That Recreational fishing and casting are highly visible and valued sports.
The New Zealand Angling & Casting Association became an Entity in 1955.
It was formed to:
Encourage and develop the sports of angling and casting.
Encourage the formation of Fishing Clubs and to foster comradeship amongst amateur fishers.
To promote the conservation of fish and their habitat.

In 1958 there was a split in the Association that led to the formation of what is now the New Zealand Sports Fishing Council. Whilst these two groups have developed an identity particular to each Organisation they remain supportive of each other in the original three objectives.

The Association has recently returned to representing its twenty four member clubs in negotiations with the Government via the Ministry of Primary Industries via the Fisheries Ministry. A close liaison is held with the IGFA and our members are eligible to apply for World Records for qualifying catches. Along with this the NZACA administers official NZ Records for a great number of species that are not the generally recognised Game fish species. The NZACA is also the administrator of the NZ Casting records.

Since 1979 the Association has held a National Championship. This incorporates both Casting and Fishing. While the Casting has had recent changes to the rules, it does cater for those wishing to use their own fishing gear (except for Braid) and also those who wish to cast under recognised international regulations. Casting falls into three events. Postal, which is entered via a Club event, Regional, of which there is three and finally the Nationals.

The fishing involves a good amount of time which allows fishers to target the variety of fish available to be caught. During this event, the Association also holds its AGM. This is done so as to allow the membership to take advantage of all gathering at one venue.

The NZ Angling & Casting Association encourages all fishers to join a club and particularly one affiliated to the Association.

2019 Nationals

Well what can one say? The 2019 Nationals and AGM, based at the 90 Mile Motor Camp can only be described as a great success. With a spread of Clubs from the 90 Mile Surfcasting Club in the north, Wellington Surfcasting & Angling Club in the south, New Plymouth Surfcasting Club from the west, Rotorua Fishing & Casting Club from the east and the biggest turnout of clubs in between for many a year, this past week has been nothing short of exceptional. Ten Clubs in all represented, 96 Fishers.

Casting on day one saw 73 Casters brave sweeping rain showers before they passed over allowing many to dry out. While the day didn’t produce any great distances, the fact that so many participated created a completely friendly atmosphere where clubs interacted in their own challenges. Top marks must go to Gary Whittaker and his team for a very well run system.

To top it all off, the fishing was to die for. I have attended the past fifteen Nationals and never attended a one where so many fish have been weighed by so many participants. Impressive quality fish. The Ninety spat out some huge Snapper and Trevally but the opportunity to fish the Great Exhibition Bay with its white sands and crystal clear waters was a treasure. I must tender a huge appreciation to the Everitt family for their granting of access across their land for those attending our Nationals. The feedback from those gracing the sands for the first time was a one hundred percent “impressive”

Okuma. Wow!!!!! It was a total privilege to have Murray Veal, from this supportive Company, sharing the week with us. To have this great Company on board as our leading Sponsor is massive and their support with product as prizes was impressive. Thank you Okuma the NZACA appreciates your ongoing support.

Black Magic Tackle. I had a very good meeting with the Team on the way up to Kaitaia and I am hopeful of a good sponsorship outcome when I meet with them again in April but in the meantime a huge shout out to them for the $600 worth of goods provided to be part of our lucky draws. Again I must acknowledge the great support we receive from these leading Companies. I must also mention Creative Landscaping & Design, Travel & Co, Rod & Reel, Le  Baronz Cottage and Glenn & Debbie for their support also.

The Prize giving. What a way to finish a great time in the far north. The attendance was like some many years ago. The camaraderie and enjoyment seen throughout the night made being there worth every minute. The biggest thanks goes out to all those who participated. The fact we may very well have gained another Club intending to affiliate to the NZACA is reward enough for the hours of driving to attend.

Finally, Rick and Lyn Hymers, Brent Rolston, Dave Davies, Gary Whitaker and Steve Maisey. My heartfelt thanks for the way this 62nd Nationals was managed. A worthy and enjoyable event. I am already looking forward to next year’s Nationals in New Plymouth.


Jim Yeoman


Okuma News

It is with great pleasure that I advise you all that Okuma has rolled over its Sponsorship to our 2019/20 year. The agreed support package is the same as last year and is hugely appreciated.

Our continual growth, our work with aligned Organisations along with our advocacy work in raising awareness and supporting Fisheries Management has all helped to bring about this fantastic support.

Jim Yeoman


2019 Nationals

So we are on to the final countdown. It is one month until our 2019 Nationals in the far North.
Please, if you are intending to attend, register via the website or advise the Nationals Team before the 6th March.
The NZACA is looking to fill the following positions.
Senior Vice President
Junior Vice President
Membership Co ordinator
Up to eight Executive members.
The position of President is open for discussion.

Great Exhibition

As we count down to our Nationals in the far north, a little under two months away, it is awesome to make this announcement.
Thanks to the efforts of several people and an appreciation of our competition, Great Exhibition Bay will now be part of the fishable area. Access will be via Everitt’s Farm off Everitt’s Road. Access is from 5am Friday to 10am Saturday and we ask that there is no entry during the hours of darkness. PLEASE NOTE: There is a complete fire ban on this beach.

News & Chat

NZACA News & Chat


Hello to all of you at this time. We are closing in on Christmas at an alarming rate. Just where has the year gone?


Along with my colleagues, I have just spent one of my most intensive days of negotiations with the Port of Napier. Acting for the Angling & Casting Assoc, Pania Surfcasting Club and LegaSea HB, I joined my colleagues to achieve some resolution to several issues surrounding the Consent. Our intention was to Appeal the Port of Napier’s Consent for Extensions but at this point we have received a Letter of Intent signed by the CEO’s of the Port and Regional Council and this will allow for us to have agreements put in place to protect the existing environment including Pania and Town Reef’s during the expansion process.


Two weeks ago I travelled to Auckland for the NZSFC Fisheries Management Committee meeting. Another very constructive meeting and many issues regarding allocation, Ministerial decisions and the future of our inshore stocks were discussed. We live in a very unique time when considering our fisheries. For many, many years the recreational fisher has said that our fisheries cannot sustain the continual abuse and reckless commercial effort and for just as long we have been rebuffed. By Industry and indeed those charged with managing the resource. Well now it is all come home to roost. Some 14 of our inshore fisheries are under threat, some below the soft limit whereby they should be closed. Why aren’t they, well it isn’t entirely because of Industry Leaders but as much because of NZ Firsts, Shane Jones and Winston Peters. What we are witnessing is sad. It is as we knew it would be.


I would like to spend a little time on our Annual Trophies. It is my wish to see more of them given out but to do that I need more participation in attempting to achieve. Each has a challenge and these are detailed in the Online Manual. Have a crack Nigel. While I am at it the “Masters Award” is also there for those willing to give it a go. It is a test of your fishing prowess.


I have received the latest Newsletter regarding the AAA Nationals in Australia and they are attached to this. These are being held in Sept 2019. Have a look at the programme and maybe we can get a team over there again.


We are Casting again at the Rotorua racing Club on the 8th & 9th Dec. Casting will start around 10.30 with Saturday being for those looking for tuition and training.


Our Okuma Nationals Committee have done an awesome job of preparing the 2019 Nationals. Clubs and Fishers will have the opportunity of fishing the mecca for Surfcasters and it would be awesome to have representatives of all our clubs competing. We are offering some minor incentives but the real reason to be there is to challenge for the right to be called “Top Club” I am looking forward to being back in the far north and wetting a line with you all.


The Website is slowly but surely being bought up to date. Apologies but we are doing this in house and saving some considerable cost by doing so. I think we have all relevant contact details on there now.


Lastly and I know I keep harping on but!!! The NZACA is facing an issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than at the devils moment. My role as President ends at the 2019 AGM under the Constitution. It was hoped that a clear successor would be being introduced to the role by now but the reality is no one has put there hand up. I have a great supportive Executive Committee who do a lot behind the scenes but all have indicated there is no desire to take up the Presidents role.

We have a very strong organisation that stands alongside all its peers and has the due relevance and respect it should. We can’t lose that. Some decisions by the membership as to how we overcome this situation is needed. I will not allow the NZACA to be leaderless. I am more than happy to continue the advocacy role if someone will accept being the figurehead but I also assure everyone I will continue as President if that is how the members see it. If that is the case, I will need to see some measure of succession put in place. Either way the choices need to be made quickly. Nationals and the AGM are only a little over 2 months away.


Tight Lines


Jim Yeoman



Remember, you are all part of the Recreational Fishing Industry’s  1 Billion Dollar annual return to the Governments coffers. We earn our right to be represented.