Sanford fishing vessel catches and lands (legally) 373 salmon as by-catch on the weekend of 2-3 December 2017.
According to Mark Webb from the Central South Island Fish & Game, Sanfords, has called a halt to fishing near Banks Peninsula to avoid catching any more salmon.
Sanford has instructed its skippers not to fish in the Salmon Conservation Area (SCA) near Banks Peninsula because there are too many salmon there.
Sandford’s decision was prompted after one of its vessels caught nearly 400 salmon as by-catch last weekend. While the majority – 372 – were escaped farm salmon, 22 were wild bred fish.
The vessel was targeting red cod and barracouta within the Salmon Conservation Area and legally landed the salmon as by-catch.
Although Mark Webb welcomed the move by Sandfords, many anglers believe that commercial boats should not be allowed to land any salmon at all as by-catch and that it would be better if the salmon had been dumped at sea, as was the case in the past.
On a brighter note Mr Webb says that it is unusual as by-catch in recent years had been very low. It may indicate a good season ahead. In previous seasons when the by-catch has been relatively high, so has the return of salmon to rivers to spawn. Let’s hope so.
Grant Ivey with a Limit Bag from the Rangitata River.
Caught Sunday 3 December 2017. That is a really good sign – fingers crossed. First time out for the season. Well done Grant.
Here is a salmon caught 7 December 2017 by Scotty, at the Rakaia River, I think, on an Amazing Baits 24g snake in lumo green. There are a few salmon being caught at the moment which is good to see.
The versatility of the 24g Amazing Baits Snake
From Amazing Baits, “I was fishing alongside Ben recently when salmon were rising just behind the breaker, changing to the lighter lure he was able to hang it behind the waves longer than the other surf fishermen around him and with the lighter gear, he was able to slow his retrieve rate right down while the lure kicked away perfectly.
It wouldn’t have been more than 15 mins fishing using the snake when he hooked onto his first salmon of the season.
The Amazing Baits Snake is available at all Amazing Baits dealers South Island wide
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