WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE STYLE OF FISHING AND WHY?
You can’t beat dropping a big live-bait down for kingfish. I crave the absolute out of control feeling hooking a kingie can give me. Locating and collecting live-baits is also great fun on an early morning.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BLACK MAGIC PRODUCT AND WHY?
It’s got to be the KLT® hook range. I use them for all my saltwater fishing. If it’s kingfish, snapper, gurnard, or anything in between they are the first thing I reach for. I love how high the hookup rate is and how rust resistant they are – makes clean up a lot easier at the end of the day.
WHAT ARE YOU FISHING GOALS FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
Hapuku remains the number one goal for me, along with other deepwater species like gemfish, bass and bluenose. From Waimarama Beach I'd love to land a john dory and a nice kingfish to tick all off the common species available. Some of the more difficult fish I am hunting down are the porae and the very tough to hook butterfish.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM FISH OR FISHING ADVENTURE?
My dream adventure would be taking a kayak to either the Three Kings, Chatham Island, or Fiordland. These locations have very diverse deepwater fishing opportunities, and just thinking about the new species of fish I could catch in these locations is mind boggling.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE JUST LEARNING TO FISH?
If you’re looking to get into the sport, social media is the way to go. Join one of the many groups available on Facebook – there are always lots of keen anglers happy to share information about basically all types of fish. Better yet go to a competition. Fishing in a competition is easily the most enjoyable trips of my calendar, with all anglers happy to have a yarn about what works and what doesn’t.