Lake Sarah and Lake Grasmere Trout Fishing – Canterbury high country

Alpine fishing in Lake Grasmere. Photograph courtesy of Richard Cosgrove, Fish and Game.

Lake Sarah and Lake Grasmere This is the first trout fishing lake 2km along the Craigieburn Road headed south-east from the small township of Cass. The lake is easy to spot being next to the shingle road. This is grand alpine country and one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. Lake Sarah Lake…

Rig Shark Tagging Program Update

Notorynchus cepedianus (NZ) : Broadsnouted seven-gill shark, 1877, by Frank Edward Clarke. Purchased 1921. Te Papa (1992-0035-2278/128).

Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are occassionally caught by surfcasters

This sevengill shark is more grey in colour rather than brown. Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks by Allan Burgess There are three species of cow sharks found in New Zealand waters. These are the sharp-snouted sevengill shark (Heptanchias perlo), the broad-snouted sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus), and the less common sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus). In 1992 a…

Twizel Canals Fishing

Roland Brunner with a big 24 pound rainbow trout

Mackenzie Canals Fishing Tips – Be prepared to try different things

Mackenzie Canals Fishing Tips - More good tips for fishing the Twizel Canals by Allan Burgess I have fished the canals on a number of occasions with a mate of mine who is very good at catching fish there. He always said to me if it isn't working we should try something else, or move…

Lucky Otago Harbour Salmon

Jim Curline Dunedin Harbour salmon.

Dunedin Harbour Salmon – Luck, luck and more luck!

By Jim Curline Salmon and Sprat Fishing Story I had given up salmon fishing in Dunedin harbour as the salmon had thinned out a bit, and you had to put in the time to get one at all. Yesterday had been quite cold with a stiff northerly wind blowing up the harbour, making fishing conditions…

Kahawai Fishing – Revised and Updated

Kahawai fishing on light spinning tackle, softbaits, and fly rod

I used a trout fly rod and reel setup to target kahawai at the river mouth. The blue Deceiver pattern worked a treat as did several other of my saltwater fly creations. Photograph of kahawai taken on a saltwater fly.

Kahawai Fishing on light spinning tackle, soft baits, and the fly rod - Revised & Updated Other names for kahawai: Kopapa, Australian Salmon Scientific Name: Arripis trutta For Kahawai Profile by Dick Marquand (scroll down) Kahawai Fishing Kahawai was for a very long time seen as a second rate species not highly regarded as a table…

Best Kahawai Fishing Lure – Small sprat shaped lures are the best

Malcolm Bell removing a lure from a kahawai before release at the mouth of the Waimakariri River.

Best Kahawai Fishing Lure - Smaller lures 10-18g with a single hook work best by Allan Burgess Which is the best kahawai fishing lure for spin fishing at river-mouths? This is an interesting question. When there are plenty of kahawai about does your choice of lure matter that much? Well, I think it still does. …

Whitebaiting

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

Whitebait set net. Whitebait Fritters Recipe.

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe with Allan Burgess To make the best whitebait fritters: For each cup of fresh whitebait mix together one beaten egg, and one heaped teaspoon of flour, salt and pepper to taste. Nothing else. Cook in a moderately hot pan with a little butter…

Whitebaiting in the Arawhata, Waiatoto, Turnbull, and Okuru Rivers

Okuru River whitebaiting.

"On a single day in 1944, Des Nolan famously caught 130 kerosene tins of whitebait single-handed in the Waiatoto River." A closer look at these Famous South Westland Whitebait Rivers The Arawhata,…

New Zealand Sea Fishes

Leatherjacket – Parika scaber – Good eating – Use long-shank hooks

Leatherjacket - Parika scaber - female fish.

Leatherjacket - Parika scaber - Good eating - Use long-shank hooks Leatherjacket - Parika scaber - By Allan Burgess Description  The leatherjacket is a small diamond-shaped fish. Average size is 20 cm to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), and the maximum is 40 cm (16 inches). They are generally a grayish brown color, but there is considerable colour variation between…

Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks – Sevengillers are occassionally caught by surfcasters

Notorynchus cepedianus (NZ) : Broadsnouted seven-gill shark, 1877, by Frank Edward Clarke. Purchased 1921. Te Papa (1992-0035-2278/128).

This sevengill shark is more grey in colour rather than brown. Sevengill and Sixgill Sharks by Allan Burgess There are three species of cow sharks found in New Zealand waters. These are the sharp-snouted sevengill shark (Heptanchias perlo), the broad-snouted sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus), and the less common sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus). In 1992 a…