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Legasea/Fish Care – Killing large old fish and the unfortunate implications for our fishery

This article has been sourced from Fish Care website.

Selective breeding in fish – written by Anna Blair

According to Darwin’s theory of evolution, the most successful organisms will survive to thrive and pass their genes on to the next generation. While environmental factors are normally the major determinant of reproductive success, when we interfere with natural selection, the gene pool is altered, a process termed Human Induced Evolution.

Selective agents

We tend to act as selective agents when fishing because there is a natural tendency to think that ‘bigger is better’ and to place a high value on ‘PB’s’ for different species. Large trophy fish often end up on the scales – most fishing contests bear witness to that observation.

Removing a disproportionate number of fish with certain genes from a population means those genes are not passed on in the same proportion to future generations and the percentage of those fish in the total population will decline.

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NZSFC Nationals 2020

The 2020 NZ Sport Fishing Council Nationals

will start on 22nd of February 2020 and end on the 29th of February 2020

Entry forms and rules will be posted shortly.  


The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council Nationals shall form the arena in which anglers from throughout New Zealand compete, club against club, team against team and angler against angler for the honour of winning various trophies and titles that have been offered for this tournament.

The ‘Council’ will determine the rules and conditions that will apply to this tournament.

The ‘Council’ will determine the dates and hours of fishing the tournament.

For more information please visit the NZSFC website.

NZSFC joint submission on sustainability measures and controls for Red Snapper, Tarakihi & Hoki

Great work from our Fisheries Management team this week with submissions sent in conjunction with The New Zealand Angling and Casting Association on sustainability measures and controls for the fishing year starting October for Red Snapper, Tarakihi, Hoki, Top of the South Island Trawl Fishery and reporting requirements for amateur fishing charter operators.

If you want to read more about these submissions just click here.

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Tairua Fishing Club TRIFECTA 2019 Tournament

The Trifecta is staged on NZ’s fishing mecca of the Eastern Coromandel, and hosted at Tairua Fishing Club.

Once again we are planning an awesome social occasion that celebrates three awesome spring fish – hapuku, kingfish and snapper.

This years event will be run over two days again – the 27th and 28th Sept, giving you the best possible chance of catching all three species of fish.

We’ll have a range of awesome prizes once again for individuals and teams.

We hope you can all make it along for the third annual ‘Trifecta’!

For more information please click here.

Memo from NZSFC regarding Southern Bluefin Tuna

Hello Clubs, Delegates and Committees

The southern bluefin tuna are turning up in numbers already and a number of clubs will be asked to weigh fish for members and non-members. Please encourage fishers to report and weigh their catch as this helps track the development of this fishery and provide better estimates of recreational landed catch.

LegaSea has produced a FishCare guide (attached) to help people keep landed bluefin in top condition or have the best chance of survival if they are released. As a result, more people are processing their fish at sea and these are not being weighed and recorded. It is important that the Council can report the total number of southern bluefin tuna caught by private fishers with some confidence.

When people bring fish in, we need weigh masters to ask fishers for the number of SBT caught but not weighed that trip. This can be recorded as a comment on a weigh sheet or a separate record with the estimated weight or measured length, date and boat name (to ensure they are not double counted). There may not be many, but at least we can answer the question about what we have done to record unweighed fish.

If you hear of other boats with unweighed fish that don’t come to the club, this would also be worth recording. Please ensure that someone is responsible for keeping track of these reports. John Holdsworth will be asking clubs for their catch records and unweighed data in mid-August.

For all non-weighed fish, we ask that people complete a catch card with a length measurement only then return that catch card to their club, as they would for a weighed catch, for recording purposes.

Some people have been asking about the catch of Pacific bluefin at this time of year. Attached is a bluefin tuna ID Guide for the club and weighmasters.

Thanks for your help with this

Bob Gutsell
New Zealand Sport Fishing Council

Note from Waihau Bay Club re Bluefin

Bluefin turned up at Waihau Bay today and please take note of the following request from Waihau Bay Club:

“If you are coming to Waihau Bay to fish for SBT please remember to show respect at all times. Keep the road clear for local traffic to get to the shop and Lodge. Do not dump any offal. Weighmasters will be able to help you if possible. Remember the allowance of one fish per person.”

Will you be a LegaSea Legend?


Kia Ora Friend,

Recently we emailed you to let you know about the relaunch of our LegaSea Legends programme at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.


LegaSea is committed to rebuilding our fishery and we are campaigning for:

  1. A ban on trawling and dredging in inshore waters.
  2. A comprehensive, independent review of the Quota Management System.
  3. Stopping senseless waste by commercial fishing.
  4. Respect and maximum utilisation of any fish harvested.

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LegaSea joins call to save “kauri forests of our ocean”

LegaSea, as part of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, is calling the government to ban bottom trawling on seamounts and other ecologically sensitive areas.

The Coalition, that includes ECO, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace, LegaSea and WWF-New Zealand, is urging the public to sign a petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, and the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. The groups argue that Aotearoa’s antiquated legislation on bottom trawling lags behind the rest of the world.



Ancient coral and deep water species are being destroyed by deep sea trawling. See more here.

Bottom trawling is one of the most damaging forms of fishing and can destroy entire underwater ecosystems, which, as evidence suggests, may never recover. It happens when a huge, weighted net is dragged along the sea floor, leaving destruction in its wake. The catch can include ancient coral forest and a multitude of non-target species.

Sign the petition here:

Watch the the video here:

Legasea – You cannot be serious

Dear Friend

LegaSea appreciates your willingness to stay abreast of the issues affecting our taonga, our marine treasures. This month we want to give you an insight into our latest work, and signal what’s coming our way over the next few years.

The Ministry’s latest proposals, the Fisheries Change Programme, has quota shareholders licking their lips in anticipation of fewer regulations, no minimum size limits for the fish they take, and quota increases.

We do not want more dead fish. In March we sent MPI a submission advocating that closing inshore areas to trawling and seining would be a good start. A closure would be simple to enforce and would help protect spawning and juvenile fish and habitats.

In addition, we encourage you to review the latest news from our FishCare team. Thanks also for your recent feedback, keep it coming.

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New NZSFC Records

Hello Clubs

Please see below the list of updates of new records approved.
Carolyn Greenhalgh

Skipjack tuna, 14.35kg on 6kg line, caught Bay of Islands on 30/06/18. Women’s world record and NZ women’s record on 6kg.

Georgia Roberts

Southern bluefin tuna, 101.60kg on 37kg line, Waihau Bay on 07/06/18. Smallfry girl’s world record and NZ women’s and smallfry girls  record on 37kg.

Phil Roycroft

Southern bluefin tuna, 155.10kg on 37kg line, Waihau Bay on 06/07/19. Men’s World record and NZ 37kg line class record.

Marlin Candy

Tope shark, 26.12kg on 15kg line, Whangaroa on 09/10/18. Smallfry Boy’s world record and NZ smallfry boys AND Men’s 15kg line class records as well.

Zac Cameron

Snapper, 13.24kg on 15kg line. Junior Men’s world record but NOT a NZ record….world record only.

The following are NZ records.

Charlie Rowe, Blue marlin 209.00kg on 24kg, 03/01/19 Whangaroa, Smallfry Boy 24kg line class.

Scott Godfrey, Bass 29.80kg on 37kg, 06/03/19 North Cape. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

Nathanael Brown, Albacore 13.01kg on 37kg, 11/01/19 Mercury Bay. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

Brooke Olivia Laws, Bass 5.56kg on 37kg, Raglan on 16/12/18. Smallfry Girl’s 37kg line class.

Miller Varney, Mahimahi 14.84kg on 37kg, Tutukaka on 16/03/19. Junior Boy’s 37kg line class.

These records will be updated on the webpage shortly.


Helen Pastor
NZ Sport Fishing Council

Current Lines March – Issue 2

– by Paul Batten

Gamefishing this year is a bit like a 4 non-blondes’ song: “And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high, and I Scream from the top of my lungs
What’s going on?”

Ahipara Gamefish Club Inc. Legend Fisho, Julian Peters, landed a massive Kingfish. Weighed in at 30.5kg. Heaviest for Senior member so far this Season. Also, son Asher has the heaviest Kingfish and Snapper for Season for Juniors. Congrats to father and son! Also, the girls are killing it this season! Greer Carey pulled in this 126kg beauty on Nick of Time with skipper Corey Petera. Fantastic effort on her first marlin!

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) is with Zac Holmberg. ·Huge congratulations to team ELEVAR. Beauty of a shortbill spearfish to Junior angler Ezra Keenan. Caught in grid Port of Tauranga on 24 kg. A pending NZ & world record, it Weighed 34.5 kg. Also weighed a nice striped marlin to Matt Keenan same grid weighed 135.6. Awesome guys

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC  “C CRAZY” HAS A CRACKER ON THE WEST COAST – 183.2 KG BLUE (on 24KG TACKLE) AND A T&R STRIPEY! Well Saturday was the day for Pete Jackson and Dez Meinhold on “C CRAZY”… Heading out for an over nighter, the boys never got there. First up they tagged a nice stripey and then not long after hooked into a solid blue which they landed AFTER A 6.5 HOUR FIGHT and subsequently came in to weigh at Little Huia pulling the scales down to 183.2 KG.

Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc) March 17 ·Zane Grey International Billfish Tournament results: Winning team with 1950 points, Nammu. Runner-up team also with 1950 points, Endeavour. Angler most tagged points went to Rod onboard Nammu with 1300 points. Heaviest Billfish – Mark’s 147.8kg Blue Marlin onboard Anchorage. 2nd Heaviest Billfish – Leighton’s 128.2kg Striped Marlin onboard Defiance.

Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club March 20  An update on the courtesy broadbill weighed in this afternoon. The broadbill was landed off Blackhead in 800 metres by Sam Christiansen onboard Optimum weighing 199.4kg. Hawkes Bay Sports Fishing Club 4 hrs ·3 pin albies caught in hb coastguard and 2 pin yellowfin 48.8 and 42.2 caught in mtf finance Napier

Mack Peach‎ to NZ BIG GAME FISHING March 19  Managed to drag this 170.6kg horse off a bait ball to get a bite and boat it on the Asalt out west during another great Counties Classic comp. Great times and a fish that will feed plenty.

Warkworth Gamefish Club inc March 19 ·A few lovely snapper for the younger members in our club. A great 7.29kg snapper for 6-year-old Karson aboard Bloodline and a 79cm 8.55kg snapper for Junior Oliver Adams aboard Blue Wazoo. Oliver’s fish took out the junior section in the leigh fishing comp and would have placed second overall in the senior section. Well done boys!

Whangaroa Sport Fishing Club (Inc) March 18 ·Our last fish on 15th March was a blue marlin, for Mark Morse on Anchorage who caught it on a Lumo Sprocket on 24kg line. Next day, junior angler Mikayla Binns on dad’s launch Born to Run, caught the heaviest mahimahi so far for the season, weighing 12.1kg, from behind Flat island, with a Kilwell Pacific Lure. (17th), we had 2 stripys at the weigh-station. One for Richard Clarkson on charter boat Cascade, weighing 161.6kg at North Cape, just before sunset, with a lure. The other stripy was caught in 140m back of the Cavallis for Jac Jongenelen on another charter boat; Gladiator. It was 92.3kg caught on a Ghost RG2 lure.
A pile of weigh-sheets come in from a trip to North Cape for Mataitai. They caught 3 yellowfin, a stripy and 3 blue marlin for the owner/angler Matt Gilligan, and Dennis Daly. Well done John.

Tauranga Sport Fishing Club (Inc.) March 17 ·The run of amazing Striped Marlin continues! Congratulations to Trudi Batson today weighing a 170.9kg caught on 24kg off Crows Nest in Tarpaulin Makers BOP sponsors grid!

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club is with Stanley Tracey Phillips. ·The team on out west getting amongst some very nice yellowfin today. Anna Steel’s one was 71kg and Conner Hunt’s went 64.7kg, both caught on #redgilllures. Conner’s fish was caught on a lure called the mrs, a new skirt design his mum Tracey had come up with.

New Plymouth Sport Fishing and Underwater Club Well done to the Ken and the crew off Wai Kiore – 129kg marlin to Nathan Vile. There have been 4 mahi mahi caught this weekend and a couple of broadbill dropped (one close to the boat).

Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club March 13 ·2019 One Base Lucky angler ‘Last Person Standing’ prize. You don’t have to fish to be part of the lucky draws each night but you do have to buy a ticket to be in to win and you must be in the clubrooms if your name is called out. Go to to enter or enter at the club bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Wishing all those fishing this year’s Onebase tight lines and screaming reels.

Pelagic Research Network March 11 Shortbill spearfish are one of the most elusive billfishes and some exciting new research has shed new light on the species. The researchers tracked 6 shortbill spearfish around the Hawaiian Islands for a two-month period, and while the fish didn’t move a huge distance, they did exhibit unique foraging behaviour. The shortbill dove during the night time to feed and stayed surface oriented during the day. This is very different to other billfishes which generally dive during the day to forage when light and temperature penetrate deeper into the water column.…/arti…/pii/S0165783619300700…

Twenty-five years I’m alive here still, trying to get up that great big hill of hope, for a destination. Oh where to catch a marlin.

Current Lines March – Issue 1

– by Paul Batten

Monday 18th March 2019

Firstly sorry to Crosby, Stills & Nash for butchering their great song;

“Got out of town on a boat goin’ to Southern Tuna waters, 
Trolling a reach before a followin’ sea, She was makin’ for the Knowles on the outside
And the downhill run to Whanga ma ta.”

Whakatane Sport Fishing Club N.Z March 8 at 12:35 PM  Results from the 2019 Bizzy Buddyz Annual Ladies Tournament. Well done to all the lady anglers, skippers and deckies who made this tournament a great one!

Bay of Islands Swordfish Club (Inc) 1 hr  Wow what an incredible tournament the Mainstream Reel Ladies was, and it is, all thanks to you ladies for coming to fish it. Congratulations to all our prize winners, the results were as follows: Top Team most points: Defiance, click the title link to see the full results.

Waihau Bay – angler Craig Braithwaite landed an 86.2kg Big Eye Tuna off the fizz boat “B-CAUS” caught on 37kg line in sponsors grid AA Smart Fuel. This fish was caught on 10-03-2019.

Whangamata Ocean Sports Club 10 hrs · check out the date on this one, or follow the link and see the photo. Well where do we start from yesterday, how about this awesome Black Marlin 
DATE: 9.9.19, ANGLER: Mike Stevens, SPECIES: Black Marlin, WEIGHT: 107.8kgs, TACKLE: 24kg, BOAT: Lara, SKIPPER: Mike Stevens, GRID: Unknown (if you do please let me know!) We don’t see many of these so well done!

Ocean-Spirit Fishing Charters is attending Warren Hay Marine & Shimano Tutukaka Small Boats Fishing Tourny at Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club4 hrs · Northland · Bloody top effort team!!! They didn’t take out the win missing it by 200grams CONGRATULATIONS to Lars Christensen, but did get first place tagged marlin section; 2nd place team most points over all.  Annette’s tally for three days fishing this week; *3 Striped Marlin (1 T/Y), *4 Mako Sharks T/R & *1 Hammerhead Shark T/R. what a week.

Bowentown Boating and Sport Fishing Club Yesterday at 3:06 PM  Congratulations Sam Morton!. 140.6kg striped marlin caught this morning on the vessel “Take it to the Limit”

Your Solutions MegaFish March 8 at 10:26 AM Hawkes Bay SFC Member, Brent Hogg getting it done at the Tauranga One Base onboard Valhalla with a 171.6kg Stripey. Also, on day one, a 300kg Blue was landed.

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC March 6 at 11:38 PM MARINE DEALS WESTCOASTER 2019, Over the 1st – 2nd of March, 85 crews came together to fish the Marine Deals Westcoaster out at Little Huia and this year was another successful tournament organised by the MSFC. Firstly, a big shout out to all of the volunteers and sponsors who make this tournament what it is. The Lynch family especially put their heart and soul into this tournament and the club in general – your efforts are not unnoticed and are much appreciated. The list of people involved goes on – THANK YOU TO YOU ALL! Follow the link for the whole story

Manukau Sport Fishing Club – MSFC March 6 at 6:53 PM ”REEL SCREAMER” WEIGHS 197 KG BLUE MARLIN OFF THE MANUKAU, Congratulations to angler Ken Poulton and Mark Sokolich on the wheel who landed this blue wide of the Manukau bar today.

Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club March 5 at 4:28 PM ·Still some good catches happening. Here are some highlights; 30.2 Shortbill for Mat Cave fishing on Fred in Erin Dickson- Coastal Sales Expert- Harcourts Opotiki, Runaway Kat with a nice blue for Aidan Teesdale caught in Height 4 Hire, Over the last few days four striped marlin have been caught and five blues in AA Smartfuel Top Catch Takapuna Erin Dickson- Coastal Sales Expert- Harcourts Opotiki Top Catch

Counties Sport Fishing Club March 4 at 9:05 AM ·Fish ‘n Chicks was another successful event thanks to the hard working ladies behind the scenes. The coast was quite lumpy by late morning, with many crews choosing to head back inside the Harbour in search of a more comfortable fishing spot. Some of those to brave the conditions out wide were well rewarded; Caitlin Hunt on “the Tinne” T&R a nice Stripey and Tracey Burns on ‘Barmaid’ weighing one at 118.2Kg.

Muriwai Sports Fishing Club is with Susan PotierMarch 3 at 11:55 AM Club members getting amongst it. Congratulations team Tasman fishing the Whangaroa ladies comp on “Back in black”. Winning the tournament as well as the Calcutta. Debbie Green was the angler with a nice 119.9kg stripey.