09/02/2009 at 9:25 pm #6743Dean’oParticipant
Heading to the South Island 14 Feb for 2 weeks fishing, first time fishing for SALMON, will be bringing an arsenal of gear with me to anticipate any situation, passion I have by the truck load, experience fishing for salmon I don’t, normally I fly fish, surf cast and soft bait, have been informed I can do all for salmon, have been told many other things I should an shouldn’t do, but would like more information if other fishers can help,
Limit on fish caught, is it the same through out the south Island being 2 per day.
Seasonal trout licence covers for salmon fishing the entire South Island.
Fishing hours the same as for trout.
Visiting Dunedin on the trip, fishing off the wharf there, is it live baits to target the salmon or just bait under a float.
If salmon are caught (fingers crossed) do I treat the same as I would a trout
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, cant wait only 5 sleeps to go.
cheers, Dean’o09/02/2009 at 11:34 pm #12491
Welcome to the South Island. The limit is the same for salmon throughout the South Island ie: two fish. In some high country lakes you are allowed up to four landlocked salmon. These are the same fish but they don’t grow anywhere near as big in the lakes where they are mainly plankton feeders.
Fishing hours are the same as for trout.
Salmon fishing from the wharves in Otago Harbour is mostly done by fishing dead sprats under a bobby float. You are allowed to use a second rod to jig for the sprats while your salmon rig is in the water. Small yelloweyed mullet are also used.
I would pay a visit to Ellios Gun Shop in South Dunedin. They will point you in the right direction where fish have been caught recently and advice on salmon rigs to use.
A drop net is a must in the harbour as there is no show of lifting a 20 lb salmon from the water with your rod. You are allowed gaffs in Dunedin but you need to fish where there are steps to get close enough to the water to use it. If you don’t have a net sure enough you’ll loose the fish and kick yourself all the way home!
There is a bit more about it here: https://fishingmag.co.nz/otago-harbour-salmon.htm
Yes treat the same as wild trout. Get the fish into ice immdeiately if possible.
Salmon fishing is one percent high excitement and 99 percent dogged persistance. I once arrived at the mouth of the Rangitata River for a salmon fishing holiday. We arrived late so I slept in. It was late morning before I headed down to the mouth on the motorbike. After just 15 minutes I was back at camp with a 26 pounder. My wife refused to believe that I had just caught that fish. She insisted someone had given it to me as a joke! I mention this because at the same time another couple had been staying there for three weeks before we arrived. Despite both of them fishing all day for the three weeks neither of them had touched a salmon! You just never know with salmon fishing. Persistance is the thing. You might even catch two per day every day!
May the fishing gods shine on you! Please let us know how you get on.
Yellowfin10/02/2009 at 3:30 am #12492MiliwolfParticipant
I know someone who caught 2 Salmon on their first 2 casts the first time they went Salmon fishing. There was a bunch of guys who have been fishing the pond all day and they caught nothing. They also caught another one at the beginner of the next trip. I do not know if they have caught any since.
I really do not get the people who stand at river mouths all day casting and catching nothing for weeks on end.
Whats the deal with “Fishing hours?” . Are same river restricted to fishing only during certain times or something?10/02/2009 at 4:03 am #12493
ahhh ithink there might be some certian places tat have restriceted hours but not 100% sure10/02/2009 at 5:00 am #12494
For off the Dunedin wharf barracoutta is quite a common catch so if your using live-bait a steel trace or heavy duty mono would be the go.
What I would do is use some dead bait first ie, a pilchard from the shop or often people will lend you some fresh sprat off the wharf, if I see you down there I will be happy to , and bring some black magic sprat jigs, or the like, they are much more effective then the other brands of jigs [for instance I was there last time and caught 2 mullet, the guy next to me using black magic got 30-40], then while that bait is out there to a spot of jigging for mullet/sprat.
I don’t know about live bait rigs but one through the top lip and one lightly hooked in the tail area would work well.
Would sprat need a balloon or would a large float be fine? Someone else on the forum can answer that.
So you will need one rod for jigging [trout spinning rod is perfect] and one rod for baiting for salmon with a float, I normally rig the bait fish with 2 hooks; one in the head one down further behind the dorsal fin, and tie a few half hitches around the tail of the bait fish to hold it out, then cast it out every so often when it gets washed in.
As for a drop net there will almost always be someone else down there with a net and a willing pair of hands.
Good luck!10/02/2009 at 7:05 am #12495Dean’oParticipant
Hey thanks for all the great information, I’m positive that I have the gear to do the job in hand its just the inexperience of fishing for salmon thats the problem and I am only to happy to experiment as there’s always something to learn each time you get out for a fish, maybe some of my North Island tactics just may work in the south too, and if they do work I will defiantly post the ideas here.
Dean’o10/02/2009 at 7:16 am #12496BobBond00SalmonParticipant
yellowfin12/02/2009 at 2:27 am #12510
If it is, congratulations for 11 years ago it’s a massive salmon, the photo doesn’t give it much credit.12/02/2009 at 4:32 am #12513BobBond00SalmonParticipant
fishsnatcher12/02/2009 at 6:40 am #12514
Thats another thing thats great about fishing; the next big fish could be on the next cast, and if your sight fishing it can be extremely exciting14/02/2009 at 12:12 pm #12521
Hi, If that is the 32 pounder I’m thinking of did it win you a tinnie and motor in the Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing Contest from Don Hodges?
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