Poor Salmon Returns – Where have all the salmon gone? Kingfish Rising!

Quinnat salmon caught at the Waimakariri River mouth while on holiday at Kairaki Beach Motor Camp. For many, a part of what it means to be a Cantabrian.

Poor Salmon Returns – Where have all the salmon gone?  By Allan Burgess  The decline of the South Island salmon fishery is widely believed to have been caused by a range of environmental factors that have gotten worse over the past 20 years. These include degradation of headwater streams…

Ashburton Lakes

Stopping for a rest in my motorhome at the small Maori Lakes on the road to Lake Heron, in the Ashurton Lakes district.

Maori Lakes in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region

Maori Lakes - O Tu Wharekai The Maori Lakes are a challenge for any trout angler. These lakes are shallow with perhaps little more than a metre or so of water over the weed beds. Most of the shoreline is swampy and hidden by reeds. Only a few areas around the shore are accessible…

Spin fishing on the south side of Lake Heron.

Lake Heron – at 6.3 sq kms the largest of the Ashburton Lakes

Lake Heron/Oturoto Trout & Salmon Fishing Lake Heron Map (scroll down). Lake Heron is the largest of the Ashburton lakes covering 6.3 square km. The distance around the shoreline is 19 km.…

Salmon Fishing in New Zealand

Sea-Run Chinook salmon caught at the Waimakariri River mouth.

Quinnat Salmon – Oncorhynchus-tshawytscha – introduced by 1905

Also called King, Chinook and Quinnat Salmon Also known as King salmon and Chinook salmon, this species was successfully introduced into New Zealand from North America by 1905. In that year, salmon returning to the Waitaki River were observed to be spawning naturally. From then on salmon continued to disperse to other rivers along the…

Charles Smith, salmon.

The Best Salmon Fishing Rivers New Zealand Map – 27 waters in all

The Best Salmon Fishing Rivers in New Zealand The…

Trout Fishing

Juvenile rainbows showing parr marks caught and gently released in the Hinemaiaia River, near Lake Taupo. Photograph courtesy of Dick Marquand.

Rainbow Trout – Oncorhynchus mykiss – Identification Guide New Zealand

Rainbow trout were introduced into New Zealand as early as April 1883 Oncorhynchus mykiss According to the late Bob McDowall in his book Gamekeepers for the Nation, early Auckland rainbow trout…

Fish & Game Officer Harry Graham-Samson checks anglers licences on the Boyle River in North Canterbury. Photo Brian Hodges. Super Sunday Season Opening.

Super Sunday Season Opening For Anglers

Super Sunday Season Opening For Anglers - Story and Photographs by Fish and Game NZ  It was a "Super Sunday Season Opening Day" for anglers nationwide when the new fishing season opened today (Sunday, October 1). Anglers in some parts of the country braved strong winds but were very happy to be out and about…

SWF Blue Maomao

Amazing colour. A jewel from the ocean. SWF Blue Maomao with Dick Marquand

SWF Blue Maomao

SWF Blue Maomao with Dick Marquand The blue maomao - Scorpis violaceus is one of my favourite fly fishing targets. Although relatively small in size, they punch well above their weight, providing good sport on ultra-light fly fishing gear. A top target species, SWF blue Maomao.   They can be caught by the land-based fly…

Bay of Plenty Fishing

Flats kingfish on my my Fenwick Feralite FF 858, Redington Grande 789, (a kingfish virgin) and Scientific Anglers Mastery Redfish Coldwater WF8F.

Tauranga Flats Kingfish on my Vintage Glass Fenwick Feralite FF 858

Tauranga Flats Kingfish on my Vintage Glass Fenwick Feralite FF 858 By Dick Marquand Some of you will know of my love for vintage glass fly rods, particularly the Fenwick Feralite series that were made in the USA in the 1960s and 1970s. Kilwell in Rotorua imported the glass Fenwick Feralite blanks and built the…

Surfcasting

This one ate a 5-pound kahawai, was gut hooked and couldn't be released. Landbased kingfish.

Landbased Kingfish Downunder in NZ – Scott Hollis – Johns Part-2

Landbased Kingfish Downunder in NZ - by Scott Hollis - Johns Part-2 It has been reported to me that kingfish have been sighted off the Banks Peninsula during December, much earlier than I suggested. Small numbers have also been taken in set nets off New Brighton beach at this time of year. I still think…

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Stopping for a rest in my motorhome at the small Maori Lakes on the road to Lake Heron, in the Ashurton Lakes district.

Maori Lakes in the Central South Island Fish & Game Region

Maori Lakes – O Tu Wharekai The Maori Lakes are a challenge for any trout.

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Juvenile rainbows showing parr marks caught and gently released in the Hinemaiaia River, near Lake Taupo. Photograph courtesy of Dick Marquand.

Rainbow Trout – Oncorhynchus mykiss – Identification Guide New Zealand

Rainbow trout were introduced into New Zealand as early as April 1883 Oncorhynchus mykiss According.

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Quinnat salmon caught at the Waimakariri River mouth while on holiday at Kairaki Beach Motor Camp. For many, a part of what it means to be a Cantabrian.

Poor Salmon Returns – Where have all the salmon gone? Kingfish Rising!

Poor Salmon Returns – Where have all the salmon gone?  By Allan Burgess  The decline.

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Fishing the Wild Places of New Zealand by Tony Orman.

Fishing the Wild Places of New Zealand by Tony Orman

Fishing the Wild Places of New Zealand by Tony Orman In his fifteenth book, Tony.

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Port Levy. Photograph, Wildman NZ. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Port_Levy_27.jpg

Banks Peninsula – Northern Bays – Port Levy to Long Lookout Point

Banks Peninsula – Northern Bays – Port Levy to Long Lookout Point By Peter Langlands.

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Black Boobie Fly UV Straggle String with white foam Para Post eyes. Tighter wraps of Straggle String give a bushier body.

Boobie Fly UV Straggle Chenille – Excellent for fishing the Twizel Canals

Boobie Fly UV Straggle Chenille Trout Lure – Boobie or Booby trout fly The boobie.

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