Canterbury Winter Trout Fishing

View looking downstream from Waimakariri River Gorge Bridge.

Canterbury Winter Trout Fishing with Peter Langlands Yet on another occasion, I enjoyed a calm sunny day, with the sun's warmth bouncing off the stones. Quite pleasant, with the snow-covered Southern Alps glistening in the distance - and it was in late May! Better still, the sea-run trout were aggressively hitting the spinners in the…

Whitebait Season Important Changes – All of New Zealand except Chatham Islands: 1 September to 30 October inclusive

If you are unsure if you will enjoy whitebaiting I suggest you start out with a pole net such as this one. It is inexpensive, easy to use and versatile. Most importantly it will catch you a feed.

How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide with Allan Burgess

How to Catch Whitebait for Fun and a Feed Important Note: Fishing season dates for 2022 and the future All of New Zealand except Chatham Islands: 1 September to 30 October inclusive. Chatham Islands: 1 December to the last day of February inclusive. You can read about the changes to the whitebait fishing regulations on…

Commercial whitebait stand on the Okuru River, Westland. The stand is in the raised position in case of a flood.

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

"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,…

Westland Fishing

The author with his 42kg yellowfin tuna caught off Taranaki while fishing out of Westport.

Westport Tuna Fishing – Cooking Your Catch in the Wok

Westport Tuna Fishing Keith Chin heads out of Westport tuna fishing, on the West Coast of the South Island in search of tuna I received a call from Malcolm McColl, the skipper of the Swansong, on Monday night to see if I was interested in some Westport tuna fishing action. We would be leaving Westport…

Lake Mapourika.

Mapourika, Lake, Salmon and Trout Fishing, Westland – Plus Salmon Study

Lake Mapourika - Brown Trout and Quinnat Salmon Plus Mapourika Salmon Study by Malcolm Flain added 10 February 2022 (scroll down page). 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…

Fishing for sea-run brown trout near the mouth of Canterbury’s Rakaia River

A very good fisherman demonstrates how to catch brown trout on the Canterbury lure rod. The lure is the Parson's Glory, though the yellow rabbit looks almost identical and works just as well.

How to Make Rock Fishing Spoon Sinkers

You can sometimes lose a lot of sinkers when rock fishing. Here is how to make your own super cheap, and in any size and weight. The really good thing about these spoon sinkers is that if you wind really fast they plane up towards the surface. If you wind flat-out they also tend to skim across the surface which also helps to avoid getting tangled in kelp.

New Zealand Sea Fishes

Sand Flounder – Rhombosolea plebeia, How to Catch – Excellent to Eat

Sand Flounder - Rhombosolea plebeia. The dorsal and anal fins on the front half of the body are folded down. Photo Allan Burgess.

Sand Flounder - Rhombosolea plebeia - Considered by many to be the best eating fish in the sea The Sand flounder is one of the four main species of flounder, or flatfish, sold in New Zealand…

Flounder Netting

Matt Coffey puts out a flounder net at Lake Ellesmere - commercial fish bins are extremely convenient for setting and retrieving your net. Flounder netting.

Flounder Netting By Peter Langlands I have still not lost that feeling of excitement as the flounder net is hauled by hand from the invariably murky water in which the flounder inhabits. The flounder can be felt wriggling in the net. Flounder netting is something I haven't paid much attention to until recently when I…

Pearson Group Lakes Canterbury

Lake Marymere Trout Fishing

Lake Marymere, an oversized high country tarn set amongst tussocks in the Waimakariri River watershed. Photo, Peter Langlands.

Lake Marymere Trout Fishing By Peter Langlands Lake Marymere is the only water in New Zealand to support a recognisable strain of Loch Leven trout. The lake was the last catch and release only stillwater in Canterbury. Marymere is situated on a tussock-clad plateau, elevated above its neighbour and renowned trophy trout water, Lake Hawdon.…

Lake Pearson – Easy access from the nearby highway for trout fishing

Lake Pearson / Moana Rua Wildlife Refuge located in Craigieburn Forest Park in Canterbury region, South Island of New Zealand. Photo, Gaid P. Kornsilp.

Lake Pearson, Canterbury High Country Trout Fishing Lake Pearson is one of the upper Waimakariri River lakes. It is situated some 125 km west of Christchurch in the Southern Alps. State Highway 73, the main road to the West Coast, runs past the western shoreline. The lake is named after Joseph Pearson, who was the…

Trout Spinners

Bibbed Trout Minnows for Trolling and Spin Fishing – All Sold in NZ

This brown trout took a RTB Legend bibbed minnow fished on spinning gear at Lake Dunstan. Photograph Dick Marquand. Bibbed trout minnows.

Bibbed Trout Minnows for Trolling and Spin Fishing each with a Star Rating - Five-Star Lures are the best in my opinion By Allan Burgess   I have included a range of Bibbed Trout Minnows here that will bring back memories for older anglers who have done a bit of lake trolling for trout and…

Blade Spinners for Trout Fishing – Why not make your own?

Top, Jensen Insect 9g made in Denmark and Mepps Aglia-3,made in France. Blade Spinners.

Blade Spinners for Trout Fishing - Why not make your own? A look at these old and still popular lures By Stephen Clark Blade spinners, also called shafted spinners, is a great tool for searching water. They are my first choice in low water conditions. Regardless of what it represents to the fish, the lure…