Find information and resources for recreational fishing in New Zealand.

Before you head out to fish, make sure you cover the basics

a man is hauling something he has caught on a fishing rod off the side of a vessel.

Know your responsibilities

Every type of boat must have a skipper.

A skipper is legally responsible for:

the safety of the boat

all the people who are on board

All responsibilities


Keeping safe when you’re on the move

Stow your gear – loose fishing gear can be dangerous.

Keep your decks clean – a clean deck and transom area will prevent your bilge pumps and drain holes from blocking up. A build-up of water on the deck can cause you to capsize.

Keep clear of cable protection zones – anchoring and fishing is not permitted in these zones. Heavy fines can be imposed if you are found anchoring or fishing in these areas

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Final checks before you head out

Learn about the tasks you need to do just before you hit the water.

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