New Zealand Sportfishing Council

Posted on 25 October 2013 by Lance Manins

The New Zealand Sportfishing puts out a regular newsletter – Council Current Lines,  23rd October 2013

The moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Aquarius. Hmmmm wonder if the song has any influence on the upcoming fishing season. Apparently it is not going to be a ‘La Nina’ or an ‘El Nino’ but a transition season with big easterlies, warmer water, big blue marlin and yellowfin tuna, yay some yellowfin for a change! Sounds like a Tui advert doesn’t it!

Water Temperatures From a very reliable unreliable type the water was 18 degrees out at the Mokohinaus last weekend, green with lots of sharks in it. At least he was out there fishing and not attending committee meetings like the rest of us.

IRL Kahawai Champs From the Mangere Boating club a special invite to attend, enter and fish their IRL Kahawai Champs on Saturday 2nd November 2013, with $2,000 up for grabs for the average weight kahawai. The heaviest kahawai will win $1,000 cash with prizes down to 20th place. Tickets are $40 with $5 going to Cystic Fibrosis. Ticket sales close 7pm 1-11-2013, go to  for further details or phone 09 636 4673, or email

Daylight saving is here! And it’s a Long Weekend this weekend! Woohoo!!!!  – Let’s hope the forecast is wrong but otherwise just put on the wet weather gear! Toughen up and go fishing anyway! Overcast skies no prob!!! And the fish don’t mind a little water! We have installed a brand new card reader at the Gulf Harbour Marina and now also have eftpos and credit card facilities at the Leigh Fuel Stop.  Remember though!!!! – You will only receive PL Discounts if you use a PL Fuel Card! If you went to the AGM we trust you had a great time and caught up with fellow members in addition to dealing with the quota battles and other ISSUES! Great to hear PL Fuel Cards were mentioned and members reminded that in addition to PL supporting NZSF, members benefit directly by receiving 6c/L incl gst discount off pump price at PL Marinas and 10c/L incl gst discount off pump price at participating Mobil Service Stations and Truck Stops and now Pak N Save and New World Fuel Outlets!.  The easiest way to open an account is to download the “Credit Account Form” and “Direct Debit Forms” off the bottom of  or give us a ring on 0800 42 83 83 and we’ll happily post them out to you or email (email Claire: Unfortunately the online registration form on our website is out of date and we are in the process of sorting this.  Your club also has forms! Enjoy your long weekend The Team at PL

Northland Coast From the northland coast, the male snapper are starting to school in 40 meters of water waiting for it to warm up and bring the ladies in for spawning. Mullet are starting to fatten up ready to start spawning and are in good condition.

Houhora Big Game & Sport Fishing Club are celebrating their one base competitions 20th birthday in 2014. The dates to mark in your diary are 12th to 15th March 2014, with a whopping $10,000 up for the heaviest striped marlin weighed in. Fuel is now available up there 24 hours 7 days a week. See you there! You can contact the one base organisers at; Visit or  Tel 09 409 7755 or you can ring the man that knows – Contact Organiser Justin Kernan 09 408 7949

Jerry Garrett There was a special naming ceremony held recently at the world famous Tuna Club in Avalon, where local fishing hero Jerry (Broadbill) Garrett had a room in the prestigious club named after him. Check it out here; CLICK HERE the video runs for just over 25 minutes and there is a lot of history, candid comments and memories that Jerry has amassed over the years. Well worth the time to watch. Well done to our own Jerry (Broadbill) Garrett.