Okarito River Whitebaiting, Westland, New Zealand

A glorious spring day near the mouth of the Okarito River, Westland. This whitebaiter is dressed in a wet suit to keep warm and, just as importantly, to expose the minimum of skin for sand flies to bite!

Okarito River Whitebaiting 2006 Photographs of whitebaiters chasing this New Zealand delicacy [Show slideshow]  More...

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Rangitata sevengiller.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Sevengill Shark caught surfcasting near the mouth of the Rangitata River

Rangitata Sevengiller Seven Gilled Shark caught near the mouth of the Rangitata River. We catch about 15 a season and all are returned to fight another day. This one was 9 foot long and was approximately 100 Kgs. More...

Leigh Tobeck with a very fat 7.5 pound searun brown trout taken in the Rangitata River. What a well fed fish! Photograph by Darryl French.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting

Lesly (Haggis from Scotland) with his limit bag from the Rangitata River. 22 and 26 lbs. Photo: Darryl French. Rangitata River Salmon, Trout, and Surfcasting with Allan Burgess The “Rangi” as it is affectionately More...

Picton Yacht Club Jetty.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Picton Jetty Fishing – In the Marlborough Sounds

Fishing from the Yacht Club Jetty at Picton – Berley brings in the fish! At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound For an angler who grew up in Christchurch I am always amazed at just how big the difference is More...

Expert angler Lex Coutts from Christchurch with a 1.8 kg butter-coloured Lake Mapourika brownie taken trolling.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Lake Mapourika Salmon and Trout Fishing – Westland

Lake Mapourika Located 10 km north of Franz Joseph in one of the most beautiful scenic parts of New Zealand. The salmon fishing is variable but there are plenty of big brown trout although you might find them hard More...

Mapua snapper.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Surfcasting at Rabbit Island, Waimea Estuary, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand

Rabbit Island Surfcasting This is a shallow sandy beach that offers safe swimming. It is a favoured spot for surfcasting being just 15 minutes drive from Richmond. Occasionally snapper are caught from this beach. More...

Eagle Ray - Myliobatis tenuicaudatus
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Eagle Ray caught Surfcasting in Golden Bay, Nelson

The Eagle Was Landed By Barry Toomey Eagle Ray – Myliobatis tenuicaudatus  You can see Farewell Spit in the background at the very top of the South Island. The Eagle Ray – Myliobatis tenuicaudatus More...

A big kahawai taken on light weight trout spinning gear at the mouth of the Wairau Diversion.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Wairau River and Diversion, Marlborough salmon and trout fishing

Wairau River and Wairau Diversion, Marlborough Sea-run trout, rainbow trout, salmon – plus whitebait, kahawai, red cod, and mullet in the lower rivers and river mouths The Wairau River runs for 140km. The More...

Opihi River salmon.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Opihi River, Trout and Salmon Fishing – South Canterbury

Opihi River The Opihi is a small river flowing south-east with a length of some 75kms. It flows into the sea about 10kms north of Timaru. There is a small bach settlement near the mouth called Milford Huts on the More...

Orari River, South Canterbury
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Orari River Trout and Salmon Fishing – South Canterbury

Orari River A few salmon are still landed from the surf during the season. Unfortunately this river is now dry in it’s middle reaches. The odd salmon and sea-run trout still enters the mouth when it opens. More...