Category Archives: Westland

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

Home » Destinations S.I. » Westland “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 Registered whitebait stand on the Turnbull River, South Westland. Lifted from the river in case of a flood. The Arawhata, More...

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Marg Delore caught this big salmon in Lake Mapourika.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 14th, 2018
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Mapourika, Lake, Salmon and Trout Fishing – Westland

Lake Mapourika – Brown Trout and Quinnat Salmon 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 More...

Pictured: John and Eli holding 13, 15, and 17 lb. snapper.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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Hokitika – Snapper caught on beach longline near Hokitika, West Coast, S.I.

Snapper caught on beach longline near Hokitika Pictured: John and Eli holding 13, 15, and 17 lb. snapper.  Snapper fishing for 2007 has been excellent for John and Jean Brewer of Hokitika. A total of 30 snapper More...

A typically buttery chocolate coloured, though larger brownie, from Lake Poerua.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 7th, 2018
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Lake Poerua Brown Trout, Westland – Black water brownies – troll, spin, fly, bait fishing

Home » Destinations S.I. » Westland Most trout caught in Lake Poerua are taken by trolling or harling A typically buttery chocolate coloured, though larger brownie, from Lake Poerua. Lake Poerua is a small, shallow More...

Mokihinui Gentle Annie Beach
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
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Mokihinui Gentle Annie Beach – Productive Surfcasting for Snapper

Mokihinui Gentle Annie Beach – Westland Snapper caught Cliff Simpson from Gentle Annie Beach. Mokihinui Gentle Annie Beach You can catch snapper, kahawai, rig shark, conger eel, stingray, gurnard and More...

Graeme "The Butcher" Larsen at Lake Paringa. With a one fish limit, the smaller salmon was caught by his brother.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, March 17th, 2018
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West Coast Quinnat Salmon Fishing with Paul Corliss

Home » Destinations S.I. » Westland West Coast Quinnat Salmon by Paul Corliss Graeme “The Butcher” Larsen at Lake Paringa. With a one fish limit, the smaller salmon was caught by his brother. The East More...

The author with a typical Lake Moeraki brown trout. The trout provide excellent sport on light spinning gear. Photo courtesy of Vern Harvey.
By Allan Burgess On Sunday, December 10th, 2017
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Lake Moeraki, Westland, Brown Trout Fishing by Dick Marquand

Lake Moeraki is a brown trout fishery, with an occasional quinnat salmon taken The author with a typical Lake Moeraki brown trout. The trout provide excellent sport on light spinning gear. Photo courtesy of Vern More...

Hapuka River brown trout. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, November 10th, 2017
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Hapuka River Black Water Brownies, Westland, by Dick Marquand

The Hapuka River’s Black Water Brownies  The author with a Hapuka River brownie. A quick photograph and back it goes. Photo Aaron Horrell. South Westland offers an incredible variety of experiences to More...

Aaron with a hard fighting kahawai landed on a saltwater fly he tied himself.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
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Arawata River Mouth Kahawai on Saltwater Fly & Ultra Light Spin Gear

Home » Destinations S.I. » Westland Arawata River Mouth Kahawai on Saltwater Fly & Ultra Light Spin Gear with Dick Marquand Aaron with a hard fighting kahawai landed on a saltwater fly off the Arawata River More...

A little green frog similar to the frogs harnessed by Robbie and Bert.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Green Frogs and Whitebait – An Unusual West Coast Fishing Method

Green Frogs and Whitebait by Chris Tonkin A little green frog similar to the frogs harnessed by Robbie and Bert. The last rays of a sinking sun had vanished silently into the Tasman Sea well over an hour ago, but More...