"What I love about saltwater fishing is expecting the unexpected. For me, freshwater fishing is boring – you either catch a brown or rainbow trout, all of which taste very bland."
"Wild and dramatic changes typify weather in spring, similar to the fortunes of those fishing. Snapper fishing is warming up – it is a process with both epic days and temporary setbacks, however, the early signs are superb."
"You don’t have to go far to find work-up action in Bream Bay currently. But don’t expect to return to the same location day after day in anticipation of the bait still being there in the same spot."
"West and south of west from the Raglan Harbour lead lights is the go with 62 metres plus producing constant catches in the 4-6lb range of prime snapper – the ones that when you fillet them, the knife is left sticky with fat."
"A side issue was the vast closure of virtually all scallop beds from Maketu Point, up the Coromandel, through to the Hauraki Gulf and Northland. To me, there was no consultation or even a chance to make a submission."
"With the above-mentioned settled weather, the boats have been out, with Akaroa, Moeraki and Kaikoura being popular areas of late. From all accounts, the ‘puka and blue nose have been a bit elusive, but blue cod, tarakihi and trumpeter have made the trips well worth it!"
"The fantastic fishing continues on the Central Plateau after our last big flood. The Tongariro has seen some significant changes down the lower end with tracks getting washed away, trees appearing in the middle of the river and new underwater snags giving the fly box a bit of a hurry up!"