Richard Bathurst has had a long association with the magazine and recreational fishing in general. Like many readers, he was introduced to the ‘brotherhood of the angler’ as a youngster by his dad. He is now introducing his grandchildren to the sport.
While he has targeted gamefish species both here and abroad, it is snapper that has been his main target over the years. Richard has been part of the successful NZ Fishing News teams contesting the likes of the Lion Red Furuno and Beach and Boat Snapper World Cup events, the Maverix 6KG Challenge and the Gulf Harbour One Base, to name the key ones.
Like many of us, Richard was a confirmed bait and berley man, recording some significant catches while straylining for snapper. In more recent times he has come over to the dark side, fishing a range of metal lures and soft-baits with good results.
For many years, Richard contributed the outer Hauraki Gulf area report until these were discontinued and was an esteemed member of the Fat Boys Fishing Club, an ‘exclusive three-member organisation’ that undertook writing the Charter Connections for many years. The other two members were Richard’s brother Bill and the writer, the joke being that the membership was restricted to three as that was all that could fish across the back of the company’s project boat!
Richard has been a strong supporter of the charter industry, from Three Kings trips aboard the Bruce Smith skippered Striker through to the Hauraki Gulf snapper trips with Rex Smith and Kiwi Angler.
In more recent times he has been involved in a privately organised shared boat arrangement. This enables him to fish the Hauraki Gulf and while spending time at the family caravan at Camp Waipu Cove over many years, he has got to know the greater Bream Bay area well fishing with his mates on their boats.
So, without further ado, here are his favourite ‘fishing things’ he can’t do without (in his own words).