1982 1st edition. 4to (187 x 248mm). Pp231. Colour and b/w photographs, illustrations, maps, brief bibliography. Blue cloth, spine titled in gilt. Dust jacket ripped top left corner.
A comprehensive look at big-game fishing in New Zealand waters, with a rather brief section on light tackle including flyfishing. "Saltwater Game Fishing in New Zealand covers the full range of game fish species, from the small fish such as kahawai and trevally to the biggest - the great marlin and sharks - from cotton-thin lightest line upwards. Written by one of New Zealand's most experienced game fishermen with a leading writer on outdoor subjects, it tells of many famous catches of record fish caught in local waters. It is also full of entertaining and informative advice on fishing methods, boat handling, the best gear, useful tips. ...Author Fred Wilkins is one of New Zealand's best-know game fishing boat skippers, his experience of the sport covering half a century. His deep and intimate knowledge makes this a book no New Zealand fisherman will want to be without." Chapters include:- Very tight lines; A tradition of fishing; The open challenge; Gear for the sport; Big game boats; The craft of baiting; The art of angling; With lighter tackle; Famous far north waters; Tutukaka to The Barrier; Mercury Bay to Mayor Island; Eastern Bay of Plenty; East Cape to Fiordland; Organising the sport; Scope for research; Fishing for recreation; The game fish. Appendices include:- Saltwater game fish records; Major award winners; Clubs and launches; Glossary; Bibliography; List of maps and diagrams.