Fishing

What a catch!

Waiuku’s Sheree Ritchie recently caught this marlin, on her first time game fishing, after 45 minutes of trolling. The boys, skipper Tommy, and Donkie the deckie copped a lot, but the outcome was a huge adrenaline buzz, along with the huge catch!

Gone Fishing— Smudge says—30 January 2018

Game fishing for tuna and marlin is in full swing with warm blue water in very close to shore. Skipjack and albacore tuna seem to be everywhere with 110m being the depth that most marlin are being caught up until now. So far the biggest to cross the scales at Te Toro is a 142kg striped marlin for Vance Hodgson and crew aboard […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge

The West Coast has been very productive from winter right through until now, and while that good thing hasn’t yet come to an end, things have certainly changed. Snapper can still be caught out at 60m, but they have definitely started to move around. We’ve had some great catches at 40 to 45m directly in front of or a little […]

Whopper kingfish caught off Clarks Beach

Following on from Smudge’s fishing column on 24 October 2017, where a workmate told him of a 26kg kingfish caught off Clarks Beach, a reader has come forward and shared the photo of the big catch. Tony Logan of Waiau Pa holds up this monster of a kingi. Wife, Dale Logan, says it was ‘a very proud moment’ for them. The […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge— November 2017

It’s hard to believe that only a month ago we were struggling to get a chance to get out fishing. Since then we couldn’t have asked for better weather. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to make the most of it and catch a few fish in the process. The harbour is fishing very well for trevally but they take a […]


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