Fishing Advice, Hints, Tips and Info

Check out hundreds of articles from experienced anglers and respected fishing journalists who write for leading publications such as New Zealand Fishing News magazine.

How To?

Experts in every type of fishing explain techniques to improve your catch rate in our 'How To' section.

How to Catch - including Rigs and Knots

Everything you need to know on methods, rigs, knots and techniques for catching our favourite saltwater species including snapper, kingfish, tarakihi, john dory, blue cod, kahawai, trevally, gurnard, blue moki, hapuku, bass, squid, bluefin tuna, swordfish, bluenose & blue moki here.

Boats and Boat Reviews

For a wide range of boat reviews and if you're thinking of a trip with a fishing guide or chartering a boat?  Check out our charter section for our listings of some of New Zealand's most experienced operators.


Seafood Recipes

And if they didn't all get away then check out the seafood recipes from experienced chefs in our seafood recipes section.


Product Reviews

For a review of things fishing-related, ranging from the latest secret weapons to books, DVD's and cars, check out our reviews and product news section.

Gamefishing in New Zealand

There's a summary of New Zealand's major sportfish species including where and when to catch them.

Destinations and fishing travel

The destinations features cover some of the better fishing locations around New Zealand, and the South Pacific if you're considering a tropical holiday or trying a new location. If you would like to submit an article for our International section please email The Fishing Website.


Fishing Reports Visit Reports

Canterbury Fishing Report - 18/05/23

Sounds Snapper Starting to Fire Saltwater:   I mentioned the outer Marlborough Sounds/D’Urville Island area... Read More >

'Top of the South' Fishing Report - 18/05/23

Snapper on the move to deeper water  Despite another weather bomb recently hitting the top... Read More >

Hauraki Gulf - Bruce Duncan Fishing Report - 17/05/23

Straylining has been producing the goods For the first time I can recall for two... Read More >

Raglan Fishing Report - 17/05/23

Hungry snapper still out there to be found  The fishing is still (for the most... Read More >

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Softbait Fishing - Part 1 - gear selection

John Eichlesheim writes an article about selecting the right equipment for softbait fishing... Read More >

Softbait fishing Pt 2 - tips and tricks

Techniques, tips and tricks of softbait fishing – getting the most from your soft baits.... Read More >

Surfcasting - setting yourself up

Gary Kemsley helps sort out the necessary gear for intending surf fishers.... Read More >

Squid - How to catch them

Squid fishing is a rapidly growing aspect of fishing - Paul Senior shares some hints and tips to get started.... Read More >

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