Keep up to date with what’s happening in the fishing world, marine weather and tide forecasts, both local and international, with these useful websites.


Russell Radio: Russell Radio was established in 1951 by a small group of local fishermen, led by Ritchie Blomfield and his wife Olive. Since then it has continued to be run mostly by a team of local volunteers. With our member’s support we help keep boaties, their families and friends safe on the water. Our volunteers record their trip reports and respond should they need assistance. Operating on our own channels 63 and 03 we broadcast regular weather forecasts, advise of navigational hazards and supply general information and advice.


Organisations and Bodies

New Zealand Sport Fishing Council: New Zealand Sport Fishing (NZSF) is a not for profit organisation recognised by SPARC (Sport & Recreation New Zealand) as a National Sports Organisation (NSO) representing the sport of marine angling.

IGFA – International Game Fish Association: Detailed historical information on the organization, our founders and the sport of fishing.

Blue Water Marine: Blue Water Marine Research provides high quality fisheries management advice and marine research solutions to a range of clients, including government, research institutes, charitable trusts, national and regional fisheries organizations.

LegaSea: LegaSea is the public outreach brand of the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. We promote Kiwi’s interests in precautionary management of our precious marine resources, to ensure there are abundant fisheries for future generations.

Fisheries – Ministry for Primary Industries: Check out the Ministry of Fisheries site to swot up on licensing regulations and what makes an undersized fish. And you’re free to join public discussions about how recreational fishing will be managed in the future.

Oceans – Ministry for the Environment: For the latest news, information and resources on the Ministry’s work on Oceans.

Option4: Option4 is a group of recreational fishing advocates who have formed an action group to respond to the Ministry of Fisheries invitation to participate in the process of redefining the nature and extent of the right of the public to fish and gather seafood in New Zealand.

The Billfish Foundation: Working worldwide to advance the conservation of Billfish & associated species to improve the health of oceans and economies.

NZ Recreational Fishing Council: Since 1978, the New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council has been participating in fisheries management and advocating for recreational fishing.


Weather and Tides

WindyTy: Weather radar, wind and waves forecast

Metvuw: New Zealand Weather Forecasts and Australian Weather Forecasts and World Weather Forecasts.

NIWA Tide Forecaster: A helpful tide forecaster tool for all your favourite ports and locations.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology: Australian weather charts covering Tasman & New Zealand.


Fishing Sites

Russell Booking & Information Centre: Looking at booking a fishing charter or are simply visiting the bay? Russell Booking and Information Centre can help you find a boat, things to do and places to stay while in the Bay.

Fish Grid: Shows you where to get hooked up.

The Fishing Website: All sorts of fishing news, reports, tips, hints, forums, fishing advice and links.

In The Bite: Saltwater fishing questions, find fishing buddies, message board and tips.

Marine Waypoints: A guide to boats, boating, diving, fishing, gear, marine books, marine life, safety, sailing, watersports, weather and much more.

Marlin Magazine: Marlin fishing site for marlin videos, marlin photos, fishing boat and gear reviews and more from




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