Kayak Fishing in the southern hemisphere.

Marco Capozzella was fishing in the Bay Of Islands in New Zealand last weekend hooked into this 13.8lb Snapper using a slow jig 40g Candy Apple Jitterbug by Ocean Angler.

Winter fishing here in NZ is some of the best in the world.

Here in NZ we are so spoilt when it comes to fishing I am originally from Scotland and moved here 3 years ago to join my folks who had left Scotland and settled in Auckland NZ, i came out here for 1 visit and was instantly hooked “excuse he pun” on the way of life and of course the superb fishing it has to offer.

As far as the fishing and areas here you don’t have to go far we are surrounded by rugged coastline all over the north and south island, take Auckland for instance I can drive 15 minutes and be on the water in fishy territory just down the road from the house or we can take a drive up North to the Bay Of Islands which is where that photo was from. and produces some excellent winter fishing.

There a numerous local clubs and leagues that you can join here all over NZ the sport is massive here in fact I would say its the fastest growing water sport here just now, I suppose a kayak is more accessible to people over boats etc, I joined the Hibiscus Coast Kayak Club after being invited out on a few occasions by a work friend. Straight away I knew this was something I wanted to get involved in.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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