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Tasman's Great Taste Trail Opening
Waimea River Bridge Opening 8 July 2012: We were at the Official Opening of the Richmond - Brightwater section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail. This trail will eventually link Nelson City, Richmond, Mapua, Motueka and Kaiteriteri and be a great ride for locals and visitors alike.
June 2012 Stag Hunt: Marlborough red stag above the tree-line.
New Boat 'Strike Adventure'
We're excited about our new fishing platform, which has performed very well already. We are the only fishing guide service to be commercially certified for Tasman Bay, Golden Bay, Croisilles Harbour, Current Basin, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson Lakes National Park and other areas.
The Tasman District Harbourmaster advises that there are only three commercial vessels able to operate on Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoroa. We can get you to the best fishing on the Travers, Sabine and D'Urville Rivers that other guides can't access.
Fishing for Votes...Peter Dunne, United Future, Outdoor Man
We had Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue, Associate Minister of Health, Leader of United Future, and MP for Ohariu out on my boat recently when we circumnavigated Rough and Rabbit Island on a Waimea Estuary Crossing.
Peter Dunne is a great man, an astute and experienced senior politician, who is a friend and ally of outdoor people, and one MP that we’d crawl over broken glass for. We first met Peter in Wellington before the 2005 General Election when we merged the Nelson-based Outdoor Recreation NZ political party into United Future, and he’s kept in touch ever since. It’s also great to have Nelson’s Doug Stevens, a keen outdoor man, as No.2 on the United Future party list in the 2011 general elections. Here's hoping for stable government - with an outdoor flavour.
First Trout of the Season
|We love Rugby (& fishing!): Zane & Aimee Mirfin at Nelson's Trafalgar Park, watch Crusader's & All Black's star player, Dan Carter, practice his kicking.||Victory Lap: The Crusader's salute the crowd after their 36-8 win over the Sharks.|
|Freshwater Politics: Zane Mirfin and Tasman District Mayor, Richard Kempthorne (far right) discuss the politics of water with Hon. Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, and Nelson MP, on June 30th 2011.||Coffee Time: Zane and Nelson Tasman Tourism CEO, Lynda Keene, talk local tourism over an extended coffee session at Ambrosia Cafe in Richmond.|
|Fish Dinner: Scott Mirfin with a red Gurnard caught on a slow-jig, on a recent fishing trip in Tasman Bay.||Pheasant Hunting with Grandad: Stuart Mirfin with grandsons, Jake & Ike, after a June hunt.|
Mot is Hot!: April and May are two of the best months to fish our lowland rivers. Rivers are low and clear with fine sunny days with no wind. Hatches can be good and fish come on the feed in preparation for spawning over the winter. Some days onstream are t-shirt weather! Best of all it is rare to see another angler. Guide Martin De Ruyter shows how it is done on a recent boys day out with Zane.
Dancing with the Stars:
Zane Mirfin talks fishing with the Hon. Rodney Hide, Minister for Local Government at a Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on 10th August. Rodney is a well known New Zealand Member of Parliament but also known for his celebrity appearance on popular TV show " Dancing with the Stars". We hope to take Rodney fishing sometime.
Every two years our guides renew their First Aid certificates. This process is underway and the first course was on 5 August 2010. It was great to refresh our skills and learn the updated CPR techniques.
Strike Adventure has joined the Nelson / Tasman Chamber of Commerce. As a local business the Chamber offers some great business benefits and in tougher economic times having stronger connections with more than 500 local businesses makes good sense. http://www.commerce.org.nz
Prize Giving: Nelson Trout Fishing Club President Dennis Ealam (left) and Past President Richard Boyden (right) present the Doug Zumbach Cup to Zane. Photo: Henry Sulser
|Winter Success: John Dow, Chairman of Pike River Coal, New Zealand, with Motueka River brownie.||Showdown at High Noon: Roy Fuerstenberg, of Documation LLC, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, braves 5ºC water on 10 July 2010|
Mr Strike Adventure has been out and about talking fishing to interested groups:
July 10th, Zane & Aimee are "special mystery guests" at the annual Tennyson Inlet Boat Club Dinner where Zane will talk about his many outdoor adventures.
June 17th, Zane was the guest on local fishing personality Daryl Crimp’s popular radio show ‘Fishing with Crimpy’ which airs on Newstalk ZB and other South Island radio channels. Zane & Crimpy discussed the topic ‘technological creep’ where increasing technological sophistication is affecting where, when, and how we fish and what fishing of the future may look like.
June 10th, Zane addressed Motueka Rotary Club at an evening dinner. A promotional 5 minute Strike Adventure DVD was an instant hit, followed by an image show and talk on big trout, wild places, and exciting fly fishing.
|Business Lunch: National Director of Fish & Game, Bryce Johnson, with Strike Adventure's Zane Mirfin.||President's Shout: Post AGM drinks, from left, Kris Shepherd - Turangi, Grant Petherick - Napier, Tony Entwistle - Nelson, Nigel Birt - Methven, Bryce Johnson - Wellington.|
Strike Adventure co-founders, Zane Mirfin & Tony Entwistle, were at the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA) AGM in Christchurch on June 11th & 12th. As usual it was great to see guides from all over NZ at the annual gathering of the clan to discuss threats and opportunities to the wider fishing guiding industry. The most pressing issue of debate was the current global recession which has acted as a grim reaper of the guiding world.
Guest Speaker was Mr Bryce Johnson, National Director of Fish & Game Council who talked positively of the actions both F&G and NZPFGA could undertake together to safeguard opportunities for anglers.
Rigorous AGM debate on the floor was also supplemented by portfolio reports from:Frank Murphy, Motu – Presidents Report, Tourism NZ, Marketing, Political Affairs
Bryan Colman, Rotorua – Membership, Marine Transport.
Grant Petherick, Hawkes Bay – Disputes, Standards & River Etiquette, Publicity, Tourism Industry Liaison.
Alan Simmons, Turangi – Fish & Game, Internet, Taupo Advisory.
Neil Goldie, Christchurch – Bio-security, Finance, Administration.
Kevin Payne, Timaru – Membership Benefits, Public Relations, ACC
It wasn’t all hard work though, and plenty of ale & wine was consumed at the two social evenings and formal dinner. Another great NZPFGA AGM!