- 01/11/2010 at 9:38 am #6952
Planning to be down in Canterbury this weekend (5th,6th and 7th). Main plan is to fish the Ashburton lakes. But hopping would get a few hours spare to target Elephant fish.
So I assume evening and dawn are the best time, or are they about doing the day?
Any particular beach fishing better then others at this time of year. Would probably base myself in the south of the city, assuming I do not camp at the lakes. Longterm forecast is for a dieing southerly on Saturday and fine wind (easterly?) on Sunday. Swellmap indicates half meters swells north of Banks, and 1-2m south.01/11/2010 at 2:13 pm #16250
Most success I’ve had with elephant fish is probably been late afternoon but never really been out much targetting them in the middle of the day. Sunrise/Sunset and after dark probably the best times. I’ve had good success at wakanui and dorie when they’re around but I’m pretty sure every other beach from birdlings to timaru would be about the same.01/11/2010 at 11:13 pm #16252oldgreyboyParticipant
most elephant fish around timaru so far this season have been caught in the dark, using squid crab an prawn, sunrise an sunset can be good too, there is no rhyme or reason with them i have caught them at lunchtime, lots of glow sticks lying on the beach last week and some cow heads too.02/11/2010 at 10:41 am #16254
id say sunrise either side of the rakaia mouth but at least 1-2 kms down from the river. its deep there and theres fish there. dads mate went out last weekend at about 4.30 in the morning and got 2 ellys and a rig on crab using 3/0 hooks02/11/2010 at 5:28 pm #16255fishforpotParticipant
Ive always found the first 2 hours of light fish best for ele’s ….and the long range forcast looks bad for that side of the peninsula …
If I was you , I’d postpone the trip a few weeks02/11/2010 at 11:44 pm #16256
I want first crack at the brook chars this season and the 6th is opening day. Just hoping to find time to target the eles as a bonus.04/11/2010 at 4:16 am #16262
You’re staying in christchurch while you’re down? If the southern beaches arn’t looking good you could always spend a night at the pier or try round scarborough way.04/11/2010 at 5:04 am #16263
Most likely would stay at Ashburton lakes, maybe Christchurch Saturday.
Looks like the only chance I would get would be Saturday night, and the forecast does not look good. Think I would abandon the plans to chase eles this trip.
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