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It’s not easy raising three boys (two teenagers and a husband!) and even harder to find quality time with them these days when their collective primary focus is hunting, catching and eating stuff. I had to admit it, if I was going to stay connected with my own family, I’d have to go out fishing with them more regularly.
Most recently though, my freshwater fishing career took a positive turn: I’ve now been given my own rod and been shown how to use these
very pretty soft plastics! On a trip to South Otago I managed this cracking 2.5lb perch from the lower Clutha River. We had seen quite a lot of exciting surface activity, including smelt desperately trying to avoid voracious trout. The rain set in but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and in an hour we had two trout and my perch.
The boys even said I might be able to come along again some time!
Jo Now a Bloke’s ChickBy Jo Hadland
Jo Hadland got the attention of her ‘men’ with this impressive Otago perch.
The fishing down south has been good of late, with a few flounder, a few salmon and a few searun trout to mix it up.
I took a mate’s kid to the canal in November and he came away with a few memories that are guaranteed not to fade over time. Sam Brown is ten-years-old and it was his first trip
to Tekapo, so I got him busy fishing with huhu grubs and shrimp, which proved productive on the day. He had an absolute blinder and came away one very happy camper.
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CRAyzee Cod Capers By Julian Shields
My wife and I enjoyed a two-week break at our bach on d’Urville Island in January. It is situated in Panganui Bay, which is definitely not the location of this little tale; that shall remain a mystery.
Elaine and I were fishing for cod in a quiet little spot, in only 3m of water and using sprats for bait. Imagine our surprise when her rod loaded up with this monster – a 4.1kg crayfish.
I wonder if it sets the record for the biggest cray taken on a rod?
‘Catch & release’ couldn’t have been further from Elaine’s mind, as she headed back to the bach with her eye on the cooker. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a pot big enough to hold the monster, so took it back to Nelson where it was ultimately eaten – and very nice it was too!
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High Water Equals High BenchmarkBy Lester Royds
My friend Randolph and I went to Lake Rotoroa on Labour Weekend with the intention of trolling for a trout. The weather was not looking great but we decided to go, only to find the lake was in flood. We noticed the Buller River was dirty and on approaching the lake, the jetty posts were almost submerged. The water taxi was parked under the trees and the toilet block was almost under water.
Plan B was to try Lake Rotoiti: “But the trout are smaller there,” said Randolph! The jetty platform there had the water lapping over it, but the launching ramps were visible. The weather – snow down to the bushline and cold snow showers coming down the lake meant wet weather gear on and ready to troll up the side of the lake.
The four-stroke motor purred along quietly. After a snack, while all was quiet there was a movement on the rod holder – was it a fish or the bottom? We were just cruising past a shingle fan with a flooded stream running out when there was a heavy pull. Guessing it was a fish and not sure if it was visible in the dirty water, it suddenly appeared – a B monster. I had to calm down and realise that it was not in the boat yet. The trout made several strong runs around and under the boat. I could not put more tension on the 6lb line and then it came up and was carefully netted and in the boat - 10lb of jack brown trout. There were high fives and much elation between us.
We had another two hours of trolling but no more bites. A successful day was had, thanks to Randolph and his invitation. What a high benchmark we had set ourselves.
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Over the Christmas holidays our family went to Cissy Bay for two weeks. I like it there because most of the time the fishing is good and I get to fish all day and whenever I want.
This time the fishing was pretty hard because it was spawning season for snapper and they weren’t feeding. We caught gurnard, sharks, a john dory, blue cod, mullet and mackerel and sea perch, and we saw a big school of kingies at the back of the boat, but I was desperate to catch a snapper.
Fizz and Kellie came to stay, so we all went down to ‘The Secret Spot’ and tied up to a mussel farm. We got the berley trail going and dropped down our lines. It took a while for the fish to come on and we managed to pull up a couple of gurnard, but we caught mostly sharks. I caught my biggest greyboy, which weighed 13lb. Dad trunked it straight away and cut the jaw out so I could keep the teeth.
When Kellie was pulling up a shark, everybody went to one side to see what it was. I looked over at my rod and saw that it was bent over about to snap. I was standing on the transom so leapt over the bait board, grabbed it out of the rod holder and struck. There were a couple of big nods and then it just took off! It was pulling so hard I felt my arms were about to fall off but I hung on and I managed to turn his head. I knew it was a snapper but Dad thought it might have been a big greyboy.
Five minutes later we saw colour and dad shouted, “Snapper!”
“What, an orange greyboy?” I said back!
I peered over the side of the boat and saw this big round orange fish. We heaved it into the boat and I was so relieved because I hadn’t caught a snapper in ages. Dad estimated it was around eight pound. What a great way to end a two-week Cissy Bay trip.
the Day of the DoubleBy Sandra Carrington
What started as a casual comment nearly twenty years ago, led to an obsession that my husband Max describes in this way: “Once you have got the bug – it’s terminal!”
“You need to come south for a salmon,” Brian Grey said.
We live in Rotorua and couldn’t be further from
salmon country, but the seed was sown and eighteen years ago we ventured down to the Rangitata South Side Camping Ground – the best in the world! We rented a bach and it became an annual pilgrimage; we’d migrate south in January, reluctantly returning to the sulphur city at the end of March.
Four years ago we bought a nice caravan and now we tow that down when the salmon fever hits, reuniting with old mates on the river and round the camp barbie.
There’s nothing quite like salmon fishing – they are elusive, addictive… the ultimate as far as I’m concerned.
Max is a great fisherman and usually does better than me, but every man has his day and this year it’s been my turn to have the ‘Rangitata Midas Touch’ – everything I touch turns to silver! So far this season (mid February) I have landed six salmon, which has been thrilling for me, but the most exciting and memorable event was the day of the double.
We always rise around at 4.30am and hit the water within an hour; fishing the change of light seems most productive and on this day I was using a lumo zeddy. The sky was still inky-black when the first fish loaded the rod in the dark and stripped line. I played it carefully and soon a 4.6kg fish was on the bank. Within fifteen minutes, using the same rig, I loaded up on an almost identical fish. It too was played by braille and turned out to be fatter than the first – by 100 grams!
It was my first bag limit ever and what an awesome feeling – just love it!
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We have been looking to target the albacore tuna run that
has been appearing in Tasman Bay over the last few years, last year unsuccessfully with a couple of expeditions only yielding a few barracouta and kahawai. With Reel Magic coming out of retirement this year, a full on plan of attack
was made to join the successful fisherman regularly appearing on the pages of The Fishing Paper. The map guide was consulted and Crimpy’s spot off the Croisilles seemed to have potential, as he regularly appears with tuna.
The team, Paul Harris, his very keen fisherman son Jacob and myself assembled at the boat ramp along with the rest
of Nelson’s boating population at 6.00am Sunday morning. Paul’s last txt to me was, ‘Don’t forget to bring the Blue Ball!’
Out of the harbour the game poles were deployed: Zuker Zuccini’s, Williamson jet heads and a couple of commercial tuna lures set and a track cut across Delaware bay to a point off Cape Soucis It wasn’t long before, ‘Zizzzzz’ - the ratchet of the TLD was going off and a nice little kingfish was brought to the boat. Which lure? The one on the blue ball! That sorted, trolling recommenced and , ‘Zizzzzz,’ the TLD was back in action. With a bit more weight to it we thought maybe this was the fish but the long thin silver shape down in the
depths signalled barracouta. It was promptly dispatched and put into the ice bin for future bait, and the lure? The one on the blue ball!
A couple more rat kings were landed before we were almost at the turn around point, when ‘ZZZIZZZZZ’ - something with far more grunt hit. Jacob was on strike and demonstrated a great technique in getting the fish to the boat.
“YEEE ha,” tuna and then bugger: that last rush close to the boat saw it swim to freedom. Had the hook pulled? The lure was still there, but what had happened? Ah, a lesson we should have learned: CHECK the light leader after barracouta! It had been nicked and broke just in front of the hook. Still, we had a GPS mark and trolled a figure 8 over it. Crack... the lure in the rigger went off like a rifle shot and fifty metres of line melted off the reel. Harry put in a huge effort to get it back and then the classic circling fight straight down under the boat had us calling another tuna. It was gaffed and into the boat – we finally had our first bay tuna!
Then came the double strike but one dropped it and the one that stuck - on the blue ball!
Jacob put in the effort and brought it to the gaff - number two albacore was safely in the boat!
What an awesome day thanks to the blue ball - good call.
Blue Balls & AlbacoreBy Don Thorburn
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Quintin Quider No QuitterBy Robin Bush (Bushy)
Quintin Quider doesn’t quit when it comes to fishing! The biggie on the right (named Simon) is an 18lb/ 8.1kg rainbow trout and his friend on the left is a 8lb salmon. Quintin is the owner of Wild Earth Winery in Central Otago, but as you can see his passion isn’t only wine! As every story goes, Quintin returns from his trip and is heard saying, “This was a great day, but you should have seen the one that got away! I hooked a 10kg salmon and had him on for 20 minutes before the line got broken off by a submerged cable – Argh!”
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Remarkable RecoveryBy Ron Stuart
On the fourth of February, salmon angler Ray Harrison had a chore to do and when he’d completed it, he decided to pop into McIntosh’s on the Waimak’ for a fling. Well and behold he hooked up a 7kg, 85cm fin-clipped female salmon, with developing ova. What a prize, as it’s only his third time on the river this season.
The significance of this catch is that the salmon was fin-clipped, which means it was a hatchery-released fish from the Fish & Game Hatchery at Peacock Springs. There have been an exceptional number of fin-clipped fish caught this season during the December- February period, plus a number of unclipped smaller salmon landed, which indicates that they originated from one of the hatcheries serving the Waimak.
The important fact is that F&G North Canterbury have raised and released a substantial number of hatchery-raised salmon at around 50gm size, as part of the Salmon Enhancement Programme.
This year sees the remarkable recovery of salmon returning early before the wild run and providing angler catch. If this initiative had not taken place there would be many anglers complaining that there are no salmon to be caught.
This is a return for your licence fee and believe me the wild run is yet to start and it will because members of NZ Salmon Anglers carried out ova planting of some 200,000 eyed ova in the High Country streams three seasons back and this equates to an additional 2000 salmon expected back into the Waimak’.
Another successful angler has bagged seven Waimak’ salmon by the end of January, six of which were also fin-clipped.
My message: buy a licence and join NZ Salmon Anglers to support our fishing future.
Cooper our Kontiki KingBy Scott Thorpe
I had the boy out Rabbit Island in Tasman Bay a few weeks back with the new Seahorse kontiki and have a look at the smile. It pretty much sums up the experience; you got to love the kontiki, as it has opened up easy fishing for the kids and low stress for dad - sit back have, a barbecue and a beer, and pull in a few snaps. Life is tough.
My wee lad Cooper is right into it; even at five-years-old he acts like an old hand. Just try and beat him to the snapper when they come out of the surf and it’s a one-way race. He scoots along the line to unclip the trace and the only thing wider than the snapper is his ear-to-ear grin. It’s good to see the kids getting into it as much as we are.
Cooper Thorpe hangs out for a snapper fish with Dad.
A fin-clipped salmon with no adipose fin.
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Captain’s Log: Beam me up spottySmall Critter Big PictureW h e n
f i s h i n g , we often forget that
all things under the water are interconnected; impact on one species may have an effect on another – good or bad. It is worrying, for example, to see The Top of the South scallop fishery in such a sad state of depletion and possible collapse. Whatever the reason, the ecosystem is fragile and the fishery is desperately in need of proactive management, not just from a commercial but also a recreational perspective.
While harvesting a feed from Ketu Bay earlier this year, we were reminded that it is not a single species issue, as the scallop beds provide habitat and an environment in which many other critters co-habit. Take this baby octopus for example. A healthy scallop fishery provides it with shelter and food, along with other marine life. It’s a salutary reminder to keep the big picture in mind when we go fishing.
Also on the theme of the big picture, Aaron Shields is a young fisher who has stepped up and is doing his bit for the future of our recreational fishery. It is a misguided notion to think that we still live in an era when
someone else will sort our problems for us and Aaron is part of a group striving to give recreational fishers professional representation in future management decisions. We fishers have collective might by virtue of sheer numbers but fall down due to fractious, fragmented and poorly resourced representation at local, government and ministerial levels.
Our Fishing Future Inc. is an intelligent non-militant organisation that aims to bring recreational fishing representation into the professional era. It is an exciting time and the potential outcomes are positive and ground breaking. Aaron will
be keeping us up-to-date as events unfold, so take the time to read his column and lend your support to Our Fishing Future. The Crimpy Family have made a cash donation to the cause and I encourage others to do the same, and The Fishing Paper has allocated space for our Fishing Future Inc. to keep you informed. As an organisation, it is still a small critter, but one that firmly has its focus on the big picture. Let’s not see recreational fishing go the way of the scallop beds.
Good mate of mine, Tom Hodge, had enjoyed a run of salmon success south of Christchurch, with a couple of bag limits over the course of a week, so he talked me into an overnight session. We fished the Friday evening and Saturday morning, which led to me landing one salmon and dropping another, while Tom scored another bag limit.
Heading back to Christchurch, the Rakaia distracted us and we found ourselves inspecting the river mouth. Five hundred metres up from the gut, I followed the lead to a very narrow side gut, thinking salmon may have tracked this way. Most anglers were fishing the main channel and even Tom didn’t like my chances.
The first cast produced a ‘touch’ and I cried,
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turned downstream, clearly wanting to head for the gut, but that wasn’t in my game plan. The last thing I wanted to do was draw the attention of other anglers to my secret stretch, so I gave the salmon plenty of stick and walked it upstream. By the time I beached it and Tom tailed it up the bank, it was spent.
We both stood back and laughed aloud at the size of the braid – unbelievable! And what a nice fresh fish – beautiful condition. It just goes to show, good things can come from skinny water.
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Carrying a spare paddle may seem like it is a bit of overkill, but being stuck without a paddle can have pretty major consequences.
Many of you may think, ‘How do I carry a spare paddle – won’t it get in the way?’
Paddles can be purchased, or easily converted into a two-piece paddle, commonly known as a split paddle or breakdown paddle. The middle of the paddle shaft will have a join that allows the paddle to quickly be converted to joined and ready for use, or two-piece for storage. This join will consist of a smaller diameter tube and a mechanism that locks the two halves of the paddle together. The simplest system used to join the two halves together is a stainless steel pin. This works well for an emergency paddle as joining the two paddle halves together is a simple process; slide together and listen for the ‘click’.
A logical question to ask is, “Why would I need a spare paddle anyway?”
If it is windy and you drop your paddle in the water, your kayak will drift faster than your paddle, leaving it very quickly out of reach. Paddles can and do break. It is not a common occurrence, but it does happen. If you were to find yourself without a paddle, could you safely get to shore? If the answer is no, then you should have a split paddle with you. In a group, one paddle can be carried as a
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A split paddle needs to be easily accessible, so carry it on the deck of your kayak and not in a hatch. Find a place where the paddle can be secured, but also easily removed should you need it.
It is a reasonably easy job to convert a one-piece paddle into a split paddle. So, if you ever upgrade to a new paddle, consider converting your old one into a split paddle. Pop into your local kayak shop, grab the parts needed, saw your paddle in half and after about 30 minutes work, you should have a two-piece paddle.
First time for Everything
By Matt Rodgers
Check out my mate Beige here early one February morning off Tahuna beach, Nelson.
Smile from ear to ear, as it was his first time fishing in a kayak. Good result too! He came back with two nice snapper to show off to his girlfriend Kara.
We were fishing off the Viking Profish 400’s, straylining with freshly caught kahawai.
I’ll get Beige to take a photo of me next time we go out to show how effective snapper fishing can be in a kayak.
Whilst on a leisurely paddle around the island group just off Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf, I took the opportunity to enjoy a spot of kayak fishing.
I set up a drift over a shallow reef and put the softbaits into gear. This style of fishing can be exciting and rewarding from a kayak
because a certain amount of skill and strategy is required. The water off this particular stretch of Motuketekete Island is only about 10m deep so you have to work the baits and constantly stay in touch with your gear. On this occasion, a nice fat 10lb snapper fell to a pink shine Gulp Nemesis softbait.
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ROTTEN BAIT WICKED FISHBy Caleb Hill and Jason Routledge
On a late Saturday afternoon Jason and I slipped the Stabi 1650 into the calm waters of Motueka Harbour, expecting light winds at 8 knots.As we made our way, slowly picking up speed, we were surprised to see a couple of boats sheltered in behind the sand bar fishing in the shallows. After navigating the bar we came up against a stiff northerly blowing at least 18-20 knots.The sea carried a fair chop but the1650 had no hassle slicing through the oncoming waves, heading directly for the spat farm where we put the setline down.I pulled out the most wretched bait known to man - left in the sun for three days by mistake and refrozen - and baited the hooks. With the rock of the waves and the stench of the bait my stomach was starting to tickle the back of my throat. No need for any engine work as we were encouraged along by the wind. Finally all 25 hooks were out and the buoy was released and we were off for a fish.I was eager to get my Shimano 8000D wet and give my new speed jig a good work out. With a couple of fast drops and quick returns I was eager to get my gear into one of these kingies I have been hearing about.“Have we drifted mate?”Bloody hell, we were hard up against the buoys. A series of calamities followed. I jumped forward and fired up the Stabi. Jason got to work and pulled up the anchor. “How long is ya line on the berley?” Jason bellowed out. “I think we are all good,” I responded. Next minute the anchor hooked on the ropes of the mussel bouys! With a bit of cursing and deft maneuvering we were out of strife, with the anchor on board and the berley out of the water.Working the same spot, fish started to come: first a brim, then a groper then another and then a kahawai. The very hard call was made to up anchor as we were running out of light and we wanted to check our setline.
I managed to botch it up a couple of times on approach but Jason finally got hold of the buoy and hauled it in on board, our eyes following the line down into dark water and on the alert for any flicker of what might resemble a fish. After the first few hooks our eagerness settled. Then a bloody sand shark had a tangle up. As I worked on unravelling the mess I could feel some pretty substantial tugging happening. Jason piped up, “It’s a bloody stingray!” Bugger I thought, still untangling the line. “It’s a big snapper,” he shouted moments later. As I looked up I got a glimpse of a gold and red tail slapping out of the water. “HOOOOOLLLLLY @#%$,” I said to Jason, “take a look at that – it’s a bloody monster!”We got it up to the boat but it still had plenty of fight left. After a few ginger goes with the gaff we had it on board.We couldn’t believe our luck. “Now that is the biggest snapper I have seen,” Jason said. Now with the wind chasing our backs we were skimming across the ocean on a mission to get back home before dark, every so often our necks snapping back to look at our catch at the back of the boat.As we wound the motor down going past the fishing wharf I was tempted to hold our beast up and say look at this sucker, but common sense prevailed and we glided back into the jetty.Once home, I dashed inside to get the scales, smiling like Felix the cat: 12.5 kg (27.5 pound).
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In spite of the m e t r o p o l i t a n corporates owning vast dairy herds around the nation, with tonnes of bovine manure and growth e n h a n c e m e n t product spilling onto the land, we can still go out on the Grey River, under the town clock in downtown Greymouth, and catch ourselves a quality sportfish.
Someone must be doing something right up the Grey Valley!
Plenty of quality kahawai were taken during the Greymouth Fishing Club’s ninth annual King Kahawai Competition in February.
The aim was to get the fish nearest to the average of all fish caught on the day, to win the $400 senior and $100 junior prize. This is far better than trying for the biggest specimen that leads to massive waste as people keep trying to get ‘a better one’ and so is a strong conservation measure to keep this valuable resource intact.
The club is especially pleased with the sponsorship, having been supported so well by the local sports outlets which helped make it such a success.
The 244 fishermen and women and children cast from the shore and also from boats trolling up and down the river – all within sight and sound of the town clock and the shops.
Winners were presented with their prizes by Deputy Mayor Doug Truman JP and include:
1st prize adults, $400.00 Mary Fittock average nearest to weight 2.184,
1st prize junior, $100.00 Mailey Eniglis average nearest to weight 2.122
Consolation,Girls, Emma Ross,
Boys, Reil Guthrie,
Senior Female, Glenys Bryne,
Senior Male, Rhys Devlin,
Early bird prize winner Kiwi Sizzler BBQ, Brenna Swinburn
There were also heaps of spot prizes including a Mission Kayak.
Club President Vaughan Anderson said he was very pleased with the turnout, especially the numbers of families and kids. He says the club is grateful to the many sponsors and it is a good omen for the future of the Greymouth Fishing club and the King Kahawai Competition.
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DoN’t BUy BLACK MARKEt FISH
By Peter Hyde Canterbury Compliance Manager
Phone 0800 4 Poacher
The perception of the general public is that fishery officers spend most of their time patrolling the coast and port areas. While we certainly spend some time patrolling, we also spend larg e amounts of time detecting the sale of black market fish.
Last month we became aware of a group offering paua for sale. On three occasions, fishery officers acting in a covert capacity purchased paua. After the third purchase took place, the two people involved were apprehended. They told fishery officers that they never took more than their recreational daily limit and thought it was ok to sell it. Well it’s definitely not ok! Their car was seized and charges are likely.
We refer to this as black market activity. Black market fish is a generic term used to describe fish that is offered for sale and that fish has not been caught by a legitimate commercial fisherman and declared against quota.
Black market rock lobster and paua are often supplied by so-called recreational fishers (better known as poachers). Recreational bag limits are generous in New Zealand. Even if a person takes no more than their daily limit, they can still make good money illegally selling that catch.
Commercial fishermen on relatively rare occasions will supply the black market. They do this by under declaring the catch on fishing documentation, which therefore will not come off quota. They will then sell that
undeclared fish direct to the public.
Any business that is involved in purchasing fish for on-sale is legally required to keep records of the purchase and sale of that fish. This documentary paper trail is critical in administering the quota management system. Fishery officers spend a significant amount of time conducting routine checks on dealers in fish, such as fish and chip shops, restaurants and other businesses that deal with fish. The fishery officer will make a search of the premise and then ask the owner of that premise to produce records of where that fish was acquired.
Food businesses found purchasing black market fish or unable to provide documentation for the fish found on their premises may be prosecuted.
Many people think the black market is about large quantities of fish changing hands and can see the potential harm to our fisheries. Those people may also think that buying one crayfish off a mate for $30 couldn’t be doing much harm. That, however, is untrue, as the cumulative effect of this lower level black market activity undermines the Quota Management System and sustainable fisheries.
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On my recent trip to Florida I had the opportunity to fish for tilapia in some freshwater ponds. Tilapia has become the third most important fish worldwide in aquaculture, after carp and salmon. Countries with areas of tropical climate such as China, Egypt, Indonesia and the Philippines lead the way in farming tilapia outdoors. Genetically engineered tilapia that will hatch eggs 98 to 100% male have been developed in Indonesia. Monosex culture is more productive for the fish farmers there.
Armed with my cheap Walmart rod, reel and float I baited up a small hook and cast it out into the pond. An earthworm and piece of bread was my bait of choice and soon the float was on the move. I struck and quite a fight on light gear ensued until a large grass carp was on the bank. Grass carp are not popular for eating but do a good job keeping ponds clear of excessive vegetation. An hour later, still no tilapia. However a bit of local advice in the meantime made me shift to another pond with a borrowed Black Widow rod.
You do not use a reel with a Black Widow rod. They are telescopic, 10 to 20 feet long
extended and with a few metres of line, float and hook attached to the tip in the old pole and line mode. For bait this time, again on the advice of a local, I changed to small balls of fish food mash. What a difference local knowledge can make! Success was instant. Once the fish is hooked, any previously unused telescopic sections pull out and you play the fish with a very bendy long rod, in my case 13 feet long! It didn’t take long to land four fish, enough for dinner that night for six people.
Tilapia is very easy to fillet, as the flesh is firm, bordering on tough. Your knife slides easily over the rib cage and the fillet comes off cleanly and is easy to skin. Only a few short bones need removing. Cooked in beer batter, the freshwater tilapia was very tasty; top restaurants in the USA have it on the menu.
On my second tilapia catching expedition (now an experienced and expert tilapia fisher) I landed my first one within ten seconds after dropping the bait into
the pond amidst a handful of fish food pellets! My fastest fish catching ever, thanks to the Black Widow.
Their bone structure makes filleting tilapia easy.
My son Paul had been flogging himself silly on the farm so I suggested a relaxing cod fish up d’Urville, insisting he be at Okiwi at ‘Sparrow’s!’
My wife, Jeanette, took over the helm as we left the entrance - she has more patience than me and can handle the mind-blowing tedium that trolling lures brings – while I ran the albie lures and engaged son in conversation. Jeanette cut a track toward Bottle Point and we let the salt air soak in and work its therapeutic magic. We saw dolphins working but drew no strikes in their vicinity. About four K off Okiwi we hooked up and Paul enjoyed a stoush with a nice albacore that went 16lb gutted.
I instructed the skipper to go back to where we’d hooked up and start again. Soon we had another strike and this one went 17lb gutted. While the fish were caught in the same general vicinity, the contents of their stomachs were quite different. One had freshly swallowed and undigested squid, while the other’s stomach contents were almost completely digested – interesting. I guess they don’t all dine to the same dinner bell!
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More Myths Than PossumsDear Ed,
The mythmakers are at it again! Since the old Government, Department of Conservation, Animal Health Board myth that New Zealand had 70 million possums was shot down in flames and buried, these 1080 toxin loving organisations and their hangers-on are flat tack trying to start new ones. They still want Kiwis to believe carnivorous stoats eat cereal 1080 baits and at present are trying to force the people of New Zealand to believe that 25 million native birds die every year from predation by stoats, rats and possums. Not an ounce of scientific proof supplied, its just estimated. By whom? No one has laid claim to this estimation.
After the 2007 ERMA review into 1080 use, both DoC and the AHB significantly raised the numbers of ‘spin doctors’ in their ‘smoke and mirrors’ departments. Why? What are they hiding?
The possum has been changed from a foliage eating herbivore into a predator/omnivore and I now see in TBFree NZ advertisements the possum has suddenly become a scavenger. Not just an ordinary scavenger but a scavenger of the greatest scavenger of all.... the wild pig. Especially, dead TB infected wild pigs left by hunters.
There was not one iota of scientific evidence supplied to back that TBFree claim, but who needs science when you have ‘spin doctors’ who know nothing but want to create another myth.
After a 170-odd-years of residence in New Zealand, and being classified as a simple herbivore, the poor old possum, in the last decade and in New Zealand only, has suddenly been multi classified. Who by? Apparently by politicians, bureaucrats and other dreamers. In its home country of Australia the possum is still classified as a herbivore.Ron EddyWairau Saddle
Lazy Damn RifleDear Ed,
Today I swung my front door wide open and leaned my Ruger M77 right up against the open front door. I gave it five rounds of ammo and went to work.
While I was gone, the milkman came and went, the trash was collected, the meter reader called by, the postie came and a heap of people drove past.
I checked on the gun when I came home for lunch and was shocked to see it still sitting right where I left it. It hadn’t killed anyone, even with all those opportunities and the postie is a real shit – in fact –
it hadn’t even bothered to load itself!
You can imagine my surprise – what with all the media hype about guns being dangerous and killing people, and needing to be confiscated and banned. Either the media is wrong and it’s the misuse of guns by criminals that’s doing the killing, or I have the laziest damn rifle ever made!
I’d better rush off and check my spoons… I hear they are making people fat and God knows - some of them are going to die!Stu PidgunutNelson
A TOTALLY GREAT READ!Hi Crimpy,
I finished reading your book a while back and have been meaning to get back to you.
Just had to say that I enjoyed it immensely, had a good laugh, and will definitely read it again.
I love the way you describe scenes and events.
A TOTALLY GREAT READ!Hurry up with the next book!
Anglers Warned Not to Risk Eating 1080 troutA national trout fishing advocacy group has
warned anglers and others not to eat trout and eels because of a risk of 1080 poison in the fish. David Haynes president of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers said the warning to all anglers and customary harvesters was for at least a year.
“Beech mast events, like the one postulated by the Department of Conservation and the Minister of Conservation Nick Smith to occur this autumn, usually results in an increased mouse population,” he explained. “The minister intends to aerially topdress 1080 poison over the wilderness.”
As mice disperse they frequently swam across rivers and streams and were eagerly taken by trout and eels - a prime source of protein for the fish, which resulted in many trout reaching trophy proportions (10lbs plus.)
David Haynes, said unfortunately DoC’s planned mass aerial 1080 bombardment of thousands of hectares of wilderness public lands had failed to take into account mice ingesting 1080 with the high likelihood of massive secondary poisoning of trout and eels. The poison has a ‘secondary’ property when a predator or scavenger eating a 1080 killed or dying creature, also ingests 1080. The poison slowly kills over 48 hours and any dying, struggling creature like a mouse attracts and is easy prey for a predator, be it native falcons or trout or eels.
“There’s a chance to see plenty of fish carcasses in rivers and lakes. I urge people not to eat any fish they catch, as they may end up seriously ill due to a sub-lethal dose of 1080, or worse,” he said.The Federation intends writing to Nick Smith,
Minister of Conservation, urging him to provide funds and resource to monitor the anticipated fish kill, as well as 1080 presence in trout and native species such as eels koura and galaxids, as a result of the poison’s widespread use.
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Bushett Shoal Legend1
Fishing SpotSurfcast Spot
Dive Spot Boat Launch
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goose Bay – The only public ramp between Oaro and South Bay. This ramp is only suitable for trailer boats less than five metres long.
1 – goose Bay A popular camping destination with some crayfish. Good freedive spot but a lot of kelp to contend with. Surfcasting between the rocky outcrops produces kahawai, rig, school shark and moki, particularly around change of light.
2 – goose Bay Shelf Drops away close to shore so the up-welling generates a lot of food; krill often abundant and work ups of birds very visible. Kahawai and albacore through the summer months and drift over edge of drop off for groper. Tarakihi can be found over patches of foul on the top of the shelf.
3 – Spy glass pointExposed diving with generally some current running. Butterfish, blue cod and perch predominant species.
4 – haumuri BluffsTarakihi in foul along top edge and groper and bluenose along face. Use the sounder to find densities of fish and drift through them, using heavy tackle due to the tidal current and foul ground. Braid of 80lb plus is advisable and will allow you to fish lighter sinkers than nylon. Electric reel country prone to strong currents.
5 – conway FlatKahawai over summer and blue cod, tarakihi and perch over foul patches.
6 - conway RiseTarakihi and blue cod along the edge of the shelf through to 70m, with school sharks in places. Kahawai found throughout the summer months near the surface and albacore following warm currents through late summer and early autumn.
7 – conway EastSteep terrain that drops away quickly. Electric reel country with groper, blue nose and ling main target species. Good country to drop a large 400 - 500g knife jig. Two-hook ledger rigs or groper flasher rigs a good choice.
8 – Bushett ShoalA very productive reef system and renowned trumpeter hotspot. Often has a strong current and is protected to a large degree by the weather. Blue cod, perch, wrasse, blue moki and tarakihi are common, and school groper are also present at times. Good slow jig country or large flasher rigs. Fish a variety of baits, including shellfish, prawn and crayfish. Diving for the experienced with plenty of good crayfish country.
9 – groper SpotFish down the face on small tides. Blue cod and tarakihi will be found near the top and groper, trumpeter, ling and bluenose as you drift deeper. Fish smaller hook sizes for the tarakihi and use squid, mussel, shellfish or prawn for best results. Black Magic Snapper Terror flasher rigs or similar are good for tarakihi, blue cod and trumpeter. For bigger species, use 8 - 12/0 recurve hooks or flasher rigs with firm, large strip baits like squid, barracouta, kahawai, blue cod wings or perch. Instead of a sinker, try tying a Japanese long jig to the bottom of a ledger rig.
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Dive Spot Boat Launch
16 – South AtiaBlue cod and perch. Troll for albacore over summer.
17 - Atia PointDive only in calm conditions, which generally provides good viz. A scenic dive with colourful kelp garden and a variety of sea tulips and anemones. A good crayfish spot. A good spot to meet the seals.
18 – Cone RockBlue cod, perch and wrasse. Kahawai, school shark and barracouta throughout summer. Interesting diving country with plenty of cracks that hold crayfish. Butterfish making a comeback around the kelp areas.
19 - South BayA very pleasant fishing spot when north-east winds are blowing on the town side of the hill. The first spot runs straight out from the small car park by the trees at the South Bay turn-off near the racecourse. This reef funnels fish close into the beach and has good fishing results on the incoming tide. Blue and red cod are caught here and the odd blue shark.
20 - Kowhai River MouthA good spot to surfcast for kahawai using silver zeddy lures. Other species caught here include moki, red cod, gurnard, school shark and rig. During the season you’ll also catch salmon in the surf. Try prawns and crayfish baits for elephant fish in late spring through to late autumn.
21 – Cod SpotAnywhere around this region between 30 – 150m produce blue cod and sea perch.
22 – The DeepGroper, bluenose and ling. Look for changes in contour that create current and up-wellings, and drift big dead baits or jigs. Bluenose move around a bit so be prepared to prospect. Good electric reel country.
23 – South FaceFrom 130m over steep drop-off expect groper and bluenose.
24 - Barney’s Rock100 metres off Rosie Morn between Goose Bay and Peketa. A great shore based diving spot for paua, butterfish and blue moki.
1 - Hapuku RiverA good spot for surfcasting for rig, also known as lemonfish. Rig are night feeders prowling for paddle crabs. Best fishing for rig is late spring when they come close to shore to pup, through summer and into early autumn. February usually particularly good.
2 – Old Sawdust PitsSurfcasting for rig, school shark, sevengill sharks, skate and kahawai. Moki and gurnard are also caught from here. Try using prawns or crayfish as bait.
3 – North BeachThe entire coast from Kaikoura township north to Hapuku River provides a long stretch of attractive surfcasting beach. Access is off Old Beach Road, but permission must be sought from landowners to cross paddocks. The other option is to walk along the beach from either end.Target species are rig, school sharks, moki, kahawai, the occasional blue cod and even salmon!
4 – In front of Whaleway Station along main beachSurfcasting for rig, moki, kahawai, gurnard and the odd conger eel. Surf casting behind the breakers with bait will produce red cod, rig, skate, blue shark, and there are claims of snapper in late summer. In late summer through autumn salmon are caught in the surf along this stretch of beach too. The good old faithful green and gold ticer or silver zeddy lures have produced good results for both salmon and kahawai.
5 – Davidson RocksBlue cod, kahawai, perch and greyboy.
6 – Lyell CreekThis sluggish looking waterway behind the town can be a surprisingly productive trout fishery - remember to buy a licence. Large brown trout are often found just behind the town centre. Spinning with a veltic or a toby can produce results. In the early morning and evening a dry fly around by the trees is deadly. But it’s not advisable to eat trout from this creek, due to the poor water quality. Casting into the sea by the mouth, especially when the whitebait are running, will produce nicely conditioned sea run trout, good sport and good eating.
7 – Ruby ShoalPerch, kahawai, skate, barracouta, wrasse and some sharks.
8 – The New Wharf The new wharf was opened in 1909 and is still used by local fishing boats for loading and unloading. It’s also a structure providing access to
a large variety of species. Opposite the fish factory on the western side is a great place to catch sprats. There is an outlet pipe from the factory and the water can be thick with small fish. Children have great fun here. The sprats also provide good bait for larger fish. Live bait cast off the wharf will pick up red and blue cod, kahawai and the very large conger eels.
9 – Nine Pin RockA popular dive spot for crayfish, kingfish, blue moki and butterfish. For boat fishing try using mussel as bait in the kelp to target butterfish on a line. You’ll also find banded wrasse around here.
10 – Ingles BayThis is a good shorebased dive spot in a westerly. Be sure to avoid the seals that frequently sleep in the sun as you walk out over the rocks. All seals should be treated with caution. They have large teeth, and can become aggressive. Fur seals can bite with up to two tonnes per cm pressure.There are plenty of holes in the rocks to explore for crayfish. A good spot for freedivers to get paua.
11 – Old Wharf This wharf is suitable for children for catch spotties and sprats. The reef that runs to sea from the old wharf can provide good rock fishing. Blue and red cod are caught here, especially in an incoming tide.
12 - Lynch Reef Check out the big kelp forest and swim with the seals. Spearos target butterfish and banded wrasse. You’ll also find spotties, and sea perch. Crayfish often lurk near the base of the rocks.
13 – Peninsula CoastlineLine fishing for blue cod, perch and banded wrasse. Over summer target barracouta, kahawai, salmon and albacore tuna. This is also a popular area for diving for crayfish and paua.Tip – to find good fish habitat, look for cray pot bouys. These generally indicate areas of foul ground. But do not tie up to a cray pot buoy as you may inadvertently drag the pot and snag it under a reef. The owner could be out of pocket $300 to replace it!
14 – Peninsula EastTroll for salmon in mid to late February with Rapala lures.
15 – Eastern MarkGood blue cod and groper. Tarakihi over foul ground and some trumpeter. Rays bream in mid-water. Troll for albacore tuna when temperature rises above 17 degrees. Tuna from here out.
South Bay Council operated concrete ramp with fuel and wash down facilities. A good, safe, relatively sheltered launching site.
Jimmy Armers Beach North side of the peninsula. Launching across sand with sea access through a gap in the rocks. Be aware the channel can be a challenge to navigate, especially at high tide with rocks lurking just below the surface.
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Kaiks is a magnet for spearos; well it’s a magnet for everyone who likes the sea. Growing up in Christchurch, Kaikoura was always the ultimate destination and once we were mobile, there were many trips in the old Austin loaded up with dive gear, including the homemade speargun. Roll the clock on 40 years, (yikes) and what’s
changed? Amazingly as far as spearfishing is concerned, not much; there are still plenty of butterfish and moki to be seen and crayfish and paua always seem to be around.
The biggest single factor in making a trip to Kaikoura a success is the weather. If you are planning a trip you need to watch the forecast like a hawk,
cultivate relationships with a few locals and keep in touch with them regarding the conditions. One of the great aspects of diving the coast is that you don’t need a boat. There are just so many good spots along the side of the road that a boat is almost a negative, because you have to find somewhere to launch it.
If you’re driving down for the day, keep an open mind about where you’re going; stop often and have a look. Don’t panic if there is a wind blowing when you hit the coast just south of Ward, it often peters out further down the coast and if it’s a NE then you can always head for South Bay. If the conditions are good, remember not to plunder the place: get enough for a feed or two, the fish will be there next time. Don’t swim too far out, some of those rocks look tempting but the currents can be strong and always swim with a buddy, it’s a lot more fun and much safer – good spearing.
Spearfishing KaikouraBy Mark Roden
Greg, a well-known and very accomplished Canterbury surfcaster, shares some of his favourite possies.
Whalewatch Reef is accessed off the main car park in front of the Railway Station and is a spot where it is possible to catch many different species: rig, moki, gurnard, school shark, dogfish and large seven-gillers, and a few blue cod, if lucky. Red cod are common over winter and large conger eels common all year. Large kahawai schools also make an appearance over summer and often salmon are landed by people targeting kahawai; use a shiny silver lure for the kahawai and look for dark patches moving in the water, or birds working the surface. For the various sharks and cod its hard to beat fresh kahawai or mullet for bait, usually 5/0 hooks on 60lb - 200lb trace or steel trace is recommended for sharks. For the rig and moki - mussels, crayfish, paddle crabs and prawns are very good. I have also landed a small thresher from this beach.
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The new wharf is a good place to fish for many different species: blue and red cod, large congers, stingray, moki, wrasse, butterfish, spotties, mullet and small kahawai for the kids. Have also seen a lot of octopus and huge starfish caught here too. Just about any bait will work here and it’s a good spot to go to gather fresh mullet for surf bait. Great spot for a family trip. Berley and shellfish or crayfish/prawn bait will increase your chance of a moki. Remember, they have to be at least 40cm to keep! Light line for them can be fun but try to keep them away from the wharf piles, as you can lose fish easily. Night fishing this location can also be rewarding as well.
A good spot when its too rough, weedy and windy at Whalewatch: red and blue cod, moki, mullet, kahawai, gurnard and the occasional snapper (I have seen them landed there myself actually so not just an old timer’s story) Similar rigs and baits to Whalewatch will do the job. Often very calm and clean here, so take a dip if it’s too hot. Anywhere close to rocks and reef will get moki and wrasse, but not too close as you get snagged! Berley will help but is not too important
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Kahawai, especially around the whitebait season, are a lot of fun to catch but in the heat of the moment don’t forget the limits - it can be very easy to exceed your bag. There are also salmon around but check the regulations on these, as you need a licence to keep these if you are too close to the river. Red cod, skate and rig will also be common around the mouths. Use crayfish/crabs and prawns for the rig and just about anything for the red cod.
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Yes it’s that time of year again… the highlight of the summer fly fishing season for some anglers, when even the most learned scholar in the trout world can throw all caution to the wind and smash your cicada imitation without hesitation; even after a less than optimal cast plops the fly metres away from the fish.
These protein-packed power snacks are irresistible to most trout, and fish that will ignore the entire contents of your fly box will often fall for a well tied cicada imitation.
If you do strike a fish that ignores your cicada
pattern, try a tiny willow grub imitation as plan B, as there is a constant rain of these larvae falling into rivers such as the Motueka at present. I caught he fish pictured above in the Motueka River mid February and it was packed with both cicadas and willow grubs. There were good numbers of fish feeding all morning in areas I would not normally have been able to access if the river hadn’t been at its lowest level recorded in 12 months (annual low flow level). Licence-holders should get amongst them while they can!
A recent drift dive of the Rai River below Bulford Bridge confirmed what some anglers have been telling us – numbers of rainbows are well down in the Rai this year compared to last summer.
While the number of brown trout was about normal, floods have taken their toll on rainbow numbers in the Rai. The good news is that vast numbers of juvenile rainbows were sighted, so the fishery should bounce back fairly quickly within one to two years, providing no more massive flood events occur. Anglers who had a ball with cicada patterns in the Rai last summer would be better to have a crack in the Motueka or Wairau, both of which are fishing well at present.
Staff also managed to drift dive the Wangapeka, Riwaka, and Upper Motueka
at Glenrae during late Jan/early Feb. A slight improvement in the Riwaka fishery was noted, with more medium fish in the lower site above SH1. Wangapeka numbers were, surprisingly, about normal despite a close to eight year return period flood in early October giving the river a hiding and moving a lot of gravel around – the number of mediums in the lower river was actually up on last year, which was good to see. The Upper Motueka at Glenrae is still depressed with very little holding water present in the river at this location, as has been the case for the lower Motupiko for quite some time. We are programmed to dive the Motueka and Wairau later this month, so hope to confirm the positive angler feedback we are getting from these fisheries at present.
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cicadas on menu!By Rhys Barrier (Nelson/Marlborough)
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When is it a perceived risk and when an actual risk. If I think I am going too fast,
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safe speed, so that proper and effective action to avoid a collision can be taken and the vessel can be stopped within a distance appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions.
In determining a safe speed, the following factors must be among those taken into account:
(1) For all vessels -(a) the state of visibility(b) the traffic density, including concentrations of fishing vessels or any other vessels(c) the manoeuvrability of the vessel, with special reference to stopping distance and turning ability in the prevailing conditions(d) at night, the presence of background light such as from shore lights or from the back scatter of the vessel’s own lights(e) the state of wind, sea, and current, and the proximity of navigational hazards(f) the draught in relation to the available depth of water
2) Additionally, for vessels with operational radar -(a) the characteristics, efficiency, and limitations of the radar equipment(b) any constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use(c) the effect on radar detection of the sea state, weather, and other sources of interference(d) the possibility that small vessels, ice, and other floating objects may not be detected by radar at an adequate range(e) the number, location, and movement of vessels detected by radar(f) the more exact assessment of the visibility that may be possible when radar is used to determine the range of vessels or other objects in the vicinity
A kayak at 15 knots surfing a wave has no chance of avoiding the swimmer that
pops out of the water in front of them. A launch at 20 knots has no chance of avoiding the kayaker that remained hidden by the continuous swell, however, according to the rules that’s exactly what must occur. The onus is on both boats in another rule to avoid a collision so even the vessel with the obligation to keep its course and speed must eventually do something to avoid a collision.
Perceived risk must by its very nature mean there is risk. In Nelson region alone there has been over 34 rescues from the water since July last year. Allow 1.5 people per rescue and that’s 51 lives at risk. Perceived risk? Well, I wonder how the young cold, wet boy felt when someone at last found him and his Dad tied to a navigation beacon after being there for almost five hours.
What is your perceived risk when boating – is it fear of the other half if you are going to be late home, is it the paddle might break or the only engine falter and fail, is it the wave and the speed you are travelling at, the size and shape of your craft, or the lack of a life jacket?
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It was Easter weekend and my brother, a friend, and his brother and I decided we would go for a walk up a nice looking West Coast river; a five-hour walk was ahead of us. After reaching a nice spot to camp we had a bit of a mosey round, had some tea and hit the hay.
We woke to another beautiful day and quickly decided we would have a look up a side creek, about a ‘k’ up from camp. Upon arriving at the creek, we found it had two branches, so the mate’s brother and I went one way, while my brother and mate went the other way. I had decided that on this trip I was going to run my dad’s Lee Enfield .303 rifle with open sights, which, from his memory, he hadn’t shot anything with for 20-something years.
Sneaking up the branch of the creek, we come to a bit of a log jam and just sat behind it for a minute to have a listen. With to be nothing heard, we popped up and ‘Holy Boulders’, there was a spiker five-metres away, looking down at us all puffed up. He stared at us for a second then turned and took off. I slammed a bullet up the spout, lined the sights up on it and boom!
The spiker was down and I was a bit taken aback that I had actually just hit it with this old gun. Success!
On closer inspection when butchering the animal, I had totally fluked a clean shot right in the back of the head; I was happy with that!
We cut the animal up, found a nice shady spot to hang it and retrieved it the next day. I had some for tea and it tasted awesome.
Great trip, good times and I will be taking the .303 again.
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Kellie and I shared the start of the New Year with family at their home near Nelson Lakes. After an afternoon of scrub clearance for the brother-in-law, he suggested we take a leisurely stroll along the bush edge for an evening hunt, with the hope we might bag some tender venison for the freezer. I’m always keen to follow the rifle for a walk so accepted enthusiastically.
Half-an-hour before dark saw us watching over a promising looking clearing, our one real option before darkness finally turned us back home. The air had a balmy feel to it and it was quite pleasant just sitting and watching. Time chipped away until daylight finally gave way to that inky gloom that softens and mutes the surroundings – dusk had arrived.
A tap on my shoulder snapped me from my reverie and I followed Rodney’s gaze to a young spiker that had ‘materialized’ on the edge of the clearing. It was about a hundred yards from us and started walking across the clearing before stopping to look around. It then angled off toward the bush and that’s when I shot for the
ribcage. There was no telltale sound of a hit and the deer bolted,, only to be swallowed by the vegetation in less than a dozen steps.
“You missed!” gasped Rodney.I thought the shot was true but began to doubt
myself. I was resigned to a miss but a hunter should always check, as it is not good form to leave a wounded animal on the hill.
The sight of blood at the crime scene perked me up and further investigation revealed big gouts of the stuff.
“This is not looking good for the deer,” I said.Just inside the bush lay the yearling, stone
dead. It hadn’t run ten yards!I set about gutting the animal with the intention
of carrying it back to the truck, but Rodney figured we’d done enough manual labour for one day. By the time I’d completed the field dressing and lugged the deer up to the ridge, I could hear the sweet burble of the quad bike coming along the track.
‘That man deserves a beer,’ I thought.And we did!
Following the Rifle for a Walk By Gary Fissenden
After a long wait, Gun City Wellington opened its doors in December, bringing a huge range of quality firearms, accessories and outdoor equipment to hunters around the lower North Island. All types of shooting are catered for, from serious competitive shooting, hunting and pest control, to fun backyard target shooting with airguns. You’ll always be spoiled for choice with thousands of new and used rifles, shotguns and air rifles in stock.
Gun City also has ‘specialised licence holders’ covered, with Wellington’s biggest range of pistols and E-category semi automatic rifles and C-category collectible firearms - all housed in a dedicated Restricted Firearms showroom.
If you like getting outdoors there’s also a big range of clothing to keep you warm and dry, a full range of lighting solutions - including LED Lenser torches - and piles of packs to keep it all in. There’s plenty of gear here to suit any budget.
Gun City is also your one-stop-shop for paintball markers, equipment and accessories.
While you’re taking in all of the great products in store you’ll be served by friendly and knowledgeable staff, who are always ready to answer your questions.
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Ben has been with Gun City since 2008 when he started at the Christchurch store. He’s keen to bring his knowledge and experience to the Wellington store and sample some great North Island shooting.
Rounding out the Wellington sales team are experienced hunters, Andrew and Neil, and 3-gun competition shooter, Sergio. Between them they have years of expertise to draw on, and they’re always keen to meet other keen shooters and talk about guns, so head in and say G’day!
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Check out your hunting spot• These maps show New Zealand’s
TB risk areas, also known as Vector Risk Areas (VRAs), where infected wild animals have been found
• Bovine TB risk areas cover about 40 per cent of the country and can contain infected wild pigs
• The movement and release of wild pigs is an offence under the Wild Animal Control Act 1977
• The illegal movement and release of wild pigs from VRAs into areas that have no TB in wildlife can create a significant disease risk to farmed livestock
• To find out if your hunting location is in a TB risk area, call 0800 482 4636 or your local TBfree New Zealand office.
TB Risk Areas
New Zealand’s TB risk areas
Many farmers are also hunters and know about the bovine tuberculosis (TB) risk that wild pigs can present to livestock, particularly in Vector Risk Areas, where infected wildlife have been found. Wild pigs are known to carry bovine TB and parts of their carcasses can be scavenged by possums and ferrets, which then spread the disease to farmed cattle and deer. Wild animals are responsible for most new livestock infections in these TB risk areas.
Before you go hunting, check the TB risk status of your chosen area. To do this, you can look over the TB risk area map below or visit www.tbfree.org.nz and click on ‘pest management’ under the ‘TB Eradication’ tab.
When you’re hunting in a TB risk area, it is vitally important that you check any captured animals for signs of TB before bringing them back into an area that is free of the disease. Prior to transporting a wild pig you just caught, look for lesions at the base of the animal’s jaw bone, or within its gut. Bovine TB lesions in pigs can vary from a cream/green abscess to white, gritty lesions.
If you discover the pig you’ve captured has TB lesions, there are several measures
to follow to help ensure the disease is contained. In TB risk areas, remove the pig’s head at the kill site, leave it there and note the area you left it in, then immediately contact your local TBfree New Zealand office to let them know where it can be found. This can help TBfree New Zealand build up its knowledge about the presence of the disease in the area’s wild animal populations.
However, if you have to transport the pig, dispose of it thoroughly so other animals cannot scavenge the remains. This means burying it deep enough so it can’t be dug up by possums, ferrets or other wild pigs. Also, keep your
dogs away from all uncooked parts of the pig.
You should always practise good hygiene when hunting wild pigs, including disinfecting all knives and other gear after use, cover any cuts on your hands and arms and wash after cutting up animals.
By sticking to these requirements, you are helping TBfree New Zealand achieve its main objective of eradicating the disease from wild animals. The national TB control plan aims to eradicate TB from at least 2.5 million hectares of the country’s 10 million hectare TB risk area by 2026.
Help Keep a Lid on TB When Hunting
These pig heads were dumped on the side of the road. Do not dump pig heads in areas that are free of TB in wild animals, as they can be scavenged, causing the disease to spread
Matt Willis, owner and editor of Hooked on Boars Magazine, is a man of many talents, not the least is his accomplishment of NZ Master Bow Hunter.
While his passion for pig hunting is reflected in the magazine, Matt is also a staunch advocate of hunting big game with the bow and draws on over twenty years of experience to showcase this passion in his second DVD in a matter of months.
Matt narrates this one hour plus feature, which has been recorded over a number of years and many hunts, in a relaxed manner that gives the DVD a real Kiwi rawness and pace that fits the archetypal New Zealand hunter. While over twenty big game kills are shown throughout the course of the DVD, this is no gratuitous compilation of sensational kill shots. Rather, Matt has edited and scripted an engaging story line that not only showcases the bowhunting opportunities available in New Zealand, but one that portrays the essence of the sport.
Through nice camera work and good editing, various hunts unfold with a ‘sense’ of real time, drawing the viewer in and allowing one to experience the thrill, tension and anticipation vicariously through the skills and experiences of another. What stands out is the intimacy and proximity involved in bowhunting and whether a convert or not, you can’t help feeling respect for the skills, dedication and determination of those hunters depicted on film.
While entertaining, Matt uses each hunt to impart knowledge, and offer advice and tips to other bowhunters. A good deal of thought has gone into the editing, as it is not just a random collection of hunts, but plays
more like a journey, with many memorable sequences. A nice thread is a fallow hunt with Matt’s son Kadin that shows the frustrations and disappointment of a hunt gone wrong, but ends with triumph over adversity thanks to some mentoring from an older hunter. Up close and personal footage of trophy bowhunting for red stags, while on a game reserve, captures the upper spectrum of the sport with thrilling footage, while Carol Watson from Advanced Archery displays the purer aspect of Kiwi free range hunting when she gives us a voyeur’s view of her trophy fallow success. Matt’s encounter with two red stags going head to head in the Roar is fascinating, as is some of the little ‘nature asides’ like the Stewart Island Kiwi cameo.
The DVD looks at hunting a wide range of animals, including red deer, fallow, pigs, tahr, chamois, goats, hares, wallabies, whitetail deer and turkeys. Matt even manages an international flavour with a thrilling documentary on his black bear hunt.
Even though I have yet to be lured into the domain of the bowhunter, I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD and will watch it again and again. To me that is the simple test on whether it is engaging enough to be any good.
DVD REViEW: new Zealand Bowhunter: no Season - no Limitproduced By hoB productionsReviewed by Daryl Crimp
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Doing my Bit For uncle SamBy Frank Cartwright
I’ve always had a love affair with Central Otago and when I was offered a sales representative’s position during the 1960‘s to cover the entire Otago territory, I jumped at the chance. It was a plum job as far as I was concerned, notwithstanding leaving my Dunedin home at 6:30 am on the ‘Central’ trip and not getting to bed until very late, thanks to the necessity of after-hours calls. But there were compensations. Wonderful scenery and wonderful, ever so friendly people to name but two.
One of my favourite stopover towns was Ranfurly where I soon got to know the locals. I enjoyed their company, shared a convivial glass at day’s end and caught up with the local gossip and petty politics. It was always good fun with good guys.
One day after completing calls, I was relaxing at the bar nursing a beer when I noticed a stranger leaning on the bar. He didn’t quite fit the local scene so I wandered over and asked if he was a visitor to the town.
“Sure Buddy,” he replied with a very pronounced
North American accent. “And what brings you
here?” I asked.‘I’m a fighter pilot from
Nam,’ he drawled. ‘I’ve got a few days furlough and I’ve managed get as far away from the war as I can. I heard there was some great huntin’ and shootin’ in Noo Zealand. My buddy recommended Ranfurly to me - so here I am.’
I was stunned. This guy towered over me and I’m a six-footer. I momentarily marvelled that he could actually lever himself into an F100 Super Sabre’s cockpit and had actually heard of Ranfurly from someone in Indo China!
“So, you’re from Vietnam and want some outdoors action. Have you got any plans?”
He shook his head, “Nope. There ain’t no guides around these here parts and I’m just hopin’ that I can get me somethin’ somehow.”
Here was a USA fighter pilot about the same age as myself, stationed in Vietnam and desperately trying to escape the horrors of a very dirty war for a few days therapeutic hunting and fishing.
“Leave it to me buddy.
I’ll find some guys to help you get some action,” I found myself saying and immediately wondering why on earth I had opened my big trap. Then I remembered Bill. He had contacts everywhere. He was the go-to man if anyone was.
I found him at a table in a corner of the bar. “Hey Bill, see that tall guy at the bar over there? He’s a Yank fighter pilot from the Vietnam war. He wants to go hunting and fishing but has just two days to do it in. Can you fix him up with something?”
Bill nodded. “Sure thing. Leave it to me Frank; I’ll talk to a couple of my mates and sort something out. Tell him to be ready to go in two hours.”
I made my way back to the Yank and explained that he was to get an early dinner and prepare to go hunting shortly after. But quite sadly, I never ever saw him again.
However, on my next business trip to Ranfurly, I got a ball-by-ball replay of what had transpired that particular evening.
He had been picked up by a couple of local hunters and taken to the Mt Ida area
where he shot a wild pig just before dark. And for an encore, bright and early the next morning he hooked and landed a 5-pound brown trout from the upper Taieri River.
He was absolutely stoked and couldn’t believe his good fortune in getting such fabulous sport at such short notice with minimal travelling.
He generously offered his benefactors a fistful of greenbacks for their troubles but they protested saying that as sportsmen, they were only too happy to help a fellow hunter and that if they ever reached the States, they would expect him to reciprocate in kind.
I sincerely hope that the American aircraftsman survived the war and I hope, too, that he long remembers the little town of Ranfurly and its wonderful, generous townsfolk who so willingly extended the hand of friendship and in doing so, strengthened the bonds of international goodwill.
Worthy ambassadors all.Makes one feel real proud to
be a Kiwi eh?
Upper Taieri River at Styx bridge not far from where the 5 lb. trout was caught.
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“Holy macaroni, look at that billy,” I gush all breathless and excited, binoculars jammed under my eyebrows.
“I’m lookin’ and we’re seein’ the same thing,” replies he with the .223 rifle, scope crosshairs trained on the far hillside.
Said billy was leading a small mixed-sex mob, all fleeing at pace for the high altitude boundary fence. He with the rifle had picked off the tail-enders while they were within range. And now, with eyes fixed and mouths agape, we ogled the billy till he led his whanau under the fence and into the wilderness.
We’ve both seen goats aplenty; both culled goats aplenty. Me, I’ve captured or killed them (one way or another) from Waitomo to Wairoa, from Whanganui to Whangamoa. I’d never seen a billy as impressive as this one though. He left each of us excited by his many attributes, each keen to come back.
We talked about the magnificent blue billy for days to come. I even went as far as contacting a taxidermist and asking about freight and taxidermy costs. We looked for him for weeks to come, with trigger fingers curled in anticipation. We drew straws for shooting rights, we plotted and we planned. But, today, months later, we’ve not seen him once.
The goats in this block are under extreme hunting pressure; they are hounded by rifle hunters in helicopters, in vehicles and on foot. They respond accordingly: the dumb get dead, the smart get smarter. They are smart with a captial S and an exclamation mark!
Not only are Tordarroch goats smart, they’re uniformly dressed in Rock Blue and Charcoal Black - camouflage colours and patterns designed by Evolution (NZ’s oldest design company). Evolution provides all the best survival gear for them and the local wild
pigs. Hence their ability to blend with their surroundings of blue rock and charred matagouri - blending better, most times, than binoculared eyeballs can decipher.
In my opinion feral goats, specifically those that oft experience the predation of man, are underrated as ‘game’ animals. Intelligent, fleet of foot and with super senses they challenge one’s hunting skills. While the average deerstalker may sneeze (much like an alerted nanny) or curl his lip (much like a randy billy) at such a suggestion I daresay he’d reconsider if he’d had to cull the caprine residents of Mt Jack.
It’s also my opinion that New Zealand’s feral goats are underrated as table animals. Once again sneezing, snorting and lip curling are all traits of the uninitiated chevon-chomper. Good old Mr Meat & Two Veges isn’t so keen on ‘free range’ produce, probably because he’s not been exposed to a quality product. Yet!
Fact is that the uninitiated chevon-chomper can be found smacking his lips and grunting with pleasure before coming back for a second helping when he’s dished up a delicious roast of lamb. Well, not lamb, but nanny hogget disguised as lamb. Let him gobble and grunt for just long enough to set the hook and then reel him in.
When Poss and I bring home goats for meat, chevon, we only retrieve the best animals - healthy prime nannies, nanny hoggets and kids of both sexes. After careful carcass preparation we remove the hindquarters for roasts and bone the remainder. This boned meat goes to our homekill butcher who makes scrumptious saveloys and goat curry patties. As yet no one, not even the most determined hater, has sneezed at these goat-meat treats. Sure their
lips curl - but into a smile, not a sneer nor a grimace.There are many other tasty options including slow-cooked herb
and tomato shanks or curried goat quiche (made from leftover roast) but our all time favourite comes courtesty of the book ‘A Taste of the Wild’, written by Ann and John Martin. Their recipe ‘Arabian Goat’ is simply divine. When we prepare this recipe we omit the prunes. One wrinkled prune in my kitchen is one too many, I’d rather be out of there and into the hills!
under Rated By Kim SwanI want to be a roast when I grow up.
Deer with Shingles By Steve Barclay
Being a truck driver and clocking up many miles on the road, I see some interesting sights.
One of my runs is from Nelson through to Springs Junction and I arrive at the same spot on the Shenandoah Saddle around morning tea time, so pull over for a pit stop.
Imagine my surprise when I was greeted by this quirky sight recently, which was obviously the work of a hunter with a warped sense of humour. Mind you, I can’t imagine the deer saw the funny side – being covered in shingles is a hell of a condition!
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The Doite Pro Aconcagua 3 is of dome construction featuring seam-taped floor, front and rear access, sleeve ventilation and 3000mm waterproof UV rated fly. The tent shell is rated 1000mm and the floor 5000mm waterproof, so it is suitable for New Zealand’s harsh and variable Back Country and High Country. Its spacious
interior, offering a width of 2.6m and ceiling height of 1.2m, is great for big blokes and affords that extra comfort over several days of tiring hunting and comes into its own in inclement weather. An added bonus is the enclosed front awning, which is great for removing and storing wet gear before entering the living compartment.
It is quick and easy to erect, and very stable in high winds, as tested: the lightweight duraluminium pegs and poles, together with adequate quick-fix fasteners, lock the dome in place so that it offers amazing rigidity, sturdiness and sense of security. I’ve yet to test it in heavy rainfall but on the face of it, the Doite Pro Aconcagua 3 appears to live up to the hype.
At 5kg it is quite bulky, so probably more appealing to those with transport or only having to hike short distances. Retail prices vary, so shop around.
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I was studying hard for my last university paper when John arrived on his motorbike late Saturday night and dragged me off to a party. He had arranged for three of us to go shooting on Woolshed Hill the next day. I had just purchased a second-hand Parker Hale .308, while Daemon, who lived across the road, had a .303. Any deer were going to be sold and the proceeds split three ways. Daemon also had a car so he was the driver.
The party was great and the girls wanted John and me to stay behind and help clean up, but I resisted. There would always be girls and I was dead keen to shoot my first deer.
We were joined by Daemon who had taken his girlfriend out for the evening and had spent some time rocking and rolling in his car.
Things looked different in the dark. We missed the turnoff and didn’t realise it until Arthurs Pass, so we had to backtrack. Dawn was breaking when we pulled up at the bottom of Woolshed Hill. I was wearing brand new boots and about to learn a very painful lesson.
John lagged behind in the climb through the bush up to the ridge line, so we had to wait for him. When we reached the small tarn further on he was violently sick and couldn’t go on. The country
ahead looked great and I was convinced there would be deer in the gully where the ridge changed direction. Daemon and I carried on leaving John at the tarn.
We stalked down from the ridge to some cover overlooking the gully. I used the telescopic sights to scan the valley and was gutted when I didn’t spot any deer. However, I did notice some odd looking rocks not far from us. Then one of the rocks raised its head and it was all on.
We planned to fire together. Daemon was slightly ahead of me with his left ear close to the end of the barrel of the .308 - not a good place to be. I fired fractionally first, the explosion deafening Daemon and scattering the deer. The one I had hit ran towards us and stopped. Daemon was ready to finish it off, but I told him to shoot only if it ran because I didn’t want to ruin the meat. The hind stood there for 30 seconds, then dropped.
After gutting the deer, I expected Daemon to help me carry it out but he wasn’t up to it. Rocking and rolling is very energy draining. I was really pissed off and I angrily shouldered the beast and climbed back to the ridgeline. It was tough walking to the tarn, even though it was downhill, but I kept going thinking John would help me
for the last part of the journey. My new boots were blistering my feet and I was in pain.
John was no help either, so I shouldered the deer and slogged on, while the lads took turns carrying my gun. The walk down through the bush was a killer; I lurched from tree to tree stumbling my way down the track and the pain in my feet got worse. My feet were on fire when I stepped out of the bush and collapsed a couple of hundred metres from the car. I could carry the bloody deer no further.
Somehow the lads found enough energy to lug the deer to the car. We sold it and split the proceeds three ways as agreed.
It took a month for the deep-seated blisters on my feet to heal. They were a real mess and so was I physically, and my exam was on Monday morning. I shuffled into the exam and when I tried to write my hand shook. However, my mind was crystal clear and I passed. I should have broken my new boots in first before I went hunting. It would have saved me a lot of grief.
First Deer, Boots ‘n’ all By Craig Grant
Shooting Yourself ShortBy Paul Clark - New Zealand Ammo
Damn it all – it just seems like yesterday that we were wrapping up an exciting yet exhausting SHOT Show in Vegas and here we are again, in the words of John Denver, ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ for IWA in Nürnberg.
IWA Outdoors Classics is the European equivalent of the SHOT Show and as a trade show attracts close to 50,000 people over four days. Featured at the event will be a wide range of recreational hunting gear and firearms from international suppliers but also weaponry and miscellany for security and personal protection. IWA differs from the SHOT Show in that it tends to err toward the classical, but over recent years the winds of change have been blowing away the cobwebs of traditional European hunting in favour of the American way.
It is also a good opportunity for me to liaise with our international clients like NORMA, a brand that is rapidly regaining its previously strong foothold in New Zealand and with good reason too. A good product like NORMA just needed some heavy duty promotion to reassert its position at the top of the market - NZ AMMO providing that. Norma is part of RUAG, a Swiss/European company specializing in sport and military/police ammo and they have some exciting things on the horizon for customers. They have recently bought into the shot
shell market by acquiring a minority shareholding in Gyttorp AB, the market leader for shot shells in the Nordic countries. It is part of a deliberate strategy to increase the company’s product range and broaden the appeal of the brand to the recreational market. They are heading down the Federal path by positioning themselves as having something for everyone.
The move reflects a trend up in terms of discerning customers wanting quality; not everyone wants to buy cheap and the tide is certainly turning. Many are now realising the truth in the old adage, “The only thing to connect you to your game is the bullet,” and if the bullet fails you – it’s not a good look. Another way to look at it is: if you are buying to save money but the ammo lets you down and fails you – what was the point.
Often the ammo is the cheapest part of the hunt and the difference between average ammo and premium grade stuff may only be twenty bucks per packet. So we are realistically only talking the difference of a couple of bucks per animal shot – less than the cost of a beer. I for one wouldn’t want to risk losing a deer for a beer!
In fact, this lesson was rammed home to me on my last hunt a few days ago. I came upon a hind on a slip above me and at
about 130 m she presented a difficult near vertical shot. To compound things, she wasn’t intending on stopping for a long conversation about the ethics of deer shooting in the Ruahines, so I had to shoot quickly. Quick, steep up hill, offhand shots are never easy, even on a good day. Now, after years of hunting and a stint as a professional meat shooter and deer culler, I am still prepared to put my hand up and admit I sometimes get it wrong. While I sighted on the engine room, for whatever reason – bullet deflection, deer moving - the bullet struck the hindquarters; the upshot was that it wasn’t a flash shot but I still got the deer. Had I been using cheaper ammo with inferior projectiles, the outcome could possibly have been a lost animal and a wounded one at that. The Norma factory 308W ammunition loaded with a 150 grain Nosler Ballistic tip projectile, completely penetrated the hindquarters sideways, with major bone breakage, and tissue destruction, the exit hole was about 40mm in diameter. Half a deer to eat sure as hell beats coming back empty handed.
Don’t sell yourself short by buying cheap, or rather – don’t shoot yourself short!
� ermal image cameras have been available for a number of years, but have been expensive and of mediocre performance. However, due to recent technological advancements in amorphous silicon (a-Si) thermal sensors, a� ordable thermal imagers are now available with blistering performance.
So, why use a thermal imager at all? e answer to this question lies in the amazing ability of a thermal imager to spot animals that would be impossible with other optical devices. A thermal imager can spot animals in the following conditions:
• heavy foliage, where an animal is obscured by bushes and di� cult lighting
• total darkness• wet and misty conditions.A thermal imager displays an image that is formed by
radiant heat, and not light. For this reason, a thermal imager is equally e� ective in daylight as it as at night, and can even be used in total darkness, for cave and mine rescue for instance. Radiant heat passes through matter more easily than white light, and looks as bright at 1000metres, as it does at 10m. A thermal imager can detect animals at extreme distances, improving the chances of hunting a game rich area.
During daylight, animals are hard to see in shadows, and may be obscured by sunlight dappled foliage. A thermal imager will display an animal as a bright, clear image against a detailed, but darker surrounding. Because the image is so clear, the target can be clearly identi� ed. It will also show other animals, including humans, in the background. A thermal imager beats all other optical devices for rapidly spotting and safely identifying targets, following blood trails, and spotting carcasses.
During a recent night vision venison hunt, the author spotted and shot a six-point stag that was partially obscured by scrubs, at a distance of about 100 metres, down a steep bank. A� er some manoeuvering, including having to stand on top of a pile of sticks, the stag was neck-shot with a Pulsar Forward DFA75 Digital Night Vision Attachment, � tted to a Yukon Cra� 1.5-6x scope, and mounted on a suppressed Weatherby Vanguard 308win. e stag bolted and dropped around 80 metres from where it was shot. e Pulsar Quantum HD38s easily spotted the carcass, and with the aid of a spotlight, enabled an easy recovery.
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A successful hunt with a Pulsar Forward DFA74 Digital Night Vision Attachment and a Pulsar Quantum HD38S Thermal Imager
Top: Stag standing in scrub as view through a Pulsar Quantum HD38S Thermal ImagerBottom: Mike recovers the deer with the aid of a thermal imager
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And Then FoundGET LOST
This is a three-part article designed for guys like me who still reside in a transistor world.
Before commencing this month’s epistle a note to anticipated scoffs from high-tech dudes who will possibly ring, write, shout, fax and pigeon post Crimpy’s office to inform him of what I’m not, or rather, that I should be doing’ something else: I fit into a group of guys who would love a trail camera but are put off with pages of scary literature that comes with the new camera. Like most high-tech gadgets, however, there is a gap for us idiots to slot into.
The camera does the basics at the flick of a switch, that reads like this... start... standby.... and on. Don’t need to be a rocket scientist here. Yep, we can relate to that. But there are requirements that make life easy: a delay button and screen that gives you a few seconds to get out of the shooting/film range once you’re happy with your selection of filming terrain. You don’t want a bloke flapping around like a pissed seagull with the camera taking shots; that won’t impress your mates.
Onwards - I’ve read in huts, the dog-eared hunting books about cameras that impress me with fantastic live game pictures. Got to try this. In fact, I know of wallow holes and game trails that the local deer population use frequently.
I’ve recalled game trails leading out of tall timber and onto the water’s edge of a tarn. The more I think, the more the bug bites. I get wound up.
TRADEME: here under HUNTING we are faced with many different choices. I telephone a local sports shop about a well known optical rifle sight manufacturer whose gone into trail cameras and he is brutally honest. He informed me that I had two
choices: buy one of this brand or flush my money down the loo; both equally as effective.
Back to TradeMe. I choose STALKER and the TradeMe buyer pedigree is there for all to see. Dan Doncliff set the camera up, put it on idiot mode and there ya go - gin clear pictures of the cat and dog moving about. It’s going to be easy to fit in a tree and looks like it’s West Coast weatherproof. I’m set to go. A farmer friend advises on deer movement and so I armed myself with two cameras and anticipated lots of action.
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Oysters KilpatrickThere are many subtle variations to this dish, but here is my slightly zingy version.
2 doz oysters in half shells3 rashers lean bacon2 small chilli, finely diced1/2 medium red onion, finely dicedCracked pepperSea salt Worchestershire sauceOlive oil
In a pan, fry the bacon until crispy, cool and dice into small pieces. Sweat onions until soft.Arrange oysters in an oven dish and sprinkle each with a dash of onion, chilli and bacon. Cover each with a teaspoon or two of Worchestershire sauce and a dash of olive oil. Season with a good grind of cracked pepper and a light dust of sea salt.Place in an oven pre-heated to 200C for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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A sign of growth in industry can often be measured when a company outgrows its ‘shoes’ and needs to relocate to bigger premises. Such moves are not without challenges and added cost, but ACE Engineering is in the enviable position of having to expand because of customer confidence and interest in their product.
Over the Christmas break, Ace Engineering moved into a 800m2 workshop, which just happened to be next door to the old one in Factory Road, Brightwater.
This new shop has given Jason and the team the much-needed extra space to expand in order to comfortably take on the bigger boat builds, and room for the extra staff.
“We have also been able to split the workshop into the boat building area and production alloy fabrication workshop,” says Jason. “This has led to a better layout, which has increased production all round. We can now have multiple 8m+ boat hulls in production at once.”
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deSigNJason decided boat building was in his blood and so the DNA brand was born.
After building a few boats, each bigger and better, he decided there was a more effective and efficient way of designing so invested in a new computer system and now all DNA boats are drawn using the three-dimensional CAD or Computer Aided Design programme, Solid Works.
Jason draws the design using CAD and shapes every aspect of the boat until he comes up with something he’s 100 percent happy with.
The beauty of this system is that people who have a boat
design in mind can sit down with him at the computer and together can put together a 3D image.
There’s the option of using one of the DNA designs and tuning it to a person’s requirements or starting from scratch and building a boat from the bottom up.
The CAD system provides a real feel for what a new boat looks like and how it will perform, even before the first sheet of alloy is cut. I means people get exactly what the want and need, without the compromises faced when buying a new boat off a yard.
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For the ultimate in DIY there’s Pro-kit Industries, a division of the Ace Engineering Company which provides full kitset boats to build at home.It’s the perfect bloke and his shed project. With a Pro-kit boat you’re buying Jason’s design skills, experience and tricks of the trade, but with the opportunity to get your own hands dirty and create your own boat.They’re not complicated to build. Jason says anyone with average engineering skills and access to a welder can put one together. All jigs are supplied, along with a comprehensive step-by-step plan guiding the homebuilder through every phase of the boat construction process.Pro-kit is a really economical
option because you’re saving on the labour costs. For an example if you have the tools and by not paying someone else to build it, you could save yourself up to $3000.00 on a 4.2 metre dinghy, and if you make it a weekend project you could have it done in a little over two months.
Of course a bigger boat will take you longer but it will also save you a lot more money.
You can buy a base kit and choose fit out options from their extensive online range and take advantage of Pro-kit’s buying power when shopping for all accessories from motors to electronics.
See their website; www.prokitindustries.co.nz
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Ace comes up trumps with challengesThe team at Ace Engineering love the challenge of meeting, and surpassing, the expectations of their customers, particularly when it comes to building custom boats. The brief for a current project demonstrates how challenging it can be, but also how the combined experience and local knowledge of Jason and the team will be reflected in a superior product resulting from the exercise.
The brief is for purpose-built fishing/pleasure boat to be used in and around Top of the South; one on which the client could ‘stay’ for two-three nights while fishing in the Outer Sounds. A key requirement is that anything Ace Engineering builds and/or fits into the boat has to be concealed when not in use, so every available space is being utilized for storage in this build.
The cabin interior is to include seating for up to four people, and sleep two. It will feature a foldaway table, single-burner gas hob and a food prep bench. A touch of home comfort will be achieved with a flush mount TV (For watching those important games while away for days) and a fridge for keeping the ‘necessities’ chilled. In keeping with modern innovations, the cabin is to have an electronic sunroof, while maintaining stunning classic lines with a DNA curved glass front windscreens – a standard feature on all their boats.
The cockpit will feature an ice-hold and a custom-built S/S BBQ that can slide away when not in use. A generous boarding platform and railing made from 12mm marine grade plate will
enable extra use of this deck space. It is to include a central drop down gate that will act as a boarding ladder.
The transom platform, cockpit and cabin is going to be fitted with flexiteak flooring, which provides great grip to bare feet or shoes, and is easy to clean and won’t stain or fade.
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There’s more to Ace Engineering than boats though. They handle all facets of aluminium and stainless steel engineering work.
Dog boxes, toolboxes, bullbars and crates for utes are just some of their highly popular products, which can all be custom made.
Ace also build boat trailers and are branching into the
dairy industry with an exciting new contract to supply stainless steel equipment to an overseas client.
Diversity is the name of the game and one of their ‘more different’ recent projects was the design and construction of a special buoy for research to be used by Nelson’s Cawthron Institute.
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Michelle of the Midas Touch By Michelle Gillman
A beautiful way to start a South Westland fishing trip!
No fierce battle fought with this one. I was winding in after my first cast and one metre from the bank I was standing on, I got a strike and within 30 seconds this beautiful trout was in the net! Used my new lure bought from Westland Engineering Supplies in Greymouth. I caught a nice salmon the day before using the same lure, but this trout was the icing on the cake.
Granny Claire No Old TroutClaire Blanchfield loves her fishing in South Westland and is shown here with her latest catch.
Claire is a busy mother of seven, with fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, but she still makes time to get out there and catch the big ones (when she’s not out improving her handicap on the golf course)!
The Fishing Paper & New Zealand Hunting News has gone undercover and infi ltrated some esteemed corridors of power in the good ol’ US of A. Pictured here is Special Agent R. U. Greaven of the FBI, atop the Rockefeller Centre in New York and reading our paper.
Agent Greaven heads an elite, highly secret, Counter Communication Squad that ‘reverse taps’ phone lines and emails in order to send bogus information to infi dels, terrorists, religious zealots and fans of reality TV. Using state of the art technology developed especially for the Mission Impossible movie series, Agent Greaven hacks into targeted cell phones, computer servers, laptops and TV remotes, inserting clone software capable of replicating human voices, hijacking email addresses and muting the Kardashians.
Rather than listening for subversive behaviour and terrorist plots, the technology allows Special Agent Greaven’s team to infl uence major events by sending bogus emails and messages from seemingly real people. Examples
of recent successes include thwarting a terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Moscow by sending a voicemail from Vladimir Putin that the day scheduled for the attack was to be a ‘Free Friday Vodka Day’, the capture of Mexican drug lord, ‘Shorty’, by sending him a text that his prescription was ready to be picked up at the local chemist, and causing a revolution in the Ukraine by having the ‘Dr Phil Show’ aired with him speaking Chinese.
Special Agent Greaven said that while his unit’s activities are legal under The Patriot Act Section11A, Schedule 4: Yankee Arrogance
Clause, they are not sanctioned by the White House, but fall under the CIA’s ‘Grey Ops’ budget.
Our cover was nearly blown when we accidentally sent a voicemail to the President from himself telling him to bomb Cuba, but fortunately he is always fooling around and thought he was only playing a practical joke on himself.
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The fishing on Huntly’s Mangawara River is always unpredictable in low flows and with another dry summer, the venue again proved tricky for anglers in last month’s Nationals.
The information I’d gained was that carp were the target species, and so while fishing methods were the same (long and short poles, and swimfeeder on running line) I changed my set up to use slightly heavier rigs and bigger hooks than normal. Unfortunately, ‘slightly’ wasn’t enough and during the course of the first day’s match I lost six carp, which would have been enough to win the section. As it was, I had to settle for third with my catch of 26lbs bettered by Aucklanders Johnny ‘the lollipop man’ Jones (32lbs) and five time national champ, Gary Bourne (41lbs).
The day had been hot and humid, and while most anglers took to the pub for a cold beer, I spent Saturday night retying my hooks and
pole rigs on the strongest line I had available. This was still lighter tackle than Gary was using, but I hoped it would be enough to control the big fish that were racing around the river when hooked in the shallow water.
The draw on Sunday put me on Peg 26 at the upstream end of a top class section: To my right was 2008 champion Jason McMahon from Wellington, then double Australian champion Alan Woods, visiting from Melbourne. On Peg 29 was 2013 winner Nathan ‘Slippers’ Morley who was already setting the pace after a stunning 60lb catch on day one, and next to him top Christchurch angler, Gary Dallimore, on the favoured peg opposite a far bank tree.
Again, the fishing was slow, with a disappointing lack of small fish to get a rhythm going. The tactic was to look around the swim for carp, then bait up an area and wait, not my preferred approach but one I had got my head
around since my last visit to the venue. Sweetcorn seemed to be the better bait and by catapulting a few grains around the float and fishing two pieces on the hook I had the trap set.
Carp appeared at intervals through the day and, thankfully, the stronger rigs did the job, with all fish hitting the net. With twenty minutes to go, I hooked a real beast that took up all of the remaining time to land, plus another five of allowed overtime! At 8lb 10oz it boosted my catch to a satisfying 29lbs and a clear section win.
However, it’s rare that a championship is won with a total of four section points and that proved to be the case again. Gary Bourne took out B section for a perfect score and his sixth title. Aucklander, Dave Russell, nabbed three points to finish runner-up for the second straight year, and I had to settle for fourth behind ‘Slippers’ on weight tie-break.
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As I headed off on holiday I took this book to read, expecting to read about some of the mysteries around New Zealand’s history. Had pre-Polynesian people been here? Chinese? Spanish? Portuguese? What about the 300-year-old shipwreck recently found in the Kaipara, or the 200-year-old vessel recently discovered at Cape Foulwind?
It was not until I looked more closely at the book and its subtitle that I realised that answers would not be within. What I did find, however, was an interesting collection of different stories of various Europeans who made the voyage here on sailing ships – soldiers and sailors, travellers and settlers, missionaries, artists, and officials. Paul Moon has presented interesting accounts of several in each category – every one an amazing story of talent, experience and endeavour.
Once I got started on each story I came to realise how much of our European history and its pioneers are not well known. Thomas Shepherd – Nurseryman, Joel Polack – Merchant, William Wade – Anglican Priest, Richard Cruise – Army Major, William Marshall – Naval Surgeon, Augustus Earle – Artist/Explorer, and Ferdinand von Hochstetter – Geologist are among the many.
A number of sketches and paintings by some of those featured in the book give a good indication of the wide ranging locations reached under difficult circumstances.
Paul Moon has produced a large number of books and other works on New Zealand history, three other recent publications include, ‘Encounters A Creation of New Zealand A History’, ‘A Savage Country – The Untold Story of New Zealand in the 1820s’ and ‘This Horrid Practice – the Myth and Reality of Traditional Maori Cannibalism’.
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We all know nothing tastes sweeter on the barbie for fishermen than their own catch, which is something that needs protecting – but who’s job is that? Who represents recreational marine users when change occurs? Well, that is the very reason Our Fishing Future Inc was established as the way forward for a holistic national body; to enhance and protect the interests of the massive proportion of Kiwis who fish.
Naturally, when we have a bit of time off we do what we love. Over summer, many fishers participate in what may be their only fishing excursions of the year. Others nervously watch the sea everyday for the right conditions to get the boat or their line in the water. The ability to go fishing spontaneously is an enormous privilege that we have been known to take for granted in this country. When I think about this privilege, it is the spontaneous element that I believe is the most valuable part. Whenever we want, we can take to the sea.
Whenever. That is a freedom we cannot quantify.We can’t put a dollar value on it.Our Fishing Future is to here to communicate
that message to all New Zealanders. The process of building long-term working relationships with all the stakeholders who use one our most valuable resources, including Government, Iwi, Science, Commercial, Tourism and many more has begun. Our mandate is to collaboratively arrive at solutions that are reasonable for all who use the resource. It’s quite simple really. Nothing antagonistic. Nothing confrontational. Just intelligent input into decision making
that will affect us all. The collective power of anglers could have a voice unrivalled in size nationwide. Our Fishing Future sees this as a realistic and attainable outcome within the next few years and will work tirelessly to make this happen.
New Zealand needs to begin a conversation about how much their right to fish means to them, as well as what recreational anglers need in a representative body for future generations.
We have a resource that, relative to other countries, is extraordinarily abundant. Unfortunately the trend is in the wrong direction, with less fish and more fishersincreasing pressure on fish stocks. We need to come together and decide what we are going to do to ensure it remains sustainable in future. So lets start small: what are you prepared to do for what you love? Are you prepared to become a member of Our Fishing Future at no cost to you other than the time it takes to sign up? Are you prepared to offer your thoughts on what the future of fishing should look like in NZ? Are you prepared to offer services and expertise in getting this organisation into the mainstream nationwide?
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In April 2013 Nathan Guy brought forward the NIWA Marlborough Sounds blue cod survey to spring 2013 stating, “I look forward to seeing the results early next year, and I’m hopeful they’ll show more positive signs on the health of the fishery for me to consider a review of the current rules.”
In December 2013 MPI advised, “From February the Minister will be too busy with the election to worry about the blue cod rules until 2015.”
MPI continues to manipulate the Sounds blue cod management review process to maintain the status quo, which favours commercial.
MPI have now delayed reviewing the 2013 survey results until April - previously scheduled for February. Fishers will recall the 2010 NIWA Survey was not released for two years; the Ministry is running true to form. Clearly Nathan Guy has no intention of keeping his promise to recreational fishers; just another broken promise in a long succession of failures to act, by the current Minister.
The controversial 30-35cm slot, which forces recreational fishers to catch mainly prime breeding female cod at their most reproductive size and prevents them from catching bigger males, was imposed for two reasons: Firstly, as an experiment following overseas research on an unrelated species. Secondly, to create a concessionary fishery favouring the commercial sector.
The Ministry for Primary Industries have stated they are, “Committed to helping the primary industries to double the value of exports by 2025.”
Under the slot rule, only commercial fishers can target
large cod, making it easier for them to reach the TACC (70 tonnes set in 1997). Since the slot rule was introduced in 2011, commercial harvest has increased, reaching 71.4 tonnes in 2013.
Concessionary rules have not been the only catalyst for increased commercial harvest. Historically, Chatham Islands blue cod have been available more cheaply than local Cook Strait quota. However, two recent issues have changed that:
The Chatham’s shipping link is unreliable. Alternative refrigerated commercial flights are too expensive for all but the highest value species, crayfish and paua. Japan is a growing market for live blue cod, which the Chathams cannot meet. Nelson provides Marlborough the cost effectively transport infrastructure necessary to get live blue cod to the Japanese market which only want large cod.
Commercial cod potters now have a productive fishery, thanks to MPI constraints on recreational fishing and a profitable market, resulting in increased commercial activity in Marlborough. Commercial can also use cod pots to stock pile cod to suit shipment dates and demand, as the fish aren’t ‘caught’ against a quota, until ‘landed’. Clearly the current constraints on recreational harvest have been created to support commercial productivity.
Unfortunately the long term damage the recreational slot rule is having on the female breeding population means commercial interests may well be damaged in the long run. If this slot rule isn’t challenged and shown to be the failure it is, the current lack of MPI investment in sound science
may mean the slot is perceived as a successful management model to increase commercial harvest in other fisheries.
National has been procrastinating with the blue cod issue since 2008. If recreational fishers want a new approach, perhaps it is time Kaikoura–Marlborough voters put their support behind Labour’s new Kaikoura candidate, Janette Walker. Ms Walker has a proven track record as a problem solver, not a procrastinator. Perhaps she holds the key to resolving the blue cod management in the Sounds given National’s poor record.
Blue Cod ‘Conspiracy’By Hugh Shields, Convenor, Coalition of the Combined Clubs of Wellington