Category Archives: Whitebaiting

Okarito River Whitebaiting, Westland, New Zealand

Tony Thomas dragging for whitebait in the surf at Okarito.

Okarito West Coast Whitebait Run by Keith Reinke Richard Hunter dragging in the surf at Okarito. All the locals, as well as ourselves, were hoping for that West Coast whitebait run we all hear about but so few have experienced. It’s 5.30am, Saturday 9 October. I’m sitting in the lounge finishing a cup of coffee, mentally ticking off everything More...

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By Allan Burgess On Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Hurunui River Whitebaiting – Fishing Shifting Sands by Linley

Hurunui River Whitebaiting by Linley All that effort getting to the Hurunui River mouth only to be faced with a rough sea and empty net. One of the first laws of whitebaiting is that the river mouth will always More...

Whitebait freshly taken from the river is translucent.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 16th, 2018
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How to Catch Whitebait – An Easy Beginner’s Guide with Allan Burgess – Video

Home » Whitebaiting How to Catch Whitebait for Fun and a Feed In this article, we explain a bit about whitebaiting and offer a few tips to help the beginner get started. Learn about how to catch whitebait. Whitebaiters 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...

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By Allan Burgess On Monday, August 28th, 2017
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Conservation of the Whitebait Fishery the Five Species of Galaxias

Home » Whitebaiting Conservation of the Whitebait Fishery by Peter Ravenscroft An adult Inanga (Galaxias maculatus). This fish makes up about 95% of the whitebait caught on the east coast of the South Island. The More...

Allan Burgess at the Hapuka Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, July 24th, 2017
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Hapuka Estuary Walkway Westland – Whitebait and native birds – Video

Hapuka Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary – Tui, Kereru, Korimako, Whitebait Video Title: Hapuka Estuary Wildlife Sanctuary – Tui, Kereru, Korimako, Whitebait. Description: The Hapuka Estuary More...

By Allan Burgess On Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Whitebaiting in the Arawhata, Waiatoto, Turnbull, and Okuru Rivers

Home » Whitebaiting “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 More...

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By Allan Burgess On Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
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Make a Whitebait Cleaning Screen to Separate Bait from Debris Video

Whitebait Cleaning Screen Video Making a Whitebait Cleaning Screen. Sometimes the best whitebaiting takes place when the river and surf are discoloured. There can be a lot of rubbish in the water carried down from More...

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By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 14th, 2016
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Whitebait Chips – the very best way to Cook Whitebait Video

Whitebait Chips – the very best way to Cook Whitebait Video with Allan Burgess The very best way to cook whitebait is to simply coat them in self-raising flour then drop straight into a pan containing butter More...

By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
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Whitebaiting on the West Coast of the South Island with Margaret Fenemor

Whitebaiting on the West Coast of the South Island with Margaret Fenemor One good shoal. Things are looking up. The weather is idyllic, confounding all the popular beliefs about the whitebaiting on the West More...

Whitebait set netting at the mouth of Canterbury's Waimakariri River.

Adult whitebait swimming in a shoal up the lower Waimakariri River. Adults lay eggs on river and creekside vegetation at the high water mark. The eggs hatch on the next spring tide and the larvae are washed out to sea. The juvenile whitebait considered a delicacy in New Zealand, spend the winter at sea and return to the rivers during the spring. 

Sometimes the best whitebaiting takes place when the river is discoloured. It is frustrating having to waste time picking the whitebait out one at a time. Here is how to make a whitebait cleaning screen.

"You don’t need to be rich to get the riches out of life." Take a visit to the south island white-baiting haven Kwitchatown, an isolated world where men shelter from modernity and seek peace in the landscape, mateship and the ritual capture of tiny fish. Produced for Wireless Docs by Timothy Flower & Hamish Pattison