Category Archives: Whitebaiting

Whitebaiting in the Surf – Rakaia River 2009 – 2015

Whitebaiting in the surf.

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by Allan Burgess | Published 5 years ago
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By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe

Best Whitebait Fritters Recipe with Allan Burgess Translucent freshly caught whitebait. To make the best whitebait fritters: For each cup of fresh whitebait mix together one beaten egg, and one heaped teaspoon of More...

Every now and again a much bigger wave comes sweeping in. It is essential to keep a sharp lookout should a quick retreat back up the beach become necessary. Several sets of eyes on the lookout are an advantage.
By Allan Burgess On Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Whitebait Scoop Netting at the Rakaia River Mouth, Canterbury – November 2011

Whitebait Scoop Netting Rakaia River Mouth Photographs Allan Burgess Whitebaiters fish the surf on the north side of the Rakaia River mouth during late November 2011. Often the best runs of whitebait are towards 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