Letter from the President

To All Members of the NZACA


Firstly let me start by thanking the Gisborne Surfcasting Club, and especially Karla Tardieu, for running a fantastic and very successful Nationals. I would also like to thank all our sponsors for this event. Thanks also to all those who attended. Your behaviour and conduct was exemplary and I was very proud to be associated with you all. The fun, competition and camaraderie is the main reason I go to the NZACA Nationals and this year’s event lived up to my expectations. To those of you who did not attend, you missed a great week and I encourage you all to make the trip to Papamoa next year. The more the merrier!!

As your new President let me start by thanking you all for having enough confidence in me to be your President. I will try very hard to live up to that confidence. We, the executive of the NZACA, have a hard road ahead of us if we wish to bring the Association into the future as a strong identity in the world of recreational fishing. It will not be easy, but I have full confidence in the executive to continue on with the great work done by Brent Rolston, our prior President, and the executive of the last two years. I ask that all of the members of the NZACA continue to give support to your executive as you have done in the past.

Already people have been talking to me and giving me their opinions as to what direction they think the Association should take. Of course not all suggestions will be the thoughts of the majority but I do think that it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do get to have your say. The common thread so far seems to be communication or lack of. Can I please remind you all that communication is a two way street. Yes we need to communicate with you as our members, but you also need to communicate with us!!  If you have ANY ideas, questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me. I have included my email address and phone numbers below, so please keep your thoughts coming. We the executive are there to look after YOUR best interests, so we need to know what you want.

Can I please ask that ALL clubs email me with an up to date list of their committee’s with contact numbers and email addresses so we can ensure that any information will get through to the correct people to distribute information to their club members. This does not mean that you, as a club member and member of the Association, cannot contact me directly if you want. My door is always open to all members of the NZACA.

Again thank you all for your on-going support and I look forward to helping the NZACA grow into the future.

Kind Regards

Paul Peetoom


06 3287035
027 2241616


About Paul

My name is Paul Peetoom and I live in Colyton, just outside Feilding on a small lifestyle block with my wife Raewyn and a small menagerie of animals.

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  1. Casting: Shall be that part of the sport of casting – casting weights with double handed rods

  1. Methods of Casting: All casting shall be executed with both hands. All casts to be made without assistance. The use of a casting aid on fixed spool reels acceptable.

  1. Rods & Guides: There shall be no restriction upon length or material of rod or guides

  1. Reels: Any reel may be used, as long as it is possible to fish with that reel.

  1. Main line : The main (running) line must not have a thickness of less than 0.25mm and not be of braid. This is for all casting weights

  1. Leader : Must be strong enough for the individual Casters ability and should be of high visibility. The Caster is responsible for his/her break-off and safety of other Casters. No braid leaders allowed.

  1. The Judge or Committee may use their discretion to allow a Competitor extra time, or casts, if justified by outside interference or other mishaps beyond the Casters control.

  1. Replacement of tackle may be made providing this can be done within the given time limit.

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Current Fishing Records – Official NZ Fishing Records and Association Light Tackle Records

The following pages schedule current Fishing Records and include both Official NZ Fishing Records and Association Light Tackle Records. World Records for catches in NZ waters are recognised as NZ Records, unless exceeded by a NZ one. Also included are the records administered by the NZSFC.

For applicable Rules and Regulations and how to make Record Applications refer to previous Sections in this Manual

The Association recognises almost all species as eligible for records. The NZSFC administer NZ Records for those generally thought of as Game Fish species. The NZACA will issue “Association Records” where appropriate for these “big game species” to its Members.

The Association no longer issues, except for some species, “Association Records” as the system of “NZ Records” has now taken the place of these. However existing Association Records are shown for historical purposes and remain relevant until surpassed by a NZ Record.

Each month there is sent out to Member Clubs updates of Records. It is recommended that Members may like to insert in this Section of their Manuals copies of these updates for those species, which are of the most interest to them.  This will provide the latest information on those species and make the Manual a more current reference to records.

See your Club Secretary or contact the Association Secretary for further information regarding these monthly updates.

These Record Pages will be updated in full at appropriate times throughout each year. Web pages will be updated regularly.

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