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Word was out that the snapper were running and plenty were getting caught. I think what they meant was there are 50 million spiny dogs available for anyone who wants them and the occasional good snapper. So I picked the first good day of weather on Metvuw. and sorted a few guys from work to all pull a communal sickie (Pays to always take the boss on these trips)!    An early start was apparently the key to success so we departed Havelock by 6.00am and fished numerous bays down the Pelorus Sound, including time around the mussel

harvesters. All spots produced excellent numbers of K9’s. With frustration levels mounting, we persisted and it wasn’t until 2.00pm that we finally got this big snapper on a flasher rig and a piece of barracouta, which was ironic seeing as though we had straylined whole pillies and squid all day.   We did hook another fish that must have been a similar size judging by the big heavy runs; was all going well until the hook snapped! Still, one twenty pounder for the day more than compensated.










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The Long Weight Snapper

Insurance Policy Nets Snapper

By Chris McMurtrie

By the middle of last month there was plenty of hype going around about snapper being caught, so I ventured out to a favourite location in the Marlborough Sounds to see what we could catch. However, strong winds thwarted our early attempts so we looked for new ground. They say perseverance pays off so we got busy laying a steady berley trail in an area of strong current and then it was just a matter of playing the waiting game. I’m pleased we did, because we were in for a long wait but at the end of it, this big old moocher came by and took my offering. It measured 850mm and weighed 23.9lb. In hindsight, it was a good thing that the wind was up.

By Brian Fensom

Targeting spring snapper can be a bit of a lotto: last year very few took the rod and most were caught on set lines, whereas this year, heaps of fishers have enjoyed success on the rods. At this time of year snapper are schooling prior to spawning, hence their erratic behaviour. Soaking a setline while you target snapper on the rod can be a good insurance policy, but it is also a

good way of prospecting – finding where they are feeding. In Tasman Bay, the most productive area has been around the 20m line. Choosing a spot is random but I like to look for changes in contour as it alters current flow, or areas where there is foul or some kind of structure. Vary your baits: squid, fresh kahawai, couta, salted trevally and mullet.

People are much more conscious these days of managing our resource and there is a move afoot to release big breeding stock, so we are conscious of this when using setlines. We endeavour to get out early in the morning so we can do a set of one to one-and-a-half hours. Any big fish will still be fresh and able to be released if so desired, and if we get bugger all, there is time to relocate and do another set.

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Slender Chance for a Tuna Snapper

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Simon with the monster snapper that put him to the test.

By Simon Barrett

Neil with his surprise catch a slender tuna in winter. By Neil Fraser

perch and a bluenose, so I headed back for three days in July, because the groper had eluded me and I was determined to rectify that. I missed again on the groper, but hooked and landed a 75cm slender tuna! I knew they were around in February/ March, but July? What a great place Kaikoura is. Still no groper though, oh well, will have to go back.

I reckon Kaikoura’s an amazing place. Back in April, I lost a cray pot on the last day of the week we were there. Then I got a phone call on 4 June from a commercial cray fisherman who had picked it in Island Bay on the Wellington Coast! I forgot to ask him if there were any crays in it. Who would have believed it? On that early trip, we caught ling, blue cod,


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A Bruiser for Bradley Bryant My son, Bradley Bryant, lives with his dad in the Rai Valley, but he loves coming home to Nelson for the weekends and it’s not because of my home baking. Bradley loves his fishing and gets out at every opportunity. Over Labour Weekend, Bradley teamed up with his stepdad and me to venture into the very crowded Tasman Bay in search of snapper. Word was out that there were plenty about and some big ones too. We headed out to the now famous 20m mark and were fishing by the time the day fully woke up. Bradley is 13 and had enjoyed reasonable success on snapper in the past, but he was unprepared for the surprise he got when his rod thumped over at 6.30am. A bucking rod tip suggested snapper and judging by the bend in the pole, it was a beauty. Bradley had been using a baited flasher rig and was now enjoying the fight of his life. He was absolutely stoked when he finally got the fish on board – a 24.7lb monster. And he did so well to catch it on the rod.

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Towards the end of November I headed out from Nelson’s Cut and proceeded until I hit 18m, straight in front of the port. The mission was to hook into some of the huge snapper that had been falling victim to some of the hundreds of fishermen littering the bay. It’s like Piccadilly Circus out there at the weekend, so I snuck out mid-week. Despite all of my efforts with heavier gear and bigger baits in the water, this fish, which was 25 pound when landed, insisted on taking the smallest rod with the lightest nylon and the smallest bait. After a 25 minute battle of battling a supposed shark up to the surface without breaking the flimsy nylon, I was stunned to land this monster! 

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By Steve Claxton (Remax Elite)

Pete Oswell and I decided to check out some coastal property by boat. We had a couple of hours spare so got up at the crack of dawn (8.00 am) and were in the water by 9.30am. It was then off to set the line at a well known 20m spot, where we made a few business calls. An hour later we started pulling in the setline and were hopeful, as there appeared to be a little weight on the line. The first sight of colour

looked promising and we were staggered to land an 8 kilo fish. With more weight on the line, up came another - this one close to 11 kilo. We didn’t think it could get any better but the action wasn’t over yet. Acouple of 3 kilo fish and a gurnard followed, which made the neighbours were very happy. We were back in by midday, business calls done: another brilliant day on the bay.

A Fisher Family By Claire Hutton

My husband is a little addicted to fishing! Over the past couple of years he has hooked (pardon the pun) both Sarah and, more recently, Jorja into this time consuming yet ultimately, if you’re lucky, rewarding outdoor activity. I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about. We heard through the grapevine about good salmon fishing up in Twizel. Grant finally had some weekends off so we thought a family trip was in order. We spent a night in Twizel then got up at the crack of dawn, as you do, to get to the spot. It was packed! For me, an inexperienced fisherperson, watching others including my brother-in-law and my nephew reel in fish quickly while I was getting nothing, was exceptionally frustrating. Day two wasn’t much better. We came home

Pete Oswell with a brace of big snapper.

with two each for Grant and Jorja - for the whole weekend. Not exactly the fishing trip of a lifetime! We decided to give it another go - day trip this time. Again, watching others reel in fish after fish frustrated me, so I went off to see the sights. When I came back, Grant insisted I have another shot, as he and Jorja had already caught their bag limit for the day. And I’m glad I did. I caught the first salmon I have caught for about 15 years! Not long after, I caught another. They certainly won’t get into the record books but I now have a taste of the excitement fishing can bring, and it was a great time to spend with family - cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, husbands and wives all fishing alongside each other. (Courtesy Tautuku Fishing Club Dunedin & Haast Inc Monthly Newsletter - the LURE!)

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WINGFISHing to a Beach Near You


Greg Gilbert struggles to get his laughing gear around this fillet.

By Tim Harley

Fiordland, suggesting the species is pelagic as well as bottom dwelling. The wingfish is similar in appearance to its cousin, the fanfish, but easily distinguished because the dorsal fin starts in front of the eye, the body is slimmer and metallic silver, and the fins are a vivid violet/blue with turquoise spots. Fanfish tend to be bronze in colour, have the dorsal fin further back and are more rotund. Nobody is sure of the role of the large fins, with speculation suggesting a mating tool much like a peacock’s wing, or more likely, used to frighten predators. When the fins are quickly erected, it gives the dramatic appearance of a much bigger fish. (Information courtesy of Te Papa).

On the Saturday morning of Labour Weekend my wife, Mary, found this unusual fish in ankle deep water on the beach of Cherry Tree Bay in the south west corner of Catherine Cove, d’Urville Island. It was floating, apparently dead, but had some tremor left in its fins. We measured and photographed the fish before putting into the freezer, on a tray, and sealed between two sheets of Glad Wrap. The length from mid-tail to nose was 34cm and the depth with fins extended was around 29cm. We were surprised, as it was not a fish we knew and quickly found that all but one of our learned books had no reference that seemed to fit. However a book by Sheila Natusch had a tiny sketch of a ‘batfish’ and noted the scientific name which led us down the path to confirm it probably was Pteraclis velifera, discover it was somewhat rare and to offer to arrange for delivery of the find to Te Papa in due course. We contacted Andrew Stewart at Te Papa, who was most helpful and confirmed that it was a wingfish, belonging to the pomfret family. Local fishers may be familiar with its more common cousin, rays bream. Wingfish are more slender than other pomfrets, but little is known about them. Beach cast specimens have been found in Golden Bay, French Pass, north of Cook Strait and some have been taken in northern waters in bottom trawls at 400 – 800m. However, wingfish have also been caught on tuna longlines in

New Boat Old Tricks By Mark Quinn

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Were going to go to the lakes for the opening but decided to avoid the crowds and went to Kaikoura with Andrew Hiku, Greg Terras, Greg’s partner and Alison. After getting a few skate and red cod, I cast out a large kahawai bait, which was taken shortly after by this magnificent 54lb greyboy (school shark). After a short but scrappy fight, it was on the beach and posing for photos. After thinking how much food was on this fish, I made sure my friends went home with a good feed each and subsequent reports indicated it tasted good. Alison and I can confirm this, as we ate it alongside of red cod. We finished off a good day by catching dozens and dozens of kahawai, only keeping six for friends and bait!







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Good Will Hunting

Captain’s Log: Beam me up spotty You Can Change Those Tired Eyes

I remember as a kid going to friend’s places to stay over. If they lived close – under ten miles – I’d have to bike and ring Mum to let her know I’d arrived safely. Those were the days of the party line and more often than not I’d get caught up yakking to Val Griffiths on the exchange about possuming and he’d forget to put me through. They were weekend sabbaticals of high adventure, long warm days of buzzing dragonflies and burbling water, slippery eels and vicious biting freshwater crayfish that ended up as lunch over a willow-fuelled fire on Huckleberry Finn’s island in the middle of the Tadmor River. The circle has turned and now it’s Daniel and Anna heading off to friends’ houses for sleepovers. Both kids have a neat set of friends that are a pleasure to have around, and of course they come and stay on a regular basis – especially if fishing is on offer. Daniel has a good friend who is the Huckleberry Finn of Hope. Of course, he goes to school under the name of Campbell King but his real name is Smiley. Smiley is cheerful, exuberant, adventurous and a great mate to Daniel. They love fishing, be it off the wharf, off the shore or from a boat. They really love going to the bach at Cissy Bay, because they get up in the dark, breakfast themselves and disappear for a whole day and half a night as they chase mullet, kahawai, snapper, crabs and set the bait net. They always come home tired and hungry, and sneak off to bed without a shower so that their bedroom smells like a fish factory in summer. Once we all went around to Kettle Point and cooked mullet and kahawai over an open fire. We tied them to a stick with flax and smoke-roasted them over a fire

as night wrapped us in a blanket and the stars smiled upon us approvingly. The boys went to bed contented that night and when I looked into their eyes I realised they’d been naughty and stolen a few stars as keepsakes. Their sleeping bags smelt of an old smokehouse on the wharf. Sometimes being a parent is easy: you just have to remember to create opportunities

By Daryl Crimp

for kids to be kids. It’s nice too, because you get to be a kid all over again and you realise that life through their eyes is a many splendored thing. It’s sad that adult eyes grow tired with age, but thank God for all our little Huckleberry Finns. This is a picture of Smiley. I kind of like it because it is the only one I have of him where he’s caught between smiles.

Young Will Horncastle loves adventure, especially when it involves holidaying and Grandad Tom’s bach at Little Wanganui, on the West Coast. The idyllic little settlement south of Karamea is an outdoor adventure playground, with plenty to keep eager kids amused. After a successful night of rabbit shooting, the kids decided to try their hand at eeling at a secret location in a nearby lake. Will tied a rabbit to a piece of string and lobbed it into the lake. This monster eel latched on and it took all his might to haul it ashore. They caught more big fat eels, but released them. Will is pictured here with his gillie, dad Rhys Horncastle.

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Just Add Opportunity By Jamie Diamond

I arrived at Cone Hut near the Tauherenikau River in the Tararuas. My flatmate had been there the day before and I was due to meet him at 5pm, but I arrived at 3pm and he was away. I thought to pass the time I would have a bit of a look around, having not been to that area before. I wasn’t expecting to see anything and was planning to hunt at dusk but took my gun and other gear anyway. I stalked up a shallow rise near the river and found a heap of sign and game trails. Seemed like a good spot but I had the wind at my back, so I decided I would keep heading higher then turn and make my way slowly back to the river. As I was making my way up I heard a creek and saw there was light ahead and what looked like a bit of a high point to look around. Sure enough there was a steep drop off to the creek and a good view of the area, and as I got closer to the edge there she was right in front of me. It all happened pretty quickly after that. I closed the bolt and pulled the trigger. The deer sat for a moment not moving, making me wonder if somehow I had missed, even though the range was less than 10m. Then she made a halfhearted attempt to run before flopping down in to the creek dead as a doornail. Pretty amazing to get something within 20 minutes of arriving in the area after many all day trips with no success. Just shows you have to have the luck sometimes. My flatmate was gutted since he was in the mountains for two days and got nothing! The gun I’m using is a Tikka T3 light, 7mm-08 calibre.





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Pitt Island

Double By Daryl Crimp

We idled the bikes out to a prominent point and took in the rugged beauty of the west coast of Pitt Island. Long fingered ridgelines had had their noses amputated by the brutal force of nature and dropped sheer into the sea, which was restless and obviously possessed a sickly liver. In the distance a prominent peninsula pointed a finger at Mangare Island, sanctuary to the Chatham Island robin, and I felt anticipation quickening.

“Oh shit!” Brent vented as I pulled abreast on my bike. He was scratching his head and looking out over a vast tract of land that culminated in the peninsula. “The main flock has been spooked – I just hope they haven’t run out onto the peninsula, otherwise we’re buggered!” It transpired that a local farmer had been ahead of us and put the sheep to flight. The peninsula was easily accessible to the sheep and broke out into a huge billiard table like plateau that sloped gently toward the sea on two sides. It was accessed via a ridgeback neck that crumbled on both sides to steep cliffs that fed the jagged rocks of the beach below. To all intents and purposes, once the sheep were out there, it was a haven that kept them out of our reach. We continued over another rise so we could scan the main feed area, which still accommodated a couple of dozen animals that had not bothered to flee with the rest. Brent immediately dropped to a crouch and lizard-crawled down to a small copse of windtwisted trees. Daniel and I followed suit and were soon crouched behind a fallen trunk, peering at a group of bachelor rams some 200m away on a ridge opposite us. They were stretched out in a line, with three sitting and chewing their cud, while the two standing appeared to be asleep on their feet. Brent and I studied them for quarter of an hour, but couldn’t determine whether the front or back animal was the best trophy potential. I had failed to bring my spotting scope, thinking I wouldn’t need it and trying to keep weight down, and how I was about to rue that decision. “Take the back one,” Brent instructed after considerable deliberation. I was reluctant to shoot this early in the hunt, but as the trip was, in part, a promotional one and in light of the fact that the main mob had been spooked, we figured a sheep on the ground was desirable at this stage. Added to this conundrum – it would be difficult to get past this bachelor group to look over the few

remaining sheep and in all likelihood, we’d end up putting the lot to flight. The muted sound of the shot was followed seconds later by the returning ‘thwock’ of a hit, but the ram didn’t drop immediately. While they are light framed, these merinos carry heavy fleeces that are full of dust and dirt and water vapour, which can hamper a bullet if you catch them at a certain angle. The second shot I placed slightly higher on the shoulder and the ram’s legs immediately buckled as the animal faltered and staggered downhill, before upending and dying. The others milled about in confusion and only began to make off once they saw the three of us descending upon them. The ram was middle-aged and had impressive weight to his horns but one side was broken at the tip – a flaw we’d both failed to notice without the aid of a good spotting scope. The remaining four rams were now making their way toward the peninsula and Brent suggested I take the better of the quartet, as he certainly carried an even spread, so I slipped in beside a twisted tree and sent a messenger of death on its way. The heavily coated old campaigner dropped and commenced rolling down the steep hill

face and looked like it was going to plummet off the cliff and be dashed on the rocks hundreds of feet below. With each revolution it slowed until it looked like it was caught in treacle and we each stood tense and held our breaths as if watching a prize fighter struggling to rise at the count - absurd. Ultimately, a deep-rutted sheep track arrested its fall and we sidled round to inspect the head. It was an old animal and its face bore the scars of a hard life. The horns were heavy and gnarly, and broomed at both ends but symmetrical. As the head skin was unattractive, I decided to take the head for a skull mount so we removed it and headed back to cape out the first animal. Daniel was quietly chuckling to himself so I fell into the trap of asking what was tickling his fancy. “ Call yourself a trophy hunter,” he quipped, “I’ve shot a better head than you and I’m only nine!” That was incentive enough to plan one more hunt. For info on visiting Chatham Islands contact: Brent & Bernie Mallinson Phone: 64 3 3050212 or visit

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Making the Most of a Day Out By Malcolm Halstead


BOOK REVIEW Shelter from the Storm

The story of New Zealand’s backcountry huts By Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint

Published by Craig Potton RRP $79.99

Book review by Liam Butler

I recently took possession of a section in South Bay, Kaikoura, and would finally be able to fulfil a dream of having a base for my outdoor pursuits. Hunting and fishing of course. While waiting for the building consent to come through I busied myself with building a shed to put on the section. Once complete I got hold of a trailer to transport the structure to its resting place in South Bay. My son Jack and his mate Daniel agreed to give me hand with the delivery as long as I took them for a hunt afterwards which was fair enough by me. So at 6.00am one Saturday morning we headed north, albeit at a sedate 80km per hour, towing the trailer with the shed on board. Timing was perfect as we arrived at 8.00am and just like clockwork the shed was unloaded and put in position. Tools were put into action, the roof was put on, and the shed secured. Forty minutes after arriving we were off to a local DoC block to chase some goats. The day as very cold but as no rain was predicted we were confident of seeing some game. Five minutes after leaving the truck we came across a nanny and yearling. Unfortunately they had seen us and were making good progress towards some scrub. They were however not fast enough, as Jack accounted for the yearling with his Sako .243. We all agreed this was a good start. Another half an hour later and Jack located a mob of four in the creek bed we were walking up. As Daniel had only shot one goat in the past we agreed he was to have first shot. I held back and put the video camera into action while the boys got closer. At the first shot a billy dropped on


the spot. The others took off not allowing any more shots which was fine by us as Daniel had secured his second ever goat. As I got close to where the boys were I noticed another billy coming back towards us. A quick hiss at Jack got his attention and once more the Sako did the job. As our dogs at home were getting a bit light on tucker we were taking the back legs off as many goats as we could carry. With the four back legs in my pack we headed further into the hills. The next one up was a lone nanny which I thought would be good for me to shoot with my .223 but because I was a bit slow getting organised Jack beat me to the draw with the trusty Sako. After threatening to remove his bolt he readily agreed to letting Daniel and myself have the next few shots. He did however mutter something about dad getting a bit old and slow! Throughout the day we came across a few small mobs here and there and true to his word Jack let the rest of us do the shooting for a while. The end result was fifteen kills for the day and packs bulging with dog tucker. Daniel had lifted his tally to five which he was stoked at. At home Jack cooked a couple of legs for dinner in the crockpot and they were delicious. Lucky dogs I say. So in one 12 hour session we had driven for six hours, delivered a shed, put a roof on, shot fifteen goats and got home in time to watch the All Blacks win another test match. I hope to not have such hectic days once our base in South Bay is complete!


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Shelter from the Storm has been three years in the making. It covers 90 huts, 200 years of history and the hunters and hikers that have used them. This book is the heavyweight champion of New Zealand’s huts with its imposing 250 x 310 mm size and 2.72 kg weight. There are about one thousand huts throughout the New Zealand outback and this book explains why they were built in the first place and how hard it was to construct them.   Lugging timber on one’s back has never been a leisurely pursuit but in 1945 CMC members did just that.  Tramping 10 kilometre laps up the White Valley with an altitude climb of 650 metres these hardy volunteers built the Barker Memorial Hut in order to keep people safe and sometimes warm.   Diverse designs and materials including canvas, timber and iron clad our back country huts.  Designs born of necessity are showcased alongside more durable, ecologically friendly huts.   A hut in the woods would not be of interest to anyone if it was not for the fact that they have provided a chance for sleep, shelter and socialisation.   The photos and the prose in this book are an apt tribute to our back country huts and the people whose selfless efforts built them. It would have been good to learn how the authors think that the huts can be developed to meet the growing demand for people who are heading for our hills.  

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14 new zealand hunting news The grass and scattered scrub, so high and thick, is dripping wet with heavy dew. We’re soon saturated to the skin. Behind us we leave a trail, a trail of trampled grass now devoid of its coat of silvery moisture. I can see it stretching back towards the truck. Nothing else has left a similar trail. No other big game has been here this morning. No wild pigs have been here this morning. Nor this week. Maybe not even this month. No trails, no digging, no dung, no dead-things devoured or day-beds of dry vegetation.

We sidle, hunting the west-facing gullies. We crest the mighty ridge and sidle in the opposite direction, hunting the east-facing gullies. Three hours of slog and the sun, now a full-blown fireball, dominates the cloudless sky. It steams us, wilts us. My sweat flows freely but my fountain of enthusiasm is running dry. Do I persist in seeking out the lonely porker that hides some-weewhere? Or do I admit that my girls couldn’t find a bun in a bakery, let alone a free-range pig in ten thousand hectares.

Finally - A Two Hundred Pounder By Kim Swan

It’s one of those dawns that make it worth the 4.00am start. One of those places that make it worth the 80-minute drive. And we’re all happy to be here, all up for whatever this glorious day may bring. The four of us are a balanced team as far as pig hunting goes - two lean and keen bitches, Fern and Bev, and two portly senior bitches, Gin and I. Ahead of us is a hill, a long ridge that rears up out of the river with barely a pause for alluvial flat. A ridge that wends its way south from here till the Awatere Valley - where it doglegs west and continues ever onwards into the wild blue yonder. On either side of the ridge there are substantial faces of knee high grass, charred matagouri and bony rock outcrops. Somewhere, some-wee-where in the ten thousand hectares between the river and the back boundary there are wild pigs. Not many, but enough. On a day like today, with a team like mine, just one pig will do. We don’t have long to find said porker. Despite our early start, soon the late-spring sun will rise and shine. Its lemon-yellow top-knot is already reflecting off the sea along the East Coast. So we get a tramp on, a steady clip that sees us ascend in altitude till the river we left behind is a thin and twisted ribbon in the distance. Up and up we climb, up the toe of the ridge till it levels out. Till we are panting, all of us.

But what’s this? Gin and Fern raise their noses and get a positive sniff. Then they’re off, down the vertical face I’ve only just scaled, to venture truckwards. One hundred metres, two hundred metres. I see them round a spur, noses down, moving fast. I check the tracker - 300 metres now and heading east - down and down they go on the trail of a foraging boar. And then the bark. Gin. Straight bail.

I look at Bev, she looks at me. I run and she follows till, finally, she can hear an echo of that beautiful chime and away she goes - short dog, long grass, echo-echo-echo - she goes the wrong way. Gone. I’m still running, sort of. As well as portly seniors run on vertical hillsides of long grass and loose rock. Down and down. Gin is still bailing. My brain is whirring, “Where is Fern and why isn’t she bailing too, what the hell? Come on Fern, come on Beverley. Someone help Gin, you’re both faster than me!” Close now. I slow down, quietly load the 7mm-08 then sneak in. There’s Fern. She’s sitting down, with her back to the action. There’s Gin - bailing, growling, tail wagging. She’s bailing a rock. Experience tells me a boar will be backed in at the base of the rock. He’ll be snout-out facing danger with his sharp tusks at the ready. Sneaking, tip-toeing, down and around to get a view and maybe a killing shot. Down and around... and around.

There is no boar backed into the rock. There is only the rock; which Gin remains bailing valiantly. Fern is still looking the other way, she’s embarrassed by her friend’s senior moment and so am I. Okay, so my old pig dog has bailed a rock but to her credit, it’s a good looking rock, a true mountain warrior. And it’s weighty. I bet it’d tip the scales at at least two hundred pound, maybe twofifty. Dilemma sets in. Do I shoot the gnarly old warrior (mind that ricochet Gin), kill it stone dead and lug it out to show off to my mates? Or do I call the dog off - and let big Rocky grow and breed to ensure the future of hunting for myself and for future generations?

Gun Law Changes Will Impact Firearms Users By Paul Clark

Changes to the regulations concerning all semiautomatic firearms will come into effect mid December, which may seriously impact on you, the recreational firearms user.

If you own one of these and find that you may be disadvantaged, then perhaps the upcoming elections will be the ideal opportunity to become political on the pro firearms front. There are over 240,000 registered firearms owners in New Zealand; most of them entitled to vote. However, the firearms legislation we have seen over the past twenty years or so does not reflect the interests, and/or potential voting power of this group of firearms owners. Why? Because of substantial apathy on behalf of you, the average firearms owner. When did you last talk to your local MP or write to them concerning firearms issues and how they might affect you? Politics is a numbers game: you always gain more respect from a politician if they know you have the power and the will to remove them from office by exercising your vote. We still live in a participating democracy – thank Christ – so if you don’t like the results of the upcoming regulations, do something about it yourself, and encourage your friends to do likewise, by booking a meeting with your local Member of Parliament, whether elected or list. You do have a legal right to do this if you are of voting age. So front up and tell them personally, politely but firmly, why firearms and hunting are important to you, and that at the election in 2014, your vote will be decided on how they stand on this and what they will do to facilitate, not restrict, the growth of legal firearms ownership and recreational hunting and firearms use in New Zealand. By mid December you should be able to visit the police website ( and view these changes, and I strongly urge you to do so. Make it your New Year’s resolution to become more active and political on firearms issues. And finally, join a pro firearms lobby group and get involved. For more information check out: Sporting Shooters Association New Zealand – SSANZ – or Coalition of Licensed Firearms Owners COLFO –

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Pig Hunting Kelabit Style


By Imo McCarthy

You can go pig hunting in New Zealand but it is just about as much fun in Bario. Bario is in the highlands of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. I’ve just come back from Bario and have enjoyed the products of a second pig hunt. The truth is, I shot nothing but I have stories to tell. You can use more than one type of weapon. Yes, rifles are one choice. Pretty old ones with self loaded cartridges, but it’s an expensive business filling those shells so if you have lots of time, a blowpipe is a good option. On my first pig hunt, Gabriel had a blowpipe and a pair of keen dogs. The blowpipes are about 2m long and made from one solid piece of hard wood. I am told it took about 100 hours using a long metal bar driven into the wood and turned round and round to make the hole that goes right down the middle. The blowpipe has a metal knife on the end that is used for finishing off the pig after it has been darted. The darts kill silently, so you get a chance for a second shot! The poison on the bamboo darts comes from the sticky sap under the bark of a tree. It gives the pig a heart attack and it dies quite quickly. Gabriel darted a pig and it went and hid in a patch of very spiky rotan. The dogs were up to the challenge and Gabriel was able to finish the job. Our first pig meal was ribs but Gabriel’s sons got to roast the heart over the fire. Pigs are sometimes hunted for special occasions when a community needs to contribute food and nowadays hunters may offer their services as guides to visitors who want to hunt. Last month I was wandering along the hot, shiny new road towards Gem’s Lodge, about 5km from the airport. I was cursing the new infrastructure that was such a boon to the locals and such a pain to me when along came a sparkling new SUV that offered me a lift. No SUVs or a road three years ago! At Gem’s lodge a barbecue was in full swing. Four pigs dismembered and roasting. Happy hunters downing a beer or two or three. The pigs had been shot with an ancient rifle, “My grandfather’s,” said one, “he was a Border Scout.” We are talking WW11 or Indonesian confrontation here. These men had been employed to hunt with some visitors from the city. Next day I was off up the river with the hunters. The Dabpur River is very low at the moment so pigs have to walk for at least 10m in the mud to get a drink. They leave lots of footprints that can be followed by men and dogs. Our boatman has his trusty rifle at the ready as we go up the river. He says he is looking out for monitor lizards, his mother’s favourite. We pull up suddenly

beside a log and no, its not hunting but fishing. They have left a net in the river and it has a 30cm fish with very large scales. Later that evening we sit down to a meal featuring that fish, wild pig and porcupine. I have also eaten civet up there. Not my favourite gamey taste. Bario is a real option for pig hunters who want a different yet oddly similar experience to their favourite New Zealand activity.

Little Hunters in Little Wanganui By Daryl Crimp

Easter Bunny has struck the Karamea region from his list of places to visit, thanks to four Brightwater families who make an annual pilgrimage to Little Wanganui to relax over the long weekend. Last Easter, the Taylors, Horncastles, Strangs and Hansens took the coast by storm and their collective brood had a ball, fishing, hunting and eeling. The kids especially enjoyed a night out spotlighting rabbits with Rhys Horncastle and Grandad Tom. They hunted hares on farm paddocks using quad bikes and had the time of their lives. The families holiday together every year, making a tradition out of the Little Wanganui adventure. Pictured is Will Daniel, Lucas Hansen, Sam Gillooley, Quaid Taylor, Seth Strang, Noah Hansen and Jacob Hansen.

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Field Test: style of binocular, but this brings with it the advantage of quality with affordability. While roof prism binoculars have more slender barrels and tend to be more compact than porro prism binoculars, the trade off is they have more internal reflective surfaces to bounce the light – six compared with four. With each reflection a little light intensity is lost so, generally speaking, it is easier and cheaper to make a porro prism binocular have a brighter image and better optical quality than a roof prism. Obviously, modern technology has allowed for the production of very high quality roof prism binoculars, but you pay for this quality. The Futurus 8x40WA has the classical binocular feel, is completely rubberised and of rugged construction. The focus wheel is large, well positioned and features non-slip gripping for precise control and focus. The lenses are inset to avoid glare and cut down on reflection, and they offer good clarity and a wide field of view. While not as light as more expensive compact roof prism brands, they are by no means heavy and I never found weight to be an issue on the hill. In fact, they are very comfortable to use over long periods and didn’t show any signs of causing eyestrain. The lens caps are functional and robust – a weak area on many binoculars. My only criticisms would be: a lockable diopter adjuster would be nice, and in certain conditions after physical exertion I found the inset eyepiece lens tended to fog easily – but this is an issue with most binoculars. In Summary: At rrp $799 the Futurus 8x40WA represents excellent value for money and would be the perfect choice for the weekend hunter, the beginner or the hunter who wants good quality optics without paying top dollar. A great all-purpose set of optics.

Freeze Mr Pig… or I’ll Shoot! By Peter Harker

Hunting in the middle of winter can have its challenges, not the least what to do with a little piggy with frozen toes! Last month saw me squirreling around in Frank Creek area and I managed to get in close to three deer on one occasion, so close I had to throw stones at them to get them out of the way. It was cold though; so cold my boots froze outside the hut and the river flats had frost on them. Crossing the river was murder and had to be faced on a number of occasions, so I was hitting a few high notes towards the end. I did manage to bag a good porker though, but come morning it was set solid. Made a good statue all the same – or a pet.

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Ridge Air Heli-Adventure in Marlborough Marlborough owned Ridge Air Ltd specialises in air transport, offering both fixed wing and helicopter services.

popular over the summer months and being able to literally open the helicopter door and start fishing has huge advantages.

Ridge Air’s helicopter operation offers a multitude of exciting helicopter-based activities throughout the Marlborough region. Through the company’s satellite hangar in the Upper Wairau Valley, Ridge Air offers affordable transport into outstanding wilderness areas, catering for hunters, fishermen, trampers, mountain bikers, kayakers, and other adventurers. Through Ridge Air’s Department of Conservation Access Concession, there are literally hundreds of square kilometres of wilderness area available to outdoor enthusiasts hoping to undertake any adventure. Many of the destinations are less than an affordable 15-minute ferry flight.

“We have several rivers within a short distance of our hangar, all renowned for producing beautiful trout. The option to fish several rivers in one day or just simply fish a particular section of river is easily achieved by helicopter and much more affordable than people realise, due to our central hangar location,” Says Aron.

Hunting Ridge Air’s relationship with the wider hunting fraternity is steadily growing and the company is regularly positioning hunters in search of Marlborough red deer and chamois. Willie Sage, Ridge Air’s competent helicopter pilot, is also a farmer and local resident of the Upper Wairau Valley who genuinely loves getting people into remote areas of backcountry Marlborough. “It is important that we do our part to manage the great hunting resources we have in Marlborough and for that reason Willie is constantly monitoring animal numbers and movements in an attempt to help hunters achieve satisfying results. Last roar produced some fantastic trophies from the public DoC estate and our Upper Wairau based Robinson R44 provides an ideal and economical option to access these areas,” says Aron O’Donnell, Ridge Air’s Operations Coordinator. Public utilisation of DoC land, particularly in remote South West Marlborough, is relatively low, so it’s a great option for red deer and chamois hunting, and results of experienced hunters have been outstanding in recent times.

Ridge Air has created a niche in Marlborough, servicing heli-adventure and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. The hangar facility in the Upper Wairau Valley offers affordable helicopter transport options into that ultimate remote Marlborough location and is only an hours drive from Blenheim or Nelson.

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The trout fishing within a simple 10 minute ferry flight can be world class and regular clientele utilise this simple option with great success. Heli-Biking With the help of Marlborough Department of Conservation and some private landowners, Ridge Air and some enthusiastic local mountainbikers have developed some breathtaking local trail rides for various abilities. Ridge Air can fly you and your mountain bike to a number of predominantly downhill trail rides from their hangar base and let you descend from altitudes as high as 4500ft, at your own pace. The scenery and views are simply breathtaking and it’s an ideal, fun activity for groups or families. Coupled with the thrilling experience of a helicopter flight and an exhilarating mountainbike ride, you can understand why heli-biking is gaining so much popularity worldwide. “This awesome activity is something we’ve put a lot of work into and one that is gaining momentum in Marlborough”. These mountainbike trails aren’t easily accessible by any other means than helicopter, so that in itself creates a unique opportunity.


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By Daryl Crimp The Halcyon Press Rrp $39.99 Reviewed by Greig Caigou

The young Daryl Crimp had ‘something to aim for’ and the author rounds out his book with this in a comment to his own son, Daniel. This phrase serves as bookends to what is an entertaining read that I’d thoroughly recommend.

Let’s face it . . . ‘Crimpy’ is a superb yarnmaker - no question! Moreover, this book employs all the elements of good storytelling. Firstly there are provocative chapter headings to draw you in, such as ‘The Lone Ranger and Taxing Muldoon’, or ‘I Marry the Mafia and the Circle Turns’ . . . which are actually all to do with hunting! These are backed up by attention grabbing openers like; “I was seven the first time my brother shot me in the back of the head”, or ”The twins were born before me and will die long after I have been buried.”

Once into the storyline proper, Daryl weaves in colourful descriptions of various characters. For example, I reckon you’ll laugh as loud as I did as you imagine him and a despondent mate stuck in the confines of a hut and being brow-beaten with a volley of words by a scantily clad female antihunter. She takes pointed aim with more than a tirade of verbage, effusing words in a long string reminiscent of what one would find in a thesaurus – the hunters grant her a nickname to match! Storytelling does require some exaggeration of course and the author can employ hefty hyperbole at times. Mostly though the descriptions are so realistic you can feel yourself there . . . in the moment. The author gives nothing away though . . . just try looking for ‘Waitellu’ River in the environs of the Godley Valley . . . sod it; I knew it was a trick, but I looked anyway, just to be sure! Trying to discover locations of other hunts is of course ‘nun of ya’ business. Thankfully the fine storytelling is not altogether formulaic and there’s a nice feel of coherence with tales from the authors early

life progressing up through the years, the calibres and the challenges of species hunted . . . and onward to the revitalised renaissance of more recent hunting exploits.

The book is complemented by photographs from a variety of sources – all properly credited, and while there are not a lot of photographs, they are appropriate to each story. Some early photos are not very sharp, but hey, unlike today, we hardly ever took cameras with us hunting in that era and neither did pocket ‘instamatics’ have anywhere near the capabilities of modern digital gear.

While the chapter cobbling together some ethics around hunting might have been a tad ‘light’ in my opinion, this is more than made up for by the readability of the entire book - that actually has a whole lot to say about good practice on the hill. As a ‘hunter-philosopher’ I liked that the author has managed to incorporate such thinking rather than just recounting tales of animals bagged. (In another story there is even some thoughtful commentary about the values of free-range guided hunting – suggesting a target rich environment intensifies the ability to learn much about animal behaviour in a concentrated space of time and alongside an experienced mentor - which can be invaluable to fast track your hunting skills.)

Altogether this is a great addition to your reading library, and I noticed the closing ‘bookend’ did leave room for a sequel - the book ends with a ‘beginning’ - and in the spirit of such teasers, I’ll be looking forward to devouring the next read!

What The Critics Are Saying

Have just finished the book… and laugh I did… and some more… We had those louvre windows in the girls toilets too… although Crimpy probably knows that! Oh yes and old Ma Blanchet!!!!!!!!! We lived in fear!!!!!!! What about Ma Lukey, Ma McClurg and Vic Elgar?????? They were evil as I remember. This book evoked so many memories about growing up where we did… maybe I had forgotten or maybe I just thought my childhood was so normal it wasn’t worth writing about. I am sure there are many more tales to be written. - Cath Peter Hi – Have just finished your book. Wow, could not put it down. Well done – it’s a best seller. - Judi Jelinek You should be very proud of Crimpy’s new book “Something to Aim For” – it is a fantastic read. NZ Outdoor Hunting magazine were privileged to receive a copy to review and were so impressed that we made sure to publish a chapter so that all our readers could share in Crimpy’s adventures.  The fact that the basis of the book involves a father and his son was refreshing and the style of writing was entertaining and inspiring.  Well done Crimpy – this is definitely a book that should be in all hunters’ collections. - NZ Outdoor Hunting Magazine

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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 hugebodied 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 …

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Something TO AIM FOR

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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The insulated tub itself is made of smooth, curved polyethylene - the same incredibly tough material used for plastic kayaks. It rolls, floats, and can be lifted by two good New Zealand women. It’s luxurious for two people, fine for four.

The current price for the complete Kiwitub unit is $6,630 incl GST.  This includes the tub, lid, quality locking marine padlocks for the lid, water hoses, copper and cast brass main burner, insulation jacket for this, stainless steel grate to run it on firewood, 36kW stainless steel gas tube burner to run it on LPG, floating thermometer, leaf sieve, comprehensive manual, hose attachments so the burner can be drained through a length of garden hose if required, shaped sandy/tan-coloured dust/sun cover for the tub, rubber ducky, and more. For orders and enquiries please phone 0800kiwitub (0800 549 488) or visit

Coastal Fishes of New Zealand By Malcolm Francis

Published by Craig Potton Publishing RRP $44.99

Coastal Fishes of New Zealand provides a comprehensive, informative and up-to-date identification guide to the fishes likely to be encountered by New Zealand divers and fishers. Illustrated with over 275 superb colour photographs of live fish in their natural habitats, this book includes all of New Zealand’s common reef fishes, and also many of those that live in other habitats. Using the latest research, marine scientist Malcolm Francis also provides a wealth of other information about identifying features, geographical distribution, habitat and size for 221 species of fish. If you were to wish for one book on the abundant fish life found around our coasts, this is the one to add to your Christmas list!

Available from - Quote FISH13 at the shopping cart and receive a 20% discount off the RRP! Free delivery within NZ. Offer available until 31/01/2014

Online Tool for Moving is a new website, 100% New Zealand owned and operated, re-thinking the way goods are transported around the country. List your freight on the site (costs $1.00). Your listing is exposed to the whole of the country. People or companies able to shift your freight can compete for your business so you get the best deal. It costs nothing to reply to freight listings. Use to: • Relocate motorhomes & vehicles. • List anything you need shifted from one place to another. • Pick up and deliver freight for other people. • Get freight cross the strait with people travelling that way. • Use to find or offer lifts to hitchhikers. Transport operators can pickup major freight jobs. Check us out on


Brought to you by the creators of the hugely popular pig hunting magazine, Hooked on Boars. This first DVD is a ‘must have’ for not only hard core pig hunters but for all hunters in general. Follow the HOB team as they go about gathering material for the magazine and keep the family’s freezers full. This DVD contains awesome dog hunting action of some really tusky boars and also showcases different hunting techniques, including never before seen footage of big boars being spotlighted plus up close and personal bow hunting action. Here’s the perfect Christmas gift for a hunter you know. At only $39.95 it’s great value for money, with more action and tusky boars hitting the deck than you can poke a stick at! Grab a copy from now - or from your local Hunting & Fishing store

Lie Back and Treat Yourself

Three out of four people will get upper back or neck pain, including headaches. It’s that common. A hunched forward upper back underlies most neck problems and we all have to bend forward to do things. This hunching has further increased with new technology, like laptops, tablets and smartphones, which have small screens that cannot detach from their keyboards. The Backpod™ is specifically designed to free up a tightened, stooped upper and middle back. This means less pain and better posture, appearance, breathing and wellbeing. The free videos on our website and instructions in our user guide show you the stretches, strengthening exercises, massage and posture you need to look after your own back and neck at home. RRP in store $69.99 incl GST. Online orders: Telephone orders (NZ only): freephone 0800 784 677. Wholesale price available to health professionals and corporates.

GME Launches ET100 Waterproof Emergency Torch With ‘Twist to Charge’ Functionality GME, a market leader in safety, communication and entertainment products, has launched an innovative product that solves the problem of the torch batteries being flat when you need it most – in an emergency. The solution comes in the form of the ET100 Emergency Torch. The ET100 is an ideal tool for people who love outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, bushwalking, 4WD-ing, and camping. Constructed from high visibility yellow polycarbonate, the ET100 is a near indestructible, buoyant, waterproof, multi-function LED torch that boasts a unique ‘Twist to Charge’ functionality that will mean you never have to buy batteries for your torch again. If you’re near a power source, you can also charge your ET100 via USB, using the cable included and stored within the torch body itself. Far more than just a torch, the ET100 contains a can opener that doubles as a knife, a compass, a whistle, a signal mirror (heliograph), and a cable for charging other USB devices such as a mobile phone. There’s even a metal bottle opener moulded into the base of the torch. For those who venture out on the water, the ET100 will float to the surface if accidentally dropped overboard! As an introductory bonus, the ET100 will be sold including a bonus ET50 ‘bug light’. The ET50 is a handy pocket sized torch, small enough to attach to your keyring, bicycle handlebar, bag or backpack. It’s waterproof and has three brightness modes, plus S.O.S. and flash modes. The ET100 is available at all Authorised GME Dealers for an RRP of $65. For further information see your GME Dealer or visit

Siroflex Grip and Grab Adhesive from ITM Siroflex Grip and Grab is a MS Polymer Adhesive with an incredible initial grab and it; • Out performs standard grab adhesive by 200% • Sticks and bonds virtually all substrates • Bonds and fixes large sign panels and wall boards without support • Bonds to damp and wet surfaces • 290ml Cartridge – 12 per box • Easily applied with a standard cartridge gun • Suitable for interior and exterior applications It has initial bond strength double that of most other grab adhesives therefore eliminating the need for secondary support in the majority of applications. It has hundreds of uses including bonding large panels and wallboards, claddings, sills, rails, tiles etc. Only at ITM and priced at $20.70 for single tube or $13.80 each for box of 12 (pricing GST inclusive). Talk to a Building Supplies Specialist at your local ITM in Nelson, Motueka, Takaka, Havelock or Greymouth or visit our website at www.building-supplies. for more information.


SALT FREE Cleans &
Stops Salt Corrosion

The best recipe for cleaning your boat in the easiest application - No fiddly or messy measuring or mixing required – just click the hose to the applicator nozzle on the bottle and you’re in business • New concept applicator for boat cleaning – • Providing excellent reach (up to 10metres!!) • Superb spray coverage, allowing for super quick saturation Applicator can be switched to only water if needed for greater control • Greater foam action for easier visibility of sprayed area • Multiple uses per pack – up to 35 washes (about $2.60 per wash) Did you know it is illegal to use a water blaster on the marina? This gives you a great pressure option that is completely legal… and don’t forget you are also safe using Too Easy in, on and around the water – Biodegradable, non-toxic, and evaluated by the Environmental Protection Authority Saves you time… more time for fishing – less time on cleaning up! or 0508 SALT FREE (7258 3733) for more info or visit your nearest retailer

Salty Dog Bait: We Supply Top Quality New Zealand Pilchards to Fishing Outlets

We catch the pilchards on our own boats on the east coast of Northland and process them at our factory in Hikurangi, North of Whangarei. On the boat the pilchards are loaded into bins of ice slurry. Because the pilchards are delivered to the factory in a very short time, in large bins of ice and seawater, this ensures that they are in prime condition for processing. The pilchards are then frozen in what are called brine tanks, brine at -16 degrees or so, which are full of a natural salt solution. This enables us to quickly freeze the pilchards individually, which is why they are called IQF (Individually Quick Frozen). This process ensures a very fresh, firm, high quality bait. We have been in this business for nearly 20 years now, producing high quality baits and berley under the Salty Dog Brand. We pride ourselves on supplying New Zealand product for New Zealand fishers. Look for the Salty Dog sign at a bait shop near you or email

Kiwi Made IKiGUN Puts Taste Back Into Tasteless Job

Most fishermen know ‘iki’ killing their fish improves the taste and texture, but not many can consistently do a perfect iki-spike. The latest fishing innovation now makes the process easy, fast and humane. Originating in Japan, the term iki refers to the rapid destruction of the fish’s brain, which stops the heart and muscle spasms. This reduces the pH change in the flesh, maintaining its fresh texture and taste. The IKiGUN uses stored energy to pulverise the brain tissue with a captive bolt. The Ikiboard is designed to help you handle and measure your fish without spiking yourself or damaging the fish. Gentle pressure on the flap will hold the fish while aiming the IKiGUN. The Ikiboard base will prevent the IKiGUN spike from through penetration at all power settings. For the fisherman who has everything else, the completely New Zealand designed and built IKiGUN and Ikiboard rounds out the gear. IKiGUN $80.00 Ikiboard $20.00 IKiGUN & Ikiboard Combo pack $90.00 Available from or Tel: 09 815 2999

Quality Braid from Hawker Supplies Ltd.

Hawker Supplies Ltd have available an extensive range of Hawker Fish Premium PE Fishing Braid. We’ve worked long and hard to find a factory that can produce braid that does not leak dye. We buy in bulk directly from the factory so we can pass the savings on to our happy customers. Quality braid at very affordable prices. Features: • 100% UHMWPE - aka: Dyneema, Spectra, Super PE • Maximum strength to diameter ratio • Near zero stretch - feel every bite • Superior abrasion resistance • Ultra thin & light - maximise casting distance & accuracy • Unequalled flexibility • Smooth finish to reduce memory • Rounder to prevent digging-in on reel • No dye leak / run

• Low water absorption • Chemical & UV resistant • Suitable for saltwater & freshwater use New stock arriving in time for Xmas. Available in: 12lb to 135lb. Spools: 300m, 500m and 1000m. Colours: blue, green, grey, white, yellow & multicolour. Trade enquiries welcome. Ph: 033148919 Web:


R R Fisher & Co Ltd Super Lube Aerosol has it Covered Super Lube Aerosol with Syncolon (PTFE) is a multi-purpose lubricant, safe to use on anything that slides, swivels, rolls or squeaks. It withstands temperatures from minus 40°C degrees to more than 200°C. Super Lube Aerosol with Syncolon (PTFE) is a synthetic, heavy-duty lubricant which is compatible with most other lubricants. Applications: Industrial - Bearings, conveyors, chains, pumps, open gears Automotive - Calipers, chassis, door hinges and locks, shocks and springs, bonnet and boot latches Marine - Zips, winches and pulleys, inboard and outboard drives, prop shafts, rollers, sail tracks Household - Windows, locks, garage doors, lawnmowers, pool pumps, sewing machines, appliances, tools, toys Recreational and Sporting - Fishing, bicycles, roller blades, weightlifting equipment and fitness machinery Benefits: Super Lube Aerosol is synthetic with Syncolon (PTFE) is non-toxic and odourless. It won’t stain or harm wood, rubber, leather, plastics, fabrics and paint, and it’s completely water resistant even saltwater. Super Lube Aerosol won’t drip, run or evaporate. It repels dirt, dust, grit and grime and prevents rust and corrosion while reducing friction. This provides longer machinery life, with the added bonus of reducing maintenance. Trade enquiries welcome. RR Fisher, PO Box 10055, Phillipstown, Christchurch. Ph 03 377 0025 or fax 03 377 0086.

TEN Good Reasons To Buy Salt-Away Combo Kits  1. SALT-AWAY is the most concentrated and powerful salt-removing product available on the market; 1L will make up to 512L of salt remover, which stops salt corrosion and saves you money. 2. SALT-AWAY combo kits only use 40-60mls to flush your engine, and then it will remove all the salt from your boat, trailer, fishing, and dive gear. We only need to use one product to do all this - SALT-AWAY. Note: use 80mls for all engines over 90hp and it leaves a protective film in your engine. 3. SALT-AWAY will remove salt from all wiring, electronic circuit boards, and will leave a protective film to stop COSTLY corrosion. 4. SALT-AWAY can be safely sprayed on fish finders and chart plotters to safety remove the salt to stop scratching expensive screens.   5. SALT-AWAY should be sprayed on fish bins filleting tables, boat bilges, and smelly hands to stop all fish smells. 6. SALT-AWAY should be sprayed on all canopies, clears, carpets and upholstery - even

yacht sails to remove the salt and keep them like new. 7. SALT-AWAY should be used to soak dive regs, dive computers, and dive cameras to protect them and keep them like new. 8. SALT-AWAY should be used in all saltwater marine toilets to keep them working perfectly and stop them smelling. 9. SALT-AWAY should be used on all trailer brakes (disc/drum) to clean and protect them, i.e. can use up to 20% Salt-Away to water for extra protection. 10. SALT-AWAY should be used to protect your tow vehicle as well: wash under body and don’t rinse off, wash upper body and rinse off. SALT-AWAY is proudly distributed by Wholesale Marine Direct NZ Ltd.

Zeropak Vacuum Seals the Deal The Zeropak Vacuum Sealer gives complete control of the vacuum and sealing process, especially for meat, fish, vegetables, liquids and soft foods.

Made in Europe with German materials and components and with a 5-year-warranty, the ZeroPak is reliable and easy to use.

Vacuum sealing keeps food fresher up to five times longer than normal storage, retaining nutrients, and saving you time, money and space in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Buy in bulk and vacuum seal in meal-size packs.  Even liquids can be vacuum-sealed fresh in the bag, giving nice flat packs for your fridge and freezer, saving space, and for a quick defrost.  Vacuum seal your pantry foods to retain freshness and stop contamination.  You can even reseal open packets of food in their original bags. Great for microwave reheating, sous-vide, and cook in the bag. Make your bags any size to suit, wash and reuse them, and you can write on them with a marker pen.

Vacuum Sealing is not just about food vacuum seal your tools, fishing gear, photos and documents to keep them in tip top condition. Ph 09 406 1004 - or email


Andros 5 Narrow

By Alistair Arkell Wow, What a little Honey! This reel looks tough, yet comes with finesse that only comes from quality construction. Let’s have a closer look at the specs: made in Taiwan and all from one piece bar stock machined aluminium, S/S helical cut main and pinion gears - nice, carbon drag stack coated with Cal’s grease and a dual anti-reverse system. Meaning no less then dual pawls (ratchet mechanism) and an instant anti-reverse bearing. The anti-reverse system is probably the most important feature I look for on a reel, especially when I’m going to fish a heavy braided line. It’s great to see Okuma have put the best system available into this little baby. Ok, let’s weigh this guy - a very user friendly 380 grams, that’s light but heavy enough to still be really comfortable. This little lever-drag is one of the smallest available on the market and it looks cool, seriously cool. Let’s check the drag and free spool: 7kgs at strike and 11kg at full - with full free spool, nice! Okuma have made one sweet little reel and it looks like they have another winner on their hands.

Vintage Tin Signs

Give the ‘motorhead’ in your family a slice of vintage motor heaven! Ellis Street Auto in Brightwater is now stockiest of these fantastic icons of motoring history. Ideal for the ‘Man Cave’, shed, bar or garage - whoever you get one of these for, will LOVE you for it... Made from tin and designed with the original sign in mind, these signs make you feel as if you had only seen them yesterday. From only $30, these signs are the perfect Christmas gift, but hurry, they are going fast. Available from Ellis Street Auto, 104a Ellis Street, Brightwater, Nelson - 03 542 4035

SportDog® TEK 1.0 GPS   No more hiding!

Introducing New Zealand’s FIRST and ONLY LEGAL tracking and training collar, the new SportDog® TEK 1.0 GPS, a revolutionary product combining simple to use GPS tracking, with a fully featured E-Collar in a single, light and compact system. It’s the ultimate solution for the most intense hunting experience. The New TEK 1.0 GPS Tracking Collar uses the frequency 863 – 870 MHz, which is LEGAL in New Zealand. Hunters can get an instant fix on up to 12 dogs’ locations out to 11 km, so whether you want to keep control of a long chase, track where that chase is going – or both – the TEK 1.0 provides tracking and training versatility like never before. The SportDog® range also includes Bark Control and Containment Systems and exclusively distributed by Cameron Sports Imports Ltd. Coming to your local hunting and outdoor stores. Visit for more information.

Snapit! – New to New Zealand! The largest and most versatile range of drink holders available. Ideal for boating, camping, motorhomes and mobility. Made in USA from a marine grade polymer - designed to withstand NZ’s harsh conditions. The range includes; can, mug, bottle and wine glass holders.

Simply snap them on and off suitable tubing or use the versatile permanent bracket for tubes and bulkheads. The Twist It - snap on holders fit single size tubing ranging from: 3/4”,  7/8”,  1”,  1 1/4”

The versatile range come with a set of five brackets covering the following tube sizes:  3/4”,  7/8”,  1”,  1 1/8”, 1 1/4” 027 414 3657 –

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE DANGERS OF DRINKING OUT OF PLASTIC? The UFO COLD Smoke Creator Finally a cold smoker the produces reliable consistent cold smoke for 7 - 12 hours nonstop.

The UFO cold smoke creator produces cold smoke and is designed to be attached to anything that will contain smoke. Simply drill a hole with the drill bit provided into things such as a hooded barbecue, wine barrel, garden shed, stainless steel smoke box, old fridge, a home made smoking cabinet, a UFO cooker or even a cardboard box. Use the cold smoke creator to do cold smoke curing, infuse the smoke flavour into food before cooking, or even hot smoking if attached to a unit with a heating source. Smoke cheese, tomatoes, garlic, any fish chicken or game meat, there are no limits. Available at all good fishing and hunting stores. See our website for more info and locations close to you. Eli: 021 022 15642

Wayne: 021 762 308

Gary: 027 698 8002

Revolutionary Fish Catching Technology - ESCA®

See the light, get the edge and catch more fish! For millions of years fish have used light to attract or home in on prey with deadly efficiency. Now revolutionary new and innovative technology puts you in the gun seat, letting you attract fish in ways never possible before – just like the legendary predatory anglerfish. Meet ESCA®! ESCA® technology mimics the natural lure lights emitted by fish and plankton with light of the same wavelength, intensity and frequency: effectively mimicking the phenomenon that triggers the hunting and biting instincts in fish. The clever little device can be attached or incorporated into any existing fishing rig to enhance performance; be it bottom, bait or lure. The ESCA® can also be used with softbaits or metal jigs, as they provide an extra dimension to the fish attracting properties of the rig. ESCA features are • Powered by salt water, no batteries required • Use in depths to 1000m • Attracts fish, triggering hunting instinct • Improves bait or lure visibility, day or night • Light and compact • 150 hours minimum active fishing • Incredibly robust • Deadly effective • Proven All enquires: Reel Blue Sports Ltd Ph 027-777-3-222 • Email: • Web:

YOU’VE PROBABLY TASTED THE TOXIC CHEMICALS WHEN YOU’VE LEFT YOUR PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE IN THE CAR AND BOAT. Well here’s the perfect solution for you, or a gift that will last a lifetime. For some people the SafeBottle pays for itself in the first week, simply by filling up with some of the best tap water in the world. On average every person uses 168 bottles per year, each taking up to 1,000 years to decompose, so that’s a lot of plastic bottles that have accumulated during your lifetime. With our extensive range, there’s a colour, size or design for everyone. We have a full money back guarantee so if you are not satisfied with your SafeBottle just let us know. SPECIAL OFFER buy 2 get 1 FREE! Enter the code CRACKER when purchasing on | | 0800 777 444

WAVERIDER ELECTRIC KONTIKI Head off to the beach, launch your electric kontiki into the water and enjoy a picnic, play in the sand with the kids or enjoy a quiet glass or two. Then everyone has the excitement of discovering what’s on your line to bring home for dinner. Rotorua based Waverider Marine Limited design and manufacture high quality and affordable kontikis, which are hugely popular, especially for those on tight budgets. Waverider Marine Limited have the Waverider Electric Kontiki in their range.

The Waverider Electric Kontiki has a plastic moulded shell and is powered by the 30lb thrust Mercury Motor. Other features include zero to 30-minute manual timer, a tacking unit, two seven amp batteries, and a night activated strobe light and flag. Waverider Electric Kontiki is $1010 plus freight, but for an additional $200 you can upgrade to the 46lb thrust Mercury motor, which includes a third battery! Waverider also stock DIY kontiki kitsets, plastic trace rack, traces and supply all kontiki parts. Available from Waverider Marine Limited PO Box 4028 - Rotorua, 027 6169907 or


Amazing Baits


Look Forward to a New Way of Hunting

The Pulsar Forward DFA75 night vision scope attachment is proving itself popular with hunters, pest controllers, and commercial meat suppliers throughout New Zealand. A DFA75 fits onto the front of a daylight riflescope for night vision shooting. This set-up has excellent light amplification characteristics, and has an inbuilt infrared laser illuminator that can spot rabbits at 250 metres in starlight conditions. The ability to swap the Pulsar Forward DFA75 between rifles is its greatest selling point. With a recoil tolerance of 6000Js, the unit is equally suitable for a .22lr or a .375H&H big game rifle. With a price of $2799, the DFA75 represents excellent value for money. Contact Anthony Corke or Christine Stewart-Corke, who are the exclusive New Zealand and South Pacific distributors, for technical and dealer information. All Yukon Advanced Optics products are available from over 90 nationwide dealers. Visit www. or phone 03 9700 570.

New Zealand made and proud of it bringing you salmon tackle made and tested in our own water ways with outstanding results from surf ticers to zed spinners.

New this season is the UV and Lumo range on silver and white zed spinners, and the custom surf ticer, which has outstanding action in the water. You only need to wind at half the speed as a normal ticer, which makes a day easier on the body plus more time in the strike zone. Don’t forget the UV holographic eyes to add to your plain lures for added attraction.

Available at all good tackle stores.

Christmas Deal 007 Day Hire

Licensed to thrill! The Diverse Boat Company offers trailer boats for U-drive hire at affordable rates. Based in Nelson, we have a new fleet of fully equipped Stabicraft 1650 Fishers for you to hire. Our boats are suitable for a range of brilliant activities out on the water. Why not add some extra va va voom by choosing from our selection of hireable toys & accessories. Book a boat at the show and we will throw in a free toy hire. Just pick up & go, hassle free boating, Book and pay in full by 28th Dec to get your 30 % discount, you can book any day/s hire from 10th Dec 2013 - end of March 2014. Don’t forget to come and feed our gorgeous Mermaid with gold coins (donations for NZ Coastguard) at The Fishing Paper’s Fishing & Hunting Expo at the Motueka A&P Show on 8 December. Enjoy all the pleasures of safe & fun boating with the Diverse Boat Company Ltd.  P.s. don’t forget to ‘just add water’ to make an average day into an awesome day out. Diverse Boat Hire Company. 03 5380030 •

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Tide chart December 2013

From Westport: Greymouth +00 minutes | Hokitika +10 minutes Karamea -35 minutes | Whanganui Inlet -1 hour 05 minutes From Nelson: Picton is -46 minutes on the high tides and -1 hour 20 minutes on the low tides Elaine Bay -29 minutes on the high tides and -40 minutes on the low tides Stephens Island -30 minutes | Collingwood -25 minutes Croisilles Harbour -18 minutes on the high tides and -02 minutes on the low tides French Pass is -2 hours for approximate best transit times From Akaroa: Kaikoura +1 hour on the high tides and +59 minutes on the low tides Lyttelton +43 minutes on the high tides and +42 minutes on the low tides Moeraki -1 hour 10 minutes on the high tides and -36 minutes on the low tides

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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 hugebodied 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 …

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.

Daryl Crimp

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18:59 18:59 19:35 19:35 20:11 20:11 20:50 20:50 21:31 21:31 22:18 22:18 23:13 23:13

0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9

19:01 19:01 20:03 20:03 21:03 21:03 21:59 21:59 22:54 22:54

2.7 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2

Waimakariri Mouth

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.

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2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

09:44 09:44 10:38 10:38 11:32 11:32 12:27 12:27 07:03 07:03 07:59 07:59 08:56 08:56 09:52 09:52 10:48 10:48 11:45 11:45 06:26 06:26 07:25 07:25 08:23 08:23 09:18 09:18 10:10 10:10 10:59 10:59 11:45 11:45 06:14 06:14 06:56 06:56 07:38 07:38 08:20 08:20 09:01 09:01 09:44 09:44 10:27 10:27 11:11 11:11 11:56 11:56 06:35 06:35 07:27 07:27 08:21 08:21 09:16 09:16 10:12 10:12

0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

15:48 15:48 16:40 16:40 17:34 17:34 18:30 18:30 13:21 13:21 14:16 14:16 15:12 15:12 16:08 16:08 17:05 17:05 18:02 18:02 12:42 12:42 13:38 13:38 14:34 14:34 15:26 15:26 16:16 16:16 17:03 17:03 17:48 17:48 12:29 12:29 13:11 13:11 13:53 13:53 14:34 14:34 15:16 15:16 15:59 15:59 16:42 16:42 17:27 17:27 18:13 18:13 12:44 12:44 13:34 13:34 14:26 14:26 15:20 15:20 16:15 16:15

2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

22:01 22:01 22:55 22:55 23:50 23:50

0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

19:28 19:28 20:26 20:26 21:24 21:24 22:21 22:21 23:17 23:17

2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4

18:59 18:59 19:53 19:53 20:46 20:46 21:37 21:37 22:27 22:27 23:14 23:14

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

18:32 18:32 19:17 19:17 20:01 20:01 20:44 20:44 21:28 21:28 22:11 22:11 22:54 22:54 23:37 23:37

2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1

18:59 18:59 19:48 19:48 20:39 20:39 21:33 21:33 22:30 22:30

0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3

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0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.8

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02:35 02:35 03:27 03:27 04:21 04:21 05:15 05:15 06:10 06:10 00:49 00:49 01:45 01:45 02:40 02:40 03:37 03:37 04:35 04:35 05:34 05:34 00:18 00:18 01:15 01:15 02:10 02:10 03:03 03:03 03:52 03:52 04:37 04:37 05:21 05:21 06:03 06:03 00:34 00:34 01:15 01:15 01:56 01:56 02:37 02:37 03:21 03:21 04:06 04:06 04:53 04:53 05:43 05:43 00:19 00:19 01:11 01:11 02:06 02:06 03:02 03:02

2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

Nelson 09:04 09:04 09:54 09:54 10:41 10:41 11:26 11:26 12:11 12:11 06:41 06:41 07:29 07:29 08:18 08:18 09:12 09:12 10:12 10:12 11:21 11:21 12:34 12:34 07:29 07:29 08:32 08:32 09:24 09:24 10:07 10:07 10:46 10:46 11:22 11:22 11:56 11:56 06:06 06:06 06:39 06:39 07:12 07:12 07:47 07:47 08:26 08:26 09:10 09:10 10:04 10:04 11:11 11:11 12:28 12:28 07:29 07:29 08:36 08:36 09:34 09:34

3.8 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.3 4.3 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.1 4.1 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 4.0 4.0

15:05 15:05 15:52 15:52 16:37 16:37 17:22 17:22 18:09 18:09 12:57 12:57 13:44 13:44 14:33 14:33 15:28 15:28 16:28 16:28 17:34 17:34 18:40 18:40 13:39 13:39 14:34 14:34 15:21 15:21 16:02 16:02 16:39 16:39 17:14 17:14 17:49 17:49 12:29 12:29 13:03 13:03 13:37 13:37 14:14 14:14 14:54 14:54 15:42 15:42 16:39 16:39 17:44 17:44 18:51 18:51 13:40 13:40 14:40 14:40 15:34 15:34

Akaroa 08:52 08:52 09:46 09:46 10:40 10:40 11:35 11:35 12:29 12:29 07:06 07:06 08:03 08:03 08:59 08:59 09:55 09:55 10:52 10:52 11:49 11:49 06:33 06:33 07:31 07:31 08:26 08:26 09:18 09:18 10:07 10:07 10:53 10:53 11:37 11:37 12:19 12:19 06:45 06:45 07:27 07:27 08:08 08:08 08:51 08:51 09:34 09:34 10:18 10:18 11:03 11:03 11:51 11:51 06:35 06:35 07:29 07:29 08:24 08:24 09:20 09:20

0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.2 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6

14:55 14:55 15:47 15:47 16:41 16:41 17:37 17:37 18:35 18:35 13:24 13:24 14:20 14:20 15:16 15:16 16:13 16:13 17:10 17:10 18:07 18:07 12:45 12:45 13:41 13:41 14:33 14:33 15:23 15:23 16:10 16:10 16:55 16:55 17:39 17:39 18:24 18:24 13:01 13:01 13:42 13:42 14:24 14:24 15:07 15:07 15:50 15:50 16:35 16:35 17:21 17:21 18:07 18:07 12:41 12:41 13:33 13:33 14:27 14:27 15:22 15:22

0.8 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 4.5 4.5 4.3 4.3 4.1 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.7 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 3.4 1.2 1.2 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7

21:21 21:21 22:09 22:09 22:58 22:58 23:46 23:46

3.9 3.9 4.1 4.1 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2

18:56 18:56 19:47 19:47 20:42 20:42 21:43 21:43 22:48 22:48 23:55 23:55

0.4 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2

19:41 19:41 20:35 20:35 21:23 21:23 22:07 22:07 22:48 22:48 23:27 23:27

3.5 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.8

18:23 18:23 18:59 18:59 19:37 19:37 20:17 20:17 21:02 21:02 21:53 21:53 22:49 22:49 23:53 23:53

0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2

19:55 19:55 20:55 20:55 21:51 21:51

3.6 3.6 3.8 3.8 4.0 4.0

2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

21:09 21:09 22:03 22:03 22:58 22:58 23:54 23:54

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5

19:33 19:33 20:31 20:31 21:28 21:28 22:24 22:24 23:21 23:21

2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4

19:01 19:01 19:54 19:54 20:45 20:45 21:35 21:35 22:22 22:22 23:08 23:08 23:52 23:52

0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

19:08 19:08 19:51 19:51 20:35 20:35 21:18 21:18 22:01 22:01 22:44 22:44 23:30 23:30

2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1

18:56 18:56 19:47 19:47 20:41 20:41 21:38 21:38

0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

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02:04 02:04 02:55 02:55 03:44 03:44 04:33 04:33 05:21 05:21 00:22 00:22 01:12 01:12 02:03 02:03 02:57 02:57 03:54 03:54 04:56 04:56 06:05 06:05 00:26 00:26 01:25 01:25 02:19 02:19 03:06 03:06 03:48 03:48 04:25 04:25 05:00 05:00 05:33 05:33 00:29 00:29 01:06 01:06 01:44 01:44 02:23 02:23 03:06 03:06 03:54 03:54 04:52 04:52 06:01 06:01 00:26 00:26 01:32 01:32 02:33 02:33

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0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8

08:50 08:50 09:40 09:40 10:27 10:27 11:12 11:12 11:57 11:57 06:08 06:08 06:56 06:56 07:45 07:45 08:39 08:39 09:39 09:39 10:48 10:48 12:01 12:01 07:15 07:15 08:18 08:18 09:10 09:10 09:53 09:53 10:32 10:32 11:08 11:08 11:42 11:42 12:15 12:15 06:06 06:06 06:39 06:39 07:14 07:14 07:53 07:53 08:37 08:37 09:31 09:31 10:38 10:38 11:55 11:55 07:15 07:15 08:22 08:22 09:20 09:20

2.8 2.8 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.3 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.1 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.9 2.9

14:32 14:32 15:19 15:19 16:04 16:04 16:49 16:49 17:36 17:36 12:43 12:43 13:30 13:30 14:19 14:19 15:14 15:14 16:14 16:14 17:20 17:20 18:26 18:26 13:06 13:06 14:01 14:01 14:48 14:48 15:29 15:29 16:06 16:06 16:41 16:41 17:16 17:16 17:50 17:50 12:49 12:49 13:23 13:23 14:00 14:00 14:40 14:40 15:28 15:28 16:25 16:25 17:30 17:30 18:37 18:37 13:07 13:07 14:07 14:07 15:01 15:01

0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 3.3 3.3 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 1.1 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 1.1 1.1 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7

Rakaia Mouth 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 2.4 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

08:48 08:48 09:42 09:42 10:36 10:36 11:31 11:31 12:25 12:25 07:03 07:03 08:00 08:00 08:56 08:56 09:52 09:52 10:49 10:49 11:46 11:46 06:29 06:29 07:27 07:27 08:22 08:22 09:14 09:14 10:03 10:03 10:49 10:49 11:33 11:33 12:15 12:15 06:42 06:42 07:24 07:24 08:05 08:05 08:48 08:48 09:31 09:31 10:15 10:15 11:00 11:00 11:48 11:48 06:31 06:31 07:25 07:25 08:20 08:20 09:16 09:16

0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.2 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

14:52 14:52 15:44 15:44 16:38 16:38 17:34 17:34 18:32 18:32 13:20 13:20 14:16 14:16 15:12 15:12 16:09 16:09 17:06 17:06 18:03 18:03 12:42 12:42 13:38 13:38 14:30 14:30 15:20 15:20 16:07 16:07 16:52 16:52 17:36 17:36 18:21 18:21 12:57 12:57 13:38 13:38 14:20 14:20 15:03 15:03 15:46 15:46 16:31 16:31 17:17 17:17 18:03 18:03 12:38 12:38 13:30 13:30 14:24 14:24 15:19 15:19

2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5 2.5 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.1 2.1 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.4 2.4

21:07 21:07 21:55 21:55 22:44 22:44 23:32 23:32

2.9 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1

18:23 18:23 19:14 19:14 20:09 20:09 21:10 21:10 22:15 22:15 23:22 23:22

0.5 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1

19:27 19:27 20:21 20:21 21:09 21:09 21:53 21:53 22:34 22:34 23:13 23:13 23:51 23:51

2.6 2.6 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8 2.8

18:26 18:26 19:04 19:04 19:44 19:44 20:29 20:29 21:20 21:20 22:16 22:16 23:20 23:20

0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1

19:41 19:41 20:41 20:41 21:37 21:37

2.7 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9

21:05 21:05 21:59 21:59 22:54 22:54 23:50 23:50

0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2

19:30 19:30 20:28 20:28 21:25 21:25 22:21 22:21 23:18 23:18

2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.4

18:57 18:57 19:50 19:50 20:41 20:41 21:31 21:31 22:18 22:18 23:04 23:04 23:48 23:48

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The Pink Page The Unbelievable ‘Chick’ Fish By Toni Best

A few Sundays ago at the crack of dawn, my partner Tom and our mate Rick arrived at the boat ramp at 5.30am. It’s always been just the three of us on the boat – we make a good team and for years now we have been on the search for that elusive ‘big fish’ However, we nearly didn’t make it this time, as we had to jump start the car with the boat on the back. Don’t ask me the technical questions I just turn up and fish. We had been out for a few hours and decided to pack up for the day. We were stoked with our haul so far, a couple of 18 pound snapper and good-sized gurnard. It was our first real trip into the deep water, we usually just stay reasonably close but of course with that we were only ever really going to catch pannies. Anyway I dropped my line in and only a few minutes later it went nuts. Immediately thought was a stingray

or shark but Tom decided to get it on video anyway. After it stopped I began reeling in. I am bit awkward with this part and my arms and body seem to get tangled… yes I am blonde. After a while it dawned on us that this was actually a fish. Suddenly it was all hands on deck - well Rick getting the net ready - and the boys coached me and slowly but surely the giant arose from the murky water. At this point we nearly lost it as it didn’t fit in the net but all credit to Rick, he hurled it on board. I am surprised Nelson didn’t get woken to our screams of excitement and amazement. I had caught and reeled BY MYSELF, a 28 pound snapper! It was the biggest fish we had seen yet alone caught. High fives all round. As silly and sad as it sounds, it was such a cool feeling and can’t believe it even happened. If only I actually got a photo with it – oh well, there’s always next time.

Cassie’s Monster By Cassie Cameron

The kahawai were mysteriously nibbling on the blue sparkly soft bait. When finally “STRIKE’’ yelled Dad. I struck and I was in serious business. Dad landed the kahawai with the net. The same thing happened over and over again. We changed lures then zp zp zp zp zp zp zp zp the line was racing, I saw my huge fish jump. I quickly estimated it was about fifty centimetres. Suddenly “SNAP” unfortunately we lost our good lure “plop’’ oh no too late we lost

our landing net as well. So we stopped at Haulashore Island to have an AMAZING explore. Then while heading back in the kayak we spotted something lurking and twitching, it was the MONSTER that broke me off. I was so, so, so excited sadly we could NOT catch it without the net plus it was only swimming upside-down. But Mum needed to go out in the car so we had to leave my giant. It was time to go home.


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Environment Minister Amy Adams has decided to prevent damming on the Nevis River in Otago. Ms Adams says that a dam or diversion on the lower Nevis River would have major negative effects on its wild and scenic qualities, and fishing and kayaking. “I have decided in favour of a unique native fishery and an unusual river feature in agreeing to amend a water conservation order to add outstanding characteristics and prevent damming on the Nevis River,” she said. The minister said the dam option was relatively insignificant in terms of New Zealand’s overall electricity generation capacity, but that it is important to protect the Nevis galaxiid and trout fisheries, and the wild and scenic characteristics of the river, especially for fishing and kayaking. The 1997 Kawarau water conservation order protects a number of water bodies related to the Kawarau River. It protects some of its tributaries including the Nevis River, for their outstanding natural, scientific, recreational and other values.

However, the order included an option to allow damming of the Nevis River as long as water flows were sufficient to permit kayaking. New Zealand and Otago Fish and Game Councils applied to amend the order to ban damming of the Nevis altogether. The application also sought recognition of a special feature of the geography of the Upper Nevis River, which was ‘captured’ by the Kawarau 500,000 to 800,000 years ago. Prior to this, the Nevis used to flow in the other direction. This geographic isolation makes the Nevis galaxiid unique. The application has gone through a public process, was considered by a special tribunal and then by the Environment Court. The judge and commissioners were unable to agree on whether there should be an absolute prohibition on damming of the Nevis River and so the Court presented two reports with separate recommendations to Ms Adams.

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On a choppy afternoon we headed off for the mouth of the Crooked River, Lake Brunner, but no cigar. We then headed off to Bain Bay where my luck changed and I landed this nice fish, which is my first for the new season.  We enjoyed it smoked with a bit of fresh pasta - delicious!

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A Familiar RING to Next Year’s Weather? I first heard of Ken Ring a couple of years ago when a series of weather bombs and earthquakes caused much damage around the country. Ken had predicted these events, and so close to the date and time that people began to challenge and question his uncanny accuracy. Sceptics reared their heads, professional meteorologists displayed jealousy and newspaper editors dined out on the controversy. It was an even greater eye opener to come across Ken Ring’s New Zealand Weather Almanac 2014, the latest of over 30 books that he has written on weather and climate in New Zealand, Australia and united Kingdom. He also advises a wide range of local bodies, events organisers and companies, and is the long range weather consultant for Channel 7 in Australia. Musician Paul Simon of

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Sharks Not Targeted for Fins By Tim Pankhurst, CEO Seafood NZ Sharks are not targeted for their fins in New Zealand waters. Furthermore, taking fins from live sharks is quite properly illegal. Nor is any species of shark endangered in our waters by taking shark fins. The government’s consultation paper – the National Plan of Action: Sharks (NPOA) shows most sharks caught in New Zealand waters are fully utilised and processed. They are from shark species whose populations are in no way threatened. If sharks are endangered, then the government uses the Wildlife Act to protect these sharks. Earlier this year, the government added oceanic whitetip sharks to six other shark species that were already given complete protection. No fisher can target them, and if one is caught, then there are huge penalties for not reporting the catch, or trying to sell any of it. For the 11 other sharks fished for under the Quota Management System (QMS) and so not endangered, it is not clear what the government is proposing or why. If the government data indicates that the Total Allowable Catch for a particular shark is too high, then the government can, and does, reduce the TAC. The NPOA proposes that if a shark is accidently caught, and dead, the fisher will have to throw all of it back into the sea, rather than be allowed to retain just the fins. That surely is a wasteful way of solving what is presented as a waste problem and will also cause an evidential complication under the QMS. An alternative requirement is proposed that the sharks are brought back to land with the fins naturally attached (FNA). That might be manageable if there is a market for the rest of the shark other than the fins.

But if it is a blue shark, for example, then the trunk will be highly ammoniated by the time the vessel is back to shore. Everything will smell like it was dipped in janola. The shark carcass will then have to be taken to one of the few landfills that would be prepared to accept rotting shark bodies. That all sounds even more wasteful than dumping the whole shark at sea. The FNA policy is in widespread use internationally, with some variations. It may have some traceability value in countries without a QMS structure. But with the robust workings of our QMS, it is a mystery why we should introduce FNS to New Zealand. We should not be in the business of copying countries which lack a QMS structure. The prices paid for shark fins are nowhere near what some claims are made for them. A consignment of mixed frozen fin is currently selling at around $6 kg. That is the same as what you would pay for a kilo of parsnips at Countdown. Fins are certainly not rhinoceros horn. As a matter of principle, if we are forced to stop selling a part of a fish, that is neither endangered nor treated inhumanely, and is perfectly suitable for human consumption, then we have created a dangerous precedent in our primary industries.

Trout Amidst Salmon Country By Imo McCarthy

the salmon farm and were basically dropping it about 10m out. I think the fish know when the feeding blokes are coming to the farm, because everything I saw caught was from feeding time to about half an hour afterwards. This was not at dawn or dusk but about 11.00am. I also saw a man catch a decent sized rainbow at the confluence of the Pukaki and Ohau canals at about 5.00pm; same place that we caught our little salmon. On the bank there I picked up some discarded cubes of what I can only describe as artificial salmon pellets so I guess people are using those too. I didn’t see anybody catch on prawns, although we did last year in November.

Fishing the Mackenzie Country canals recently, we came back with four 50cm salmon and a slightly bigger trout. We saw people catching thirteen pounders below Ohau B but alas not us. The chatty garage man says they will start feeding more actively when the weather warms up. Everything we saw caught was on Gulp smelt bait, as were our small salmon. You have to be a bit cunning putting them on the hooks and test them to see that they are swimming the right way up and look like little fish. The first one I put on was swimming white side up! They are a it hard to cast far, but the people catching below Ohau B had walked down to

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Milking Butter Browns With Canal Worms By Craig Grant

Early morning proved the best time to fish the hydro canal behind Lake Wardell, where we were camping. Then it was calm and the water was still. When they began generating power it wasn’t. There were also bigger butter-coloured browns feeding along the edge. They were easier to see when the sun was behind you and the ones that disturbed the water right at the edge were easy to spot. I had hunted these fish before without any success and was pleased to get my first butter brown on a dry fly, after investing more time chasing them on this trip. The trick was to only put your leader in the water when you cast. That way your fly line didn’t spook the fish. Later we were joined by our friends who bought me a bucket of worms. I used them one morning, using light nylon and a hook. I cast the worm ahead of the cruising fish, leaving it for them to find. Often they didn’t because of the rocks on the bottom. I should have had three or four fish that morning, but everything turned to custard and I got none. Some picked up the bait and ran with it. I gave them time to swallow it as I usually did, but some spat it out and the hook-ups were only temporary things. I did, however, hook into a beauty on a concrete ledge where the water from Lake Pukaki flows in, but it snagged me on the bottom because I didn’t play it from the top of the outlet structure. Some swam up to the floating worm, looked at it and passed it by. It was back to the drawing board. The first thing I did was change to a smaller wire hook and altered my tactics. There was more direct casting to the fish. Timing was everything. The trick was to give the fish no time to inspect the bait. When they snapped at the bait in a reflex action, I struck almost immediately. Any browns that had time to glide up to the bait and inspect it, left it alone. That morning I got two fish and the next morning three. So if at first you don’t succeed try again, but do something different. In the evening, just after sun down, I found that where the canal changed direction was a hot spot. Then and there you could catch fish on spinner.




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Scallops With the scallop season underway there has been considerable discussion about the state of the stocks in the Top of the South so it is probably timely to give some background and biological information about scallops and the Ministry’s aims. The MPI objective is to protect the spawning biomass. The Top of the South Island scallop fishery is defined as Scallop Area 7 or SCA7,  and fishery wide, is at what is probably an all time low biomass. However, within the fishery there are pockets of healthy, fishable scallops, especially in the Marlborough Sounds.  Given the low biomass, it is when fishing these remaining ‘spawning biomasses’ that it would be sensible if all fishers were able to show a little restraint.   When we inspect parties that have upwards of 700 scallops in their possession after a few days in the Sounds it is evident that the freezer mentality is alive and well in some quarters. It is only a matter of time before environmental conditions allow a recovery, and, when that happens, it is those denser pockets of scallops that will re-populate the fishery and determine how long that recovery takes. If those pockets are fished out, then any rebuild will take longer. It is also important to note that the vigour and, hence the likelihood of survival, of a scallop larvae is dependent on there being high densities of scallops in a spawning event. Most scallops take two to three years to reach 90 mm, but this can take as little as 18 months in Golden Bay.  Scallops can live for up to six years but very few make it that long; most have already expired by the time they are three or four-years-old. In the wild, a scallop has many predators, especially the eleven armed starfish. A scallop  is a functional hermaphrodite that breeds generally in early summer (although partial spawning can occur from at least August to February). Most scallops mature by the end of their first year, but they contribute little to the spawning pool until the end of their second year. Year 1 scallops contain about 500  000 eggs, whereas year 4 and 5 scallops can contain over 40  million. For a variety of reasons high variability in natural annual recruitment is a

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characteristic of scallop populations worldwide. Scallops in the outer Pelorus Sound grow to a shell length of about 60 mm in one year, and can reach 100 mm in two years. This was typical of the pattern of growth that occurred under the rotational fishing strategy in Tasman and Golden Bays as well. Growth slows during the winter, and has been found to vary between years (it is probably influenced by water temperature, food availability, and scallop density). Experience with enhanced stocks in Tasman and Golden Bay has indicated that scallops generally attain a shell length of 90mm in just under two years, although, in conditions where food is limited, almost three years may be required to reach this size. Currently MPI is considering whether further management is needed for the fishery, and  if so, what form that management should take. There are arguably two iconic fish stocks in New Zealand, Bluff oysters and Nelson scallops, so given the state of scallop stocks, play your part in managing this  important fishery for future generations. Know the rules that apply, particularly to possession of shucked scallops at sea and ‘limit your catch, don’t catch your limit’.

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edge from a boat. Patchy reports have come in from the Maruia, with some anglers drawing a blank and others doing okay in this fishery. The mighty Wairau probably took the longest to settle flow wise, but now it has settled it has recently been producing good numbers of excellently conditioned fish in the 2kg size bracket, from Renwick to the Wairau Valley Township. Trout Head Reminder Anglers who enjoy taking a fish for the table are reminded to please measure and weigh their catch, record location


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TAKAKA FUELS & FISHING the Wangapeka with an 8 year return period event, fishing since then has been reported to still be okay in some sections of the river, although gravel deposits and fish have moved/ changed the fishery quite a bit. The main-stem Motueka was less affected by October flooding and has been fishing well now flows have settled, with the hot November weather producing a few hatches and rising fish for dry fly addicts. The warm weather has also made November lake fishing fairly productive with some good nymph fishing opportunities along the lake


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Annual General Meeting November 26 saw the presentation of the NelsonMarlborough Region annual report at our annual general meeting and an open invitation for any regional licence holder to attend our ‘pig on the spit’ function that now accompanies this event. The event appears popular with our licence holders and we get a few more coming along each year.

Nelson/Marlborough Due to the floods, early-mid October turned out to be a bit of a whitewash in this region with anglers confined mainly to lake fishing, although the Goulter (less prone to flooding as drains Lake Chalice) reported to have fished well, with large numbers of nicely conditioned medium fish. There were also some good sea-run fishing opportunities reported, with plenty of large fish present in the tidal sections of the Wairau, and a few in the Pelorus also. One happy angler landed a 4.2kg sea-run fish (pictured) in the lower Pelorus during late October, which was reported to have been excellent eating. November saw most of our rivers finally settle down flow wise, and good fishing reports have been trickling in from a number of our fisheries. While the October floods hammered




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I have been out snapper fishing 3 times in the last six days and haven’t got fish like it since the 60s. ( op last week was cancelled) last friday, two rods and longline and had to let heaps of fish go. Last two trips, one rod per person and still have to let snapper go. Lots round the 10 to 12 lb mark. Biggest to date 24 lb. just hope they don’t f*#@ round with the qouta for them. It is looking really good for the future and for our kids etc. Haddy




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Kayaking with Chris West

Common Mistakes When starting out kayaking, or doing anything new for that matter, it is easy to be unaware of what you do not know. Over the next few months I will take a look at some common mistakes made by people new to (and not so new to) the sport.

I went fishing early Saturday morning out from Cable Bay with a mate. It was a little rough at 5:30am but we paddled to the 25m mark and set up our gear. Pilchard was flavour of the morning and we caught heaps of gurnard and sharks. I was getting pretty sick of catching sharks and was going to move, but a big bite caused

me to rethink. The time was 10.00am and I was in for a good workout, finally boating this nice twenty pounder. It has been a good season with me having caught this year a 14kg, 12kg, 10.5kg and 9.5kg snapper from a kayak. I think the quiet profile of the kayak certainly gives us an advantage, so if you want some serious fishing action – it’s all there to be had.

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Holding a Paddle Incorrectly Nearly every paddle available has an asymmetrical blade shape. Put simply, the top half of the paddle blade is not a mirror image of the bottom half of the blade. Making paddles with an asymmetric blade is one way paddle designers can make a paddle that moves smoothly through the water. Some new paddlers are unaware that their paddles are designed with a left and a right blade and hold them the wrong way around. If you have the paddle blades upside down when paddling, the paddle will ‘flutter’ as it moves through the water. A paddle with an asymmetric blade will look like it has had the end of the blade cut off on an angle. The more cut away side is the lower side of the blade; the one that goes into the water first. Another easy way to figure out which is the correct way to hold the paddle is to look at any writing on the blade. Many paddles have a model name or logo on them and if this is upside down then you are probably holding the paddle incorrectly. Most paddles also have some form of locator on the grip. Locators can be a ‘lump’ that runs along the shaft and is found under your fingers or it can be a shaft that has been made slightly oval in shape. If your paddle has just one locator it will be found on the right hand side of the shaft (unless you have a left hand paddle). The locator

helps you to know where your hand is in relation to the paddle blade. Some paddles feature locators (usually an ovalised shaft) on both sides. This allows for a better feel and quicker response when paddling. If you are left handed then you may choose to use a left handed paddle. Left hand paddles have the blades set up so that one blade is rotated 180o from where it would be on a right hand paddle. This allows the left hand to control the ‘twist’ of the paddle. The locator is on the left for a left hand paddle. However, it is usually easier to learn to paddle with a right hand paddle. Once you learn to paddle with a left hand control paddle it is very hard to swap to a right hand control. If you ever need to borrow a paddle you will find it difficult to swap over. Once people have figured out which blade goes on what side, there is still another time where paddlers make the mistake of having the paddle around the wrong way. When you do any reverse strokes, you retain the same grip on the paddle and use the back face of the blade to power the stroke instead of swapping the paddle around When learning to kayak you can avoid many potential pitfalls by getting a lesson from your local kayak school. They will teach you how to use your gear and help you avoid commonly made mistakes.

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one of the most popular events of the year in North Canterbury. Fishing begins at 8.00am and runs to 3.00pm. Entry fees are $20 for adults and $5 for children (under

13-years-old). Tickets can be purchased at Arthur Burke in Amberley, Hamills in Rangiora and Fisherman’s Loft in Christchurch. Registrations will also be taken on the day at the Amberley Beach Domain Hall from 7.00am onwards. Upon payment of the $5 entry fee, all junior competitors receive a $10 discount voucher off minimum purchases of $50 from Hamills, North Canterbury (so purchase your ticket now and use the voucher before Christmas). There will be excellent prizes for successful fishers and spot prizes based on registration numbers. The main sponsor is Hamills but the competition is sponsored by many local businesses. Lions is very appreciative of the assistance given by all its valued sponsors for this popular fundraiser. After dwindling numbers of participants for a number years, the competition is growing again. Last year saw 220 rods on the beach. We are hoping to top that this year. So dust off the surfcasting rod and bring the whole family out for a fun day at Amberley Beach. Have fun, catch fish and win prizes!

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A few years ago local man Ken Rily turned up at the beach at 2:30 pm to catch up with some friends, see how their fishing was going and have a cold one. As they had not yet caught a fish, he advised if he was registered he would show them how it was done. They jokingly

replied, “If you think you are so good, go and register - there is still 30 minutes fishing and anyway, if nothing is caught it’s still a worthy donation to the Lions club.” I took him back to the registration hall on the food motorbike and returned him

to his mates at the beach all registered up. He borrowed his mate’s rod, baited up, cast it out and within two minutes pulled in a stingray bordering on two metres long, promptly taking out the senior first prize pool for the day. The old saying you, “got to be in to win”!

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We stayed right on the beach in Tofino, a beautiful fishing town at the entrance to Clayoquot Sound. We were given a bear warning, as there had been black bear sighted around the resort, however we didn’t see any. The next day we boarded Zodiac’s dressed in these amazing suits that protect you from the cold and wet and which also act as survival suits if you should go in the water. We looked like we were going into space. What a buzz… we saw Grey whales, Stella sea lions and sea otters. The otters were joined together in a raft of about 30 – 40 strong just bobbing about in the sea. It was amazing to watch them linked together, allowing some to sleep and mothers with young that cannot swim, on their tummies so they don’t drown. We saw another black bear on the beach turning over rocks like they were pebbles, looking for a feed. On our way back to Vancouver, we saw black bear and deer feeding on the side of the road, not bothered at all by all the tourists taking photos. Our second tour, ‘The Heart of the Canadian Rockies’, set off from Calgary to Banff, Jasper, Kamloops then Victoria and back to Vancouver. This takes you through the Columbia Icefields, where we were taken up onto the Athabasca Glacier - an awesome experience. Travelling the Coquihalla highway from Kamloops to Victoria is one of the most dangerous roads in the winter, however it was spectacular in the summer, thank goodness. We saw many elk, including a large bull with a 14-point set

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The draw for any fishing match is always an exciting moment as each angler waits for their turn with high hopes they can pull a good peg out of the bag. The recent national championship was no exception and I felt fairly pleased with number 18 on the first day, which put me on one of the favoured pegs in C section. As often happens, however, all the bankside commotion can make the fishing slow and it turned out to be one of those days where catches were well below what the venue is capable of producing. Fortunately, my peg featured a far bank tree hanging over slightly deeper water and this provided a relative haven from which I was able to extract enough fish to win the section. Actually my weight of 11lb 11oz was equaled by Wellington angler, Nathan ‘Slippers’ Morley, pegged a couple of places further downstream who had managed a couple of big carp late in the match, so we both took forward one section point into the following day, along with the three other section winners. Sunday saw me sitting on Peg 11 in B section; not usually a very good area and where little had been caught the day before. Slippers had done much better, pulling out Peg 8 known locally as ‘The Aquarium’ and with section winning form from Saturday. Assessing the situation, it seemed that catching carp would be my only chance of staying in contention, but that’s not a style of fishing I particularly enjoy and although I spent reasonable chunks of time looking for a big fish, I couldn’t bring myself to sit on my hands for the whole match waiting for a lucky bite. Unfortunately, the alternative method of targeting the small fish just wasn’t working and while I picked up fish at regular intervals, my


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Cassie and friend enjoy success with a beautiful rainbow.

catch rate was way behind what I could see happening in The Aquarium and its adjacent peg. To make matters worse, the anglers on either side of me did manage to catch a couple of carp each and I sunk to fifth in the section. Slippers had a great day catching a real mixed bag with plenty of small fish, plus five good carp. He weighed-in 40lbs to not only win the section but the match and the overall championship to boot. Top Auckland angler, Dave Russell, came close also scoring two section points but losing out on total weight count-back. Five-time past champion Gary Bourne, another Aucklander, rounded out the top three. Attention now turns to Christchurch where the tench have woken up from their winter hibernation and good catches are starting to be made.


Nelson region young boys and girls continue to enjoy catching a rainbow trout at the Sport Fishing for Youth fishing ponds up the Waimea River and not far from Richmond township. Already this season and only two Sundays in November 154 boys and girls have ventured out early in the morning to have a go with our new spinning and fly rods provided to the Trust by sponsor Kilwell Sports, Rotorua. With the help of Nelson Trout Fishing Club and community helpers, they were able to land 88 beautiful rainbow trout of a very good size. The smiles and

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excitement of the children and their parents was all worth it to the helpers on the day. The Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust continues to develop the pond site so children, disabled or not, can enjoy fishing. Late November saw more development with new wheelchair railing for each fishing platform and new walkways to the three platforms. These will be ready by the 7 December Special Day, that for the first time, will give children in wheelchairs an opportunity to catch fish. We

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Snapper The Old Way By Jamie Hall Sue with her first of the season spring snapper.

From Sinker to Smoker By Ron Prestage

Successful Surfcaster Donald Searles

North Canterbury resident Donald regularly posts photos on fishing forums of his surfcasting successes. The Fishing Paper: What is your first memory of fishing? Donald: Fishing off the Waitohi wharf in Picton as a kid, but didn’t really get into fishing properly until the age of 17-18 when I bought my first surf rod, a 10 foot 2-piece with a Silstar 2040 reel. TFP: What stages have you passed through on your fishing journey? Donald: Getting more confident at what to target, where to target and how to catch them. TFP: What has been your most successful day surfcasting?

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Sue with her first of the season snapper but I did better with a 5kg specimen, just out of The Cut in November. We weren’t trying anything flash like slow jigs, flasher rigs or lemon scented softbaits – just good old fashioned ledger rigs and single hook running rigs on the rod with squid for bait. Both fish were really nice barbecued!

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TFP: What is your favoured rig for surfcasting? Donald: Pulley rig. TFP: What brand of rod and reel do you favour? Donald: Don’t really have a rod brand as such, but do like a good 14-foot surf rod. I like the Tica range of reels. My main surf reel is a Scrambler ST 10.000 followed by a Redback RB7000R TFP: What baits do you mainly use for surfcasting? Donald: Prawn or trevally. TFP: You have posted some impressive photos of rig and elephant fish. How did you catch these desirable species? Donald: Just being at the beach at the right time I guess. If they are there then you should catch them with not much trouble.

TFP: Do you have favourite surfcasting spots and how do you fish these places?

TFP: What do you think of the present state of the Canterbury fishery?

Donald: Kaikoura would be my favourite and then Conway Flat around autumn and this season Nape Nape has started to fish well.

Donald: It’s not too flash, but think that could be from years of set netting and trawlers. Since moving to North Canterbury I have caught species of fish, surfcasting that I hadn’t caught before. Some I have caught from boats but never surfcasting so my fishing has been let’s say heaps better than my early days.

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Tequila Fishing Lights the Fire By Troy Dando

During September I experienced some really insane fishing when I visited the land of Tequila and was treated to a smorgasbord of tropical fish action the like dreams are made of. Four Kiwis joined an organised a fishing trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where we targeted sail fish, blue marlin, black marlin, rooster fish, pargo and yellow fin tin – cows over 200kg! It was my mission to tick off a few new exotic species and joining an organised charter seemed a great way to quickly learn new skills. When we arrived at the marina to meet the crew, we found them halfway down the jetty with spearguns in hand – they were shooting metre long snoek without even getting their feet wet! I was blown away because the marina was like an aquarium, with literally hundreds of thousands of fish swimming within plain sight. A short distance outside the marina explosive rooster fish could be targeted and from there the action got better. One of the boats we chartered was run by an all New Zealand crew – Tony Orton Sports Fishing operating from a brand new 42ft Viking called Forby. The other boat was a traditional Panga

Mexican fishing boat run by a local, Danny Gomez – when in Mexico do as the locals do I say! We fished for eight days and it was awesome in the sense of the variety of action and techniques I got to experience and learn about. We trolled, switch baited, live baited, dead bait, used jigs and fished stick baits. One technique that impressed me was ‘dredging’ up marlin. A device mimicking 20 – 30 fish was lowered on downrigger and towed so it resembled a ball of fish. The marlin went nuts over it and came up, scything through and thrashing at the artificial fish, which were quietly removed and dead baits drifted back in their place. Mahi-mahi were everywhere and big suckers too, with some going over 20kg. At one point we came upon a floating island of grass that was surrounded by turtles. Casting stick baits towards the floating island produced explosive results, with mahi-mahi smashing the lures in spectacular fashion. We caught them on trolled lures as well and what a blast. In fact, all the fishing was like that – tequila fishing – it lights the fire in your belly.

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