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Stryda 900C Review
May 2022

Amphibious boats are becoming a common sight on New Zealand waters, and the technology is only getting more advanced. Just before Christmas Sam Mossman tried out... Read More >

Kingfisher 510 Minicats: Stable, Spacious & Capable
May 2022

First impressions are important, and lasting. When NZ Fishing News’ Grant Dixon first stepped aboard the Kingfisher 510 Minicat, there were two words that sprung to... Read More >

Extreme 795XST Review
May 2022

This is the second Extreme 795 Mangawhai charter operator Tony Orton has set up. He told Grant Dixon that this boat (an Extreme 795XST) is a... Read More >

Surtees 800 – Trailerboat Perfection
April 2022

The technology packed into trailerboats has been growing in recent years, but the Surtees 800 has provided yet another leap forward. NZ Fishing News’ Ethan Neville... Read More >

Dreadnort D7500 Boat Review
April 2022

A Dreadnort is not like anything you’ve seen in the NZ trailerboat scene. While a few manufacturers have strayed from the norm and built vessels with... Read More >

AirCat 525 Boat Review
March 2022

An easing in Covid restrictions allowed Sam Mossman to spend the morning aboard a new boat – the prototype AirCat 525.... Read More >

Kingfisher 670 Powercat - Balanced and Poised
March 2022

”Heaps of fishing space and a stable platform, not to mention good performance in the rough”, were the features new Kingfisher 670 Powercat owner Bill said... Read More >

Amphibious FC 635HTA Boat Review
January 2022

Convenience is key to the recently released FC635 HT amphibious version according to its new owner Brian King. Grant Blair reviewed the latest offering from FC... Read More >

Blue Diamond 680 HT Boat Review
November 2021

On the trailer, Whiti Te Ra, the first born for Paihia-based Blue Diamond Marine, looks huge and bulky, but these notions are soon dispelled as soon... Read More >

Offshore 650 HT Boat Review
November 2021

With the large gold plinth for Boat of the Show: All Purpose Family Boat 7m standing beside it, Offshore Boats’ 650 HT was hard to miss... Read More >

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    Kingfish - A Personal Best Story
    September 2022

    In the March issue, our reader’s story was contributed by Blenheim’s Jason Anderson, who paid tribute to his partner Laura Solomon’s ability to nail great PB... Read More >

    Moon Tide Fishing Season's Highlights
    September 2022

    As series two of Moon Tide Fishing draws closer to an end, presenter Nori Martin thought it would be appropriate to reflect on some of the... Read More >

    Bait and Berley Tips for Straylining
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    In the second part of Hayden Speed’s look at straylining techniques, he covers boat placement, currents, bait, and berley deployment.... Read More >

    Skipping Baits for Billfish
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    In Tony Orton’s eyes, raising a marlin behind a teaser then switching it over to a skipping-bait is one of the coolest ways to hook a... Read More >

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