WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF FISHING?
My favourite style of fishing has to be bait fishing simply because there is something extremely satisfying about putting a perfect hunk of bait on your hook and knowing that something wants to eat it. I find it also allows you to encounter a wider variety of species who may not chase lures or have too small mouths. I prefer to use smaller hooks than most people would use because you can still catch big fish on small hooks but you often miss out on a lot of opportunities of smaller fish or different species you’re not necessarily targeting by using larger hooks.
In terms of rigs, I’m pretty indifferent and in my opinion each rig has its place, but you can’t really go past a ledger rig in some form. Recently I’ve found that [Black Magic] Snapper Snacks® are perfect for targeting most species off the shore and the boat.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BLACK MAGIC PRODUCT?
It's got to be the range of hooks. The amount of times I’ve put up with crap hooks which easily break under pressure and extended use only to lose good fish due to gear failure is too much to think about.
Since I first started using Black Magic hooks ranging from the KL, KLT® and KS hooks, to the DX Point® hooks, I’ve never been let down. I’ve caught big fish on small hooks, in fact recently out at D’urville Island I pulled up a 17kg kingfish on a 3/0 KL hook.
The quality of Black Magic hooks makes them by far my favourite product and it’s why all of the pre-made rigs are so successful. Having a good hook is essential for chasing all species of fish.
WHAT ARE YOUR FISHING GOALS FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS?
I want to really refine my canal fishing to the point where I can regularly catch trout. In particular, I hope to land a 20-pound rainbow or brown.
Out in the salty stuff I really hope to have some good surfcasting sessions on the shingle beaches of Canterbury with the intention of landing my first elephant fish this year as well as a 20-pound rig shark.
If I get the chance over the salmon run period I'm definitely going to put some time into some of the famous braided salmon rivers in my area to attempt to catch my first river run salmon.
I'm also hoping to get back up to the top of the South Island to chase snapper and kingfish on the boat and off the bricks.
Regardless of whether I acheive these specific goals, I'm excited to keep chasing a huge variety of different species in both salt and fresh water.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM CATCH OR FISHING ADVENTURE?
For me the mighty mahimahi has always been my number 1 bucket list fish. My obsession with these fish began when I had a mahimahi burger on a beach bar in Costa Rica and continued after I saw the beauty and power of these incredible fish through obsessive searching over the internet. I hope to one day catch and eat one of these awesome fish.
The Three Kings (off the coast of NZ) is definitely a place that is up there on my list of adventures I drive for, the stories and pictures out of that place simply boggle the mind.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE LEARNING TO FISH?
Fishing is about a huge range of skills, knowledge and technique but it’s also a massive game of luck. If you put in enough time, you’re bound to catch a fish. The trick to being a good fisherman is finding spots and using techniques so that you are constantly catching fish rather than random strokes of luck. This is something that takes time and my advice for someone getting into fishing is to spend as much time as possible on the water, studying techniques and tactics, watching other fishermen and exploring new areas.
Don’t always go where other fishermen are, more likely than not they are just following each other too. A massive game changer for me is studying your target species. Each fish is different but there are some common traits that fish have, they like food and they like areas where food is likely to be. Areas of current or areas which are significantly different in depth or structure tend to hold fish.
Another extremely useful tool I’ve discovered is either diving with your target species or watching underwater footage of them, this allows you to see where they sit in the water, how they feed and what kind of habitat to look for. This isn’t possible for all species but when possible do as much research as you can on your species and with the internet now and resources such as fishing magazines and forums you’ll most likely find you have too much information.
Something really important is to keep it simple to start with, use basic rigs and techniques and refine these as you progress but most important of all is being persistent and patient.