Rakaia River Salmon from 1977

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    Allan Burgess
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    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”.

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    Robert
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    What huge fish. Wow

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

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