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Freshwater fishing

Freshwater fishing methods

Other fishing

New Zealand Saltwater Fishing

New Zealand offers superb saltwater fly fishing in many coastal areas where there are great opportunities to hook into hard fighting game fish. One of the most rapidly growing area in fishing is saltwater fishing with several regions offering fishing equal to anywhere in the world.
Areas where sea fishing is popular include the the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Doubtless Bay, the Bay of Plenty, Golden Bay, Marlborough Sounds, and Southland. Though almost anywhere arond the coast of New Zealand offers good fishing. Game fishing bases are to be found in Whangaroa, Russell, Tutukaka and Tauranga.
  The catch

The range of fish that can be targeted with the fly are numerous and include snapper, kahawai, kingfish, tarakihi and marlin.

  Time of year
Saltwater fly fishing in New Zealand is usually best in spring, summer and autumn.
There is no licence fee for sea fishing, but strict regulations apply to saltwater fishing methods, maximum catches, fishing seasons and prohibited areas. Specific rules also apply to gathering shellfish. It is forbidden to sell or trade your catch. Breaking the sea fishing regulations, including those governing the collection of wild shellfish, is totally unacceptable and can result in heavy fines and even imprisonment. See the Ministry of Primary Industries website for marine recreational fishing guidelines and regulations.
  Fisheries management, guidelines and regulations

Ministry of Primary Industries: Marine recreational fishing

The recreational fishing section of the Ministry of Fisheries website includes information about:
- limits for each of the fishery management areas
- popular species
- line fishing guidelines
- daily limits guidelines
- downloadable brochures
- important notices including changes to fishing rules
- updates on the shared fisheries consultation process

DOC: Marine Reserves

Marine reserves are protected areas of the sea and foreshore that are managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to preserve them in their natural state as the habitat of marine life for scientific study.

Within a marine reserve, all marine life is protected and fishing and the removal or disturbance of any living or non-living marine resource is prohibited.

New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council
The umbrella organisation for New Zealand's big game fishing clubs. Maintains records and runs competions. Affilitated with the IGFA, the world body of gamefishing. Member clubs provide weighing and recording facilities.


LINZ Hydrographic Services

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the authoritative provider of New Zealand hydrographic services and the main source of LINZ hydrographic information for mariners.

The LINZ Hydrographic Services website provides:
- Mariners notices

- Nautical charts
- List of chart retailers
- Nautical publications
- Tidal information
- New Zealand Lights List
- Astronomical information

- Maritime safety information

  Weather forecasts


New Zealand's National Meteorological Service provides:

- MetService Coastal Forecasts

- Weather warnings


SwellMap offers free 24 hour and 7-day coastal and off-shore forecasts using MetOcean's wave and wind forecasting system.

More detailed forecasts are available by subscription

  Boat safety

Maritime New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand is responsible for promoting maritime safety and environmental protection to the entire maritime community, including recreational boaties.

New Zealand Coastguard

The Royal New Zealand Coastguard provides New Zealand's primary maritime Search and Rescue service. Coastguard operates from a network of 4 regions and 65 affiliated units, strategically located around the coastline and major lakes of New Zealand. Manned by volunteers, its services include:
- 24 hour communications centres
- 24 hour search and rescue service
- Continuous weather reporting
- Trip reporting
- Boating Education Courses
- VHF repeaters
- Nowcasting Service
- Boating Buddy service

Saltwater Fly Fishing

Salt Fly Fish Auckland

Anton Donaldson

Anton Donaldson: Golden Bay

King Tide SaltFly

King Tide Salt Fly

John Gendall

John Gendall: Golden Bay

Julian Danby: Bay of Plenty

Bradley Smokers

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