Troy Dando – Nelson, New Zealand

About Troy

Salt has run in the veins of Troy since he was born having never lived more than a few kilometres from the ocean his whole life. Early childhood saw him learning to fish around the wharfs of Greymouth, Motueka and Nelson. Leaving school he took up a career as a commercial fisherman before trading in the life on the high seas for one of a land lubber, but Troy never lost his deep connection with the ocean.

Troy works for the local port company in the marine and security fields and thinks there’s nothing better than working in one of the most stunning harbours in New Zealand.

"I’m lucky enough to see some of the best wildlife you could imagine at work with a resident population of fur seals, blue penguins and yearly calls of Orca feeding on the plentiful sting rays."

The Nelson area is Troy's playground, where over the years he has honed his skills fishing for Snapper, Kahawai, Blue Cod and his favourite Kingfish to name a few. Having fished from land most of his life Troy has more recently shifted to boat fishing, bringing two skill bases together.

Mechanical and slow jigging are the main forms of fishing for Troy these days with a firm belief in catch and release to preserve the fish stocks for further generations. His huge success has come about from having the right gear which makes it a lot easier when you are dealing with fussy fish.

Troy’s choice of boats are the McLay Cruiser range. His current boat adeptly name “Screamin Reelz” is a 650 HT. Troy’s motor choice is Yamaha with a new 225F V6 gracing the transom propelling her at speeds up to 40 knots making the long trip to his favourite fishing grounds a lot quicker.

Screamin Reelz is well appointed in electronics and Troy has always fished with a mix of Lowrance and Simrad equipment.

"The right electronics make a huge difference in the diverse conditions and seascape I fish. We can be fishing on sand in 10 meters of water in flat calm conditions, moving spots could see us moving to a reef in 100 meters of water with 6 knots of current."


Troy's tips for amateur anglers:


  • Buy the best gear you can afford. Having the right equipment gives you the best chances to catch fish.
  • When you buy your marine electronics, make sure you spend the time to researching how to use them. Knowing what you equipment is capable of and how to use it is one of the keys to success.
  • Learn to change your game plan if things are not working when fishing. Keep a diary and write down the tides, weather, location and what you caught so you can refer back to it.
  • Always try at least one new location every time you go fishing.


Troy Dando uses:

HDS12 Gen2 Touch

  • Easy to use touchscreen
  • Built-in StructureScan® HD & Broadband Sounder
  • Trackback™ to review and save key hotspots
  • GoFree™ Wireless ready

HDS10 Gen2

  • Engine / NMEA 2000®
  • Real-time StructureMap™ capability
  • Trackback™ to review and save key hotspots
  • GoFree™ Wireless ready

Broadband 4G™ Radar

  • Crystal Clear Images
  • Zero Radiation Hazard
  • Beam Sharpening
  • InstantOn™