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Who is Bish?

Bish is Tony Bishop and that is me.

I have fished for over 60 years in salt and fresh water - in New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, UK, Europe and USA.

I started fishing for trout at around 5 or 6 years of age, around Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand before travelling further afield, around the South Island. In between I fished for Kahawai and Salmon at the mouth of the Waimakariri River just north of Christchurch.

Fishing Smarter for Trout Book Cover

In my mid-teens my family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where I became much more involved in saltwater fishing, to go along with fly fishing.

Despite working in the lunatic world of marketing and sales management, in New Zealand and overseas, and helping to raise 3 boys, I managed to fit in plenty of fishing in New Zealand and around the world.

Finally opting out of the corporate lunacy, I opened, owned and operated Just Fishin' in 1986 which became New Zealand's most well-known tackle shop, till it was sold in 1998.

I have written for New Zealand fishing magazines and articles for overseas publications, and have done so for more than thirty years. I have made appearances on local and overseas TV and radio programmes on fishing.

A selection of my articles is available on this site.

Bish with his first Striped Marlin about to go  back in the water

My book, 'Fishin' Smarter', on saltwater fishing in New Zealand was published in August 1997,  and was reprinted at least once every year since. 'Fishing Even Smarter' a complete rewrite and update to the original book was released in 2006.

My second book 'Fishing Smarter for Trout' was released on November 15 1998, and again was been reprinted every year for five years. It is now available to read free, gratis and for nothing, here on this site.

'Tips and Tricks to Catch More Fish' on saltwater fishing was launched November 2000.

'Starting Smarter' on saltwater fishing was released in August 2002, and has been reprinted each year since then.

'Starting Smarter - Trout Fishing' was released in August 2004.

This site is created, written, developed and managed by me, and you can email me here.

Article written by Tony Bishop


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