Racepics, you have correctly taken the meaning behind my suggestions. The NZACA have reasonably close ties with clubs (it could be better) but they do nothing to put themselves before the angler who fishes for pleasure and the table, in other words the great majority.
I do not belong to a club: at close to seventy years of age the travel and long hours fishing, especially overnight hold no appeal. However, in my time I have put a lot into the sport and done so quite happily through writing columns in magazines and the press. I don't run down those who fish with long lines, in fact on occasions I happily participate in this style of fishing myself.
Those who fish from the surf, including those with high profiles, tend to portray surf-casting as an elitist sport, looking down and forever questioning and complaining about the methods of others: this is totally wrong. What others do for their pleasure should not draw condemnation providing they are acting within the letter of our amateur catch laws.
The NZACA could and should make far more effort to introduce their profile and aims to the general public, this may just encourage those who have no interest in clubs to join their ranks. There only needs to be a very nominal joining fee as news letters and items of interest can be distributed by E-mail, just as Fish and Game do with their regular updates. It should be noted there is (or was) a New Zealand Kite Fishing Club, why isn't this this under the umbrella of the NZACA?
What does a club offer? I do believe you have missed an of item from your list: camaraderie. Even now some anglers are secretive, still writing about the great time they had at spot X, understandable perhaps but this does give the impression of a clique, those in the know, not desirable when trying to attract new members.
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