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Current Lines – May 2017 Issue 1

In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lions sleep tonight, let’s hope the mighty All Blacks put them to the sword as per below.
178.3kg sword just weighed in at Gisborne, caught by Colin Kerr from Discount fishing. Fat as! Hopefully a few more to come this winter 7/5/17.
Marsden Cove Fishing Club –  Late weigh in at the club. Members Mike Furlong and David Walker with Snapper tipping the scales at 8.24 and 5.52kg respectively. Mike’s fish is the new heaviest for the season.

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Fishing Reports

Raglan Report:

The west coast is still fishing well, Might have to take a swandri and beanie to keep warm but once the fog lifts and you’ve lost the feeling in your toes its time to hook into some good numbers of snapper, Plenty of kahawai schools around at the moment so if you pick up a few of them first the snapper can resist a fresh slap of them, Even though the fish are being caught in 57m there are good fish at your feet before heading out wide, 8-20meters is fishing hot with good gurnard making an appearance also. Black Rock is fishing well with Club member Graham Hurbert sending in these photos from two different trips, Crew member Renee Doig caught this 8.32kg beauty snapper in 10m at blackrock, she also topped the day off with a 12lb & 14lb snapper. renee snapper april 2017 003

On another trip crew member Matt Shaw got this impressive snapper back at black rock, Thanks for the report and photos Graham, Looks like the Vessel Barbara Dawn has been doing a great job getting to the fish.Matt Shaws Snapper and Buttons and Bow March 2016 010

Firth/Coromandel Report:

Kingfish great to target this time of year, grab yourself a few rapala’s and tow them around the coro islands and structure, This did the damage on a few kingfish weighed in our Fish City Big Four Comp, They are present in the farms but hard to entice a bite, even turning their nose to some nicely presented live baits. The farms are producing good numbers of snapper once you find them, This time of year if your not onto them in 20mins its worth unhooking from he mussel float and trying a different spot in the farms,  Natural colored softbait’s are working well with the crazy-leg style baits with lots of movement working belt, If you are the traditional bait angler then squid or mullet seem to be bringing in the bigger fish but bonito working well if you just want to grab your 7 pannie snapper, East coast of coromandel has been fishing well around 30mtr on the drift.

Waihi / Tauranga Report:

If you find a gap in the weather and have the boat to do the distance then plate island is the place to head, Kingfish are hot on the bite taking jigs and stickbaits, Try for some fresh bait and a big strayline rig with burley are bringing the Kelpy snapper out for a feed. Gurnard are heating up along Matakana Island, Which would be my first pick for a date with the hot pan and some butter. The harbour has been a touch quiet but always worth dragging the net for a feed of flounder or mullet.


Recipe Of The Month

Since the Albacore have turned up I thought this Sashimi Recipe would be appropriate,

Trevally works great also. bleeding your fish when caught is a must

  1. Thinly sliced your boneless freshfish fillets, Coat/roll these slices in sesame seeds,
  2. In a dipping bowl add soy sauce, The juice from one lime, teaspoon of sesame oil, mix together, Can also add honey to sweeten up if preferred
  3. Serve fresh with a side of pickled ginger and Wasabi for the brave.



Waikawau Ramp Status

Recent heavy rain down pours have damaged the Waikawau boat ramp which gives access into the firth of Thames.

Dredging has commenced this week, but is not yet complete.  If you are looking at going out for a fish in the coming weeks please allow at least a couple of hours either side of low tide to ensure you get in and out, but preferably wait until the dredging is complete. There are still many rocks / banks in the main channel path. Take care to prevent Boat / Outboard damage.

March 17 newsletter

Slade’s First Marlin

WSFC Member Slade Kerr caught his first Marlin off Raglan this season! All from a FC430, Well Done Mate! Here’s his story:


We had a bit of a late start to the morning not getting on the water till about 12:30, we dropped the gear at about the 35 meter mark around 1 o’clock. We trolled out to roughly the 50 meter mark with no signs of life, we pulled the gear and made the run in to 30 meters off Ruapuke, where we had some action last year. We caught a couple of kahawai for livies. We proceeded to tow them around where we had marked some massive schools of bait on the sounder. After having 3 livies chopped off by a small Mako we trolled another couple of livies to where we had seen a few gannets hanging around.Wtrolled the kahawai around then started heading back to where the shark had been. We stopped to re-fuel & just as we start moving again both the livies start to get a bit amped up. One of the riggers pop and the line lazily starts to come off the reel, it pulls about 20 meters off before we put the drag up and the weight slowly comes on and another 10 meters slowly trickles out. Now we’re convinced that it’s a shark because of the lazy take. Then a strange looking fin followed by a stick breaks the water and a lot of yelling starts as a marlin shakeits head 30 meters away. I just keep winding steadily gaining line then the marlin comes up about 10 meters away shaking its head. It just glides up next to the boat and the gaff goes in at the three and a half minute mark, the fish proceeds to tow us around the ocean for a few minutes before it tears the gaff out pulling about 20 meters off. We reel it back to the boat where the gaff goes back in & we get a tail rope on. We drag the beast over the side of the boat & have it lying on the deck after 12 minutes from hook up. Back at the WSFC weigh station in Raglan the fish drags the scales down to 96kgs on 24 from the FC430.


Thomsons ITM Raglan One Base 2017

The Waikato Sport Fishing Club (INC) is proud and excited to announce the Thomsons ITM Building Centre Raglan One Base is organised and ready to go! Held on the 9th-11th March 2017. The Raglan Club, Bow Street are graciously hosting our tournament again this year at their great venue.
Thomsons ITM have come on board this year as Platinum Sponsors and there will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs!!!! Mark it on your calendar and don’t MISS OUT!!

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February Club Night with Wave Dancer & Fullon Fishing!!

This month we have Guest Speakers from the legendary Wave Dancer charters sharing their latest Catch jig tips for fishing in the Hauraki Gulf and the upcoming Wave Dancer Fishing Trips available.

Mike from Full On Fishing will also be talking about and demonstrating different rods reels and Catch jigs which will all be for sale on the Club Night.

February 2017 Wave Dancer & Fullon Fishing

February 2017 Wave Dancer & Fullon Fishing


NZSFC Current Lines Issue 2 – January 2017

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Not music on the radio, but music to my ears, the mighty Black Caps wining the first test against Bangladesh after chasing a first innings of 595 runs, some 1400 runs for the test, and winning by 8 wickets.  Just goes to show big points can be beaten by bigger points, even in our NZSFC SIMRAD ITM Nationals next month.

The Arthurs Emporium Tutukaka Junior Tournament on January 7th & 8th with some 63 keen Junior Anglers taking to sea in great anticipation. Our ever-generous Sponsors, Arthurs Emporium, yet again providing great incentive with three Motorbikes up for grabs! A great effort by Small Fry angler Charlie Harris fishing on Grandad’s boat “Just Magic”, and an example of true honesty and integrity, saw the team disqualify their own 25.8kg Yellowfin Tuna landed on “Skippy” gear as the rod was inadvertently handled by an adult before Charlie took over the fight.  The hard luck story of the tournament but an act in the true spirit of Sportfishing – Well done Charlie! The Snapper section was well and truly sewn up by Toby Clayton fishing with his Dad on “Bin Full – Few Good Ones” with two Snapper weighing in at 2.38kg and 2.58kg.  The Angler most points Game shark section saw top honours go to three anglers fishing on “Bwana II” who each tagged 5 Game sharks – Lauren Ashby with 5 tagged Makos, Blake Hay with 4 tagged Makos and a tagged Blue Shark, and Fraser Donaldson with 5 tagged Makos.

So, it was on to the Big Ones – the Motorbikes! The Quad bike for the “Small Fry Angler Most Points Overall Marlin, Shark and Yellowtail” went to Fraser Donaldson on “Bwana II” with 135 points for his 5 tagged Makos and 1 tagged Yellowtail. The Motorbike for the “Junior Angler Most Points Shark Section” went to Lauren Ashby fishing on “Bwana II” with 125 points for her 5 tagged Makos. The third Motorbike for the “Junior Angler Most Points Marlin Section” could not be awarded, so another popular decision by our Sponsors sees the remaining Motorbike held over to be awarded to the first Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club Junior or Small Fry Angler to get TWO Marlin (tagged or landed) for the 2016/2017 Season.  If this is not achieved by the end of the 2016/2017 season, the motorbike will be awarded to the first Junior or Small Fry angler to have tagged or landed a Marlin after this Junior Tournament.

Whitianga – A few good tuna catches in the weeks leading up to the tournament.   A fairly good weather forecast and plenty of prize incentives attracted 222 anglers fishing the competition aboard 72 boats, a huge increase on recent years.  Although the winning fish was caught on Sunday, most of the action took place on Saturday with an unexpected strong breeze keeping many boats off the water on the second day of the tournament.  Though it was a very successful tournament with 47 tuna weighed, it will be well remembered for the three Blue Marlin caught weighing 304.2kg, 281.2kg and 266.5kg, possibly the first time three such large fish have been landed in one day at the club.  Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club would like to thank Pacific Coast Marine and Diesel for sponsoring and doing such a great job organising the event.
Results:1st Nick Stack on “Skyline” with a Big Eye weighing 58.5kg; 2nd Tony Jefferies “ Slange-Var” Yellowfin 25.48kg; 3rd  Tony Jefferies “ Slange-Var” Yellowfin 23.78kg; 4th Brett Cameron “Ultimate Game” Yellowfin 20.10kg; 5th  Ian Ward “Peppa”  Yellowfin 12.78kg.

A few details for attention sake first and a MASSIVE CONGRATULATION to all involved in this capture! Species: Blue Marlin; Weight: 279.7 kg; Line Weight: 24 kg; Angler: Carson Hallett; Skipper: Bill Wilson; Decky: Arlene Frost.  Hey guys Bill here, I’m new to the Manukau Sport Fishing Club.  On the 06/01/17 we were lucky enough to snag ourselves a nice little 280 kg Blue out of our 5.8 mtr rubber ducky called “SHITTERS”.  We were in the northern end of the Garden Patch in 20.9-degree water.  First full day for the season and the fish bit at 10.20 am. on a Pakula lumo sprocket.  Fight time was 2 hrs 20 mins.  With first time angler Carson Hallett on the rod. With help from Brett Griffiths (club boat “JIGGAS”) on the phone we managed to land it.  Without a gaff it made it fun, but we got there in the end.  Back at Rangiputa we weighed in at Reel Rods, but with the head still on the ground and the 250 kg limit scales maxed out and the lifting hook straightening we put the fish back in the boat and shot to Whangaroa.  We tipped the scales at 279.7 kg.  A day we won’t forget in a long time, cheers Bill.  On behalf of all of us at the MSFC, welcome to the club, and again congratulations to all.

Round the traps; Mercury Bay – a 304.8kg Blue Marlin on 37 caught in their Tuna comp, by lady angler Karen Brierley on “Aceiano”, a 266.5kg Blue Marlin caught by Mark Franklin (ex-Counties delegate) on “Wazz up” and father and son team Steve & Sergi fishing on the “Su Reel” with a 281.2kg Blue Marlin.  Whangaroa – 256.5kg Blue Marlin caught by Brett Christian on “BlackWatch”.  Houhora – first Yellowfin for the club up here, caught by Kim Bellingham 39.8kg and Jeremy Clark 42.6kg.  Bay of Islands – during their junior interclub event 6-year-old junior Charlie Rowe fishing on “Blue Rules” caught a pending NZ record SB Spearfish, weighing 19.4kg.  Tauranga –  with their second Big Eye Tuna in 48 hours, Roanne Lumsden fishing on “Night Shift” caught her Big Eye weighing 78.8kg.


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NZSFC Firsts & Heaviest – January 2017

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NZ Sport Fishing Council First and Heaviest Records

The NZ Sport Fishing Council First and Heaviest Records have been updated to the 18th January, 2017. There has been a lot of gaps filled over the Xmas break, but there are still species up for grabs, including Black Marlin – Heaviest.  For the latest First and Heaviest Records click here.


Dave Lockwood
Executive Officer
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

NZSFC Current Lines Issue 1 – January 2017

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Welcome to Current Lines 2017 Issue 1.  What a difference having time off work when the weather was reasonable and some good fish were found to be “on the bite!”  As for me I learned a bit about my cell phone and Spotify, and found some old music from when I was a pre – marlin fishing fisher.  So the song for this issue is by Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime” when the weather is fine you can head right out and touch the sky, you’ve got wishin your fishin on your mind!
Some of the early season catches – The wonders of modern technology, twitter, Facebook, the internet and all are valuable resources for the modern traveling angler;
22/12 – Bay of Islands a Striped Marlin landed on the vessel “Notorious” weighing 98.5kg would have been the season’s first landed, but was caught by a non-member.
23/12 – Can’t confirm as I cannot find a weight for a Short-billed Spearfish caught on the “Foxy Lady”, not too sure where either.
26/12 – Tutukaka no other details apart from Striped Marlin tagged and released by vessel “Game Time.”  Mercury Bay report three Yellowfin Tuna for the vessel “SU REEL” to anglers Fred and Sergei, and a Big Eye Tuna from the vessel “LEEDA”, for angler Thomas Boyd weighing 46.16kg.
27/12 – Mercury Bay angler Matt Olthof fishing on “Battle and Rum” landed the Clubs first Blue Marlin weighing 213.1kg, but he was not a member at the time.  Also, several more Yellowfin as well.  From Tutukaka, another Blue Marlin was landed from the vessel “Blackjack” and this one weighed in at 218.0kg.  Whangaroa reports a Short-billed Spearfish caught by Fern Andrews weighing 21.3kg, and lastly from Mercury bay, the vessel “Aurora”, anglers Bill and Vicky Webb a treble of Yellowfin Tuna, 22/25/30kg.
28/12 – From the Bay of Islands, the vessel “Outrageous” landed a Blue Marlin weighing 171.0kg, also out by Cape Brett, Russell Jenkins speared a Yellowtail Kingfish and it weighed in at 47.8kg, and a Striped Marlin caught off the vessel “Rampage” on a small PENN Fathom 25 reel, not quite under gunned as they caught it.
29/12 –  From the Bay of Islands vessel “Back in Black” with angler Greg Haliday, arrived at the weighstation with a very nice Blue Marlin that weighed 347kg caught on 24 kilo line.  This fish is worth a staggering 1,445.83 points, if it was caught in the 2017 SIMRAD ITM Nationals.  Whangaroa not to be left out, vessel “Satisfaction” with angler Graeme weighed in his Blue Marlin on 37 kilo line after a marathon 10-hour fight, this Blue weighed in at 332.3kg, another great fish.
30/12 –  Mercury Bay another Big Eye Tuna, this time for junior angler Angus Bryant (15) off the vessel “White Pointer” and it weighed 84.7kg.
31/12 –  1st west coast Marlin and NZSFC Striped Marlin landed for Manukau Sport Fishing club, off the vessel “JIGGAS” by angler Jason Poninghouse weighing 136.2kg.  Frist Striped Marlin for the Counties club was courtesy weighed at Tutukaka by the vessel “WET DREAM” for angler Kane Sanderson and it weighed 92.8kg.  Ahipara vessel “REEF RUNNER” with angler Matt Masters courtesy weighed his club heaviest Yellowtail Kingfish weighing 40.30kg at the Houhora weigh station.  Lastly on the last day of the year Muriwai angler Craig Willcox tagged and released Striped Marlin.  Caught on a Red Gill RG1 Evil. First club member of the season to catch a Marlin!! There will be many more from these boys.
01/01/2017 – A couple of Striped Marlin was bought to my attention, a 153kg from Whangaroa and a 141kg weighed at Tutukaka, Well done to top “Naki” boat Waikiore with a solid Stripey caught today, 141kg, angler Ken Murphy.  They are getting bigger, also a Blue Marlin was tagged out north of Tutukaka, estimated 220kg.
So, fish of the New Year  – I believe goes to a junior angler fishing out from Waihau Bay and is a pending NZ Junior Big Eye Tuna, weighing in at 129.1kg caught on 37kg line for Junior Ben Shaw off the vessel “MORPHEUS”, a top effort.
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