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Mysterious moochers autopsied
occasional monster has been reported in deeper cooler southern waters, with one around 10lb caught off Port Hardy a number of years back. Fish of 1-2kg are common catches around mussel farms, which have become ideal habitat for these stealth predators. The anecdotal catch reports I’ve seen over the past decade suggest these fish are quite happily living in a range of 20 – 100m. Populations may be on the increase, or at least fluctuating. And it appears JDs may not always be isolated hunters as many would argue, but aggregate periodically. Almost a decade ago, commercial fishers trawling in Tasman Bay were plagued by huge catches of John Dory they had no quota for and had to pay deemed value. The problem existed for one or two seasons.
This JD was taken on a Black Magic Snapper Terror baited with a squid tentacle, but had been eating mussels off the line! I kid you not.
John Dory are commonly associated with warmer waters where they typically stalk and ambush their prey around kelp beds and weed
lines, down to 15m. They are most prolific north of Bay of Plenty, however, JDs also exist around the Top of the South, in quite different
habitat. They are generally caught by recreational fishers as a by-catch, often amongst mussels farms in the Outer Marlborough
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Sounds but also in deep open water off d’Urville Island. While they typically grow to 3kg in the north, the
It goes to show there is still a lot for us to learn about marine ecosystems but it’s not only science that can contribute to this. While anecdotal evidence doesn’t carry specific scientific weight, it is useful in terms of putting forward suggestive evidence. An old fisherman’s trick I have passed onto Daniel, is to check the gut content of the fish you catch, ostensibly to see what they are feeding on so you can match the bait. Young kids love this gory detective work and, as a result, our boat
has become quite literally a bloody autopsy factory! Now, some startling discoveries have come from this. One is the increase in the number of juvenile John Dory we are seeing being predated by grey boy sharks. We are also find tiny juvenile fish in the Inner Sounds like the blue warehou, and starting to note seasonal blooms of certain species: five years ago kahawai and albacore tuna were gorging themselves on juvenile seahorse! Another recent surprise came when I dissected a John Dory I’d pulled from a mussel farm in Admiralty Bay; I was stunned to see that it had been stalking… mussels. The git contained three mussels that had freshly come from a dropper. Each had distinctive strike marks and a 1cm hole on the top shell, in precisely the same spot. This is suggestive that the JD was rapidly striking the shell with its mouth in order to crack it. Once successful, it appears it either sucked or levered the mussel from the dropper! While I am not putting any scientific theories out there, this regular autopsying of our catch has certainly added colour and speculation to the lively conversations that take place on our boat. I would be interested to hear any of your experiences.
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One strip and
A golden moment for Grant – certainly a gift from the gods
BANG! Grant Holmes
It has been my ambition for several years now to catch a kingfish off the flats but, somehow, things conspire against me. My first pilgrimage to Golden Bay was timed a little early in November 2016. My optimism was rewarded with some stunning kahawai on the fly before the weather gods turned on me and drove me home.
I returned in March 2017, with Australian friend Garry. Thousands of pilot whales had stranded on the beaches of Farewell Spit and, wisely, the kingfish had stayed away. So to February 2018 and after favourable reports and a reasonable weather forecast, I made a split second decision to make the gruelling seven hour trip again. I arrived to strong
westerlies and showers shaking the tent through the night, filling me with misgivings.
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cast. At one point, I glanced back and was startled to see a stingray at my heels. It was the species the kingfish favour and the first I had seen, but nothing was riding shotgun on this one.
decided to smile on me.
I looked out from under the tailgate and not more than 10 metres out from shore was a stingray with kingfish passenger very obvious. I dropped the I had been using a sink tip muesli bar, grabbed the rod, line but my thoughts now and made the cast. One strip As the tide made, we turned to some poppers I and BANG! Fish on. The retreated back up the beach had made but never used. loose line ripped through with nothing to show for I changed to a full-floating my hands as the reel sang our efforts. It was time for a line and gave them a workmy favourite tune and I break from the unrelenting out. Meanwhile, two guys tightened up the drag as the wind. stepped into the water about backing flew through the I returned that afternoon, a 200 metres away and began rod rings. The fish paused, couple of hours before high E the wading towards meTH and thought better of Sit and took EW G Non TIN N tide, to stalk the beach in the U H heavens opened in a heavy off again what was to be & R E P A GP FISHIN shelter of trees and scrub. shower. I propped the rod many long, powerful runs G being beached about R A T I Nbefore Only a handful of eagle rays against L EandB ducked E car C the could be seen on the now lit under the tailgate and began 20 minutes later. It wasn’t my up flats but I was enjoying chewing on a muesli bar. This birthday but what better gift the day and making the odd was when the fishing gods could I wish for? I was joined there by a fishing guide and two clients, with rods and lines attached to something akin to small birds, while I used a more modest Lefty’s Deceiver.
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Monkey fails to disrupt goat hunt Bryn Williams
The goals for the trip were simple. Harvest some red meat for the table and break in Tom’s rifle, which was yet
to score. The weather was dull and grey with on and off periods of rain but some of the best hunting can be
experienced in less than ideal conditions, so into the bush we stomped. The terrain demanded high
concentration levels with continual river crossings and boulder hopping. A slight tumble from Tom had us worried his rifle scope might have been knocked out of sight but there was really only one way of finding out. Reaching the DoC land, we slowed down and switched to hunting mode, becoming more aware of our surroundings. It wasn’t long before we spotted two goats on a small clearing near the river’s edge. I screwed the Hardy Gen 5 suppressor on to the Tikka and loaded the magazine. Resting on a large boulder with the crosshairs steady, the rifle spoke on cue. Emptying the chamber, we walked over for a closer inspection. The .270 round had hit the nanny goat in the neck for a quick humane kill. Getting a taste for the action, Tom was keen on securing an animal as well. It didn’t take long, as around the next bluff we spotted another goat feeding halfway up a face. It was a tricky shot on the angle but using a tree branch as a rest, he loaded his rifle and we had fingers crossed the scope hadn’t been bumped too hard.
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from its perch and landing close to our position, making for an easier retrieval. The scope remained true and another clean neck shot meant for some good meat recovery. With a goat each secured, it was curiosity that got the better of us as we continued around another couple of corners. A mob of four goats was grazing on a fresh slip, completely oblivious to the action that occurred earlier
in the day. The beauty of suppressors. Another two goats were harvested and with the monkey off the back of Tom’s rifle, he was now on a roll. Satisfied with enough meat for a few curries, the decision to U-turn was made. We also took a couple of bones for the fluffiest member of the family who is always frothing for a bone or two!
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Big bait, big fish a winner Kevin Bannan
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YOU FISH. After being postponed from the Saturday, the Nelson Dawnbreakers Snapper Cup Competition was held on Sunday February 18. Ron Prestage, Lenny Smith, and myself decided not to beat the 5.00am rush but head out at 6.00am in Ron’s 580 Osprey hardtop Blue Magic. With a northerly swell, conditions weren’t ideal as we headed out into Tasman Bay, stopping at the 20 metre line.
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out into the berley trail and letting it drift away from the boat. It wasn’t long and my rod started to get a nice bend with a bit of line getting pulled off. I wanted to grab it but just held off for a few moments. The rod bent over and my 30-year-old Mitchell 486 fixed spool reel sung a tune I haven’t heard for a few years. Line
was peeling off at a great rate. When it stopped, I set the hook and felt the weight and head shake of a good sized snapper. A few more runs and the old boy was worn out ( the snapper, not me). It came to the surface and flopped on its side. Ron was ready with net in hand to scoop it up. Weighing in at 10.6 kg (23lb) it was a Tasman Bay cup winner.
Once our rigs were out, we got a good berley trail going to attract fish into the area. After sitting, waiting, and changing baits for an hour, things were starting to get a bit on the boring side, with no action on the rods when, out of the blue, my dropper rig gave a bit of a nudge. I grabbed the rod and pulled in an average-sized kahawai. Being a bit on the small size for the weigh-in, I took a big strip bait off one side and set up a stray line rig, sending it
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A 5.30am start following the opening night of a threeday stag do had Blake and I fizzing to push the boat out. Launching from Bulwer in a 3-metre inflatable, we had no real plan of attack. Once out of the bay and realising how still the conditions were, we set our sights for the Chetwode Islands. Tossing the anchor in a sheltered bay, we were immediately greeted by blue cod, blue moki, and tarakihi. Hugging the edge, we dived the weed that drifted into sand beyond the 10–15 metre mark. It was still early and both Blake and I had opened the account with our limit of two blue cod and a couple of moki. We were hoping to shoot something new rather than what we have got at home on the Canterbury coastline. Maybe a snapper amongst the weed perhaps, or a cruising kingfish chasing bait? As we continued along the island’s coastline, I dove down the edge of a rocky structure and shot another good sized moki, hitting it just behind the head, right on the limits of the 90cm gun’s
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far from won. The kingfish began to run, towing me in circles and racing the float line through my hands. I yelled to Blake for assistance as I tried to stay flat on the surface to avoid being tangled in all the line. It was too late and my float line was wrapped around my leg trying to drag me under just as Blake arrived to take the tension. Freeing myself, we collectively pulled the kingfish to the surface and I put its powerful yellow tail between my legs, while my left hand gripped its throat. I reached for my Wettie dive knife and ‘ikied’ the fish. Watching its mouth open, I could feel the fish no longer fighting. The battle was won. Leaving the spear in for insurance purposes, we swam back to the inflatable. What a crazy few minutes! Rounding the corner back into Bulwer, the boat was struggling to plane with the extra weight. Blake landed us right on the beach in front of the balcony littered with dusty lads from the night before. I held up the fish to cheers all round. We certainly ate like kings that night!
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Dirty Kim Swan
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The intention had been to give the dogs a stretch – mild exercise by way of squats and leg cocks, which doubled as morning ablutions. Instead they were stretched out like racing greyhounds, vying to beat their mates down the paddock. Fuelling their exertions was the waft of a katabatic wind laden with pig scent. The unexpected sprint was cause for consternation. The intended mild exercise was for all 10 of our dogs. Of those 10, six were now casting in enormous loops way ahead of us, nasally ingesting ground-scent and trying to decipher where a meandering pig went from night-time feeding to dawn withdrawal. Four others were content to walk with us. One was an oldy, who’d recently acquired the title of ‘Nana.’ At 15, she was toothless and portly. Another was Big Jim, a working huntaway, whose forte was mustering cattle. The remaining two, Jenna and Banjo, were playful puppies. The pig dogs were usually three teams of two, hunted consistently with only their offsider and their human as company. Today though they
Now old Nana’s eyes were cloudy but she saw a change in our body language. She peered intently at me as the corner of my mouth twitched involuntarily into a smile and my right hand began to caress the knife-sheath on my belt. She noted the direction of my focus and as I heard Chop arrive at the distant pig, she did too. Nana changed mode from portly potterer to rubber-burning speedster with accelerator to the floor. Big Jim bounded after Nana, he had no clue why, he just did as she did. Jim’s human was all a dither. Three dogs bailing. A sure indication their quarry, way up on the manuka face, was no squealer. It must be something weighty, worldly, and wielding tusks. Jim’s human turned about-face and began to jog towards camp and the rifle there. He’d not gone far when I called, “four
dog bail” and then, seconds later, “holding now!” Rubber-burning speedster? No, not me. I hurried though. Hurried faster when every adult pig dog held hard and their quarry still uttered no squeal. Huffed, puffed, and hurried even more urgently when I looked back to see Poss had changed his mind and was stampeding uphill in my wake. Poss, my long-suffering husband – big, strong, fit, and younger than me – I must beat him to the bail, my pride at stake. Overdrive then, in oversized gumboots. Free-flow sweat and oxygen deprivation. A distant dog cried in pain. Hurry. Faster. Beat Poss. Save dogs. Mister’s pig was a toothsome mountain warrior. In a narrow washout he’d made his last stand. Seven
relieved pig dogs applauded my arrival, while Big Jim, unmoved by the hype, moped about looking for a cow to muster. Hastily I dived into the fray, intent on showing my man he was not only soundly beaten but altogether redundant. The prolonged oxygen deprivation had certainly affected my judgment, as I was about to discover to my embarrassment. Maybe it had been all that caressing as I listened to the dogs find and bail their quarry earlier. Maybe it had been forward momentum as I wrestled the boar in a lover’s embrace. One way or another my knife was jammed deep into its leather sheath. While one hand was required to keep the bristly boar from regaining his feet and fighting on, my free hand scrabbled in vain to
grasp the smooth butt of my knife handle. No knife equals no kill; I needed some assistance. “Poss, sweetheart, get up here!” I called as the boar dragged me forward. My legs were no longer entwined about his waist. My hands no longer controlled his front feet. His hairy tail was all I had left. “Poss, hurry!” I called again, prone now and getting dirt on my chin and in my cleavage. Little Jenna walked up my back, sniffed my hair, licked my face and that was the last straw. Wallowing down there in the gutter, flat on my tummy, a boar’s tail clenched in my hands, a puppy on my back. I definitely needed assistance. I had to swallow my pride and say it aloud. “Poss, hurry, I need help!” Bugger… I hated that!
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were a mongrel mob with no allegiance to mate or man, or woman. While the older, experienced dogs hurtled in circles in an effort to unravel that one leading trail, the two youngest dogs took a straightline approach. Impatient and quick, they raced each other ever upwards. Now you may be thinking we’d be enthusiastic about the situation that had developed but we were not. Why? The intended stretch and ablutions were a simple kindness to our dogs before we departed for work. We were not hunting. The dogs were not wearing tracking collars and their humans were not wearing appropriate clothing nor footwear. Far away Mister, the youngest dog of all, indicated he’d located his quarry. Unlike many of our dogs, Mister would bark his biggest deepest bark at whatever he found. In some cases that has been a ‘pig’ of the hog variety, the hedgehog variety. In some cases that has been a hoglet of the pig variety. Today he was quickly joined by Gus and Gus also barked big and loud. I knew then Mister’s quarry was neither hedgehog nor hoglet.
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Tyler McBeth outlines his top tips for targeting mega perch
Lure fishing for big perch Tyler McBeth
1. Always be prepared Preparation for each perch fishing session is vital if you want the best chances of fooling a mega-sized stripy predator. If you are planning a trip to a new waterway you have not yet fished, google earth and maps are an excellent resource to show where bridges and trees are located. Google maps also allows you to see what the water quality is like, and find fast and slack pieces of water. Gearing up with the terminal tackle to fish different methods, such as a drop shot rig, float fishing, or soft-baiting can also make a huge difference to your catch rate. 2. Take food and drink Hydration is very important for you to fish effectively. Strangely enough, this is not often recognised as an important tip to catch more fish. Drinking plenty of water and eating food can help you stay motivated to change lures and rigs when not catching fish. As well as keeping you mobile. Having more energy will allow you to fish more locations and remain focused and alert for longer, which helps with more accurate casts and helps you present lures more effectively.
3. Location is key Staying mobile is the most important tip I can give you. Perch are ambush predators, like a spider on its web, so snags are just as effective to an expert of surprise. Pouncing on unsuspecting prey is what perch do best. Depending on the area I am fishing often determines how long I fish for. For example; if I am fishing an intimately small pocket of water in amongst some trees, where I cannot cover a lot of water, 3 or 4 casts is enough for me to know if a perch is going to engulf my hook. If I am fishing in a larger area, such as where an outlet or inlet leads on to a main body of water, I would expect a fish to be there. A dozen casts would be enough to either move on or try a different lure or method. Use all features to your advantage and it can catch you more perch. 4. Have reliable tackle “You get what you pay for,” is what they say. So always buy quality, especially if you target specimen sized fish around snag ridden terrain. A rod with a sensitive tip helps on those days when the bite is slow, and takes can be hard to detect. Strong
reliable braid coupled with leader material with strong abrasion resistance. I personally use Suffix due to next to no issues when using their fishing lines. But it is the fishing reel that you should really go all out on. When looking at buying quality equipment, suffice to say, Shimano is world renowned for their excellent and reliable fishing reels and have been for years. I have been using a Shimano Stradic Ci4 reel a lot for close to three years, and have had no issues so far. They are remarkably smooth, lightweight and have a drag
Perch will readily take hard lures
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Normally I run a small soft-bait through the swim first, with a worm hook attached, which helps prevent getting snagged on any fallen branches, rocks, or other debris under the water. Twitching your softbait slowly whilst keeping contact with your lure is crucial. Often you feel the
Jerk baits and other general hard bodied lures are often my first choice when I am covering open water, hoping to find a shoal of fish or a big marauding nomad. I always try to keep my lure in view of the bottom though, because that’s where the majority of perch will be hiding.
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BOYS WILL BE BOYS
Caleb with Snapper
Zac and Caleb squirting birds – you gotta love it!
We were staying in Okiwi Bay over the holidays and my son Zac and his friend Caleb were keen on a night fish, as they called it, “slaying some snapper!” We arrived at Spot X, anchored up, nylon rope burley pot down, rods in the water we were eagerly waiting tight lines. We had a short wait until Caleb hooked and landed a gurnard. This was followed by a few more for all of us. Things began to slow dramatically, so the boys took turns at pumping
the burley, which had us rewarded with a couple of the target species. No monsters but a good feed anyway!
mangled pot and no burley!
Then like a switch being turned off it got very quiet. Zac shouted the burley pot rope was moving around and really tight! I grabbed the rope and began to try and pull it in. I managed to retrieve about five metres of rope, pulling what was presumed a shark up with the pot. Suddenly the rope was light and we were left with a
In an effort to get things going again I began to chunk up some old barracouta. This proved to be a battle with the local seagull population, which I was losing along with the boys’ attention. I remembered I had packed on the boat a water pistol. This could help catching two birds with one stone so to speak! The boys loaded the water pistol, the chunks were thrown in and they took turns buying time for it to sink by squirting the birds! It became
a game, with so much laughter the rods were soon forgotten about. The next hour went by very quickly with the boys’ accuracy being quite impressive, the noise level intense with laughter and the bay’s seagull population getting pissed off! Funny thing though, no fish were caught. This game came to an end with my supply of barracouta. As the light faded we managed a couple more gurnard to give us a great dinner. It was time to
Munted! And the pot’s not too flash either!
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Living the dream Rod Bent
Rain lashed Limestone Bay and across the Pohara Campground in sheets, driven from a leaden sky by a strong nor’easterly wind. The onslaught, lasting nearly twelve hours. Campers huddled under umbrellas, soffit overhangs and summer gazebos while children splashed through large puddles and industrious men dug trenches around sagging tents.
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Amanda Kerr — Deputy Harbour Master Nelson
Rogue storms a reminder Since our last article, Nelson’s beautiful hot sunny days have given way to storms, wind, rain, and exceptionally high tides. The storm that hit Nelson on 1 February and the rains that followed 10 days later are an important reminder to always be prepared. All who live and work along the coast need to pay particular attention to the weather forecasts and stay up to date. There are many great apps: Marine Weather, Windyty, Swell Map, and Marine Mate, to name a few. Do a little research and find the apps that work for you and, during times of heightened risk, use these apps regularly to keep up to date.
Campers are very resilient types in such conditions and it’s not for the faint hearted. They know rough weather comes with the territory, and it will pass. The ‘forecast’ is a conversation constant throughout the camp, and as the song lyric goes... “What a difference a day makes....” rings true. The following day the sun scorched uncovered skin with a fierce intensity under azure skies and sunblock cream was smeared with gay abandon and necessity. The beach was all swimming, bikini clad paddle boarders, cricket games and fishermen busy at the filleting table. The bay was teeming with snapper this summer and fishermen were happy and laughing. Strangers introduced themselves across the table, where old men
Knowledge and preparation are key; check your boat, moorings, and buildings are secure before the storm strikes. Make sure you have sufficient emergency supplies to last at least three days and have an up to date emergency plan in place. If you are on a mooring and make the decision to stay on your vessel, stay. Don’t try to leave; no one wants to be searching for a small tender in trouble during a storm. Ensure you have enough emergency supplies, clean drinking water, food, medication and wait the storm out.
Kees Town 5, living the Pohara dream
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great today. To the side a small blonde haired boy stood proud, struggling to hold his catch of the day. One of the new generation camper fishermen, already living the dream.
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14 THE FISHING PAPER & HUNTING NEWS - MARCH 2018
brace of stags Ian Hadland
Twin brother Brett pulled out of the river crossing still yanking up the bottoms of his shorts. He needn’t have bothered, the icy April waters of the Waikaia River had more than covered them – and his ‘seaweed’ – and now he was feeling the pain. “Cripes, this better be worth it bro” he squeaked. “Ah, I’m sure it will be. And when did you get so soft?” I replied while ringing out my socks and pretending I wasn’t in agony. We had heard faint roars across the river the night before and it seemed a straightforward operation, especially in front of a warm campfire. Just wade the river, up the other side, take a stag each and go home. The trail down into the gorge had been nasty steep and now we were faced with an uncertain climb up the other side. A narrow rock slot climb saw us up onto the terrace and we both secretly hoped we ‘d find an easier way home if we were lucky enough to take a deer. We split up after an hour of
fruitless roaring, with Brett following the ridge while I elected a long sidle towards the head basin. After several hours, I finally got a reply to a roar. I’d already made an agreement with myself, mainly based on the pain of getting meat back through the gorge, that I’d only be taking photos unless it was 10 points or better. I got the camera ready and let out a deep long roar with two coughs for good measure. The reply came fast and the distinctive crackle of approaching hooves on beech twigs could be heard further along a terrace. The deer stopped behind a large beech tree, completely obscured from view. I stood paralysed for a moment with the camera up and video running. Neither of us budged. I cupped a hand and let out a light moan from behind a windfall. The stag walked forward and, over the top of the camera, I saw it had three pointed top tines on one side. Heck, it’s a shooter I thought, so I dropped the camera and raised the rifle. As the stag
Ian and a stag called ‘Fluke’!
stopped in full view, alert and staring, quartered on at 20m. I centred the scope on the base of his neck and squeezed the trigger. Click went the bolt as it dropped into the lock
position. In my haste to raise the gun I’d forgotten to close the bolt! The stag’s eyes widened and he threw his head back, turning at the same time to make his escape. I quickly raised and lowered the bolt to cock the
rifle, relocated his departing front end, which was now quartered away, and tugged on the trigger. A three inch beech sapling five metres in front of me rocked with the shot, leaving
bark flying through the air. I’d hit the tree square in the middle! In the background 30m away I saw the stag crumple and hit the ground. He looked to find his feet but the second shot finished him quickly.
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Issue 150 15 I went back and rechecked the tree, the bullet has passed through it and fragmented and a half autopsy had revealed that a small amount of copper shrapnel had hit the stag in the back of the head and a little more was found in his rump, otherwise he was untouched. That 13 pointer was one unlucky deer! I got on the radio and reported a fluke kill to Brett. “Jammy bastard,” was the reply, one I have heard a few times before. I got into the knife work to recover the best of the meat and presently heard a single shot in the distance. The radio confirmed that my twin had dropped a stag as well and it was a cracker 10 pointer. He was chuffed. It had been a copybook hunt. He roared, the stag roared, Brett roared again and then it was upon him. A well placed shot had provided his personal best,
and one of the better heads I’ve seen out of Waikaia forest. I caught up with him back on the ridge with a pack load of meat and his trophy.
In my haste to raise the gun I’d forgotten to close the bolt! The stag’s eyes widened and he threw his head back, turning at the same time to make his escape. “Happy now bro?” “Yeah, my seaweed has dried out and my feet have thawed out” We hauled our loads back down towards the gorge and just short of it we heard a
roar. Neither of us needed more to carry so we videoed the nine-pointer, which walked in without a care. We teased him a little by shaking trees and eventually talking to him, until he decided he’d had enough and trotted off.
is to see how much of the deer you can actually see. I shot a fallow buck off his pad a few ruts ago, that was bedded down in a deep depression when I first saw him. There was almost half of the buck’s body and half his vitals hidden from me. In this particular case, the area I needed to hit was quite marginal. I waited until he stood up before I shot and this is often the best option for a bowhunter.
the bedded shot Carol Watson – Advanced Archery
The gorge was just as nasty on the way down but the river crossing was thankfully lower on the way back. The pull up the other side was painful and I was glad to see the truck. I threw the pack off and used my remaining energy to look fresh and rush over and help Brett down with his load. “Let me help you with that bro, you look knackered,” and before he could reply with his own cutting remark I said, “Now, that was worth it wasn’t it?” He just smiled and started untying his boots. Twins understand each other like that…
One of the best 10 pointers the area has produced and a PB for Brett
If you decide you want to take a shot at a bedded animal, you usually have the opportunity to get in closer. I had been able to close the gap from 175 yards to just 24 and, while I waited for the buck to stand, I was easily able to nock an arrow, clip on my release aid, and range the buck multiple times.
The ‘vitals’ are easy to find when the animal is standing
This would be the least favoured shot for bowhunters because vitals are often hard to accurately identify. Bowhunters do virtually all of their practice at standing targets. Targets where the heart and lungs can be easily identified for fatal arrow placement. I always tell new bowhunters the correct place to aim using the line of the front leg and one third of the way up for a side-on shot and between the front legs and one third of the way up for quartering away shots. These ‘landmarks’ are very easily identified by experienced and inexperienced hunters alike when an animal is up feeding but they become
irrelevant once it beds down. It’s a complete game changer.
Once you are happy you know the position of the animal, it becomes relatively straightforward to place the position of the vitals. A point to note here, is bedded game tends to be curled up shortening the distance between the vitals and back legs compared to when it is standing up, which can change your perception of where the vitals are. Try to see where the legs are as an indication to where the vitals are. If the animal is leaning away from you, the exit wound will be higher than if it were standing. You may have to adjust your aim lower, depending on the lean.
Before you can shoot you will have to work out where the landmarks have gone and select a new aiming point. An advantage to the hunter is you often have time on your side to do this, as the animal isn’t going anywhere. The first thing I do is to find the backbone to determine if the animal is sitting upright or slouched to one side. A mistake often made, assumes game is always sitting upright. When game lies on one side, as we do, the position of the vitals moves and so should your aiming point. Another reason to identify the backbone
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Optically Speaking – with Ant Corke NIGHT VISION, STILL ALIVE AND KICKING Last month was the first time that I had missed writing my Optically Speaking column since its inception back in June 2015. This was due to my mother’s three-week illness and death, which was very upsetting for my whole family. The Mary Potter Hospice was a comfortable final destination, and the staff and volunteers were fantastic. Please donate to this organisation if you are able to, or support their efforts in the Hospice Shops. Looking back at my first Optically Speaking article, entitled ‘effective night hunting on a budget’, was interesting. The whole article involved night vision technology that has since been largely replaced by thermal imaging. Although thermal imaging costs far more than night vision, the performance is in a different league. A simple analogy: cars costs thousands of dollars whereas bicycles cost hundreds of dollars. We sell at least ten times more thermal imagers than we do night vision, which begs the question, is night vision obsolete? The answer really depends on the individual, and their expectations. Thermal imaging has really raised the
bar in a hunter’s expectation of an electro-optic: rapidly spotting animals at ridiculously long distances, seeing through foliage, mist, smoke, and the black of night was once the stuff of science fiction. Who remembers the film ‘Predator’ when Sylvester Stallone evaded being spotted by the Predator’s thermal capability by covering himself in mud? He is just lucky the Predator wasn’t using a Pulsar! Night vision on the other hand requires a minimal amount of light or infrared to work, and is a line-of-sight optic, same as daylight binoculars, spotting scopes, and riflescopes. Night vision optics still have their uses, and in certain circumstances, are a better choice than thermal imaging. Here are some examples: •N ight vision goggles provide an image that is based upon topography and not heat. Also, because thermal cannot be used through glass, night vision goggles are required for driving, flying, and navigating boats. Coastguard and pest controllers are the most frequent purchasers of night vision goggles. •N ight vision optics for
hunting and pest control are still a very cost effective option for open spaces, such as the bush edge, farmers paddocks, and forestry tracks. In this instance, night vision hunting is similar to spotlighting, except that the animal cannot see the infrared beam. Night vision hunting affords the shooter more time to safely identify the target and check its surroundings. Higher end night vision will work well with minute amounts of light, such as starlight and less than a quarter moonlight. • Security is another good use for night vision, especially digital night vision that has inbuilt recording and video streaming. Yukon and Pulsar digital night vision
uses near infrared (NIR) sensors, which are able to form an image with IR ‘stealth’ illuminators, that have no visible source. These sensors only record in black and white because their performance is tuned to long detection ranges and fine resolution. Let me conclude this article with the simple message, ‘try before you buy’. We have compared our Yukon and Pulsar night vision and thermal imaging systems against some of our competitor’s, and some of the claims made are pretty misleading. See your local Yukon – Pulsar dealer to arrange a demonstration, and advice based upon your terrain, firearm, target species, and budget. Visit www.yukonoptics.co.nz for more info.
Part of the intrinsic pleasure of hunting is being able to provide for the table and guarantee the provenance of the food. Nothing is more satisfying than knowing where your food comes from, that it’s free range, organic, and killed cleanly by your own hand. Obviously the quality of the product plays a big part and also the ability to get the best from the various cuts of game. This is where Meat Solutions comes in and stands out. Meat Solutions in Richmond is run by James Fairbrass, a butcher with 30 years experience, ably assisted by Amanda Day on smallgoods, and Andrew Nyberg as butcher-slaughterman-active hunter. With such a depth of experience, plus the hunting connection, Meat Solutions is the professional choice of the amateur hunter. With the Roar front of mind with hunters, James has some advice for those wanting to turn their kill into ‘cuisine’. “The big thing with rutting stags is to be meticulous skinning that belly area and keep the meat as clean as possible – uncontaminated. If you are unsure, bring the whole, gutted animal in and we’ll happily skin it for you.” Contrary to urban myth, James says rutting stags are
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From Sinker to Smoker By Ron Prestage
Fishing with Fish! In this month’s column we hear from fishing enthusiast, Wayne Gillard, now based in Karamea on the West Coast.
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Hello, my name is Wayne Gillard, but I’m called Fish. Why you ask. It’s because I have an annoying habit of catching fish when most others don’t. I tend to know where they are and what to catch them on. But at the end of the day, just one more cast or one more set of the kite can so often turn a bad day into a good one.
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I have had a lot of experience and success working at charter fishing based in Cairns, Australia, and catching salmon and trout in the Hurunui area, a variety of fish at Norfolk Island, plus many other places up and down New Zealand. We arrived in Karamea in December 2017. I’m a chef by trade and I have a saying, “If there’s no fishing I’m not coming”. On the drive to work at The Last Resort in Karamea, my partner and I looked at the awesome beaches along the coast that screamed, fish, fish, fish! The Karamea River mouth area, famous for trout fishing and whitebaiting, was our first surfcasting spot. Once we’d sorted out some gutters and holes to fish in, snapper, rig, and kahawai soon were
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landed. We fish for kahawai with light trout gear and our favourite lures and have outfished the locals with their silver spinners. We take a couple of kahawai to eat and some to cut up and salt down for surfcasting bait. This is my main bait along with some fresh squid, if available. I have four rods, 14 to 16 feet long, and run Alvey sidecast reels. I am thinking about getting a Bait Blaster to fire baits out a long way when the surf is up. When using the 4WD on the beach, I let my tyres down to 22/24lbs.`
My plan for the future is to set up a rod and reel hire service for visitors to use, along with maps of the fishing locations. Local helicopter pilots are keen to fly fishers in to the more remote beaches and ledges. If you want bait or information, call in to see me at The Last Resort Cafe, Bar and Accommodation Karamea snapper and I will be happy to help.
Barometers measure the ambient atmospheric pressure and used largely to predict weather changes, but it can be a useful tool in determining fish activity. Atmospheric pressure changes do influence fish and animal behaviour, so understanding this can help improve your success rate. Changes in air pressure are thought to affect the air bladder in the fish. When the barometer is really low, fishing can be really slow as fish spend a lot of time equalising their swim bladders. However, as the barometer starts to fall can be a good time for a quick fish, as I have found there is often a ‘bite window’ preceding the arrival of a front, where the fish feed frenetically. Fish, and animals, have an innate understanding of the weather and live by it. It is not uncommon to see animals having a good munch just before a storm, so factor this into your planning. When the barometer is high, the fishing is generally good, but when do fish come back on the bite after bad weather? Fish can
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NZ AVOID BECOMING A STATISTIC MOUNTAIN SAFETY COUNCIL
The 2018 Roar promises to be a great season and we’re excited to see the buzz developing throughout the country. Another safety in the roar article? Yep, use this as an opportunity to talk about it with your mates. Ultimately, the Roar is as successful, and safe, as we collectively make it. There are no exceptions to the statement that we want everyone to make it home this season. Nobody wants to see another article in the paper vilifying the many for the mistakes of a few. If the historical trend continues there’s reason to believe that this season will see a number of searches and possibly a fatality, which will
in actuality they aren’t. A small percentage, 7.5%, are greater than 75m, and a staggering 92% are less than 75m. Close quarters hunting and the ability to positively ID the target may be playing a part in these figures. Insights show that 80% of misidentified hunters are in the same party and 91% of the shootings are in daylight. It’s human and work backwards
inevitably trigger an article about hunter safety. This article is about establishing how you and your mates can avoid becoming one of the statistics and it’s vital that this information is shared and discussed widely. Staggering revelations As a hunting community, we need to confront these issues head-on if there’s to be any change in the incident numbers. ‘A Hunter’s Tale, 2017 – Mountain Safety Council’ (Pg: 24, available online) – gave the hunting community a bird’s eye view for the first time ever on the scope and scale of incidents related specifically to big game hunting. There
are some interesting and concerning findings. Between 1 June 2007 and 30 June 2016 ‘Misidentified Target’ was the single greatest source of fatality (six of the 16 big game hunting fatalities), ‘Drowning’ and ‘Accidentally Shot Self’ added three each, ‘Falling’ contributed two. A whopping 71% of all daytime misidentified targets – of which ‘Big Game’ hunting contributes 64% to the total – are less than 50m from the shooter. 37% are less than 25m.
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Tick off the technical stuff As most hunting is done off track it makes sense to have equipment to deal with a range of scenarios. Having a trip plan that’s left with a trusted contact as well as an emergency communication device, map + compass, GPS, emergency shelter and a robust first aid kit should all be staple items in your pack. Remember, you may come across another hunter in need and if that was you you’d want them to be able to help. ‘Unexpected night’s out’ can and do happen, but they
don’t need to be miserable if you’re well prepared. Owning a PLB is now within the reach of most hunters and they have proven to be invaluable in an incident in a remote backcountry region. Consider it an investment in your group safety. Remember to register it and carry it on you at all times. PLB’s can be rented at a range of places if required. Lastly, the future of hunting is influenced by our collective safety track record. If we’re not speaking up when you see bad practices then complacency, or worse, apathy can creep in. We need to show each other good practices and talk about how to get the most out of a hunt, safely. Remember, no matter how much you want that juicy back strap on the barbecue the prime objective is for everyone to make it home to their families. Read more at mountainsafety.org.nz/ activities/hunting/
There is a general perception that the misidentified target incidents are across a valley, several hundred metres away, when
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What matters is that regardless of where you’re going, the onus is always on the shooter to positively ID the target. Always assume it’s a human and work to disprove that assumption, not the other way around. Movement, colour, sound and shape can all deceive you. Hunters need to confirm the animal that they are shooting
to the highest standard. ‘Is it a hind or a stag?’ ‘What does the rack look like?’’ How old is it?’ ‘Do I want to harvest this animal?’ ‘Where will it fall?’ ‘Can I see the correct aiming point on the animal?’ The days of snap shooting are over. Be prepared to let it go because no trophy is worth mistakenly taking another person’s life. That kind of incident will haunt you for the rest of your days.
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Garmin inReach The inReach is a two-way satellite communications system and comes in two models: the SE and the advanced Explorer. The SE is the basic two-way communicator whereas the Explorer has navigation and waypoint functions added: the navigation and waypoint features being useful when hunting. These units are, think a cross between a satellite phone, GPS, and personal locator beacon. Unlike a sat phone, you can’t talk to people but you can email or SMS individual or multiple people anywhere in the world. You can also activate an SOS in an emergency or send pre-programmed messages to selected people, or if your plans change, you can notify those concerned. The SOS and message function have been responsible in the past 12 months for two successful responses in remote areas on the West Coast. One was a commercial fishing vessel thrown onto the beach and the other a hunter whose appendix decided it was time to revolt when the weather at the drop point was about
to completely close in. Both instances resulted in the users being safely rescued by helicopters to live and tell their tales. A popular feature is MapShare. Delorme give registered owners a website, which opens in Google Earth. Once you programme recipients into the inReach unit’s address book, you can nominate selected people to follow you on MapShare by sending them a link and a password. Once you activate ’tracking’ on the unit, they can access your map at any time and follow your progress in real time on their computer or iPad. This has inherent safety potential, as well as peace of mind value for those at home. Should anything happen and you stop communicating, they can see on the map where you are. They can also see when and where you shoot animals, camp, stop for lunch
or have a nanny nap. Using the waypoint function you can mark wallow holes, animal sightings, campsites and so on. Because all your hunts are recorded and stored on your website, you have a reference for future hunts and also a visual record of where you travelled last time. The units operate on the Iridium Satellite Network, so are very efficient. The system works on a monthly charge fee like a sat phone or cell phone but is cheaper. You have a choice of plans, and if you are not using the device, you can deactivate the plan and reactivate it when you need it. Applications extend beyond hunting and tramping: outdoor workers, farmers, bush workers, ocean going yachts, commercial fishers, kayakers, rafters and mountain bikers could all benefit from the inReach system.
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Optimising your most important piece of kit: You
For many, regularly eating well is time consuming, complicated, and expensive. This is harder when you’re off grid for days, or weeks. The best rifle or bow available can only do so much if your body and mind aren’t in optimum condition. As a hunter, you are your most valuable tool. All the topof-the-range gear won’t help if you’re too exhausted or mentally drained to use it properly. You need a hunger for the hunt – not to be hungry. Focus on the fuel your body needs as much as other vital pieces of kit, and you can be sure to gain a competitive edge over your fellow hunters. Some common sense guidelines for preparing quality nutrition for you or your crew: 1. Weigh up your options: What is your kit weight? How much time will you be carrying it? Find meal options that introduce the least amount of carry weight, while offering the optimum level of nutrition. The longer you’ll be out, the more important this becomes. 2. Keep it natural: Avoid preservatives, additives, and genetically modified foods. This is great advice for everyday life, and even more so for the outdoorsman. You don’t have to sacrifice health and nutrition for convenience or ‘long-life’ products, so don’t do it.
3. Avoid ‘the crash’: Be aware – sugar (in its many different forms) is a natural ingredient and is used by many food producers to bulk out their carb count – so read food labels. Higher quality-fat foods offer you longer lasting energy so don’t be scared to seek them out. Carbohydrates are also great, as long as you avoid excessive sugar that will leave you needing more after just an hour on the trail. 4. You need to survive the elements: You may not have planned on going for a swim, but the heavens can open, or your pack could roll down an embankment. Would your food survive? What will your food supply look like after six days of hard living? You need to handle it, and so does your food.
5. Simplicity counts: What’s the least amount of preparation and cleanup you can get away with? 6. Enjoy what you eat: Flavour is important. Would you rather be sitting in the bush, eating bland food for ten days, or food that tastes as good as a home-cooked meal? Focus on flavours you enjoy and choose a selection, some mild options and a few spicy – you’ll appreciate the variety on day three or four. 7. Meet your dietary requirements: If you or a friend suffer from autoimmune disease-related illness, irritable bowel syndrome and its associated discomfort, are diabetic, or are required to follow any type of special diet restrictions, this doesn’t have to affect your enjoyment of the outdoors. With the right preparation, almost any dietary need can be met. 8. Be a minimalist: What extra tools will you need to prepare food on the hunt? Can you get away with a mug, kettle and some basic cutlery? Or will plates, bowls, pots and more be required? For carry weight and bulk, less is always best. Also, consider the number of containers and amount of individual packaging for your meal options – you can’t just leave it out in the bush – it’s all coming back with you. 9. Always play it safe: So, you’re out there for three days? Seven days? 12 days? What if the weather turns, or enjoy it so much you want to extend the trip? Always consider extra food to be safe. As long as they’re lightweight and stable, you won’t notice the extra load and it can go back in the cupboard once home, ready for the next adventure. If this sounds like a lot to consider, don’t worry, it’s much simpler than you think. Especially when you find a team who have done the hard work for you. That team? Waikato-based startup, Radix Nutrition. Radix believe that health is the keystone to all human performance. Regardless of your goals – on the hunt, or in everyday life – the importance of health is an area we should all have control over. Through the optimisation of ingredient quality and consumption efficiency, they cater to a variety of individual needs; bridging the gap between research and diet – delivering 100% natural food to market in the highest quality, most convenient format imaginable through the application of advanced freeze-drying and packaging technologies. To answer growing demand for accessible, quality nutrition, Radix have opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Horotiu. The new site not only affords a much larger production scale with the highest quality standards, but also the implementation of innovative environmental policies, including the goal of reaching 100% renewable energy before the end of this year. Exciting times ahead!
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You can learn more about Radix Nutrition at www.radix.co.nz/roar18 and stay tuned right here, next month, as we explore their brand new range which is ideal for hunters and adventurers – the Expedition range. Until then, enjoy The Roar, be safe, and eat well.
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Answers: Extinction –Hunting By Daryl Crimp
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BOOK REVIEW of our natural wilderness surroundings. He draws on personal experiences and those of others to frame the notion that all of us ‘people of the bush and mountains’ have experienced some sort of mystical or spiritual experience at some stage.
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So as not to frighten off some of the hardened ‘real blokes’ who see a prostate exam as a spiritual experience, Dr Dave relies on humour to tame the lion. The story is loosely framed around conversations with his mate, Gav, which is reflective of 70’, 80s, and early 90s humour where the protagonist uses a foil to accent the message: the ‘Trevs’ of Fred Dagg, Jeez Wayne of McPhail & Gadsby, and, of course, Camp Leader to Camp Mother of Topp Twins fame. He also writes in vernacular or common conversational language at times, which gives the text a heavy ‘blokesy’ feel in places and, at times, can feel a bit contrived.
Dr Dave is back with his third book in the Healthy Bastards trilogy (Healthy Bastards and The Flying Doctor) with this quick read subtitled THE BIG BLUE, THE ISNESS OF IS, AND THE BIG THREE, which essentially deals with spirituality and religion, but in a manner palatable to ordinary folk or ‘Mr and Mrs Bushman’. The first book, Healthy Bastards, focuses of the physical elements of ‘wellness’ and is described as ‘a medical manual for Ding Bats’. The second, The Flying Doctor’, through humour, anecdotes, and true stories, redefines the healthy bastard as someone who takes care of his physical, mental, and spiritual side on the journey to becoming well.
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However, Dr Dave shines when he speaks from the heart and simply tells it like it is. From the platform of spirituality, he gives a wonderful, relaxed, and insightful overview of the evolution of religion, covering everything from the history of the
Jews, who was Jesus, the Hebrew Bible, the bible, Roman involvement, the birth of Christianity, Judaism, and interesting stuff about Muslims. Clearly, a huge amount of research has gone into this book but is by far the best explanation of religion in a capsule I have ever read. For no other reason than getting a broad brushstrokes understanding of religion so you can better understand what is happening around you, that alone is worth the read. While Dr Dave and his wife have visited places of religious significance around the world, they are also travelling their own ‘spiritual journey’, and this underlying theme adds credibility and poignancy to what he is saying. Better still, it is not a ram down your throat look at religion but a suggestive guide to developing your own spiritual identity, on the path to good health. And it can all be achieved without setting foot in a church… unless it’s that big blue temple in our mountains. Well worth the read. The Bushman’s Bible can be purchased from Whitcoulls, Paper Plus or direct from Dr Dave: http://www.flyingdoctor.co.nz
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Customary management tools and recreational fishing Christine Bowden – Team Manager – Spatial Allocations MPI Ma-ori have always had a special relationship with the sea and that relationship continues today. Under the Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand law there are a number of customary management tools, which protect this special and ongoing relationship. At MPI we occasionally get enquiries from recreational fishers about taia- pure/ local fisheries and ma- taitai reserves. This is a good opportunity for us to provide some answers to the frequently asked questions we get and what these customary management tools mean for recreational fishers.
Taia-pure/ local fisheries
A taia-pure is a local customary management tool. They are areas in estuarine or coastal waters, traditionally of special significance to an iwi or hapu- as a source of food, or for spiritual or cultural reasons. How are they established? Any person may propose a taia-pure/local fishery as long as the site is of special significance to iwi or hapu- . A proposal is sent to MPI. MPI notifies the proposal and calls for submissions. A Tribunal from the Maori Land Court holds a public enquiry and considers any submissions.
The Tribunal then makes recommendations to the Minister for consideration. The Minister discusses the recommendations with the Minister of Ma-ori Development and then makes a decision on the recommendations. The Minister may only make an order to establish a taia-pure/ local fishery proposal if satisfied that: the size of the area; the impacts on the community, people with a special interest in the area and impacts on fisheries management are appropriate. Who manages them? Taia-pure/local fisheries are managed by a committee. The committee members are nominated by people the Minister considers to be representative of the local Ma-ori community. Committee members do not have to be Ma-ori. Committee members are appointed by the Minister. A number of taia-pure/local fisheries have community, recreational and commercial fishing representatives on their committees. Taia-paure/local fisheries are an opportunity for tangata whenua and other concerned people in a local community to better manage the fishery in their area. Do the fishing rules change when a taia-pure/local fishery is established?
When a taia-pure is established, there are no automatic changes to fishing rules. This means customary, recreational and commercial fishing continues subject to the same rules applied before the taia-pure was established. How are they managed? The committee of management may recommend the Minister makes new regulations to manage customary, recreational and commercial fishing in the area. Any proposed regulation must be consistent with the purpose and principles of the Fisheries Act 1996. Once the Minister receives a recommendation, MPI consults affected parties on the proposal and provides advice to the Minister on whether to agree to the new regulation. If the Minister agrees to proceed, the proposal is submitted to Cabinet for final approval. How many taia-pure/local fisheries are there? There are currently 10 taia-pure throughout New Zealand, covering roughly 400 square kilometres. Who monitors them? Taia-pure/local fisheries are still part of the fisheries management system, so they continue to be monitored by MPI’s compliance officers.
Ma-taitai reserves are a customary management tool. They are marine or freshwater areas that recognise the special relationship tangata whenua hold with their traditional fishing grounds. How are they established? Tangata whenua (the hapuor iwi who hold traditional authority in an area) can apply for a ma-taitai reserve over those fishing grounds with which they have a special relationship. MPI notifies the application and calls for submissions and then MPI and tangata whenua together hold a public meeting with the local community. MPI also consults with fishing interests. Tangata whenua can amend their application in light of issues raised in consultation. There are a number of criteria the Minister must be satisfied about before an application can be approved. These include (amongst other things) the ma-taitai reserve will not unreasonably affect the ability of the local community to take fish for non-commercial purposes and will not prevent commercial fishers taking their catch entitlements in the relevant quota management area. The proposed reserve must also be an identified traditional fishing ground and be of a size appropriate to be effectively managed by tangata whenua. When a ma-taitai reserve is established the Minister also appoints tangata kaitiaki (customary guardians) to manage the reserve.
How many ma-taitai are there?
publicly notified by MPI and are open to submissions.
There are currently 28 ma-taitai throughout New Zealand. Nineteen of these are in the South Island.
The Minister has the discretion to approve or decline a proposed bylaw after taking into account a statement from the tangata kaitiaki on why the bylaw is necessary for the sustainable utilisation of the fisheries resources in the reserve. Not all ma-taitai have bylaws in place.
Do the fishing rules change when a ma-taitai reserve is established? When a ma-taitai reserve is established there are no changes to the recreational fishing rules, but commercial fishing is banned. This means recreational fishing continues, subject to the same rules applied before the ma-taitai reserve was established. Changes to the recreational rules only happen if the Minister approves bylaws proposed by the tangata kaitiaki. How are ma-taitai reserves managed? The tangata kaitiaki may recommend bylaws to the Minister to manage customary and recreational fishing in a reserve. The tangata kaitiaki may also issue customary fishing authorisations to any person to take fish for customary purposes. How are ma-taitai reserve bylaws made? Ma-taitai reserve bylaws may only be made to sustainably utilise the fisheries resources in a reserve. Bylaws apply equally to all people fishing in a reserve. Bylaws can restrict or prohibit the taking of particular species of fish; the number or size fish that can be taken; and methods of harvest or the areas in which species can be taken. Proposed bylaws must be
As an example, the Mt Maunganui and Part Tauranga Harbour Ma-taitai Reserve has a bylaw that restricts the daily number of mussels that may be taken or possessed to 25 per person. Immediately outside of the ma-taitai the daily number of mussels that may be taken or possessed is 50 per person. Who monitors compliance in ma-taitai reserves? Ma-taitai are still part of the fisheries management system, so they continue to be monitored by MPI’s compliance officers. Are they the same thing as a marine reserve? No. Marine reserves are managed by the Department of Conservation and are effectively no-take zones, where all forms of fishing are banned, including recreational fishing. To keep up to date with fishing related issues in your area, including future proposals for taia-pure and ma-taitai reserves, sign up to the recreational fishing mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through the NZ Fishing Rules app.
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TIDES OF CHANGE
Kiwis flock to Shot Expo New Zealand hunting came of age in February with the inaugural Shot Expo held in Auckland, bringing the total number of dedicated hunting shows to two and giving Kiwi hunters and shooters greater depth and choice in what they can experience going forward. The iconic Sika Show & Competition, held annually in Taupo, is set to celebrate 25 years this year and consistently attracts enthusiastic hunters, with show organisers claiming 5,000 visitors annually. Shot Expo organiser Michael Nissen from Exhibitions Group, said that, while it was logistically challenging to launch a show of this scale from Australia, he was thrilled with the level of support from exhibitors and the public alike. The Shot Expo drew in hunters, shooters, collectors, and families from all over New Zealand, with the official gate count reaching 8179 for the
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two-day event. “The Shot Expo has been a fixture on the Australian calendar for well over a decade and, in that time, it has evolved immeasurably,” he says. “This has allowed us to launch New Zealand Shot Expo at a much higher level of sophistication and professionalism than had we had to start from scratch.” He said that another benefit the Shot Expo brings, is that it is not just a ‘hunting expo’ but caters to all disciplines, from clay bird shooting, target shooting, and pistol shooting, to firearms collecting. From an exhibitor’s perspective, it was a seamless experience: the booths were well-appointed and identifiable with professional signage, the exhibition area was spacious, with huge aisles that created great flow, and allowed for good engagement between exhibitors and visitors. The Shot Expo will be held again in Auckland next February.
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The violent storm that hit the Nelson, Tasman, Golden Bay/Buller and West Coast regions on 1 February was classified as a ‘tropical cyclone’ named Cyclone Fehi. Strong winds, rain, king tides and rough seas, and very big waves all mixed in as it approached. Into this mix add the blood moon, super moon, and a lunar eclipse – a rare event of every 150 years. As reports and photos unfolded in the media, I couldn’t help but compare the nature of this storm to one that hit the island of Galveston USA, in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1900 meteorology was still evolving; gauges and instruments were basic, as was communication between neighbouring countries and US weather stations. Much forecasting was done by looking out the window, going down to the beach and looking out to sea, predicting and guesstimating based on experience and gut feeling. Indeed the Gulf of Mexico was a known storm funnel from early births in the Atlantic, then nurtured with heat and moisture through the Caribbean. The US was proud of its forecasting technology and this ‘perfect science’ would enable them to control the world. Such events were known then as ‘storms.’ Today we have various categories and names – hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, twisters, tsunamis, and so on. The Galveston storm had several distinct characteristics – extremely hot temperatures, very low barometric pressures, lowest a notch
below 27.49, and continual changes of wind direction and strength. The wind built a storm surge way out at sea that increased in height and force as it eventually pushed in on a 90 degree angle, directly at Galveston. Rapidly growing in height further as the Bay shallowed towards the shore, and there were two of them on their way! Never underestimate the power of water; a 10ft high wave pushed along by 30 mile an hour winds carries millions of pounds of force.
Galveston was hammered by 150 mile an hour winds, then hit by a wall of water 20ft high, which wiped out most of the city, given the highest point of land was only 9ft above sea level! Most of the buildings and dead bodies were swept onto the mainland of Texas. The loss of life was estimated to be somewhere between six and ten thousand people. This was and still is, the worst natural disaster ever to strike
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Yes, we have experienced all of the above and such events will happen again and again. The forces of nature work like that and the ‘man in the moon’ plays a big part, after all ‘he’ dictates the tides. We did know a Super moon was coming didn’t we? Don’t try to blame the council, your neighbour, or the person who sold you the seaside property. The ‘greenhouse effect’ is another factor to consider. Sitting on the sundeck of your holiday house at the beach sipping on a cold drink as you watch the sun go down sounds like an idyllic place to live. That’s what most of the people of Galveston thought too. The city there has been rebuilt now, protected by huge seawalls blocking the once idyllic sea views. Here people need to think carefully about rebuilding or patching up and continuing to live in the low lying high risk zones. A succinct letter in The Press, 6 February sums things up. “Extreme floods shows us what the new normal looks like. The only humane thing to do is to generously compensate the folks with damaged property, just this once. They could choose to stay or to leave. If they stay, they cannot expect to be bailed to again.” William Hughes-Games, Waipara.
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The damage suffered in the wider Nelson – West Coast is nowhere near as significant and I have not heard of any loss of human life, but the cost to families, businesses, and councils is huge. So many people affected in so many different ways: trees or slips blocking roads, roads and bridges washed away, houses and cafés flooded and damaged, people trapped in cars and pets missing.
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Yuri Strikes Again
WEAPON OF MASS ATTRACTION
The birds were diving, the fish were busting up on the surface, and Yuri was hooked up once again. Masses of line peeled from his reel as the yet unknown fish took off and then tried to throw the hook. It was really intense.
Yuri maxed out his little’stick’ for this exploding green torpedo
We had arrived at Okiwi Bay and were greeted with unfavourable fishing conditions with a strong onshore wind hampering our fishing efforts. Over the first few days of the trip we had managed to get into a few smaller snapper and blue cod but no good kingies. Eventually we managed to find a few small rats, which provided a bit of fun. On day four of the trip we decided to try one of our more successful spots in the hope of finding some bigger fish. After a few successful drops that pulled up some good cod, a pack of large kingies followed one right up to the boat so the smaller rods were quickly swapped for heavier jigging gear. After a few drops and brief hook-ups, I managed to get a nice kingi to the boat but it was not one of the big fish we had seen earlier. All too soon it had gone quiet, so the decision was made to shift to another spot. Some
Look out for it at your local ﬁshing tackle and marine store • 100% salmon birds had been working off to the east of where we had been fishing so we raced over to see what was going on. As soon as we got there, Yuri dropped his lure over the side and was quickly rewarded with a violent hook up. All hell broke loose as the fish took off at a great rate of knots and I was concerned that Yuri might get spooled, as his reel was emptying rapidly. However,
the concern was unfounded, as skills learnt over years of angling kicked in and the fish was eventually brought under control. After an extended period of tugging back and forth, the kingfish was eventually brought to the boat and landed. A big smile lit Yuri’s face as it pulled the scales down to 16.5kg; he was certainly tired but equally delighted. A whole lot of hollering erupted, as it was the
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biggest fish of the trip and the biggest kingi to the new boat; everyone was really happy. What made this capture even more special was that the fish was taken on PE 2 braid with a 40lb leader — the gear had really been maxed out. A short while later, after recovering from the big fight, Yuri stated that he would like to get a 20kg+ kingie on his setup, but that would have to wait for another day.
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28 THE FISHING PAPER & HUNTING NEWS - MARCH 2018 CRIMPY’S PEOPLE:
FAIR DINKUM KIWI BUSHMAN Daryl Crimp
Johnny’s bushman’s abode!
but we never had any shoes,” he yarns as the billy boils over the fire, “so we used to kick old Minnie Hampton’s cows in the guts so they’d stand and crap — then we’d stand in it to warm up!” Normally, he did the beating. Whacking at the undergrowth with a stick and shouting to make a din. But this time, Uncle Jack set him up at the base of a long island on the Buller River and, this time, he could hear Uncle Jack tapping at the undergrowth and making a din. But he was singing not shouting. Still, the driven deer stepped into the open — a young fat spiker shielded by a group of hinds. Then it stepped clear and he fired and it fell to the ground thirty feet away. Johnny Currie was 11-years-old when he shot that ‘first’ deer with an old lever action National Arms 12 gauge black powder
shotgun at Rahui, near Berlins, in the Buller Gorge. “We took the Number 2 shot out and melted it back in with candle wax to make a solid slug,” he reflects. “Dropped him like a rock!” Johnny went on to shoot thousands of deer in his career, which included hunting for skins, bounty, and meat during the late 50s and 60s. He hunted the Buller, Kahurangi, and Motueka Tablelands, and said his best tally was 174 deer shot between five mates on a four day hunt in in the ‘Kakapo’, in 1963. “The deer were so thick up in that area but they’d bred down to not much bigger
Johnny happy at home with a brew
than goats.” But it was still good money for the young fellas, earning them ‘three-and-six’ for a set of ears. “That equated to five beers,” Johnny says. “And because of the camaraderie and men were drinkers, you’d always come out of the bush and into the pub… where you’d spend your earnings.”
“We had it better than Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn; they had a flat river while we had sand dunes to mountains, gold mines and sawmills, and acres of bush to roam.”
But at ‘two-and-six’ it was out of his reach. “I couldn’t get tuppence together but Uncle Paddy said he’d pay me two shillings and sixpence if I caught him a big possum — he had hundreds of old traps in his shed.” Johnny managed to catch himself in one of the traps and his ‘screaming blue murder’ attracted his mother. “Oh John, we can’t get you to town until the Newman’s bus comes through on
His Uncle Jack influenced him in other ways, adding to his skill set and building character. Jack worked in a steam sawmill and would often let young Johnny chop wood to feed the steam winch. The youngster also learned the value of solitude.
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peg and made a splint. It still aches 70 years on. His mother also shielded Johnny from his father, a hard man who ‘worked a handle over the coal’ (shovelled coal for a living) and then went to the pub. When Johnny’s last school report arrived in the mail — he was doing correspondence — his mother read it and simply said, “Oh John, we can’t show this to Dad, can we!” The report was littered by a litany of ‘unsatisfactory’ comments in every subject, with the principal’s summary judgement chiselled into the youth’s memory: “John’s work is quite unsatisfactory in every respect!” Equally monumental was his ‘Old Man’s’ adage aimed at deterring him from a wasted life in the bush like his ‘mother’s brothers’. “If you don’t go to town and get a decent job, you’ll never be any good as long as the hole in your arse is pointing downwards!”
“Whenever I visited Uncle Jack and Aunty Bertha at Rahui, I increased the town’s population by a third!” Childhood reflections form the scaffolding of Johnny’s life, shaping him into possibly one of the last genuine Kiwi bushmen alive. He’s been described as the bushman’s bushman, living in an old slab hut he built himself amongst the rimu in the Awakari Valley, Buller. Family connections to the land go back over a century.
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It was a childhood shadowed with a constant shortage on money but full of great richness.
work the best.”
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But the elders warned the kids not to go near the high limestone crevices because, ‘if they fell in and didn’t freeze first, giant eels would eat them.’
Monday, so I’ll fix it for you.” Older brother Bruce held him around the waist while she ‘moulded’ it back into shape — then split a clothes
The irony was not lost on young Johnny: “At that stage I was running 65 possum traps in the Upper Totara, doing school work at night, and earning more money than the Old Man!” (Next month: running the Boar’s Nest and biting a goat’s ear!).
“You know when you toss a rock into a deep hole, there’s a long silence followed by a ‘boof’ as it hits the water and then a sploop sploop as the waves hit the wall? We always thought that was the big eels coming out, so we stayed clear!” Childhood learnings developed a sense of pragmatism too; warnings to watch out for disused mineshafts led to the carrying of a ‘mountain stick’ to probe the ground ahead. And if you stuffed up, a certain amount of self-reliance was called for. Like the time he smashed his right thumb trying to set a possum trap at the age of seven. “I’d seen this big trout in the Nile, it was behind a rock and weighed eight or ten pound,” he reminisces. “ I went into the sport shop and Colonel Fountain said the brown Devon would
The bush and hunting have always been part of Johnny’s life
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1 tbsp finely diced red capsicum
Salt & pepper
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Sprinkle each fillet with sea salt.
Rinse the spinach under the tap and shake.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a heavy-bottom saucepan over a moderate to high heat. Add about 25g butter and when foaming, pan-fry fillets for 1–2 minutes per side, depending on thickness. Remove to warmer.
Place in a saucepan, add garlic and season with salt.
When all fillets have been cooked, remove pan from heat and throw in capsicum, allowing the heat to cook it until just translucent.
Beat eggs in a mixing bowl.
Squeeze in lemon juice and grated zest (yellow skin) of ½ a lemon. Arrange fillets on plates, spoon a little sauce over each and serve atop a portion of the spinach log. BABY SPINACH LOG •
Large bunch baby spinach
Heat over a high heat, turning until it wilts. Place in cold (chilled or iced) water to retain colour. Drain.
Add parmesan, a sprinkle of chilli flakes to taste and salt and pepper to season. Fold spinach into mix until well blended. Pour into a greased loaf tin and press firmly. Dot the top with crumbed blue cheese, diced capsicum and sunflower seeds. Bake in an oven preheated to 200ºC for 10 minutes. Tip out onto chopping board and cut into portions – serve.
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lidded, non-reactive flameproof casserole, then add the onions. Fry until the onions are soft and golden-brown. 3. Turn off the heat and sift the flour and mustard powder into the pot. Stir until you have a thickened onion mixture. 4. Add the meat and carrots and stir into the onion mixture. (You are not browning the venison, as this will toughen the meat.) 5. Add the Speights, Glasssye Creek Sauce, sugar, vinegar, freshly ground black pepper. Stir once more. Cover the contents of the pot with a circle of greaseproof paper and put the lid on the casserole. Transfer to the oven and bake for 1½ hours. 6. Remove from the oven and season, to taste, with sea salt. Stir in more Glasseye Creek if you feel the need. 7. Transfer the contents of the casserole to a pie dish. Use a smaller-diameter, deep dish, as a wide shallow one will make the pie crust droop in the middle and become soggy. 8. Increase the temperature of the oven to 200?C 9. Roll the puff pastry out on a floured work surface to be big
enough to cover the dish with a slight overhang. Lay the pastry over the venison filling. 10. Crimp the edges of the pastry with a fork and brush the top of the pie evenly with the beaten egg and milk mixture. 11. You can fashion any pastry motif appropriate to your mood from any leftover pastry and place it on top. Brush this with egg and milk mixture as well. 12. Pierce a small hole into the middle of the pastry to allow steam to escape, then place into the oven to bake for 40–45 minutes, until the pastry is a rich brown. 13. Remove from the oven and serve at the table in the dish with whatever ripples your undies. Goes well with classic mashed spud or veg. Serve with Glasseye Creek Sauce on the side.
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Crimpy sad excuse for male Dear Ed, Shame on you for advertising (your African safaris) in a farming paper. You are a disgraceful and despicable human being for doing this. My partner is a hunter BUT only hunts to put food on the table and NEVER to gain an ego boosting trophy. Go make an honest living you sad excuse for a Kiwi male Jackie Buchanan Ed replies: Wow, how can you make such wildly inaccurate statements without even knowing me. Every animal we pull the trigger on in Africa goes to feed rural Africans who don’t enjoy the luxury of a square meal every night, like you do. In fact, many do not even have tables to put meat on. I do not hunt for ego but admire and respect the animals I hunt. Preserving them after death so that I can admire them further and relive the hunt is my choice – as opposed to leaving them to rot into the ground in some obscure place. Hunting and killing an animal is the same whether you eat the animal and keep the horns or eat the animal and throw away the horns. Your partner is no different from me. We both kill for meat – go figure. I also invest a lot of money in saving endangered species such as the rhino. In fact, the black Africans see me differently to you and have named a baby rhino after me, in honour of the work I do for conservation etc.
attacks without first educating yourself on the realities of what hunting Africa is about, then don’t waste my time with spurious emails. Give me a call during working hours. If you go quiet after this response I’ll assume you are exactly as your email suggests you to be – small minded. Jackie bounces back: I assure you that I am in no way small minded and if in fact you do what you claim to with the animals, then maybe you should consider including the details in your advertisements. I have no issue with killing animals to provide food but I do have issues with killing for trophy heads. I know I am one of many people who feel this way and maybe I am only one of a few who are (sic) not afraid to speak up.
Jackie Buchanan… goes quiet. Go figure! (Ed)
I can guess what would have happened to any farmer who left animal offal and parts lying about on his farm. How is it possible for DoC approved operators to have a different set of rules applied to their operations? Mr Bill O’Leary, NZDA national president, was quoted in the report as backing the WARO
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I respect your right to feel the way you do but not the way you react. I think you need to rethink how you respond. Sadly, people with a knee-jerk response to ‘trophy hunting’ do more harm in Africa than we do good.
Happy to have a debate with you but if you are just into small-minded vitriolic
On February 13, The Press published a report of a Central Otago farm manager upset at Wild Animal Recovery operation (WARO) on public lands next to the farm. The manager was upset at the unclean pile of carcasses with “heat, flies and 70 hot bodies stacked” being “not fit for human eating.”
Also, may I ask what gives you the right or authority to judge what is right or acceptable?
May I ask what you and your partner do to contribute, other than fire insults?
Ed volleys: One could argue that the responsibility lies with you to educate yourself before you make highly personal and nasty attacks on someone you don’t know. How would you feel if random people attacked you or your family as being disgraceful and despicable and a sad excuse for a person, simply because you held a different point of view to them?
On a positive note, far more people are signing up to my safaris than condemning them, and they are coming away with lifechanging views. Many are farmers.
NZDA suck DoC!
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operation. He excused the hygiene question and backed the chopper operation. Was O’Leary speaking for all NZDA members? He certainly was not speaking for me. Frankly, what he said was weak and sucking up to DoC. O’Leary made no comment on the indiscriminate nature of the WARO operation where hinds, trophy stags, and fawns may be shot. Game management would not allow indiscriminate killing of deer. O’Leary seems not worried about two month old fawns left to die of starvation without a mum ( SPCA don’t seem to care either)! I am not impressed. Dave Mingins (abridged) Rotorua
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Full of anticipation, I picked up Grant and two of his kids, Illaria and Josh, and headed into Tasman Bay for a fish. It was Illaria’s first time on a boat so the excitement levels were high. We had both just bought a long line and wanted to try it out. Leaving Port Nelson at 6.30am, we nosed over to the foul ground where the dredge dumps its harbour dredging and set the long line. Then we headed over to Rabbit Island but two hours fishing only produced a kahawai and a few spectator piper, so relocated to the Boulder Bank, where it was rumoured snapper were being caught. Several boats were congregating in the vicinity of the lighthouse, so Grant and I rebaited the long line and put it out again. While it soaked, we set up a berley trail and dropped our lines over. While we were having just a few nibbles, Illaria was at the back of the boat slowly flicking in the bits and pieces of bait that was just lying around. The next thing, the Kilwell rod, with a Penn 950ss running 30 pound line, bent over! Both Grant and I said grab it and start winding, which Illaria did. After around 15 minutes of intensive action, with Illaria winding and pumping between long blistering runs where the fish took off like a bullet, she started to tire and said she was hurting. We were only in 9m of water, so the fish was going gangbusters. Dad came to the rescue, took over the battle and soon we saw colour. A kingfish exploded into view, with three others following, and broached the surface. It was a hard decision as to what to grab, the gaff or drop another line!
Illaria was stoked with her first boat catch
Once it was on board, it was excitement all round. At 80cm it was no monster but had served to get another kid hooked on fishing.
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We then went and got the long line, which had a good size gurnard on but that was all. On the way in I asked Illaria how her first trip was
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THE BIRTHDAY FISH
A LOBSTER TALE WITH A HAPPY ENDING
Daryl Sykes – Chief Operating Officer – NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council
If you are a diver or a pot fisherman, then your summer rock lobster catch might have more going for it than just a delicious meal. Your lobster could be carrying a tag and the information on that tag can be used to ensure the sustainability of lobster stocks and a quality fishing experience for all legitimate users. When a lobster is tagged, the sex, stage of female maturity, tail width, and the number of injuries are recorded. Five percent are double tagged to give an indication of possible tag loss. The tag(s) are inserted on the dorsal (top) side into the tissue between the carapace and tail. This allows the tag to stay in place even when the lobster moults, and also enables the tag to be clearly visible. At point of release, the latitude, longitude, and water depth are also recorded. Every attempt is made to release the lobster as close as possible to where it was caught. GPS is used to record positions. The details of the recapture that are useful include the sex, tail width, number of injuries, the tag number(s) and prefix; and the depth, location and whether or not the tagged lobster was retained or released. If the lobster is under minimum legal size or carrying eggs it must be returned to the water. When a tagged lobster is re-released, commercial fishermen record the position and depth.
report for tag CRA7-250379 provoked a flurry of interest when the detail was posted to Facebook.
Fun facts part one – the male lobster caught by Rewi was tagged and released on 9 August, 2013 in 18m of water off the coast at Blackhead in Otago. It was measured at 40.47mm tail width and it had two tags inserted.
In February, Rewi picked up a tagged lobster just east of Big River and later in the day posted a photo of his catch on his Facebook page. Almost immediately, other commercial fishermen commented on his post, because Rewi’s lobster was carrying a CRA 7 tag – it had come from the Otago coast. The NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council runs a tag recapture reporting system known as TagTracker and the
Rewi Bull is a commercial rock lobster fisherman operating fishing grounds on south coast of the Fiordland National Park, within the boundaries of the CRA 8 rock lobster management area. His vessel, the Shangri-La is a strong and well-equipped fishing machine ideally suited to the harsh weather and sea conditions experienced on the fringes of Foveaux Strait.
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Fun facts part two – the same lobster was recaptured by Rewi on 12 February, 2018 – it had been at liberty for four years, two months and six days and, over that time, had moulted and grown to 57mm tail width. Perhaps the most remarkable information derived, is the distance likely travelled from release to recapture – possibly 350 kms. Long distance migrations of CRA 7 rock lobsters are well recorded and previous tag data confirms lobsters moving from Otago to Fiordland, travelling to the south of
1. Initial release location of tagged lobster. 2. Recapture location
Stewart Island rather than taking the more direct route through Foveaux Strait. The strong flowing Southland current, which runs in a southerly direction down the Fiordland coast and in a northerly direction up the Otago coast, provides the cue for the periodic migrations. Most of the rock lobster habitat in Otago, eastern Southland, and southern Fiordland from Dusky Sound to Te Waewae Bay, is of sedimentary rock. Sedimentary rock reef formations are important nursery habitat for lobsters and, following successful larval settlement and growth of juveniles, a build-up in the population will often
trigger migration. The rock lobster tagging programme covers both the North and South Island coastlines, but in most rock lobster management areas, movements of tagged Jasus edwardsii lobsters are small – 90% move less than 5kms. Most movements are localised, inshore/offshore transits associated with moulting and spawning behaviour. However, all recaptured small male and immature female lobsters tagged and released in Otago and Southland have moved much greater distances and individual lobsters have been recaptured over 480 kms from where they were released – some having successfully travelled the distance from the South Coast of Stewart Island to Jacksons Bay. Long distances movements have been recorded for Packhorse lobsters (Sagmariasus verreauxi) in the area from East Cape north to the Bay of Islands and there is currently a new tag and release and stock monitoring project underway for that fishery.
and release projects and provide the most accurate and reliable recapture information. The recapture reports are always of great interest to the fishermen – the activity on Rewi Bull’s Facebook page is evidence of that. His tagged lobster was returned to the sea, so we might see him again in future. In the meantime, the recapture information reported by Rewi has reconfirmed the growth rate of lobsters in southern waters and provided an intriguing snapshot of lobster biology and behaviour. And the ‘Birthday Fish’? The male lobster carrying tag CRA 7 250379 was tagged and released on Rewi’s birthday. Coincidence or fate? Who knows; but that is another fun fact that adds to the fascinating story of rock lobster stock monitoring research.
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Published on Mar 2, 2018
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