Latest issue of Current Lines

Latest issue of Current Lines


 Current Lines July 2017

What can only be described as adream come true. A two-week window in the middle of winter, from average to awesome conditions, heading out to fish for the highly prized southern blue fin tuna. These prized eating and oceanic speedsters, normally just a figment of our imagination, paid us a visit.It was all on, a break in the weather, a special place to visit, great local people and those who some say should be committed for the hours and dollars spent out of our normal season trying to catch a blue fin.JENNY MORRIS (sings): I need a break in the weather, tryin' to take a breath / Tryin' to take a little holiday / I need a break in the weather, tryin' to take a little breath / For the very first time...

From John Holdsworth at Blue Water Marine Research - For future management discussions at the Highly Migratory Species Working Group, we need to record all southern blue fin catches, for both weighed and tagged and released as best we can.Given that this is the first season that recreational catch has become a significant factor, resettling the allowances about what is reasonable will no doubt be a hot topic for discussion.MPI decided to hold back a bit of quota for commercial unders and overs so that NZ’s allowance (set by the CCSBT – Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna) will not be exceeded.

Waihau Bay - The Blue Fin Tuna run out of Waihau Bay is awesome. There is no doubt this run of fish is one of the best buzz's we've had this year, particularly after a fairly quiet summer of Game Fishing.There is now a lot of talk about the amount of Blue Fin been taken recreationally over the past few weeks.Maybe some unwritten ethics to think about as your about to gaff the next fish. We don't need to feed the whole neighbourhood. If you kill it, make sure you eat it!Land less, so you can go more.One or two fish per boat doesn't seem like lots, but when there are 100 odd boats fishing for this prized species, it adds up pretty quickly.

· Small boats chasing Blue Fin Tuna out of Waihau Bay now.There are also some small boats pushing the limits with weather and distance.Remember, is it NOT COOL to die, drown your friends, or be towed home, or to put anyone in danger saving you.Skippers you are legally liable. Know your boat, know your motor, make sure you have enough gas, know the local weather and how it can change regardless of the forecast.

Another mission down Waihau - Left at 11am Saturday, down at Waihau by 5pm with Pete McGregor and his Surtees 580 "Significant Other”. The first fish came in at just over 40kg and then the second at nearly 56kg about 20 minutes later.High fives all round, then think about heading home.Arrived back home at just after midnight so 36 hours of driving and fishing, but it was worth every second.I feel totally blessed at being able to catch one of these remarkable fish from my own boat and Pete's, Here's hoping we get another opportunity this year and if not definitely next year.

Big thanksto Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club -I think all the Boaties that have been to Waihau Bay fishing for these lovely SBFT, need to send out a huge thank you to Christine.For all the work that she has been doing over the past two weeks, weighing all these SBFT and making sure there's enough fuel.People probably don't realize that she has had grandkids staying over, so she's been juggling looking after them and running up and down the hill weighing all these fish.So, a massive THANK YOU goes out to you, CHRISTINE! From all Boaties around New Zealand.

From Richard Baker on the good ship “Bite Time”- 2 round trips of 880km towing Bite Time to Waihau Bay over the last 2 weekends. 2.5 days on the water saw our perseverance rewarded 1-1-1 with Clark Gayford landing a good sized Southern Bluefin Tuna of 105.3kg on 24 kg line with an RG2 Kohe lure. Close to a two and half hour fight. We got it close at 40 minutes, only for it to do a 350m run straight down, and then slug it out for the next nearly 2 hours.Awesome times, a big thanks to the Waihau Club Weighmasters and community at Waihau Bay for their hospitality to all those game fishing out of their little slice of paradise.
To the anglers / teams on and off the water, for their camaraderie and support, and also the commercial surface longlining boys that have been such a great help with intel to us rec fishers.To be fair the rapid unfolding of this years "gold rush" took both the Waihau Bay club and community by surprise.Not surprisingly there was some tension and undesirable waste.What should happen if this becomes the norm?The team at LegaSea has already been discussing this with the Waihau Bay Club.A bit of planning will easily see a supply of salt ice, better cleaning facilities, and utilisation / distribution of heads, frames and unwanted fish to benefit the people in the community that didn't benefit financially from this year’s boom.

From the Clubs perspective, Re Southern Bluefin Tuna at Waihau Bay -The last couple of weeks have been a wild ride.The power of social media has drawn anglers to Waihau Bay, from all over the country, to fish for Southern Bluefin Tuna.Many people have had access to fish they wouldn’t have dreamed of a month ago. This is essentially a whole new recreational fishery and has taken the Waihau Bay Sport Fishing Club and local community by storm.Local iwi has a long tradition of respect for sea, utilising resources with great care.It’s understandable that concerns have arisen about the number of fish being taken, so please limit your catch and get your tag pole out.After all, it’s the norm for our marlin fishery.If you do have surplus fish they will be welcomed by the local community.
1. Respect the local community.
2. Should Only one fish per boat will be weighed.
3. Utilise your catch – keep or donate locally.
4. Dispose of waste carefully – do not dump on shore.
5. Fish are to be returned to the boat immediately after weighing.
The committee will consider stopping the weighing of tuna completely if necessary. The abundance of fish is now tailing off as the fish move on through to other waters.

From the editor - We have learned a lot from this seasons sensation, should it happen again or another such occurrence we NZSFC/LegaSea/local Fishing Clubs will be better placed to ensure our fish and fishery is fully utilised in the sharing, and sharing the love of fishing in NZ.


What with the Americas Cup sailing and the Lions tour on I would have thought there was little time left for fishing.Along with the boat show and the Mystery Creek Field days on, how wrong am I. I suppose with the Lions Tour, and the mighty Auckland Blues and the great southern Highlanders winning to date and the first test with the AB’s looming, I thought I’d listen to a top Welsh crooner from days gone by; yup Tom Jones with “What’s new pussy cat whoa oh oh”.Let’s see what Eden Park can serve up in the way of cat food for the All Blacks!

Beast vs Beast from the Wild West out from the Hokianga – “So yesterday started with me going into work at 10:30am. By 11:00am I was off over the bar with TC and Jimmy James to go for a couple of drops.Within 2mins of our 1st drop, that's when all the fun began.After 5hrs of battling, the arms burning and the thighs turning numb, I was on the verge of giving up and tapping out.Top notch effort Glen Dick, a 7-hour fight, 1 hour battle to try get her on board just to find out she's too big. 2.50am start the tow home, arriving in at 7.15am to tip the scales at 344.4 kgs, making this the heaviest fish to go over the Hokianga club scales.” Congratulations boys

From Tauranga - Well done Jans Decision, 1st tag and release swordfish for the GFAB trailers broadbill swordfish competition. Fishing in high duty plastics, caught on a flying fish.Well done to the angler and crew. John Holdsworth from Blue Water Marine added we have had some long term recaptures of swordfish tagged in NZ. Up to 10 years 8 months later and within 100 miles of where they were released.

Marsden Cove Fishing Club - another Broadbill Club member Daniel Johnson battled this beast for 7 hours before landing it. Tipping the scales at a massive 356.6kg it is easily a new club record.

Fat sword caught off White Island weighed in at 214kg.Congratulations William Carter and team, onboard Magnetic.

Counties May 25th- Congratulations to Mathew Kitson and Clint Hunt fishing on Freedom today.Their broadbill weighed 108.0kg.Unfortunately, they learnt a hard lesson to always check your gear.Clipping on a nearly 9 metre trace to their shortest windon was enough to put them over length.This would give them absolutely no advantage while playing the fish and at least there was no prize money riding on this fish.Well done guy,s good fish and some great eating to be had.To everyone out there, know your rules, check and double check your gear.

12th June Whangaroa - 2 stripeys and a broadbill today.Jack Lucas on 'Significant Other II' - 111.9kg caught off Berghan's with a lure, and Robbo Teixeira on 'Santana' - 108.4kg with a live jack mackerel, 170m off Whangaroa.Kelvin Cruickshank is bringing in his first broadbill, caught from Satisfaction II. PB 109.2 weighed in glorious sunshine just before sunset at Whangaroa.

Once again the WDSAC junior team have won the junior section for the Bay Of Islands International Yellowtail tournament!Well done to the team and crew on Harlequin on taking it out.Special thanks to Russ Bennetto, Craig Smith, Craig Johnson, Pete & Brenda Saul for organising this whole trip for the juniors!We came away with 8 kingifish for the week ranging between 9kg and 17.45 kg which managed to get us the win for the junior division.

4 nice bluefin caught by the boys on "Ramoe" today. Photographed and weighed in at Gisborne-Tatapouri Fishing-Club. The club link in blue will take you to the photos on their facebook page.Just proves that you don’t put your big game gear away until the last fish of the season has been caught. Now there is a little time left to clean and service ready to head out for the firsts of the new season starting July 1st.

For the Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club - 'Hook in Bull' had another great result today. This time for Deckie and Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club member James Laurie.The species today was striped marlin and James was lucky enough to catch one of a double (the other falling off).The best news is that the 117.0 kg marlin was on 10kg line and is a new pending WDSAC club record.Fantastic result for the team on 'Hook in Bull', well done guys

Quick trip report from yesterday from Whangaroa - “Ultimately we weren't successful but it was fun trying.We had our lures in the water by 8.00am and had a double hookup immediately.I was on the rod for 20min before pulling the hook.My opinion was they were bill wrapped, but either way it was bloody exciting.It was an unbelievable day weather wise, it was like summer.The water out at 180-260 was up to 18.6 and a really deep clean green, almost verging on blue. But the real surprise was when we stopped in at 130 around 4.30pm. Unbelievably it was blue, nearly as good as any water I saw over summer.The Sauri, skippies and Sunfish are there as well, so with the bait around the marlin don't need to leave I guess.We heard a call on the radio of a tag & release blue est 200kg, we heard a stripey landed out of a triple and another launch landed a stripey in the same area we had the double. Not sure if they were lures / livebaits.So over all, at least 3 marlin that we heard of landed and around a half dozen or so hooked or seen, so there are still numbers there.” From weekend, 17th & 18th.

Congratulations to NZ IGFA representative Scott Tindale who has now accomplished something very special. A hat trick of first places in every IGFA World Record sport fishing discipline. 1st place Male Saltwater Conventional tackle, 1st place All Tackle, and Male Salt Water Fly fishing, a trifecta of first place IGFA awards. Well done Scott Tindale and team, the certificates arrived in the post today from IGFA headquarters in Florida.

So here we are at the last week and a bit for the 2016 – 2017 fishing season. Clubs, anglers and those interested please be aware that all nominations for NZSFC annual trophies must be applied for in writing from the clubs and in NZSFC hands by close of business Friday 7th July 2017.