Surfcasting: Salmon at river mouths

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  • #6680

    fishsnatcher
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    Ok I havn’t tried this method for salmon and all I know is tie on a 50 gm hex-wobbler on maybe a 10-12 ft rod, 20-25lb line, then cast into the surf at any salmon-holding river mouth.

    Any other points?

    #11527

    yellowfin
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    catch fish…….. lol nah ahhh i guess just similar to how you would do it in the river mouth keeping it near the bottom strike when the patern of it spinning changes or pauses etc

    #11528

    fishsnatcher
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    hehe when i go spinning for trout i don’t strike, my mate who comes with me does and a half the time the lures popped straight out of the trouts mouth.
    where as i only lose a fish when, line breaks or tension stuffs up [which hasnt happened] somtimes i bring the fish in and the hook falls straight out of its mouth! Though that only happens if im using a single hook and its a small fish.

    Might Not be a good idea with salmon though…. :roll:

    #11724

    fishsnatcher
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    While this forum hasn’t been posted on for a while, I’ll make a post anyway….
    I have two rods that might be suitable for salmon, one is a 13 foot, 22-115 gm cast weight, two piece, eggebeater reel, surfcasting rod, and the other is a
    7 foot 55-85 gm, 2 piece, eggbeater reel.

    Which would be more suitable for salmon fishing I was thinking of surfcasting for salmon at the Waitaki or maybe Rakaia river mouth with the 13 footer, and spinning for salmon with the 7ft rod slightly down from the mouth.

    Also I have finally got a working jetboat what sort of opportunities would thi offer in regard to salmon fishing and would they be any better than just spinning from the bank [if not I will spin from the bank as i prefer a good stable bit of ground underneath me when playing a 10 lb+ fish]

    Any suggestions/comments :?:

    Edit: my rod says 13 foot but i believe that includes the 1ft of rod spike on the bottom so it’s more a 12ft

    #11725

    Miliwolf
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    I have never done any salmon fishing but the 13ft rod is likely to get heavy after a while, If you can get the distance with the 7ft rod I would choice that.

    I believe the main advantage of a Jet Boat is to head upstream and gain easy access to remote pools which would likely hold resting Salmon.

    #11726

    fishsnatcher
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    no salmon fishing…….yeeeee ARGGHHH!!!! :shock: what kind of monster are you! lol
    Whats wrong with salmon fishing?

    #11727

    yellowfin
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    There are many specialist salmon/surf rods avaliable these days of which I own a few. Most of them suited to overhead reels.
    I have 2 “Tricast” rods 12/13ft respectively that I use with a Daiwa reels & have spent many a day at the mouths of the major east coast rivers quite happily casting all day. On a footy field I can consistantly cast a 60gm ticer 90m & a 4oz sinker 130m+ with these rods. Not record breaking but plenty enough to get beyond the breakers. You get to know when youre at the surf if youre “casting well” or a trick told to me was to tie 100m of line onto the top of your reel, if youre casting too the knot or more youre doin well.
    Now by no means is long casting a prerequisite for catching fish, but on occasion if you can reach that far gut or keep your gear is in the strike zone longer then your chances can increase.
    Is a great way to spend the day & quite a social event at the height of the season.
    I use a 9ft rod fishing the”gut” & have a 7ft for up river.
    Goodluck snatcher & Milli you should head down this way around Feb/March & give it a crack.

    cheers

    G.

    #11728

    Miliwolf
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    fishsnatcher

    #11729

    yellowfin
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    A few Salmon have been caught out at the rangatata (sp?) already this year.

    #11730

    fishsnatcher
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    Oh fair enough, should have looked at your location :roll:

    #11753

    fishsnatcher
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    Oh one question when bait fishing for salmon [using whole mullet] do you strike the fish?

    #11850

    fishsnatcher
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    According to some of the articles on the salmon page of this site the Waitaki tends to fish later in the season March-Aprill, since that is the case, would it be better to head for another salmon river which reaches its peak fishing time closer to january-february?
    Which is when i will be fishing, or would it still be worth a shot in the Waitaki earlier in the season?

    #11851

    yellowfin
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    fishsnatcher

    #11856

    fishsnatcher
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    Lol i know a couple of the locals down at Owaka, last year was apparenly a good year for salmon, one the guys i know went out fishing with a few mates trolling for salmon , caught 12 chinooks.

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