When the weather conditions have allowed, there have been some great billfish captures made on the west coast.
In this issue we highlight the first black marlin for Kawhia and three successful Manukau SFC junior anglers.
Soft-baiting continues to grow in popularity and one of the people who has driven the revolution is Editor Mark Kitteridge, who in this issue presents the second part of his ’50 elements to great soft-baiting’ – basically everything you need to know to improve your technique and catch.
The Hauraki Gulf is the playground for many of our readers, and this season has seen some great kingfish action. Charter skipper Nick Jones, in the second of his features on the subject, looks at live-bait techniques for targeting these tearaways.
Kayaker Rob Fort makes a big effort to fish Channel island in the outer gulf, with some great results after all the stars aligned to enable him to get there.
Last month’s cover, Jordy Bordain, has Mayor Island as her playground. Her feature highlights the opportunity this world-famous fishery offers.
There is plenty this issue for our land-based readers. Surfcaster Andy Macleod offers some tips on selecting a new rod, while Gene Bryant goes ‘hard out’ off the bricks.
GoPro cameras feature as a part of many anglers’ kits these days. Specialist Ben Brown shares some ideas on how to get those magical shots and he has the images to prove it.
Some fishers are prone to exaggerate the size of their snapper catches, which, it turns out, actually ‘shrink’! Sam Mossman investigates ‘snapper shrinkage’ from the time a fish is caught to being removed from the ice some hours later. He sounds a word of caution for those who keep fish close to the minimum size limit.
Three boats are highlighted in this issue: an Everyman 850GF; Surtees 610 Game Fisher (the ‘Balex boat’); and a Makaira 740 Cape Runner. All have some interesting features that make them ‘fit for purpose’.
We also introduce readers to the Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show gate prize boat: a twin-Yamaha-rigged Surtees 7.5 Game Fisher. Valued at over $200k, it’s claimed to be the most valuable boat show gate prize ever offered worldwide.
Add to the above a number of other features on releasing fish, conserving our fishery, eating ‘bait’, catching big fish from small boats, Pacific holiday diving, plus all the regular columns, and you have plenty of good reading to tide you over until the April magazine arrives!
22 February 2018