Rakaia River Salmon from 1977


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    Allan Burgess

    From left: Peter Morgan, Des Yardley, Graeme and Bruce Hobbs. Looks like 13 sea-run salmon and a brace of sea-run brown trout caught in Canterbury’s mighty Rakaia River back in 1977. Total weight 220-pounds. Take away the two trout and the average weight of the salmon would be around 16-pounds each, notwithstanding there are four or five bigger fish displayed.

    Over the years the daily bag limit was reduced from 6 down to 4, then from 4 down to 2, and then starting last year for the 2021/2022 season, a whole season bag limit of just 2 sea-run salmon was introduced for the first time ever in New Zealand. According to Fish and Game, “It is estimated that a season limit bag of two fish will reduce total catch by about 35 per cent, directly increasing the number of fish that can spawn and sustain future generations of salmon”.


    What huge fish. Wow

    Allan Burgess

    Yes, Robert. Wow. Those were the days alright.

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