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Fishing destinations around New Zealand’s South Island

Trolling for Trout and Salmon with down-riggers and flat-lines

Lake Coleridge trolling for trout and salmon.

Trolling flat-lines on Lake Coleridge. Trolling for Trout 1. Trolling for trout without a down-rigger? You certainly don’t need a down-rigger on your boat to catch fish. Trolling for trout with nothing on your line other than your lure is called flat-lining in the United States. A down-rigger is an additional fishing tool like any other but it More...

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Fishing Tips for Beginners at Lake Coleridge.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, November 1st, 2018
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Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips: Beginners Guide to Fishing Lake Coleridge

Fishingmag.co.nz editor Allan Burgess with a typical salmon caught spin fishing at Canterbury’s Lake Coleridge. Lake Coleridge Fishing Tips This article is aimed at helping the complete beginner angler who More...

View looking north across Lake Henrietta from the Harper Road. Note the scale provided by the car to the right of picture. Photograph Allan Burgess.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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Lake Henrietta Trout Spinning and Fly Fishing – Canterbury High Country

Lake Henrietta Lake Henrietta comprises two small lakes side by side on the shingle Harper Road just north of Lake Selfe. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains on all sides the scenery around Lake Henrietta is grand! More...

Monty Wright with 12 lb rainbow hen from the Caples River. Photograph John Todd. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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Caples and Greenstone Rivers, and the Black Rock, Otago

Home » Destinations S.I. Caples and Greenstone Rivers, and the Story of the Black Rock by Monty Wright Monty Wright with 12 lb rainbow hen from the Caples River. Photograph John Todd. It was a beautiful clear morning More...

The ritual of Opening Weekend at Lake Coleridge. You can just see anglers fishing from the distant shoreline.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 26th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country – Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing MAP

Lake Coleridge Map Lake Coleridge Map also showing the smaller lakes that make up the Coleridge group. Map: 1:50,000. Each grid square represents 1 km. Map Sourced from NZTopo50-BW20. Crown Copyright Reserved. Coleridge More...

By Allan Burgess On Sunday, October 21st, 2018
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Rakaia River Mouth a Top Spot for Sea-Run Trout Fishing

Surf fishing the Rakaia River mouth at first light for kahawai and sea-run brown trout. Rakaia River Mouth Sea-Run Trout Fishing Some years the Rakaia River can experience unusually low flows over summer. During More...

Allan with a brace of rainbow trout for the smoker.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 15th, 2018
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Lake Selfe Trout Fishing – High Country Brown and Rainbow Trout

Home » Destinations S.I. Spin fishing is permitted on Lake Selfe and is a leisurely way to while away the hours. Vegetation to the water’s edge can make the fly rod difficult to use in some places. There More...

This young angler looks pleased with his big brown trout.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, October 11th, 2018
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Lake Coleridge Fish & Game High Country Opening Fishing Competition 2011

Lake Coleridge Opening Fishing Contest Climbing out of our warm climate controlled 4×4 truck at Lake Selfe for this year’s Canterbury High Country Opening Weekend was a bit of a shock. It was freezing More...

My initial excitement saw me predicting 10lbs plus, however, the scales said 8lb even. Still, I let out a whoop and a holler and allowed myself a celebratory cigarette. The fish weighed more than my son David born a week earlier at 7 1/2lb. so definitely another proud moment for me. Oreti River. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
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Oreti River, Southland, Quality Brown Trout Fishing on Spinner and Fly

Oreti River – ”If it is over your ankles fish it” by Bryce Stupples My initial excitement saw me predicting 10lbs plus, however, the scales said 8lb even. Still, I let out a whoop and a holler and More...

Bryan's first two groper - Cook Strait. Photo: Lex Coutts. Deep-Sea Fishing. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, October 8th, 2018
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Deep-Sea Fishing Adventures Aboard Cygnet Charters – Dryden Bay

Deep-Sea Fishing Adventures Aboard Cygnet Charters by Lex Coutts Bryan’s first two groper – Cook Strait. Photo: Lex Coutts. Deep-Sea Fishing. It never ceases to amaze me how anglers from anywhere in More...