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 […]

Biotoxin alert extended

The Ministry for Primary Industries has extended the shellfish biotoxin warning on the Taranaki/Waikato/Auckland coastline. The alert, which covers the Manukau Harbour, and West coast, now extends south to New Plymouth, covering Lower Kina Road south of Oakura northward to the Kaipara Harbour mouth, but doesn’t include the Kaipara Harbour. Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea […]

Gone Fishing with Smudge October 2017

I have a confession to make. Most of my reports from the last three months have been propped up with results from mates who have been out fishing on those days when I couldn’t make it. In three months I only fished three times. That’s probably more often than most people fish but in order to get a good honest […]

Harping on about carp

Koi carp are often referred to as gigantic goldfish. But unlike the childhood pet, their demise can’t be assured with a simple flush of the toilet. Native to Asia and Europe, it’s understood they arrived in New Zealand accidentally in the 1960’s. Mistaken of course, for goldfish. Koi carp can grow up to 75cm long and weigh as much as 10kg. […]

Fishing with Smudge September 2017 report

It isn’t easy to write a fishing report when the weather and other factors prevent us from getting out but then again it’s important to remember that fishing reports are usually about how the fishing has been. Who cares about that? We want to know how the fishing is going to be! I always look at previous years and while […]

Fishing for a cause

September 1 and 2 saw the Mudyz Mega Classic Fishing Competition held at Muddy Waters in Mercer. The weigh-in on Saturday afternoon saw a huge crowd  and the fish caught were auctioned, raising $1220 which was donated to the Port Waikato Volunteer Fire Brigade towards purchasing helmet lights. Results: Snapper – 1st  – Tony Wong 10.87kg, 2nd – Greg Mathews […]

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