While on the subject of this past 2005/2006 salmon season Peter Ritchie who lives at the mouth of the Rangitata River reports the following: Peter caught four salmon for the season. He reports that it took him about 400 man hours per salmon landed. At something like 3 to 5 hours per day it took Peter 67 days to land his first salmon for the season.
Peter believes that the total number of salmon taken in the Rangitata for the season was 47 on the south side and 52 on the north side of the mouth. The salmon taken weighed between 3.8 and 9.1 kgs. When you consider that