Angler’s alluring catch gives council salmon to talk about

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    Allan Burgess
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    Angler’s alluring catch gives council salmon to talk about

    Alex Kole with his salmon.

    A council ranger has been rewarded with a case of beer after helping an angler reel in a large salmon in Marlborough.

    Retiree and fisherman Alex Kole​ thought his second cast on the morning of February 12 had become tangled in the Wairau River, north of Renwick, when “zing, across the river it went”.

    “I thought, ‘I know what this is,’ but I was using a six-pound trout line. I knew it I pulled too hard the fish would be history,” Kole said.

    It took him 35 minutes to coax the salmon into a groyne – a rock wall built by the Marlborough District Council to protect the river bank from eroding – on his side of the stream, when he heard a car. You can read the whole story by Chloe Ranford Local Democracy Reporter 17 March 2021 here on Stuff.co.nz

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