Saturday, August 30, 2014

100 Years of WW1 - Lest We Forget

August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and many of us here at FishMax are history buffs, so its a great opportunity to read and learn more about the brave men and women who gave up so much so long ago.

A deeply moving first-hand account of the Gallipoli tragedy told in the voice of an ANZAC legend, No Better Death: The Great War diaries and letters of William G. Malone is a  poignant tale told through the letters and diary entries of Lieutenant Colonel W.G. Malone, the commander who led the assault on Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli only to be killed later that day in battle.

The book is the acutely insightful first-hand account of a man whose honesty, wit, knowledge and courage were evident throughout his story.  
Impressive and passion-laden the correspondence between the great commander and his family showcase the unbounded love that Malone had for those he left behind. A resource, which he constantly drew upon to help him through and overcome the fear of the life-threatening situations that he endured.

The writings also demonstrate Malone’s heroic leadership, humanity and overwhelming compassion he held for his men as he led them to battle.

Striking photography, most of which was taken by Malone himself, vividly illustrates the moving account of the tragedy, which we should never forget.

The story of his older sons, three of whom also served in the Great War, forms part of the narrative too. A story of family commitment and sacrifice which continues to 2012, when Malone’s great-great-grandson was sadly killed on active service in Afghanistan.

About the Editor: John Crawford is the New Zealand Defence Force Historian and has written on many aspects of the history of New Zealand Armed Forces and defence policy. In 2007 he edited, with Ian McGibbon, Exisle’s monumental book, New Zealand’s Great War, and in 2008 he edited The Devil’s Own War: The First World War Diary of Brigadier- General Herbert Hart. He is currently living in Wellington and writing a volume for the forthcoming First World War Centenary.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Savage’s 305 Punt is every outdoor enthusiast’s best friend, the perfect size to take away on all your holidays and camping trips this little boat will provide you with hours of on water fun.

The flat design and lightweight 42kg hull makes the 305 Punt the perfect car topper for your 4WD and is easy to launch and retrieve by yourself.

With a reputation for flexibility and ease of use the Punt has been a popular model throughout the years for Savage and continues to be a favourite.

Savage Director of Sales and Marketing Damien Duncan said the 305 Punt was great value for money whether you were after your first boat, a tender or car topper for your next camping trip.

‘There’s still enough room to take a couple of fishing rods and crab pots and you can easily get to locations in dams and rivers often out of reach to larger boats,’ Damien said.

This elementary boat has the bare essentials for boaters after an easy no-fuss boating experience; standard features include bow and transom handles and rear and front bench seats.  

However if you are looking for something a little more special the 305 Punt can be optioned up to include a bimini and envelope, navigation lights and switch, a painted hull and full length side rails.

The 305 Punt is available as a complete boat, motor and trailer package with a 3 year limited warranty to get keen fishermen straight out on the water with no fuss at all.

For more information on the 305 Punt or the entire Savage range visit

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pop Open a Cold One

Every now and then at FishMax we get a product that crosses our desk that we just can't get enough of, and The Bottlepop has got to be one of them!

Bottlepops are an amazing little beer opening gadget designed as talking bottle openers. Sturdy enough to sit at the bottom of the fishing bag, what we liked about them most is that they give one handed bottle opening, and hold the lid once removed so its not rolling around on the floor of the boat.

Launching in November 2013 Bottlepops are taking the Aussie beer drinking world by storm. No fishing one yet, but you can get them themed for Cricket, AFL, Volleyball and more. A great gift or even grab one for your self.

You can even get them customised with the name of your business or club and a portion of every sale goes to Cystic Fibrosis research.

Thanks to the guys over at Bottlepops, we've even got a few to give away. Just drop us an email at and tell us in 25 words or less why you need a Bottlepop. Entries close 7 September 2014. Winners drawn at random.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Gropper Eats Shark Amazing Video

Just as a boat of fishermen are hauling in a four-foot shark they get one hell of surprise!

Their catch is not far from the boat... then, BANG! A gigantic grouper snatches the shark off the line, apparently swallowing its fellow fish whole. The fishermen are left stunned, laughing and exclaiming: “He just grabbed him frigging whole!”

The shark is helpless on the line with the grouper looming to the left...
The shark is helpless on the line with the grouper looming to the left... Source: YouTube
BANG! The moment of impact...
BANG! The moment of impact... Source: YouTube
Then a brief look at how huge the grouper is...
Then a brief look at how huge the grouper is... Source: YouTube
And all the stunned fisherman can do is laugh.
And all the stunned fisherman can do is laugh. Source: YouTube

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fishing Funny

Four guys have been going to the same fishing trip for many years.

Two days before the group is to leave, Ron's wife puts her foot down and
tells him he isn't going.

Ron's mates are very upset that he can't go, but what can they do.

Two days later the three mates get to the camping site only to find Ron
sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking
on the fire.

"Ron, how long you been here?  How did you talk your missus into
letting you go ?"

"Well, I've been here since last night. After dinner at home yesterday
evening, I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put
her hands over my eyes and said, 'Guess who ?'"

I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing sexy brand new lingerie.

She said she had been reading 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and she had a
devilish look in her eyes!!!

She took my hand and led me to our bedroom. The room had candles and
rose petals all over
On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes !

She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did.

And then she said, "Do whatever you want."

So . . . . here I am !

Monday, August 4, 2014

Trolling Lures for Flatties - Hot Tips

If you're looking for some tips on how to catch flathead by trolling lures in estuaries then checkout this great little video from Jarvis Walker.