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Salmon Fishery in Crisis? South Island Sea-Run Salmon Numbers Down

Massive 38lb salmon taken in the Waimakariri River when the fishery was in much better shape than it is today. Salmon Fishery in Crisis. Featured image.

Home » Allan's Fishing Blog Salmon Fishery in Crisis? by Allan Burgess Massive 38lb salmon taken in the Waimakariri River “back in the day” when the fishery was in much better shape than it is now. We haven’t seen fish like this in a whole generation of salmon anglers! I originally wrote and published this article Salmon Fishery More...

by Allan Burgess | Published 4 months ago
Selwyn District Council "No Camping" sign at Lake Selfe in the Canterbury High Country. Photograph by T.Austin. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, February 3rd, 2017
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No Camping at Lake Selfe in the Canterbury High Country

No Camping at Lake Selfe Selwyn District Council “No Camping” sign at Lake Selfe in the Canterbury High Country. Photograph by T. Austin. I must admit to being shocked and angry when I first discovered More...

Two salmon caught by Simon McMillian at the mouth of the Hurunui River, North Canterbury, yesterday morning 17 January 2017. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
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Salmon Season Prospects for early 2017 – They’re Running up the Hurunui River

Salmon Season Prospects 2017 – from January Newsletter Two salmon caught by Simon McMillian at the mouth of the Hurunui River, North Canterbury, yesterday morning 17 January 2017. Simon is now at Ballinger’s More...

The author with a fresh sea-run brown trout.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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Closure of the Winter Eastern Zone NCF&G 1 May 2016

Closure of the Winter Eastern Zone NCF&G 1 May 2016 by Allan Burgess Closure of the Winter Eastern Zone I’m not in favour of reducing angling opportunities through fishery closures. However, I do understand More...

The campervan angler in New Zealand.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, March 14th, 2016
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The Travelling Campervan Angler and Fishing in New Zealand

The Travelling Campervan Angler in New Zealand A small camper-van greatly extends your fishing range and makes camping away from home much more enjoyable. Nowadays it is possible to mount solar panels on the roof More...

If you are fishing in fresh water and using gear that could reasonably be expected to catch sports fish (Trout, Salmon and Perch) you need a valid sports fish licence.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Kahawai Licence – Do I need a fishing licence to fish at river mouths?

Kahawai licence – Do I need a licence when fishing at a river mouth? If you are fishing in freshwater and using gear that could reasonably be expected to catch sports fish (Trout, Salmon and Perch) you More...

Seascape freespool reel was made in Australia.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Time to buy a new fishing reel

Seascape Major reel manufactured sometime in the 1970s or 1980s. It held 450 yards of 20 pound monofilament, and had a high speed 6:1 gear ratio. The star drag meant the gears were totally disengaged during casting. There More...

Within a a matter of just minutes the sea has become very rough. Not good if you were offshore in a boat or kayak. You can just make out something carried out to sea by the wind near the top center of the picture. Keep in mind also that something like ten minutes earlier the sea was blue and calm.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Terror Wind Near Kaikoura

Almost Blown Out to Sea by Powerful Northwest Wind The northwest wind just starting to increase. Near the center of the picture you can see a caravan awning headed for the Chatham Islands. A fortnight ago, November More...

Van-featured
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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Fishing Van or 4×4 Truck; which is more useful?

Salmon anglers vehicles at the Waimakariri River mouth. A 4×4 truck is good for driving down the beach or riverbed and carry heaps of fishing gear. They are very popular with salmon and trout anglers. Fishing Van More...

Fishing Van
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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Fishing from a Different Angle; Travelling to the Best Fishing Spots

Here is a great go anywhere and fish almost anywhere setup. Travelling to the Best Fishing Spots It has been a very interesting couple of months for me recently. I’ve been fishing all over the South Island. One More...