For the crew of the New Zealand-owned Riviera 48’ ‘Striker’, the fabulous Bay of Islands will long be fondly remembered. In just one recent season, ‘Striker’, under renowned Kiwi gameboat skipper Bruce Smith, raised an incredible 157 marlin, one black, a score of ‘stripies’ and a pending women’s world record for a striped marlin caught on 15 kg tackle. Prominent New Zealand journalist, Mark Kitteridge, has fished often with Smith, and rates the skipper as ‘a committed professional’. With more than 25 years’ experience, from ‘deckie’ to skipper, Smith, Kitteridge says, has plenty to admire in his makeup. “I respect his unfailing vigilance and patience the most,” Kitteridge said. “Every moment he’s at the helm he is always keeping an eye out for any sign of fish, both in the gear and the surrounding waters.