Bait fishing for salmon isn’t permitted in most areas, otherwise people would do it in more places. Only whole baits are legal. Prawns and pilchards are used in the kaiapoi, I guess these must catch more salmon than mullet.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but one guy was telling me that bait fishing was permitted in the waimak one year, and became accessible to the point that families and kids turned up and actually had a chance of catching a salmon, but the old fashioned spin brigade got upset about being outfished and this was restricted to the kaiapoi river only. Anyone know if this really happened?