh mussels for bait. On this occasion, I noticed a slight movement in the rod tip first, indicating a nibble much like a moki. Then the rod bent over and a few wraps of line spooled off, so I lunged forward and struck. The fish fought aggressively and had plenty of stamina, which made me think I had a moki on, but when I saw the dorsal fin and spike cutting through the breakers, I thought, ‘Sure enough!’ I was surprised but thrilled. A 5lb ele off Seddon is nothing to be sneezed at. The next mission is to catch a snapper; I’ve heard a few whispers that the odd one is being caught further south, but who knows! Karl waited a decade for this elephant fish to visit Seddon!
Flynn, Ben, and Mitch with a 17lb kingfish and a 22lb tuna caught in Tasman Bay.
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A Family Hooked
Olly McPherson with a 20lb+ snapper taken on the rod out of Nelson.
Together Stays Together By Sandra Carrington
Tips For Targeting By Olly McPherson
Tasman Bay has produced a run of big snapper over recent years and it seems to be getting better. For those wishing to experience the thrill of having a big snapper thumping on the end of a line, a few simple strategies will help increase your chances. First of all, go to where the big fish congregate – it sounds a bit trite but talk to and observe other successful fishers and target areas that are producing big fish.
Early starts produce results: 4.40am at the boat ramp is not uncommon and it gets us out there and set up in time for the bite. Snapper often feed productively for a short time during that change of light period. Invest in quality, light tackle that is up for the job – it will give you the edge. And stay quiet in the boat – real quiet. Especially in alloy boats. Big snapper are easily spooked.
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Tony Hamer, his partner Jo and two boys Liam and Ryan, used to go camping up at the lakes, but this year Jo decided they needed a change. “Lets go to the beach and camp at the Rangitata South side camping ground,” she suggested to the family. Jo’s parents have camped there for two to three years and salmon fished. Tony and Jo live in Timaru and love the camping ground because it’s a good family environment and handy - just down the road. They have been camping in a caravan for about five years and love the camp atmosphere. Tony gets up early, before dawn, sneaks out of the caravan, careful not to wake the kiddies, and heads down to the fishing grounds with his silver Zeddy shining and wriggling on his line. He feels relaxed as he fishes in the dark with dawn just about to appear over the ocean. He’d never caught a salmon before so anticipation and excitement starts to build as every cast is thrown into the darkness. Just recently things changed ever so subtly: suddenly his cast was stopped by a tug - a snag? Or... yes, it’s a salmon, which gets the adrenaline pumping! The salmon is played until it surrenders and is pulled up on to the beach. “Yes, yes my first salmon,” he beams. Now he’s hooked. Tony always heads back before 9.00am. so the family can do something together, like putting the kontiki out or heading up river to do a spot of fishing. Jo says it is easy up there with the boys, and manages
to do a bit of fishing herself. The children’s playground is also a favourite with Ryan and Liam. Sometimes when the children are fed and bedded down for the night, Tony heads down again to try for another salmon and
watches the evening fade to darkness once again. He is very grateful to the local campers for the great advice and knowledge they passed on to him. “Everyone is very friendly, which makes the holiday a great one.”
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The fishing Paper - april 2014
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Two years ago, while fishing for game sharks off the Kaikoura coast, I had the chance to try out salt water fly fishing. A good friend, Andy, who is an avid fly fisherman, was busy hooking up blue sharks and having great fun battling them to the boat before releasing them. He assured me makos were even better because of their acrobatics. After a while Andy offered me a turn and although I could not get a hookup on the fly (we will call this strike 1), I still found this form of angling attractive and made a mental note to give it a decent go in the future. Twelve months on and we were back off the Kaikoura coast once again chasing game sharks. This time Andy let me use his fly outfit whenever I wanted, so any spare time was spent flinging a fly all over the place. Later in the day I got the interest of a mako that finally took the fly. Once it realised it was hooked, it headed for somewhere less painful at a very exciting rate. Shortly into the run, the shark bit through the line and was gone (we will call this strike 2). Roll on to February 2014 and yes we were back off the Kaikoura coast. This year there were for more makos around, so would this be the year of success? Andy was not with us, but another keen angler, Howard, was and he too had a salt water fly rig. Early in the day a mako of about 20kg turned up and Howard suggested I have a go on the fly. We tied on a blue and silver Yum Yum fly and sent it out the back. The mako showed immediate interest and hooked up. The initial run was about 100m and at the end he duly spat the fly. While I wound the fly
in, we noticed him chasing it but it was too late, he had seen the boat and disappeared (we will call this strike 3). Two hours later and another mako turned up, and although smaller than the one earlier, we were as keen as ever to give him a go. Once the fly was cast out, I began to twitch it back towards the boat. The mako dived deep then charged the fly from below, taking me totally off guard. The hook up, however, was perfect and off he shot. Twice he cleared the water with spectacular leaps and once he porpoised as he sped across the surface. Half way through the struggle we had a disaster: a bloody seagull got tangled in the line. I now had two adversaries working against me. Under the rules of sport fishing only the angler can touch the line, so now I had to decide what to do. We did however reason that there was nothing stopping another angler touching the seagull, so when I finally got it alongside, Howard reached over and cut the offending feather, which released the bird unharmed. This left me with a feather tangled in the line, which would not budge. Laying the rod on the deck of the boat I grabbed the feather and line and untangled it before lifting the rod to take the pressure on the mako. Miraculously, he was still there! Finally, I got him alongside and Howard was able to gaff him and lift him aboard. I was rapt. After going through so much I had fulfilled my goal of getting a mako on the fly (we will call this the home run).
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Brendon Spicer struck gold at the end of the ‘rainbow’ with this sockeye salmon.
By Brendon Spicer
Fishing the Lake Aviemore tailrace in mid March, I caught what I first thought was an unusual rainbow trout. After some research, my father and I came to the conclusion it was a rare sockeye salmon. Visiting Lyndsey Bishop at Smiths City in Oamaru, he confirmed it, as did Peter Langlands. Lyndsey said it was the first one he’d ever seen caught in New Zealand waters, but Aaron Marshall tells me there are a few in Lakes Benmore and Ohau, and in the Ohau River. He says they are worth looking for because the trout follow them around. After seeing this fish and another just like it rising on the edge of a large eddy, I must have tossed about 20 casts at it before I hooked into it. The weaponry that did the trick was a Black Marabou jig. The fish was released unharmed and swam away strongly, and hopefully some of the roe inside her will produce some offspring to keep whatever tiny population there is left going. Post Script: Now, you are not going to believe this, and its still a bit surreal to me as well... I went back to the same spot and caught my second sockeye in less than a week. This one fell to a Gulp! S.P. and was a male, and like the last one, was released. I’m hoping both male and female will successfully spawn and produce some offspring.
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Captain’s Log: Beam me up spotty Marlin Heads South to City Limits By Steve McCarthy & Daryl Crimp
Steve: During the first week in March Pete Williams and I were stooging around in the middle of Tasman Bay after albacore, when we had the most surprising encounter. Pete spied a long thin dorsal fin cutting the surface in the distance and, while the body was obscured, I was certain it was attached to a marlin, but it dived before we could get close enough to confirm the sighting. Later that day we spotted a tail fin on the surface, cutting from side-to-side in a leisurely fashion and tracking toward Nelson. I wondered if it might be a thresher shark but the glare off the water was making things difficult. I positioned the yacht to intercept the fish and Pete jumped up the bow in time to see it dive under the boat and resurface some distance away, still unperturbed and heading ‘south to the city limits’. He was stunned to confirm it as a marlin – most likely a stripey, as he counted
ten stripes along its flank. He estimated it to be about 3m long. We managed a couple of photos, but due to having to battle the glare off the water, they are not the best. Crimpy: While a marlin in Tasman Bay may come as a shock and surprise to some, The Fishing Paper & NZ Fishing News has been tracking reports of sightings over the past four years and of the seven sightings we are aware of, can confidently confirm that at least four stack up as being credible. Marlin are no strangers to the South Island, with sightings from Kahurangi to Fiordland occurring from time-to-time. A mate showed me years ago a picture of a huge marlin washed up on the rocks at Charleston, South of Westport. It was the early sixties and Graham and his mates were heading out surfing. The marlin was still alive but they couldn’t budge it, as its shoulder came up to their armpits! That would put it in the 800 – 1000lb catergory, I would imagine. Bob Butts from Takaka caught the only
Could this ghostly apparition be a marlin?
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recorded South Island marlin back in the mid nineties, but there are anecdotal reports of ‘others’ catching them from ‘nonrecreational’ vessels. There is no doubt that this ‘undiscovered’ fishery exists but, at some level,
its nice to think that these majestic creatures are swimming out there unmolested. It is, however, a question of time before a marlin gets landed on our backdoor – right on the city limits!
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It’s not often that I get invited to anything or anywhere, so when I received an invitation to fly to Sydney to meet with leading marine electronics company, Navico, I jumped at the chance. Navico is at the forefront of the international marine electronics industry, with a real focus on performance, reliability and safety; ensuring users get the most of their time out on the water and make it home to tell the tale. Representing three well known marine brands - Simrad, Lowrance and B&G, Navico is positioned to cater to specific water disciplines; Simrad for sport fishing, Lowrance for the recreational fisherman and B&G predominantly for yachting. I met with Laura Tolmay, the Australasian Marketing Manager for Navico, and Jonathon Pudney, Global Marketing Manager for Navico, so I was in pretty esteemed company. They plied me with a coffee and then it was down to business – no Fat Cat junket here (Thanks Crimpy). I was escorted to a dark room with a very large screen and over the next two hours, was introduced to the new technology and direction of the Navico company and its brands, for the forthcoming year. Essentially, Navico has focused its development on several key
areas of marine technology: sonar scanning, mapping software, wireless technology and seamless integration of all electronics on board. The new Spotlight scan allows operators for the first time to be able to view what is in front of their vessel, as well as affording 360-degree views – at the operator’s control. Insight Genesis is Navico’s new mapping software that allows you to plan a trip from home, share it and then upload it to your vessel when required. Once on the water, Insight Genesis has the option to map the ocean floor – contours, vegetation, structures – which can then be uploaded, shared, and used as a reference for future fishing or boating. GoFree wi-fi is a wireless bridge that mirrors what is happening on the dash electronics, on the operator’s laptop, tablet or smartphone. Any input to the personal device is then instantly updated on the main console. In following issues I will expand on each of these new innovations and detail how they will be of benefit in our area and enhance our use of marine technology. Footnote: The boss should be happy with my first junket (read that as professional development trip) as Navico were so impressed with me (read that as The Fishing Paper, Ed!) that they asked me to be in their new Lowrance promotional DVD!
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Seriously Good Timber in Backyard By Guy Gardiner
For some years now I have arranged to hunt a station in Marlborough during the Roar. There is an abundance of wild Marlborough strain red and fallow deer, along with goats and pigs to hunt in a real high country big sky environment and the guiding, transport, accommodation and animal fees are very reasonable. It is especially suitable for father and son and first trophy stag hunts, and there is always the chance of some seriously good timber. (continued on page 12)
Guy with some seriously good timber.
12 new zealand hunting news (continued) My friend Gary Fissenden and I arrived mid-afternoon and set off with Dave, our guide and driver, up one of the tracks with a mind to shoot a fallow doe for meat and if a significant trophy opportunity presented to take it. I had got a nice 11 pointer three-years before and some other okay heads so it had to be a better-thanaverage one. Dave soon spotted a stag below the track lying near its wallow, giving the odd roar and keeping a relaxed eye on his harem. We were unsure as to his quality at first until Fizz took a telephoto picture of his head and showed it to me. Immediately I could feel my heart palpitating as I indicated to Dave that I wanted to take the stag. Off course at that point an eddy of wind made some of his harem wind us and they began to move up the valley dragging big boy with them. We followed along a steep gnarly face and the deer
The stag sported a forest on its head
disappeared into bush, however the stag crossed the shingle creek bed and began to double back on the other side of the valley, partly screened by scrub. We set up on the steep slope with my Kimber .243 on a sitting bipod and ranged the opening ahead of the moving antlers at 200-yards. As he crossed the clearing, he paused for a second and unconsciously I fired, putting the 95 grain partition through both shoulders. He hunched forward and collapsed ten yards into the scrub. I was thrilled to secure such a fine trophy and felt the glow as we took photos and cut out the head and meat. It was a decent carry out to a track end and then a climb up a steep slope to the vehicle. It is hard to imagine a better hunting experience so close to home.
Opening Day Saturday 2 May Game bird hunting is a traditional activity forming part of New Zealanders’ outdoor heritage. In early times it was an essential way of putting food on the table and more recently it has become a valued form of outdoor recreation, although providing fresh game meat on the menu is still important. In today’s predominantly urban based population, obtaining game meat and other wild food is becoming increasingly popular as a way to re-connect with the outdoors while gathering healthy tucker for the table. The Top of the South Island still has game bird hunting opportunities for those wanting to broaden their horizons in the hunting arena. There is a wealth of information on the basics of getting started into the sport, including the newly released 24 page guide on getting started in game bird hunting. Available from the Nelson Marlborough Fish & Game office, this guide (including a DVD with shooting action), can be purchased for the nominal cost of five bucks. So before you launch into buying a game bird hunting licence for the first time, take the opportunity to read the guide and inform yourself on bird shooting basics to improve your chances of enjoyment and success. If you want to put any of this into practice prior to the game bird season, there is a clay bird shoot at the Nelson/ Waimea Gun Club grounds (Golden Downs) on 6 April, or on 27 April there is a shoot at the Marlborough Duck Shooters’ grounds up the Awatere Valley. Staff at Fish & Game can also assist with information on public land currently open to game bird hunting in the Top of the South Island.
While hunting areas have decreased somewhat in the past decades due to land use changes, there are still some opportunities here for those willing to put the effort in. Pegging day for hunting spots this year falls on Sunday 6 April. So if you’ve been thinking you need a new challenge in life, pop into the Fish & Game office on Champion Rd, Richmond between 9.00am – 5.00pm weekdays (or phone us on 03 544 6382) and we will assist you with taking the first steps to getting started in game bird hunting.
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Wheely Scary By Kim Swan
Nora has never been in such flash company. She’s hanging out on the top deck with the in-crowd. Personally I find their presence overwhelming - so I squeeze myself into a corner down below - here I people-watch from behind my sunglasses. The in-crowd appears to comprise of Americans and Europeans, with a pair of Kiwis. Most are 45+ and obviously well-off. They wear identical clothing, different colours but same styles - outdoor adventure clothing - in perfect spotless condition and with labels shouting loudly from breast, hip and brim. The men, both hirsute and balding, are trimmed to perfection. There’s not a fly leg, monobrow or hairy neck in sight. From their chests sprout cameras, big flashy cameras. Their long lenses like phallic symbols - some hooded, some not - but mucho-macho! The women, every one of them, have baggy jowls and upside down smiles. Their hair is short, easy care, grey or grey disguised as brown. Oh no, I cut my grey hair short on Monday. Oh no, I look just like them. I’m not. My camera is compact, my smile is right side up and I’m wearing outdoor adventure clothing because I really do do the wild thing outdoors. Our craft, the Pelorus Mail Boat, pulls into the jetty at Port Ligar and I’m out of my corner and grabbing Nora off the top deck. Nora is my mountain bike, named after the adventure racing legend who owned her before me. I intend to ride her home from Port Ligar to Rai Valley. But first there are walks to walk, fish to catch, beer to drink and these clothes to dirty. Two days later I’m on the trail, wheelying westard-ho. Pohuenui Island to my left, d’Urville Island to my right and a sea as calm as can be. There’s dust and there’re corrugations, there’s uphill and down dale. And there’s a gully above the road that stirs memories of old. Its waterway is clad in native bush, its face is clad in tawhine, and its top-line is bony and sunburnt. I was up there on that top-line a quarter of a century ago. I’d run from the clutches of domesticity with a 7x57 rifle in my hand and a sharp knife on my belt. I’d zig-zagged up the sheep trails till I was queen of the mountain, free. The sun’s rays skittered low upon the sea when I saw pigs afar, a mob with a black and ginger boar lording over smaller porkers. That boar drew me like a magnet till I was near enough to hear him blow kisses to a hogging sow. I could see his tusks and grinders jutting from his jaw. He was gnarly, ugly, a classic Captain Cooker. I stalked and belly crawled till I could almost smell him. And then I raised the open sighted 7x57 to my shoulder and fired one wobbly shot.
With a grunt and fart the piebald pig bolted downhill into a patch of fern and tawhine as vast as Great Aunt Audrey’s lawn. In the midst of there he growled and scoffed and ground his tusks aloud. Bugger. The sun faded from bright silver to dull gold then began its trek towards China. Dammit, I wasn’t going back to the bach empty handed. I began to navigate the maze of vegetation, honing in on my wounded quarry. Scared? Hell yes, really, really scared; the light was dim, the cover was thick. I couldn’t see, but I could hear: I could hear my own heartbeat and the pulse of blood and adrenaline coursing through my very being. I could hear the boar breathing; hear him rustle now and then. He may as well have been one of Jim Corbett’s man-eaters of Kumaon awaiting in ambush. Despite the loaded rifle to protect me, I was as nervous as a nelly. When I’d slithered my way to within a couple of metres when the sweat stung my blinky eyes and my hands were shaking uncontrollably - the boar’s breathing stopped. What now? Was he waiting to charge? Could I be Jim Corbett and shoot accurately at close range? Could I kill him dead? I doubted it! Too much tension for this girlie. I was holding my breath, orifices front and rear clenched in fear. Another step, another step. I wanted to scream ‘BOO! Run away you bastard’. Another step and I finally saw him. He was dead. The sun waded off. The wekas screeched in unison and the dark rolled in. Sixty kilo’ deadweight to carry off an unknown hill, down the sheep trails, through the tawhine to the dusty single-lane road somewhere far below. Then back to the bach where the sea rolled gently upon the shore and the men drank their beer and awaited their dinner. Twenty-five years later I stop pedalling Nora along that dusty single-lane road and take a good look around. The hill seems to have gotten smaller, the gully too. But me I’ve grown in every way since then; stalked a lot of boars, walked a lot of k’s, gone grey, cut my hair short. But, I am not like those ladies on the boat. I’m not. Be it at a bail-up or biking at break-neck speed down the Okiwi hill, I wear my smile with the curve at the bottom and I enjoy getting scared on my adventures, wheely scared!
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A Heart-stopping Hunt
By Dave McDonald
Clint and I shot two deer at Helen’s place last Friday, but only one was recovered; I went back this weekend to find the missing animal. Here is what happened. I went down the ridge behind the house to overlook the main swamp and was sitting down watching the area when Helen came up behind me. She told me that she had spotted a mob of deer on the far track from her porch just minutes after I had left. We both studied the track, but then she said I had to go back to the house to see them, because they were further along, close to the inland road track. She led me back to the house, but I spotted them just before we emerged onto her back lawn; there were five altogether, but a long way away. I moved to a tree and took a rest; they were so far away that I knew it was going to have to be a steady shot. Studying the group, I noticed one was very big, “Good,” I thought,“ a nice big target!” I took a deep breath and held true on the shoulder, then touched off. As soon as that bullet left the barrel, that deer was doomed. The nearby manuka exploded as the 130 grain 270 broke out through the canopy, traveling at over 3,200 feet per second. It sped across the tea tree tops for 200-metres, then across the open farmland at the bottom of the hill for another 150-metres. Finally, as true as Robin Hood’s arrow, at ultra supersonic speed, it crossed the swamp and found its mark. Exactly where it was aimed. I was waiting patiently for the retort and it finally came. A good solid, “whump!” The deer disappeared and the group ran off in all directions. Since I was using the fantastic 270, I knew it was a hit. When I got over there, I was not sure if I was in the right place, It all looked so different through the scope. After an hour of searching we realised it was not a ‘bleeder’. It got dark so we decided to return with the dogs in the morning, so Clint shot a hind for meat and we left. Come sunrise we returned and put the dogs to work, both running into the thick bush on the far side. We followed them in and I saw Duppy run
up a steep deer trail on the other side of the gut. “Nah,” I thought, “a wounded deer wouldn’t go up there, she must be onto a fresh one!” Then Bee ran up into the same area; Clint looked at the sharp angle of the hill and he too thought, ”No!” Both dogs were gone for some time, but eventually Dupps came back and I led her down to search the swamp while Clint waited for Bee. 20 minutes passed and Clint called down to me, “Is Bee down there?” “ No,” I replied, “not with me. Maybe she’s found a possum.” Ten minutes later she came back and Clint remarked that she had probably found the deer. Then we left but it played on my mind all week, so I had to go back and check out that steep hill. I shot up there and guess what? That eight-point stag had made it all the way up there to the top, and died. It was heart shot.
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Hare One Step Closer To Deer
Trail Cams for Idiots
By Daniel Crimp
I have been hunting since I was seven, when I shot my first rabbit. Since then I set myself a goal to shoot 30 rabbits and five goats and then I can shoot a deer. I am ten now and I am on twenty-eight rabbits and four goats; two rabbits to go and one goat and then I can shoot a deer. Late one afternoon I was walking in the paddock behind our house when I spotted two rabbits, so I ran inside as fast as I could and told Dad about them. “Get the gun ready and we’ll go for a hunt after tea,” he said.
Once we’d had dinner, I ran upstairs, grabbed my twenty-two magnum and we were off. We had to climb over two fences, go through three gates and wade through a swamp. Our plan was to cross the bridge over to two hares that we’d spotted, but out of nowhere two rabbits bounced over and blocked our way. We had to quietly sneak past them.
We snuck up to a post; I put the crosshairs on one of the hares and fired. “Damn… I missed!” I said. After another two attempts, they bolted. One went into the bushes and the other ran up the hill. We slowly crept our way up to the top of the hill and were just about to head home when I heard the bushes rustling. One of the hares came racing out. He took off, right down to the bottom of the hill, so we crept after him. I got to a good rest and fired a couple of shots, but missed. The hare was frightened of the gunshots and ran, but he ran the wrong way and came towards us. When it was thirty-five metres away, I had to take a shot with the gun resting on my knee. I couldn’t quite get the crosshairs on him so I aimed a bit above his chest, dropped the crosshairs down, slowly breathed out and pulled the trigger. He flopped to the ground as dead as a dodo! And that was the end of that hare. One rabbit and one goat to go….
By Peter Harker
After buying two STALKER Trail Cams and swatting up on what to expect in the field I decided on the West Coast as the best option for a field test and selected the Upper Grey River region. I had the use of an old cabin an easy couple of hours walk from where I wanted to set up. My son Dean and a mate Dan Doncliff, who had just recently purchased a different make of field camera, joined me. Fording the Grey River proved easy but judging by the jumble of twisted and broken trees that lined the riverbanks, adverse weather could prevent the cameras being collected. At the end of a clearing we stood and watched several deer feeding out in the open, while a couple more ambled along the bush edge. An old track rising steeply off the river flats suggested a well-used game trail and warranted putting up a Stalker camera. Dan also opted to set up his unit. We noted that the Stalker provided a far sharper picture on the viewing screen. Dan showed Dean and I how important it was to select the best tree on which to secure a camera. The Stalker proved to be perfect, with a clear vision to the front and either side of the camera. Suspect branches were removed to avoid them flapping about in a breeze and setting the Stalker off. Two down and one to go. Following the bush edge, I located a good game trail that showed clearly that the hairy guys and girls often wandered through the forest edge. To this end we came across two hinds followed by a yearling that had an itch, but ignored us because her ‘itchies’ proved more important; damn mozzies! As we re-crossed the river, plans were made for an afternoon hunt and thoughts as to where to shift the Stalkers in a few
weeks were chewed over. We all agreed the Stalker had some great advantages and had proved easy to mount in the wild. The seller’s assurances, from personal experience, that the Stalker was weather and waterproof made for a big plus. My cameras are set at: off – standby - and on. Can’t do better than that. As I learn more, then I can do some tricky moves. Until then, the basics are fine by me. Roll on till we collect the cameras and see what we’ve recorded.
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Strikes Back By Malcolm Halstead
Every so often in life we make impulsive decisions that just don’t work out so well and this is a story of one of these occasions. One fine Monday morning found me in the hills on a mate’s farm down south, busting a few nuisance wallabies. Most were shot in unrecoverable spots amongst the dreaded gorse, bush lawyer and other crap. I ranged one at 280m and, thanks to a bit of luck, clean bowled him with my 223. As he was only twenty metres inside the scrub, I decided to retrieve him for a bit of dog tucker. It looked a straightforward mission: just sidle around a couple of gullies before dropping down to the scrub line, then a gentle push through to my prize. Oh how wrong I was. It all went well until I reached the scrub where its true composition became apparent. I was confronted with the inevitable tangle of prickly gorse, matagouri and bush lawyer, so to make life easier I abandoned my pack and rifle and proceeded to crawl and stumble my way through. Some twenty minutes later I broke free of the worst of it and looked to my mate, Richard, on the ridge we had shot from, for directions. With some helpful arm waving I made my way downhill to where the wallaby was. I had the good old ‘Oh Shit’ experience, when there on the clearing was my wallaby sitting upright with just a crease mark on his head. He must have been feeling it a bit, as he had his eyes shut allowing me, without thinking, to grab him by the tail. Now the problems started, I had a lively wallaby by the tail and no knife or rifle to finish the job. Richard by this stage was in hysterics, as all he could see was the wallaby leaping higher than me as I tried to hang on! I picked a suitable rock and had a go at finishing him off, which to be fair was a complete waste of time as all this did was make him lash out with his back legs, hitting me in the stomach. For the record, I do not recommend you ever try this, as it bloody well hurts. Sweat was now flowing freely as we danced around the clearing, with applause and laughter coming from the crowd of one! My next move was to drag my new found friend across the clearing to a dead branch that I managed to shorten into a batten. One quick crack to the head had the desired effect and I could finally let go, slumping to the grass exhausted; I had finally won. After a short carry, collecting my pack and rifle on the way, I was
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back at the truck where Richard was still laughing at what he had just witnessed. He said I looked just like a caveman when I got the stick into action, as all he could see was my head, then my arm raising the stick up for the final blow. He thanked me for providing the day’s entertainment. A quick look in the truck mirror confirmed multiple scratches to my face. I can honestly say the next time I am confronted by a wounded wild animal, I will not be grabbing it by the tail without putting some thought into possible outcomes first.
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An apparition appeared on the ridge where moments earlier the hind had stood, his head canted to one side and eyes full of menace. By comparison, this was the devil himself; a huge-bodied stag with a splendid sweep of antlers carrying more points than a deer deserved and a temper I wanted no truck with. There was no hesitation; I simply swung the rifle back to my shoulder and fired – to no effect. Why the stag chose to come at me instead of fleeing is a question I didn’t have time to ask myself … Daryl Crimp (Crimpy) has slung his rifle over boulder-strewn valleys, shingle-scarred peaks, craggy mountains and vegetation-tangled forests for more than forty years and doesn’t plan on stopping. Hunting is more than just a hobby, a pastime and an adventure; it’s a calling and for those of us fortunate enough to hear and answer it early, a life of adventure beckons. From surviving snow-stinging blizzards in the Southern Alps, challenging roaring stags in Westland, fending off irascible old boars and meeting tahr in testing terrain, to setting his mother’s bedroom curtains on fire – Crimpy isn’t short on adventures to share. From the pen of a master storyteller, relive each hunt in nerve-tingling detail: feel the tension mount as the wind shifts on the nape of your neck, chill to the unseen throaty roar, recoil to the musky smell of rutting stag and squint through the wood smoke as you crumple before the campfire’s glow at the end of the hunt. Thrilling, entertaining, inspiring, poignant, funny and much more than just a collection of hunts, Something to Aim For is a story about a son and his father – and a father and his son. It’s the story of a journey, which ends with a beginning.
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Pulsar Night Vision and Thermal Imaging for Successful Hunting By Anthony Corke
New Zealand has a broad range of game species and habitats. Spotting game in these varying conditions can be difficult and time consuming. Spotting deer in dense bush offers a different set of challenges to spotting tahr at high altitudes, often in frozen conditions. Hunting with a Pulsar Thermal Imager offers an incredible ability to spot animals in difficult terrain, and at great distance. Unlike other optical devices, a thermal imager produces an image formed by radiant infrared heat. The warmer that an object is, the brighter it will look in the imager. Animals stand out brightly against their cooler surroundings, and can be seen behind a veil of foliage. Not only does this improve the chances of getting a shot, but ensures that the target can be safely identified. A Pulsar Thermal Imager is efficient during daylight and at night. For night hunting, a thermal camera can locate and identify animals, ensure that the background is safe,
and help to recover a shot animal with ease. A recently shot animal remain clearly visible for hours after its death, and blood trails stand out brightly. When combined with a night vision riflesight, a Pulsar Thermal Imager is a formidable tool for safely shooting animals. Barry Sharplin from Botany Hunting and Fishing New Zealand, was recently requested to cull deer on a farm that he shoots over. Due to limited time, Barry chose to use a Pulsar HD19S Thermal Imager for spotting, and a Pulsar DFA75 Digital Night Vision attachment on to his daylight scope for shooting. A haul of five deer in quick succession bears testimony to the deadly efficiency of incorporating new technology into hunting. To learn more about night vision and thermal imaging for your style of hunting, or to find your local dealer, visit www.yukonoptics. co.nz or phone Ant on 03 9700 570. Check out our ad on page 34.
Three of Barry’s deer, and a very happy Barry.
Shooting a TB-infected Deer this Roar As the stags begin to roar this season, it’s essential that you take extra care should you shoot a deer that has bovine tuberculosis (TB) lesions. While cutting up your prized catch, check for any pus-filled lesions, as they are likely to indicate the deer is TB-infected. The lesions are usually found in the head, lungs and gut of the animal. They vary in size and appearance, so it is important that you know how to spot one. Look for any cream-coloured abscesses or white, gritty lesions that range in size from only a few millimetres to several centimetres in diameter. If you come across anything that looks suspiciously like bovine TB in an animal, protect yourself so you don’t become infected with the disease. Also, don’t let your dogs near the remains.
The chances are low, but it is possible to get TB by handling infected animals or their carcasses. To avoid this risk, always make sure you initially try to clean your knife and other gear after working with a potentially TB-infected carcass. Then thoroughly wash your hands and clothing and disinfect your knives and gear with the likes of Dettol as soon as possible once you’re out of the bush. If you cut the suspect TB-infected animal up at the kill site, ideally bury the offal in a deep hole or at least cover it with rocks and logs to minimize the chances of it being scavenged by wild animals, mainly possums and ferrets. This will help prevent wild animals from accessing the remains and becoming infected with the disease. In TB risk areas, possums are responsible for the majority of new herd infections in farmed cattle and deer.
While infected wild deer are highly unlikely to pass the disease onto farmed livestock, they are good indicators of whether bovine TB is present in the area’s other wild animals, providing TBfree New Zealand with useful information on locations where the disease has been found. Therefore, before thoroughly disposing of the infected wild deer offal, take a small sample of the suspect looking lesion, wrap it in plastic or place it in a container and note the area where you shot the animal. Once home, place the sample in several plastic bags and freeze it immediately, keeping it away from all other food. Contact your local TBfree New Zealand office or freephone 0800 482 4636 to report the location of the kill site and we will arrange to pick up the sample.
Roaring TB tips for deer hunters •
Check for any signs of TB lesions when cutting up wild deer
Lesions can be found in the lungs and gut (see photo)
Take a sample of the TB lesion, freeze it and contact TBfree New Zealand
Lung lesion TB pus
Practise good hygiene when handling potentially infected wild deer carcasses
When TB is eradicated from possums, the disease will also die out in wild deer.
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Lungs in rib cage
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A Good Day At That
I said, “Stop man, there’s a billy looking straight at you!”
By Ezra Oates
Soni Muller and I both woke before six, eager to experience a Rotorua goat hunt courtesy of our hosts, Garry and Lorelle. Soni was aiming to bag his first goat with a bow, so was understandably excited as we quietly headed off for the ubiquitous Spot X.
critters were in residence.
“Look Bro,” I whispered to Soni.
He wasted little time and was soon stalking, step-bystep, while I recorded his every move. This continued for fifteen minutes until
I instructed him to stay really still but the billy turned and angled down the hill a bit. The stalk resumed and at 16m, Soni drew back, steadied and squeezed the trigger on his release. ‘Thwack’!
The arrow directly punched through the point of aim, just behind the
Bows readied, we entered the bush and split into two hunting parties, Garry and Lorelle heading in one direction while Soni and I snuck through to a spot I had seen goats before. Sure enough, eight of the
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front shoulder, and passed completely through the goat, which dropped on the spot and died instantly. I turned and saw the happiest guy ever, a smile cutting his face from earto-ear, admiring a nice little billy. Later that day, we met back up with the other two to hunt the bush edge. Garry attempted to stalk a couple of goats he’d spotted in the bush, but they
Soni with his first goat kill.
noticed something weird was up and ran off! I heard some more across the river; a nice mob that included a good billy.
Slipping across the river unseen, I began a stalk that took me up a steep face to just below the brow, before I sidled around and down to where the goats were. This brown billy was eyeballing me but the big black billy had no idea I was there. I closed in on the mob, but the brown billy got fidgety and walked off. I stalked a couple more metres and ranged the black billy at 20m, so I drew back and looked through the peep sight. The animal was quartering away so I aimed, squeezed and watched the arrow pass through the engine room, taking out the heart and lungs. At this, the goat jumped of this like 50m high cliff, ran another 20m and died. I was stoked and headed downhill to get my arrow, slipping and sliding on my butt and thinking, ‘Man, this is an easy way to get to the bottom!’ The goat lay where it fell and was impressive: a 26.5 inch billy taken with a great shot.
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Don’t Fire Blanks Speak Up! By Paul Clark - New Zealand Ammo
I spent a couple of days before the IWA trade show in
Gemany attending WFSA meetings at Messe, the centre for the IWA exhibition. The problems recreational shooters face
in terms of firearms ownership and other related issues, e.g. steel shot, are global. Don’t think for one minute they only happen in good old NZ, or some other isolated country.
WFSA is a pro shooting and hunting organisation
headquartered in Europe but with a global membership.
WFSA stands for World Forum of Shooting Activities. Even the NRA of America is a member, as is COLFO of NZ. Through
its member organisations, which number over 40, WFSA represents over 100 million firearm owners and users. What
does this mean? It means influence at the decision making level, i.e. government, and or UN meetings when laws are being drafted that may affect firearm owners.
So what does that mean for NZ firearm owners? It means get
INVOLVED. 2014 is election year, so plan to visit, at least once, your local MP to discuss FIREARM issues that are important
to YOU. Over the last couple of years I have met with a number of the current government senior cabinet ministers to discuss firearm issues. If there is only ONE message that I can take
away from all these discussions it is that effectively, because of apathy, we are INVISIBLE to the current government, and I
would say by default to previous ones. The one clear message
I received from the ‘Pollies’ was, “We don’t hear personally from the firearms community.” They did admit, however, that our opponents were far more effective lobbyists!
The upshot of all this is that if we don’t have a voice and each
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Avoid the worst. Put safety first. hunt safe IRIS Hunter Safety Spot the Difference Technology launched in NZ By Tony Glentworth – Director SpotNZ Ltd
Two hunters and product designers from Wellington have made it their mission to eliminate hunting accidents after hearing too many stories of hunters accidentally shooting their mates, after being convinced they were firing at a deer.
David Grove and Michael Scott, founders of Hunter Safety Lab, have created a globally unique safety alert system for hunters using their custom IRIS™ technology. The IRIS sensor clamps to a scope and can detect an IRIS vest up to 200 yards away. When IRIS material is detected,
the sensor instantly warns the shooter with an audio-visual alert. While IRIS can never be a replacement human judgment and the number one rule of safe hunting—identify the target beyond doubt—it can prevent accidents where the hunter is falsely convinced they’ve targeted an animal. Two-thirds of hunting accident victims are shot by the person they’re hunting with, often a close friend or family member, and around half of victims are wearing blaze orange when shot. “After the target has been identified and the hunter raises his/her gun to take the shot, IRIS can give a last-second warning if a misidentification has been made,” Michael says. “Over the years we’ve heard numerous stories of close calls, and learned that hunting accidents often aren’t the result of a bad attitude, inexperience, overexcitement or snap-shooting. Hunters know the rules, yet hunting accidents continue to happen, even to responsible hunters who thought it would never happen to them. No one sets out to make a mistake, but accidents happen, and IRIS is about ensuring you and your hunting mates have each other’s back, a kind of impartial check that could save a life. To us, IRIS is a combination of the things we love; family, friends, the outdoors, hunting, and technology. Blaze orange isn’t doing the job so we’re excited to be introducing the next generation of safety equipment to keep hunters safe.”
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‘NO MEAT IS BETTER THAN NO MATE’ THIS ROAR The Mountain Safety Council is urging all hunters heading out for this year’s Roar to think twice before pulling the trigger. ‘No meat is better than no mate’ is the mantra that all hunters should know and remember says Firearms & Hunter Safety Programme Manager Nicole McKee. With increased hunting activity expected, especially on public land, now is a good time for hunters to refresh themselves of the seven basic rules of firearms safety, before going bush. “Identifying your target beyond all doubt is perhaps the most important rule at this time of year and should be second nature to all firearms users,” said Mrs McKee. Hunters should avoid firing at shape, colour, movement or sound. The advice is to be aware that under certain circumstances the brain can trick the eyes, so you should assume any shape, colour, movement or sound is a human until you can prove otherwise. “Hunters should sight the head, neck and shoulder of the animal all at the same time, or at least enough of the animal to positively confirm target identification. Make sure that what you are looking at is not a fellow hunter carrying a dead animal,” added Mrs McKee. Thankfully there are very few nonintentional firearms incidents in New Zealand that lead to injury or death. However, tragedies do occur and often they coincide with an increased number of hunters participating in the Roar. When the freezer is empty and the pressure is on, it’s easy to let your emotions take over. However, good hunters will be aware that this can happen; they will recognise the symptoms (which are also known as ‘buck fever’), and will take action to make sure they don’t succumb to the tricks that your eyes and brain can play.
“If all hunters followed each basic rule to the letter, then there would be zero nonintentional firearms incidents in New Zealand. They are all avoidable. It’s as simple as that and we are hoping for an incident-free Roar this year,” said Mrs McKee. Hunters should also take care when venturing in tricky terrain. Slips and falls can occur at any time and whether deep in the bush, climbing a fence or obstacle, or chasing that tahr on to a rocky outcrop, taking care of yourself before taking the shot is vital. Incidents involving hunters falling and shooting themselves or a companion have been reported in the past. Rule three states that you should ‘only load a firearm only when ready to fire’ and make sure that you are in an area where it can be safely discharged. If game gets away, put the round back in the magazine and close the bolt on the empty chamber. Lastly, wearing coloured clothing that contrasts with the environment (and deer) will help you to be seen by other hunters who may be in your area. However, the responsibility of target identification always lies in the hands of the person carrying the rifle. For more information about firearms and outdoor safety, please visit the Mountain Safety Council website www.mountainsafety. org.nz/firearms Seven Basic Rules of Firearms Safety: The Firearms Safety Code 1. Treat every firearm as loaded 2. Always point firearms in a safe direction 3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire 4. Identify your target beyond all doubt 5. Check your firing zone 6. Store firearms and ammunition safely 7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms
Better a thousand times careful than once dead.
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Also known as the insulating layer, these garments are worn over your base layer for added warmth. The key to warmth, and hence comfort, is to stay dry and trap the warm air within the clothing system. Mid layers need to provide room to move without being too loose. Ideally they would maintain as much contact as possible with the base layer. This traps the air in the microclimate and stops it getting away. For the extremely cold days add an extra layer for warmth, ideally a polar fleece or heavier weight microfleece.
OUTER LAYER The outer layer, or shell as it is sometimes known, has a big job to do. It is the first line of defense against the wind, rain, sleet and snow. The outer layer must be prepared to stop whatever elements are thrown your way. The garment needs to be waterproof not just by fabric, but by design. It should be cut to move in, not restrictive yet not too full either. You do not need it catching on passing branches, machinery or fences.
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Brilliant summer conditions have returned to the West Coast, bringing good catches of rig, snapper, gurnard and elephant fish. Robin Wotherspoon pulls in the Seahorse longline, Jake Kerr holds up an elephant fish, Laurie White tries hard to keep the fishy smell from the ironing board as Erwin Greiter brings in another elephant fish.
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Laurie is our “Can Do King” of the month!
One of the challenges of beach fishing is that no two days are the same and you never know where the fish are going to fire. I started this particular weekend in early February at Conway but only managed a couple of crabs. The signs weren’t that flash, as the beach was littered with jellyfish and the dreaded blue bottles had made an appearance. Moving north, I settled on a spot near Kaikoura and was rewarded with a couple of nice gurnard and two doggies. The following morning I put the cooked prawns to good use, landing five nice moki – three of which I
released. Then to cap off a great weekend I got smoked by a Kaikoura kingy! It came close enough for me to see its yellow tail and green back, then departed with around 150m of my good mono!
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Coarse Fishing By Dave Dixon
Black Hole for Poles! Peg 38 at Lake Rotokahatu in Christchurch is developing a bit of a reputation as a fishing pole graveyard, with at least three instances of loss or damage to these expensive items of fishing kit this year. Poles are very different to ordinary fishing rods. They do not have rings and are not used with a reel. Instead they are made of 1-1.5m sections of tapered carbon fibre tube that fit together to extend to a full length of around 16m, although they can be fished at shorter lengths simply by using fewer sections. The top two or three sections are fitted with an internal elastic system to absorb the lunges of a hooked fish and surprising large specimens can be controlled in this way. To bring a hooked fish to the landing net, sections are removed from the bottom end and the fish drawn closer to the bank. This sounds cumbersome but modern
poles are incredibly light and manoeuvrable, making fishplaying effortless. The major advantage of using a pole rather than rod and line is that lighter floats can be used, giving more sensitive bite detection, and the tackle can be positioned and controlled with great accuracy exactly where you want it (within a 16m radius of course, longer distances still require tackle that can be cast with a rod and reel). So, returning to Peg 38, which is a very good fishing spot, the first mishap occurred when an angler failed to securely fit his third section into the fourth and watched in dismay as a good fish pulled the top kit off his pole and down into the watery depths, never to be seen again! Next was a mistake I made while hastily netting a fish, my number five section, which I’d removed and laid beside me, slid from the sloping bank into
the water, floated for a second then gracefully slid beneath the surface. Luckily, I was able to retrieve the section after a quick skinny dip! The latest episode occurred in a recent match when a local angler suffered the gut-wrenching experience of his number six section snapping completely in half as he played a fish. The top 5m of pole remained floating on the surface but gradually drifted beyond reach of the frantic fisherman. Not to be outdone, he quickly stripped off and swam out into the lake, grabbed the floating pole and turned towards the shore. At this stage he realised the fish was still attached to the line and pulling elastic from the end of the pole. Battling fish and a headwind, and unable to touch the bottom in 15ft of water, the angler was forced to let the pole go, and as he struggled back to dry land his expensive piece of kit submerged and disappeared from view. With great resolve, the angler set up a spare rod and continued to fish, but probably in the hope of snagging his lost pole rather than any fish!
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Heading to the River with your Sit-on-Top The end of summer and autumn can be a great time to do something different – exploring your local rivers in your fishing kayak. Many features that make sit-ontops so safe on the sea also make for a great kayak to use on the river. They do not take on water like a canoe or a sit-in kayak and they are user friendly. Here are a few tips for those who want to give the river a go. Find a Suitable River Any grade I or easy grade II river is a good place to start. The greatest hazard that you are likely to face when paddling easy grade rivers are trees that overhang the water and create a strainer. A strainer is something that allows water to flow through it, but is likely to trap a swimmer or a kayaker. Avoid rivers that contain numerous overhanging trees.
Also ensure that the river has enough water in it so that you do not have to constantly get out and walk the shallow sections. Use Correct Equipment When paddling on a river, a helmet is a must. Falling off your kayak and onto rocks will result in a decent bump to the head. There are specific kayak helmets available and these work in a different way to bike helmets. Do not use a bike helmet, as it will not protect you the way a kayak helmet will. Footwear is also essential. You can use specific watersports footwear: dive boots, sandals or a pair of running shoes. Wearing something on your feet will help to protect your feet when walking on the riverbed. Other than that you just need a paddle, a PFD and suitable clothing. Leave your paddle leash at home as these can be pretty unsafe on
the river. Technique There are some specific techniques required for paddling on the river, especially when paddling on rivers of Grade II and above difficulty. Check in with your local club, shop or kayak school to see if they offer a whitewater beginner course. Spot the Take Out Here is a helpful tip for paddling new rivers. Walk down to the take out and leave the flag that you use on the rear of your kayak during transport and tie it to a tree. That makes it much easier to spot the takeout and stops you from potentially paddling past it. Rivers are heaps of fun and floating down a river gives a different point of view to driving, riding or walking alongside one.
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From Sinker to Smoker By Ron Prestage
Carp Catching On The first land-based fishing I did recently in Florida was into freshwater ponds, an experience quite far removed from fishing into the West Coast surf! The ponds contained lots of large fish and this was especially evident every second day when the fish were fed handfuls of food pellets. They fair made the water boil as they raced around scoffing up the pellets. Using a worm and bread for bait I soon had quite an impressive silvery fish on the bank. Advice from one of the locals was that it was a grass carp, not good to eat and should be put back in the pond to carry on its good work of keeping the weeds down. However, subsequent study has revealed that grass carp are in fact considered good eating by many cultures and are a valuable component in some aquaculture and aquaponic operations. They are also used frequently to control aquatic plants. In the Nelson area we only have to go as far as the Gardens Of The World in Hope to find an aquaculture research and development enterprise based on grass and silver carp. This New Zealand LandBased Aquaculture business has also franchised a commercial enterprise in Appleby that produces lettuce, herbs and grass carp in a recirculated aquaculture system (RAS) that mixes aquaculture with hydroponics. Fish from this facility has been sold for waterway management and food, with grass carp aimed at being a favourite in the burgeoning Auckland Asian market. Grass carp are also known as white amur, a name derived from the Amur River on the Siberian-China border where the grass carp is a native species. They were introduced into New Zealand in 1966 because of their potential to control the growth of aquatic plants. They do not dig up the mud or compete with trout and native fish, like koi carp, rather they feed on floating vegetation. White bread tossed into the water and then a piece pinched on a hook floated on the surface is a good way to catch these herbivorous freshwater fish, which may become an important aquaculture species in New Zealand, helped by the increasing Asian population and influence. Grass carp in a RAS.
A pond-reared Florida grass carp.
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TIDES OF CHANGE By Poppa Mike
Did You Go Camping This Year? Or did you go into a camping ground with your microwave, electric frypan, electric jug, toaster, TV, fridge, freezer, hair dryer, stereo computer, ibook, and cellphone? If so – then please don’t call it camping. It is not! Camping is about getting away from all that stuff, out in the sun and fresh air, closer to nature and the basic elements of life. Last month’s snippets of camping life created a lot of interest. Here are a few feedbacks for you. “It can be great fun watching people getting undressed for bed with the light on when most modern tents have thin “see through” material and bright lanterns”. Turn out light first. “Don’t tie your clothes line from your tent to the car roofrack, it can be most embarrassing when you set off to town”. Tie it to something that is not going to move away. “Don’t wear flip flops when you go off to the toilet block at 2.00am, this only tells the whole camp that it is you going wees again”. Consider a porta pottie in your tent for nights, besides the door zip opening noise alone is enough to wake most neighbours, your flip flops just confirm it is you again! “Don’t sit your lantern or gas cooker too close to the edge of the tent, as this can cause you much distress, not to mention the risk to your neighbour camped about two feet away!” Always have a fire extinguisher handy. “Why do people spend so long working out where to site the tent, then never seem to agree?” Have a plan; maximum sun or maximum shade. “At the same time observe the personality types at work – the ‘jawbones’ giving the orders and the ‘backbones’ doing all the work”. Erecting your temporary home should be a family affair. “Try to avoid having your gas bottle inside the tent and turn it off when finished. LPG is heavier than air, spreads out on the ground and can be deadly toxic for those sleeping at ground level”. Consider a longer hose if necessary. And don’t forget to take along a pack of cards and a chess set.
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Mail your letters to Stick Your Oar In The Fishing Paper, PO Box 9001, Annesbrook, 7044, NELSON email: editor thefishingpaper.co.nz TFP Simply The Best Dear Ed, I have just moved from Oamaru to the best area for fishing in all NZ, Blenheim, and have just started to look for that boat to go fishing with the grandchildren. We always look forward to the paper each month, which has been a huge help in learning about this area and the wonderful opportunities it offers a keen fisho like me. Keep up the awesome work you all do to make this paper the best in the country. Kind Regards, Des Stewart A Thousand Thank Yous Dear Ed, Got the March issue – absolutely brilliant! A first class paper on something near and dear to my heart. Thank you, a thousand thank yous – keep up the good work. I have many back issues – good to look back on. Regards, Ian Suthey - North Island Great Read Crimpy, Just finished your book – great read. Really liked the tahr story… must be the characters in it! The epilogue brought a tear to my eye so well done and thanks. CM - Hamilton Even the Ladies are Loving It! Dear Crimpy, Just read ‘Something to Aim For’ and what a lovely surprise. I love the way you write, as it is not only entertaining but very funny as well. Even a ‘non-hunter’ like me can read and enjoy it. Thanks again, Sheila Preston - Tekapo Compliments to Ron Eddy Dear Ed, Ron Eddy’s excellent letter last issue on the myth of the possum pest was so true. I recall writing an article in the ‘NZ Weekly News’ about 1961 challenging the possum pest theory. I based it on the fact that an early explorer
William Colenso in 1843 found in the Ruahine Range, large landslips, dead fallen trees and shingle choked streambeds. Coilenso’s observations were at least 50 years before possums were established. What Colenso saw and recorded was natural erosion. Scientist Dr Patrick Grant confirmed it with research in the 1980s on the Ruahine Range. He said wild animals were not the cause of visible shingle slips and canopy dieback of the 1920s. What had caused it was cyclic climate change bringing storms and gales. Scientist Thane Riney gave the same viewpoint in his Fiordland study at Lake Monk in 1958. Deer and possums did no damage he said. Even in 1994 senior Landcare scientist Graham Nugent at a DoC workshop, dismissed the 70 million possum figure as fiction and then said even if there was that number, 70 million would eat only 15% of the daily foliage production. But the possum pest syndrome still continues in the minds of some mindless bureaucrats. There is no problem. Perhaps a nuisance locally but that’s it. Tony Orman (Abridged) Marlborough Catch & Release For Salmon? Dear Ed, The current salmon season could be at best described as challenging, with most who have put time in having some success. As usual, where those successes abound it usually due to the time spent on the river due to being retired, or independently wealthy or both, or just a social welfare client. Not one for seasonal limits, I do feel its time that those who are monopolizing the fishery take time to re-evaluate their situation. Yes, take enough to get through to the next season, but do you really need 30 - 40 fish? Bartering or giving away to those who don’t bother buying a licence should be the last thing on your mind. It cheapens the sport of salmon
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ThePink Page Pretty In Pink At the age of seven, Eva Johnson decided she’d seen enough of her mother appearing in The Fishing Paper with pictures of big fish, so she trucked off to the Pelorus Sound on a mission to bump mum from the pages. She caught her first snapper, which put her in the pink, and the smile says it all: “Move over Mum – there’s a new Pin Up Girl for the paper now!” Good on you Eva.
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Keeping Mum on Tuna By Troy Dando
Had my brother turn up from Australia and we decided it was time to take our 71-year-old mother for a spin up to d’Urville, as she hadn’t been into Port Hardy before and wanted to have a look around. Of course my boat doesn’t go anywhere without rods, so we decided to harvest some blue cod and have a crack at some tuna along the way. The cod played ball and our quota was soon landed, with some nice fish. We then turned our attention to tuna and went out wide to look for warmer water. We found a nice line of warmer currents and put the gear out, trolling towards Okiwi Bay. We were joined along the way by a pod of dolphins, one of which was pure white; an amazing sight to see carving up the waves. We spotted some birds in the distance and as we got closer there were more dolphins, gannets and seals going hard out in a feeding frenzy. It wasn’t long and we hooked up, with my bro landing the first tuna after it gave him a good fight. Next it was Mum’s turn and a mighty struggle for a small lady against a strong tuna. Mum did really well and got the fish to the boat where it was dispatched and put straight into a slurry of salt ice and water. We managed two fish each before calling it a day and heading home; a wicked trip to remember with a good feed at the end.
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Gorging on Slivers of Salmon By Graeme Detlaff
While I mostly sea fish these days and chase trout on the West Coast, I have got back into salmon fishing over the past couple of seasons. With none on the board for this season, a couple of mates – Phil and Tony – and I slipped the jetboat into the water not far past 4.00am and headed upstream.
We fished a-half-dozen holes or so, but never got a touch, even though we were changing lures frequently – until I loaded up on this nice salmon in the Rakaia Gorge. It was surprisingly fresh and had plenty of energy for being so far upstream and put up a good fight. The salmon took the 22g silver Zeddy on a number of runs before allowing me to get the upper hand. Judging by its condition and the low clear water, these fish are on the move. At nine pounds it should prove a tasty eater, so I transferred the catch to the wife’s department and await the outcome with enthusiasm.
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1 Tue 00:23 0.2 06:33 2.5 12:47 0.3 19:00 2.5 1 Tue 05:40 2.5 11:55 0.6 18:07 2.5 1 Tue 05:37 2.5 11:51 0.3 18:04 2.5 01:16 0.2 0.3 06:33 07:27 2.5 2.4 12:47 13:39 0.3 19:00 19:54 2.5 00:24 2.5 0.6 11:55 06:34 0.6 2.4 18:07 12:47 2.5 0.6 19:01 2.5 00:20 2.5 0.3 11:51 06:31 0.3 2.4 18:04 12:43 2.5 0.3 18:58 2.5 Wed 00:23 Wed 05:40 Wed 05:37 2 Tue 2 2 Tue 1 1 Tue 1 02:07 0.3 07:27 08:20 2.4 2.3 13:39 14:30 0.3 0.4 19:54 20:46 2.5 2.4 01:15 0.6 06:34 07:27 2.4 2.3 12:47 13:38 0.6 19:01 19:53 2.5 2.4 01:11 0.3 06:31 07:24 2.4 2.3 12:43 13:34 0.3 0.4 18:58 19:50 2.5 2.4 Thu 01:16 Thu 00:24 Thu 00:20 3 Wed 3 3 Wed 2 2 Wed 2 02:58 0.3 0.4 08:20 09:13 2.3 14:30 15:21 0.4 20:46 21:37 2.4 2.3 02:06 0.6 07:27 08:20 2.3 13:38 14:29 0.6 19:53 20:44 2.4 2.3 02:02 0.3 0.4 07:24 08:17 2.3 13:34 14:25 0.4 19:50 20:41 2.4 2.3 Fri Fri Fri 4 Thu 4 4 Thu 02:07 01:15 01:11 3 3 Thu 3 03:50 0.4 0.5 09:13 10:06 2.3 2.2 15:21 16:12 0.4 0.5 21:37 22:27 2.3 02:58 0.6 0.7 08:20 09:13 2.3 2.2 14:29 15:20 0.6 0.7 20:44 21:34 2.3 02:54 0.4 0.5 08:17 09:10 2.3 2.2 14:25 15:16 0.4 0.5 20:41 21:31 2.3 Sat 02:58 Sat 02:06 Sat 02:02 5 Fri 5 5 Fri 4 4 Fri 4 03:42 0.5 0.6 10:06 09:57 2.2 2.1 16:12 16:02 0.5 0.6 22:27 22:17 2.3 2.2 02:50 0.7 0.8 09:13 09:04 2.2 2.1 15:20 15:10 0.7 0.8 21:34 21:24 2.3 2.2 02:46 0.5 0.6 09:10 09:01 2.2 2.1 15:16 15:06 0.5 0.6 21:31 21:21 2.3 2.2 Sun 03:50 Sun 02:58 Sun 02:54 6 Sat 6 6 Sat 5 5 Sat 5 04:34 0.6 09:57 10:47 2.1 16:02 16:53 0.6 22:17 23:06 2.2 03:42 0.8 09:04 09:54 2.1 15:10 16:01 0.8 21:24 22:13 2.2 03:38 0.6 09:01 09:51 2.1 15:06 15:57 0.6 21:21 22:10 2.2 Mon 03:42 Mon 02:50 Mon 02:46 7 Sun 7 7 Sun 6 6 Sun 6 05:25 0.6 10:47 11:35 2.1 16:53 17:43 0.6 0.7 23:06 23:55 2.2 2.1 04:33 0.8 09:54 10:42 2.1 16:01 16:51 0.8 0.9 22:13 23:02 2.2 2.1 04:29 0.6 09:51 10:39 2.1 15:57 16:47 0.6 0.7 22:10 22:59 2.2 2.1 Tue 04:34 Tue 03:42 Tue 03:38 8 Mon 8 8 Mon 7 7 Mon 7 06:14 0.6 0.7 11:35 12:23 2.1 2.1 17:43 18:31 0.7 0.7 23:55 2.1 05:22 0.8 0.9 10:42 11:30 2.1 2.1 16:51 17:39 0.9 0.9 23:02 23:50 2.1 2.1 05:18 0.6 0.7 10:39 11:27 2.1 2.1 16:47 17:35 0.7 0.7 22:59 23:47 2.1 2.1 Wed 05:25 Wed 04:33 Wed 04:29 9 Tue 9 9 Tue 8 8 Tue 8 00:43 0.7 2.1 12:23 07:01 2.1 0.6 18:31 13:10 0.7 2.1 19:19 0.7 06:09 0.9 0.8 11:30 12:17 2.1 2.1 17:39 18:27 0.9 0.9 23:50 2.1 06:05 0.7 0.6 11:27 12:14 2.1 2.1 17:35 18:23 0.7 0.7 23:47 2.1 Thu 06:14 Thu 05:22 Thu 05:18 10 10 10 9 Wed 9 Wed 9 Wed 01:30 2.1 07:45 0.6 13:55 2.1 20:05 0.7 00:37 2.1 06:53 0.8 13:02 2.1 19:13 0.9 00:34 2.1 06:49 0.6 12:59 2.1 19:09 0.7 Fri Fri Fri 11 11 11 10 Thu 00:43 2.1 07:01 0.6 13:10 2.1 19:19 0.7 10 Thu 06:09 0.8 12:17 2.1 18:27 0.9 10 Thu 06:05 0.6 12:14 2.1 18:23 0.7 02:15 01:22 01:19 12 12 12 01:30 2.1 2.1 08:27 07:45 0.6 0.6 14:39 13:55 2.1 2.1 20:51 20:05 0.6 0.7 00:37 2.1 2.1 07:35 06:53 0.8 0.8 13:46 13:02 2.1 2.1 19:59 19:13 0.8 0.9 00:34 2.1 2.1 07:31 06:49 0.6 0.6 13:43 12:59 2.1 2.1 19:55 19:09 0.6 0.7 Fri Fri Fri 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 02:58 2.1 2.2 08:27 09:09 0.6 0.6 14:39 15:21 2.1 2.2 20:51 21:36 0.6 0.6 02:05 2.1 2.2 07:35 08:17 0.8 0.8 13:46 14:28 2.1 2.2 19:59 20:44 0.8 0.8 02:02 2.1 2.2 07:31 08:13 0.6 0.6 13:43 14:25 2.1 2.2 19:55 20:40 0.6 0.6 Sun 02:15 Sun 01:22 Sun 01:19 13 Sat 13 13 Sat 12 12 Sat 12 03:40 2.2 2.2 09:09 09:52 0.6 0.6 15:21 16:04 2.2 2.2 21:36 22:20 0.6 0.6 02:47 2.2 2.2 08:17 09:00 0.8 0.8 14:28 15:11 2.2 2.2 20:44 21:28 0.8 0.8 02:44 2.2 2.2 08:13 08:56 0.6 0.6 14:25 15:08 2.2 2.2 20:40 21:24 0.6 0.6 Mon 02:58 Mon 02:05 Mon 02:02 14 Sun 14 14 Sun 13 13 Sun 13 04:22 2.2 10:36 0.5 16:48 2.3 23:05 0.5 03:29 2.2 09:44 0.7 15:55 2.3 22:13 0.7 03:26 2.2 09:40 0.5 15:52 2.3 22:09 Tue Tue Tue 15 15 15 0.6 14 Mon 03:40 2.2 09:52 0.6 16:04 2.2 22:20 0.6 14 Mon 02:47 2.2 09:00 0.8 15:11 2.2 21:28 0.8 14 Mon 02:44 2.2 08:56 0.6 15:08 2.2 21:24 0.5 05:06 2.2 11:21 0.5 17:33 2.3 23:51 0.5 04:13 2.2 10:29 0.7 16:40 2.3 22:59 0.7 04:10 2.2 10:25 0.5 16:37 2.3 22:55 Wed Wed Wed 16 16 16 0.5 15 Tue 04:22 2.2 10:36 0.5 16:48 2.3 23:05 0.5 15 Tue 03:29 2.2 09:44 0.7 15:55 2.3 22:13 0.7 15 Tue 03:26 2.2 09:40 0.5 15:52 2.3 22:09 0.5 05:53 2.2 2.2 11:21 12:08 0.5 0.5 17:33 18:22 2.3 2.3 23:51 0.5 05:00 2.2 2.2 10:29 11:16 0.7 0.7 16:40 17:29 2.3 2.3 22:59 23:47 0.7 0.7 04:57 2.2 2.2 10:25 11:12 0.5 0.5 16:37 17:26 2.3 2.3 22:55 23:43 0.5 0.5 Thu 05:06 Thu 04:13 Thu 04:10 17 Wed 17 17 Wed 16 16 Wed 16 00:39 2.2 0.5 12:08 06:44 0.5 2.2 18:22 12:56 2.3 0.5 19:12 2.4 05:51 2.2 2.2 11:16 12:04 0.7 0.7 17:29 18:19 2.3 2.4 23:47 0.7 05:48 2.2 2.2 11:12 12:00 0.5 0.5 17:26 18:16 2.3 2.4 23:43 0.5 Fri Fri Fri 18 Thu 18 18 Thu 05:53 05:00 04:57 17 17 Thu 17 01:28 0.4 07:37 2.2 13:47 0.5 20:04 2.4 00:36 0.6 06:44 2.2 12:55 0.7 19:11 2.4 00:32 0.4 06:41 2.2 12:51 0.5 19:08 2.4 Sat Sat Sat 19 19 19 18 Fri 00:39 0.5 06:44 2.2 12:56 0.5 19:12 2.4 18 Fri 05:51 2.2 12:04 0.7 18:19 2.4 18 Fri 05:48 2.2 12:00 0.5 18:16 2.4 20 20 20 01:28 0.4 0.4 08:32 07:37 2.3 2.2 14:39 13:47 0.4 0.5 20:58 20:04 2.4 2.4 00:36 0.6 0.6 07:39 06:44 2.3 2.2 13:47 12:55 0.6 0.7 20:05 19:11 2.4 2.4 00:32 0.4 0.4 07:36 06:41 2.3 2.2 13:43 12:51 0.4 0.5 20:02 19:08 2.4 2.4 Sat 02:20 Sat 01:28 Sat 01:24 19 Sun 19 Sun 19 Sun 03:14 0.4 0.4 08:32 09:27 2.3 2.3 14:39 15:34 0.4 0.4 20:58 21:52 2.4 2.4 02:22 0.6 0.6 07:39 08:34 2.3 2.3 13:47 14:42 0.6 0.6 20:05 20:59 2.4 2.4 02:18 0.4 0.4 07:36 08:31 2.3 2.3 13:43 14:38 0.4 0.4 20:02 20:56 2.4 2.4 Mon 02:20 Mon 01:28 Mon 01:24 21 Sun 21 21 Sun 20 20 Sun 20 04:10 0.4 10:22 2.3 16:30 0.4 22:48 2.4 03:18 0.6 09:29 2.3 15:38 0.6 21:55 2.4 03:14 0.4 09:26 2.3 15:34 0.4 21:52 2.4 Tue 03:14 Tue 02:22 Tue 02:18 22 Mon 22 22 Mon 0.4 09:27 2.3 15:34 0.4 21:52 2.4 0.6 08:34 2.3 14:42 0.6 20:59 2.4 0.4 08:31 2.3 14:38 0.4 20:56 2.4 21 21 Mon 21 Wed 05:07 0.4 11:17 2.3 17:28 0.4 23:44 2.4 Wed 04:15 0.6 10:24 2.3 16:36 0.6 22:51 2.4 Wed 04:11 0.4 10:21 2.3 16:32 0.4 22:48 2.4 23 23 23 22 Tue 04:10 0.4 10:22 2.3 16:30 0.4 22:48 2.4 22 Tue 03:18 0.6 09:29 2.3 15:38 0.6 21:55 2.4 22 Tue 03:14 0.4 09:26 2.3 15:34 0.4 21:52 2.4 06:03 0.4 12:13 2.4 18:26 0.4 05:11 0.6 11:20 2.4 17:34 0.6 23:49 2.4 05:07 0.4 11:17 2.4 17:30 0.4 23:46 2.4 24 24 24 Wed 05:07 0.4 11:17 2.3 17:28 0.4 23:44 2.4 Wed 04:15 0.6 10:24 2.3 16:36 0.6 22:51 2.4 Wed 04:11 0.4 10:21 2.3 16:32 0.4 22:48 2.4 23 Thu 23 Thu 23 Thu 00:42 2.4 06:58 0.3 13:09 2.4 19:24 0.4 06:06 0.6 12:16 2.4 18:32 0.6 06:02 0.3 12:13 2.4 18:28 0.4 Fri Fri Fri 25 Thu 25 25 Thu 06:03 0.4 12:13 2.4 18:26 0.4 05:11 0.6 11:20 2.4 17:34 0.6 23:49 2.4 05:07 0.4 11:17 2.4 17:30 0.4 23:46 2.4 24 24 Thu 24 01:39 2.4 07:53 0.3 14:05 2.4 20:21 0.3 00:46 2.4 07:01 0.6 13:12 2.4 19:29 0.6 2.4 06:57 0.3 13:09 2.4 19:25 0.3 Sat Sat Sat 26 Fri 00:42 2.4 06:58 0.3 13:09 2.4 19:24 0.4 26 26 Fri 00:43 06:02 0.3 12:13 2.4 18:28 0.4 25 25 Fri 06:06 0.6 12:16 2.4 18:32 0.6 25 Sun 02:34 2.4 08:46 0.3 15:01 2.5 21:17 0.3 Sun 01:41 2.4 07:54 0.6 14:08 2.5 20:25 0.6 Sun 01:38 2.4 07:50 0.3 14:05 2.5 20:21 0.3 27 27 27 26 Sat 01:39 2.4 07:53 0.3 14:05 2.4 20:21 0.3 26 Sat 00:46 2.4 07:01 0.6 13:12 2.4 19:29 0.6 26 Sat 00:43 2.4 06:57 0.3 13:09 2.4 19:25 0.3 03:27 2.4 09:40 0.3 15:54 2.5 22:12 0.3 02:34 2.4 08:48 0.6 15:01 2.5 21:20 0.6 02:31 2.4 08:44 0.3 14:58 2.5 21:16 0.3 28 28 28 Sun 02:34 2.4 08:46 0.3 15:01 2.5 21:17 0.3 Sun 01:41 2.4 07:54 0.6 14:08 2.5 20:25 0.6 Sun 01:38 2.4 07:50 0.3 14:05 2.5 20:21 0.3 27 Mon 27 Mon 27 Mon 04:20 2.4 10:32 0.3 16:47 2.5 23:04 0.3 03:27 2.4 09:40 0.6 15:54 2.5 22:12 0.6 03:24 2.4 09:36 0.3 15:51 2.5 22:08 0.3 29 29 29 Mon 03:27 2.4 09:40 0.3 15:54 2.5 22:12 0.3 Mon 02:34 2.4 08:48 0.6 15:01 2.5 21:20 0.6 Mon 02:31 2.4 08:44 0.3 14:58 2.5 21:16 0.3 28 Tue 28 Tue 28 Tue Wed 05:11 2.4 11:24 0.3 17:38 2.5 23:55 0.4 Wed 04:18 2.4 10:32 0.6 16:45 2.5 23:03 0.6 Wed 04:15 2.4 10:28 0.3 16:42 2.5 22:59 0.4 30 30 30 29 Tue 04:20 2.4 10:32 0.3 16:47 2.5 23:04 0.3 29 Tue 03:27 2.4 09:40 0.6 15:54 2.5 22:12 0.6 29 Tue 03:24 2.4 09:36 0.3 15:51 2.5 22:08 0.3 05:11 2.4 11:24 0.3 17:38 Publishing 2.5 23:55 Ltd 0.4 www.ofu.co.nz 04:18 Tides 2.4 10:32 0.6 16:45 2.5 23:03 0.6 daily depth 04:15 2.4Higher 10:28 daily 0.3 depth 16:42 = 2.5 Weddata 30Tidal 30 Wed Note: 30 Wed supplied by OceanFun in chronological order. 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Salmon Fever By Ross Millichamp Self Published RRP $50
Reviewed by Daryl Crimp
Fishing Paper Famous in Florida St. Johns County Sheriff, Chuck Upalott, was snapped recently reading a copy of The Fishing Paper & New Zealand Hunting News while supposedly on duty in the state of Florida. The photo, captured by renowned celebrity Private Investigator, Henri ‘Irish Mick’ Prestage, is likely to be used as evidence in a Civil Suit lodged against Upalott by the advocacy group, People United to Stop Sheriffs Indulging in Extraneous Services. P.U.S.S.I.E.S spokesperson, Havanna Brown, said the group is tired of corruption in the Sheriff’s Office and is taking a stand to stop those elected to power abusing their position for personal gain. Upalott is accused of using the Sheriff’s car in an unlawful manner, namely by using the siren and flashing lights to get the jump on the annual Kissimmee’s Fishing Run and thereby getting the best spot. He also faces charges of framing a local alligator hunter and having him arrested for
poaching so he could fish his stand in the Big Toho Bass Tournament and it is alleged that he has been issuing free fishing licences to himself. Sheriff Chuck Upalott claims there is no substance to any of the claims, but is a smear campaign by local contender for his office, Vinnie ‘The Sting’ Waspisito. In fact, he said the whole thing is making him sick. Chuck said he takes his mind off this kind of unpleasant gutter politics by working on his fish farm, a gift from local moonshine kingpin, Al K. Hall, and reading The Fishing Paper & NZ Hunting News, which was a gift from a backpacker who might have been jaywalking. Chuck is impressed with the fishing to be had in New Zealand and plans a trip here next summer, by which time there should be enough funds in the ‘Sheriff’s Social Fund’. He said he plans to book through Mondo Travel.
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For those who have never caught a salmon or ventured to toss a ticer into the water, you have to understand that the fish is like no other: shrouded in an almost mystical aura, the salmon has the ability to turn rational men irrational, create fishing addictions more gripping than gambling or alcoholism, and captivate the imagination so that salmon anglers speak of it with hushed reverence. It is no wonder then that the sport deserves a ‘Bible’ and in 1997 that manifested itself as Salmon Fever by Ross Millichamp. The author claims that a lot has happened within the fishery since that book became a best seller, which has prompted an update and virtually a complete rewrite under the same title. Beautifully presented with pithy text amply supported by dozens of ‘mouth-watering’ photos, Salmon Fever is an absorbing read. This is not a once over lightly treatment, as Ross is well qualified, both on the knowledge and practical experience fronts, to expand on the intricacies of salmon fishing. The book is comprehensive, covering tackle, techniques, methodology, biology, fish behaviour and descriptions of the major salmon fisheries. The writing is insightful and authoritative, and a particular strength is Ross’s ability to talk the reader through the many potential situations a salmon angler may find himself in. The reasoning is sound and clearly a product of his brilliant observational ability, backed by a very strong science background. The result is a reference manual that is both an easy and absorbing read; it is so packed with tips, techniques, observations, experiences and lore that each re-read is bound to yield more salmon gems to the discerning reader. The narrative is ordered, fluent and nicely structured but laced with such valuable information as to be appealing to the novice through to most accomplished salmon angler. You can never learn it all, but Ross Millichamp has amassed enough collective knowledge and experience to be considered an authority on the subject. Highly recommended as an essential addition to the fishing library.
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Kaikoura Marine Management Bill After seven years of collaboration between iwi, commercial and recreational fishers, tourism and conservation groups, the Kaikoura Marine Management Bill has been drafted. The purpose of the bill is to provide measures to assist the preservation, protection and sustainable management of the coastal and marine environment and biological diversity within the Kaikoura marine environment. The bill is scheduled to go through a committee process when the public can have its say. It is hoped to have the protections and management tools in place by 2015. To address the pressure on the Kaikoura recreational fishery the following measures are being proposed in the bill: • Introduction of a daily limit on harvest of some seaweeds, such as bladder kelp • Prohibiting the take of red moki • Increasing minimum legal size limit for blue cod • A reduction in bag limits for shellfish such as pāua, pūpū, kina and cockle, and finfish such as blue cod, butterfish, sea perch, blue moki, kahawai, tarakihi, hapuku, bluenose,
Men on a
By Ian Bright Field Operations Manager Nelson Phone 0800 4 Poacher
school shark and rig. It is proposed retain the current six per day limit for rock lobster, but to introduce an aggregation limit of 18 rock lobster per fisher taken within the Kaikoura Marine Management Area. It is also proposed to introduce a requirement that recreationally caught rock lobster must be telson clipped. This is a process where once the fisher has established that the rock lobster can be lawfully taken, a portion of the tail fan must be clipped by the fisher to show that the rock lobster has been taken recreationally. This will assist fishery officers to later determine if any rock lobster offered for sale has been taken recreationally. It is also proposed to restrict public access to the Ōhau Point New Zealand fur seal colony by deeming a portion of the shoreline and inter-tidal seal habitat a legal sanctuary. The seals in the restricted area would still be able to be observed from the existing viewing area but it would be unlawful to enter upon the area of Ohau Point either from the land or sea. The proposed restrictions would improve compliance and enforcement in cases where the seals are harassed by humans. The colony
would be legally protected but the public would still be allowed to view the fur seals at Ōhau from a safe distance. Mātaitai Reserves Three mātaitai reserves to protect the traditional food gathering areas at Mangamaunu, Mussel Rock and Oaro are proposed. In mātaitai reserves, recreational and customary fishing is permitted but commercial fishing is prohibited. Taiāpure fisheries Two taiāpure fisheries are proposed to protect the traditional food gathering areas around the Kaikōura Peninsula and Oaro / Haumuri. Fishing for recreational and commercial purposes can continue in taiāpure fisheries. The taiāpure allows Kaitiaki to recommend the making of regulations in respect of the taiāpure. The mātaitai reserves and taiāpure fisheries would not affect public access to the beach or marine environment. Further detail on the proposals can be found at www.doc.govt.nz/kaikoura-marine.
SPECIALS for April
SPEIGHTS, SPEIGHTS SUMMIT, WAIKATO & LION RED 24 PACK BOTTLES
Fitzy breastfeeds a small Coast groper.
Story STEINLAGER PURE
12 PACK BOTTLES
By Ryan Fitzmaurice
Another amazing Greymouth day… what more could a man dream of? Clear blue skies, calm blue waters and Lazza ringing to say the magic words, “Fitzy - Let’s go fishing!” And that’s exactly what we did! We fuelled up the Rough’ e ‘Nough and, with Lazza at the helm and Hilly and I sorting the gear, it’s ‘off we go – look out fish here we come.’ The bar was flat, conditions perfect, as we headed south to Lazza’s secret spot (can’t tell you where tho’ or we’d have to shoot ya). Oh what a day! We let our lines down and within seconds Hilly scores a blue nose! I’m up next with a jock stewart – bugger! We dropped on the mark again and I get a good size groper. Not long after we hooked two and three fish on the same line, and that’s only the start. The pics say it all really - take a look for yourself!
18 PACK BOTTLES
$ And they just kept coming.
15 PACK BOTTLES
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I never fished with Francis. Naturally he had his favoured spots and it’s understandable he might have been somewhat reluctant to share locations. One was a place only reached after heavy rain, so I guessed it might have been a remote swampy area that I knew about, but had never ventured into. I decided to go in for a look once lake levels rose following the next (rare) dumping of rain. We eventually had a bit of a tip down and I was able to get the Osprey over all the dead logs in the willow cemetery (thanks DoC) and into this less fished area. Interesting place – only the tallest vegetation showed above water level, so looking down through the clear depths to see the tops of bushes seemed surreal. First thought was, ‘When I get a fish on there’ll be snags everywhere,’ and, naturally, that happened in short order.
There seemed to be fish all over the place – some with fins gently slicing the surface as they fossicked amongst the foliage. I lifted the ‘Yammy’ and rowed to a suitable spot then drifted down the light wind, casting a well-chewed Mrs… nah, best not tell you about the ‘lady in red!’ The fish all took quietly as if there was no hurry, just a slight resistance to make their presence felt. The first one performed like this until some pressure was exerted, after which it went to town on the rapid transit system. Only made one stop and that was at one of those sub aquatic bushes! Black Swan, plus various duck that called the place home, lifted off with a rapid splatter of wings and webbed feet, forming great formations as the marauding Osprey got closer. A memorable sight – it’s not always just about the fishing!
During the day, my mind frequently went back to the wonderful bloke who had once fished these waters memories of times together at Tai Poutini Polytechic, his support to me as a new staff member, his understanding and fairness towards students, that deep rumbling voice describing a purple patch on the salmon down south, the dollars winkled out of us for raffles in support of his favourite community cause, and I also recalled the faithful love from his sister who was constantly by his side, both in and out of hospital. Huge numbers finally attending his funeral demonstrated the esteem held for this much loved friend, workmate and fisherman. Myriads of thoughts about a tremendous guy swirled while I searched for trout in the clear depths. I’m fairly sure I heard a deep voice say, “How did you find my secret spot – don’t think I ever told you about it did I?” Maybe, just maybe, I’d finally gone fishing with Fran.
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By Dave Duncan
Life Jacket Safety
It is always valuable to learn from someone else’s experience so without their permission I thought I would share these stories with you and hopefully they will lead to your safety or survival: Recently I was inspecting some inflatable lifejackets prior to a yacht race and was surprised to see that at least 4 out of 5 gas bottles inside the inflatable jackets had suffered corrosion. I know that in one instance an owner admitted that one day he needed his lifejacket to operate, only for nothing to happen. Imagine the sinking feeling, pardon the pun. Later inspection of the jacket and bottle (fortunately he survived not sank) showed the corrosion had created a pin hole in the top of the gas bottle and the gas had all leaked out. $25.00 later, after installing a new bottle himself, the lifejacket worked fine. How do you check? Well most inflatable jackets are held together by Velcro around the seams and the bottle tucked inside. Simply peel back the Velcro on the left hand side usually and the gas bottle will be there in a small pocket. Check the bottle for corrosion, check that it is finger tight ( don’t over tighten ). If all is well simply secure the Velcro again. If the bottle requires replacing, the supplier of the jacket should be able to get you a replacement bottle. You should always check the jacket for wear and tear. Please do not hesitate to contact your lifejacket supplier should you have any doubts. This is worth doing every two years for the life of the jacket.
What would you do if your engine caught fire? Recently a close friend saw smoke coming from his 150hp outboard. He only just managed to prevent his mates from taking the top cover off to look more closely. Fires need oxygen, a sudden rush of oxygen causes explosions. Explosions love fuel tanks and gas bottles. Mmmmm fuel tanks and gas bottles. Are yours protected or insulated in any way from fire? On my boat I have a small hole into which I empty a whole extinguisher and I know I will have smothered my engine. What do you do? Where are your fire extinguishers, can you reach them from the cockpit or do you have to go below, into that smoke filled environment, to get them? If you can reach the fire extinguisher can you use it effectively on a fire without having to go into the smoke? Remember smoke kills. What’s in your first aid kit? Are your flares up to date? In a recent flare demonstration of expired flares I am guessing that only 20 percent of them performed as expected. It is also likely that the older the flares were the less likely they were to work well. Do you know how to recover a man overboard – what’s the best approach, how do you get him back on board? If you haven’t tried this before think about your fully clothed friend suddenly weighing three times as much as he usually does and unable to help himself due to cold, shock or injury. Enjoy your boating – think safety this season.
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36 The fishing Paper - april 2014
Victory for the Hardman of Huia
Spearfishing With Mark Roden
By James Cameron
Good Weather, Warm Water, Lots of Fish! Late summer seems to provide us with the most settled weather, also the warmest water, and the most fish, so you don’t need to be a brain surgeon to figure out that late summer is the best time of the year to go spearfishing. It’s also the time that a lot of reef fish are spawning, there are clouds of baitfish swimming in the open and the weedlines are chocka with millions of little spotties. The baitfish attract jack mackerel and kahawai and of course kingfish; lots of action along out
Boulder Bank at the moment. Along the weedlines, this is the time of year to pick up a john dory or even a giant boarfish. You never know when you are going to see a jd: Nigel Bethwaite was looking for tarakihi off Whangamoa Head, a spot that we have all dived dozens of time, when this big boy just appeared. A fantastic fish and one that Nigel has been waiting a few years to tick off his bucket list. Nigel with one of the tastiest fish in the sea.
John Greenhough (left) and the Hardman of Huia hoist the spoils.
Bevan likes to win fights. The self styled ‘Hardman of Huia’ has been the victor of quite a number of altercations. Bevan learnt, and is known to ply, this trade on the rugby field and has more recently honed his skills in the boxing ring, further hardening the resolve of the man - albeit greying the exterior.
on the Saturday morning, we’d probably be sailing. Bevan jabbed, hooked and defended his way into the purchase and noon saw us nosing out The Cut - the freshly minted skipper, grinning at the wheel. The fishing went well that day. Somewhere in the middle of Tasman Bay, we found the warm blue currents and dispatched the pattern of jet head lures, bright yellow proving the colour to tow. Nine albacore were hooked - seven landed. In between tuna, rat kingfish provided moments of panic and a good tussle on my light gear - with Bevan’s marlin gear and 130lb mono registering an
So when I learnt that the words of his patient, finer half on the Friday went something like, “He’s not allowed to buy that bloody boat - I don’t care how cheap it is,” Bevan stepped up to the fighting talk in her instructions and I started to get my tuna gear ready. I figured
impressive 0.0007 degree flex on one of the larger fish of the day - after at least a 20 minute 9 knot tow about the bay before the first click of the ratchet sounded. Silly fish should have known better than to pick a fight with Bevan. Brotherin-law John, although lost without his usual 12v tackle, nevertheless managed to find some composure and landed a couple also. I don’t know how Bevan’s aftermatch function panned out when he got home later on the Saturday. I presume he won the fight and gets to keep the boat because he is already planning the next trip.
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