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Webpages, eBooks, Videos and Fishingmag.co.nz Free Membership Allan Burgess at his favourite haunt: the tidal zone below the bridges on the Waimakariri River. I have fished this section for sea-run brown trout almost every spring for 30 years. Although there is always some fluctuation in fish numbers from year to year, for the most part, the fishing More...

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Canterbury Low-Land Trout. Cattle polluting a waterway is not something you see very often nowadays. A big improvement over the past 20 years.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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Canterbury Low-Land Trout Fishery Pollution – Not All Doom and Gloom 

Canterbury Low-Land Trout Fishery Pollution – Not All Doom and Gloom  According to John Kent, as they say in Texas, the locals refer to their water as, “too thick to pour and too thin to plough?” Cattle More...

Massive 35lb salmon from the Waimakariri River.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Rasmus Gabrielsson and Malcolm Bell Podcast Canterbury Salmon

Rasmus Gabrielsson talks with Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler about the Canterbury Salmon Fishery by Allan Burgess Massive 35 lb salmon from the Waimakariri River. Caught before the 1995/1996 season when fish More...

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.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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Salmon Fishery in Crisis? South Island Sea-Run Salmon Numbers Down

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 More...

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...