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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 >

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 >

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 >

FlyFin 1900 Centre Console Boat Review
September 2021

Sam Mossman investigates a new sportfishing boat – the FlyFin 1900 Centre Console. For Sam, it's a great coastal fishing boat with blue-water capability that's definitely... Read More >

Haines Hunter 635 Sport Fisher Review
September 2021

One of the best known and most highly regarded GRP (fibreglass) boat manufacturers in NZ is Haines Hunter NZ, so a new model from them is... Read More >

Innovision 656 Explorer Review
July 2021

Sam Mossman reviews the Innovision 656 Explorer, a uniquely shaped boat that rides extremely well in all conditions.... Read More >

Quintrex 460 Renegade SC Boat Review
May 2021

Sam Mossman reviews the Quintrex 460 Renegade SC, a boat well-suited to a range of fishing pursuits.... Read More >

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    Railblaza Spooling Tool Review
    May 2022

    RailBlaza is a Kiwi company that has always been about innovation, especially around making fishing and boating an easier experience.... Read More >

    Early Morning Landbased Fishing
    May 2022

    For landbased fisherman Peter Hwang, there is no better time to fish than first light... Read More >

    Fishing Tips - Things NOT To Do!
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    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 >

    Soft-baiting Profiles - Which One Are You?
    May 2022

    With any fishing method, a lot of trial and error is usually required before consistent results are achieved. Adam Clancey looks at the stages of soft-baiting,... Read More >

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    Bream Bay Fishing Report - May 20th, 2022

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    Tauranga Fishing Report - 20th May, 2022

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