A book like this doesn't happen without the support of many people and companies. The following have been instrumental in helping make this project happen -
Allied Outdoors are one of the major tackle distributors in New Zealand. They have been very supportive of this book and their products are featured extensively throughout.
Their brands include many household names such as Kiwi Sizzler, Pro Hunter, Youvella, Southern Ocean, Maxell and many more.
As the world's biggest tackle company you would expect Pure Fishing to be special, and they are. They are manufacturers and distributors of some of the finest brands in the world. The list is extensive and includes products such as Penn, Berkley, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia and of course, Gulp Softbaits!
There is very little they don't have in their extensive range. Check out the Pure Fishing websites to see!
New Zealand-owned Gasoline Alley Services has stations throughout the country and they are hard to miss being bright orange!
There is certain to be one on the way to your next fishing spot. How to Catch Fish and Where has a list of all the GAS stations throughout NZ and a list of products they stock.
Water Safety NZ do a fabulous job working to reduce the drowning toll with targeted education. I have worked with them for many years and have come to recognise what a great bunch of dedicated people they are.
I highly recommend checking out their extensive web site for more information.
Not many businesses survive five decades. Hunts Sports has, and through that time has witnessed all the changes the fishing tackle trade has experienced.
Proprietor Ian Hunt (his father started the business) has extensive knowledge of all facets of the sport. Some of that knowledge I managed to include in the book. It's a must-see tackle store!
Web NZ Fish Guide
Kenichi Miyamoto has developed a fantastic web site with an incredibly extensive range of fish which he has described and photographed in great detail. He kindly allowed me to use many of his profile photographs for the fish identification section of the book. His photos have added greatly to the look and feel of the book. Click on the fish to get to his fish site and on his Yakitori bar logo to learn more about this great form of Japanese cooking and Ken's restaurant.
The beautiful vessel 'Te Okupu' is based in Auckland and available for charter around the northern North Island. The owners of the vessel, John and Christine Erkkila, are great friends and supporters and many of the photos on the book were taken aboard 'Te Okupu'.
If you charter this magnificent vessel I guarantee that you will have a fabulous time!
Scallop Publishing and Photography is the company that handled the layout and preparation work for How to Catch Fish and Where, excluding the cover.
Whether you need a catalogue (their speciality), a web site, brochures, photography, design work, in fact just about anything publishing, Scallop can handle it.
Author Mike Rendle contracts to the company and handles many of the major projects personally.
Mark has had a special input into How to Catch Fish and Where. Many of his photos are to be seen throughout the book. He also assisted greatly by checking and editing the surfcasting section for me.
Mark is a talented fisherman and skilled photographer. His writings, particularly his technical pieces, are superb.
Click here to check out more of his photos.
Two other photographers have made multiple contributions to the book.
Kim Standfield (L) is the author's partner and has been there for many great days of fishing. Many of the photographs of the author are Kim's work.
Tony Dawson (R) is based in Invercargill where he teaches commercial pilots to fly us around the world. A very keen fisher and a talented one; the snapper he is holding is just one that he caught fishing with the author a few years ago. Tony also flies Coastguard missions when required.
As an ordained minister and an airline captain, Tony has just his skipper's ticket to go before we can call him the Reverend Captain Captain Dawson!