Gears needed for salmon fishing.

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  • #7088
    yellowfin
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    Hi, I will be travelling to NZ for fishing around end of Feb, and was thinking of targeting Salmon as a new species for me. I have most tackle covered, but not sure as to lures/bait used in the local area, I’m looking at central south Is. east coast.

    The infos I need is where to comfortably stay, is a 4wd require? permit for 4wd? and fishing license?

    Thanks.

    #19203
    yellowfin
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    You don’t need a 4wd for salmon fishing mate nor a permit to use one, you DO need a fishing license which can be purchased online through North canterbury or central south island fish and game, tackle stores also sell these. If I were you, I’d fish the mouth of the waimakariri river north of christchurch as it is peak run on the mak late feb-mid march, and there is generally plenty of fish caught at this time. 42g green and silver ticers or 28g silver or white zed spinners are hard to beat imo, all our local outfitters stock these here in Canterbury. The beauty of the waimak mouth is that access is so easy,plenty of fish are taken, the technique needed to be successful isn’t as precise as say the rakaia or rangitata rivers..in other words it suits the beginner! check out the 2009/10 and 2010/11 salmon forums on here to learn more :idea: I’m not sure about the accommodation mate..somebody else may be of help!!

    #19213
    yellowfin
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    Thank you for that Kev. I saw u fished at “Steel Rd” in one of ur video and it doesnt requires wader, which I wont have as we are travelling light and want to cover atleast 3 rivers, we have short list “waimak,Rakaia, Waitaki” river to do recon this trip, if we get fish this trip then good, and we will come back the following season abit better prepare.
    The water does looks cold and windy, im thinking of bringing 4-7kgs spinning rods and maybe one multi piece surf rod.
    anyway, thanks for the valuable informations. Thanks again

    #19266
    yellowfin
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    The waitaki is a mammoth river with a huge volume of water flowing down it, this can make locating fish difficult compared to the rakaia and waimak.It also suffers from didymo infestation which is a serious nuisance for salmon anglers down that way. Being so large and treacherous to wade makes having access to a jet boat a big advantage, personally I don’t enjoy fishing this river. You will be surprised just how warm these large braided rivers can get during summer months, with so many shallow,unshaded sections of riverbed spread out along 120km it doesn’t take long for things to heat up. However,early morning is a different story with the temp having dropped during the night, this leeds to increased fish activity for the cold water craving salmon until about 10am, but also makes having waders wise..then things generally go quiet until evening. As I said before, fishing the rakaia,waitaki and rangitata rivers requires more angling nous to be consistently successful, whereas the waimak mouth favours the beginner more. Salmon fishing can be a very unforgiving form of angling and even the top fishermen can go weeks without touching a fish, so it is best to maximise your chances by fishing the areas where fish will be getting caught in good numbers!!..good luck :grin:

    #19282
    yellowfin
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    Thank you for much need advice. I will keep al that in mind and get gears together, cant wait till i hit the river mouth there. I do alot of deep sea and beach fishing here in Oz. but salmon is a totally new species to me, so see how I go. hopefully wil hook up with a few locals for drink or bites. I’m even thinking about getting a guide for the first day there, and spend one day driving around ” with gears in the back of course” and do abit of sight seeing. I have narrow list a couple of hotel in Christchurch and Oamaru.
    thanks again Kev. It was much appreciated.

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