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Andrew has been involved in the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club his whole life, from a Russell wharf rat to crewing and skippering on boats his love of fishing and the sea has just grown. Andrew has been on the committee of the club for 10 years. During this time, he has been involved in running fishing tournaments, taking junior anglers fishing, commercial and building development and management & regulatory engagement on behalf of the club.
Andrew home is the Bay of Islands, and is adamant the 100 nautical miles from Poor Knight to the Three Kings is probably the most special stretch of coastline in NZ if not the world. While Andrew loves gathering and eating any kai moana, and also thrives on challenge and technical aspects of light tackle and game fishing, to him fishing is so much more, its community and comradery, for want of a better word fishing is Andrew religion.
Andrew works as an engineer and marine contractor and is on the water for work every other day. He has background and interest in all aspect of commercial and recreational fishing, and many of this close mates are both recreational charter fisherman as well as commercial line, netting, and potting commercial fisherman.
Andrew got involved in NZSFC without really knowing what they did, somewhat confrontational, he was concerned with people changing historic fishing rules. Since then, he has become one of the Councils biggest advocate and is just blow away by the amount of great work NZSFC, Legasea and all the other afflicted organisations do each year. He says it’s the “best kept secret in NZ fishing”. Although he has only been apart of the team for a few years he has appeared for NZSFC in environment court and select committee, and is looking forward the being apart finding solutions to the many challenges we face as recreational anglers in NZ.