Born in Lower Hutt, he chased trout in the Hutt River as a boy and later haunted Wellington’s wharves and foreshore.
An itinerant teaching career broadened his fishing horizons to include fabulous fishing around New Zealand and overseas, sparking an interest in writing fishing stories.
John left teaching in 1990 for full time writing, becoming first staff writer, then editor and eventually managing editor of New Zealand Fisherman, NZ Game Fisher magazines and later Sea Spray magazine, then associate editor of New Zealand Fishing News and Boating New Zealand magazines.
In 2006 John decided to swap office politics for more time on the water. He currently contracts to New Zealand Fishing News, NZ Bay Fisher and Boating New Zealand magazines and writes freelance for boating/fishing publications, websites, trade magazines and consumer titles in New Zealand and overseas.
With 25-plus years of reviewing/testing boats for magazines in New Zealand, Australia and USA, John has served on the judging panel at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show every year since 2005.
He has published seven travel/sport-fishing books, including two bestsellers on fishing with soft plastics. His most recent book, Top Catch, was released in 2010.
John has made guest television appearances on numerous fishing shows and videos, most recently appearing in five seasons of Match Fishing League on Sky Sport and Prime.
His team won the series in 2011, was runner up twice and took home the trophy for the inaugural Match Fishing League trans-Tasman clash against a top-class Australian team in 2013.
He co-hosted of the Saturday morning Fishing Show on RadioLive for three years.
The proud owner of an Ocean Kayak Prowler 4.3 and a Yamaha-powered Stabicraft 459 Frontier customised for fishing soft plastics, John enjoys saltwater and freshwater fishing around New Zealand and in the tropical Pacific. In association with travel company Sportfish Adventures, he hosts regular guided fishing trips to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands targeting bonefish and other species on fly and conventional fishing tackle.
John is highly respected in the fishing industry and with his wealth of knowledge we're stoked to have him on board with Fishing Advisor.