The effort and cost of catching a Salmon

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  • #7300

    yellowfin
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    I just caught my first Salmon after many years of trying – say 6 years. Each year I’ve tried many times – say 50 times for 2 hours each. So I thought I work out how much effort and cost its been.

    At 2 casts per minute – that’s 1 fish per 2 X 60 X 2 X 50 X 6 = 72,000 casts.

    Effort : Assuming a 22 gram lure and casts of 30 meters – that’s 1,584 KG of metal thrown 30 meters or 22 grams of metal a distance of 2,160 KM.

    KMs Travelled : 50 (trips) X 6 (years) X 50 (return trip KM) = 15,000 KMs – jeppers that’s a lot!

    Cost of petrol : 15,000 / 100 X 9 (litres per 100KM) = 1,350 Litres X $2.20 (price per litre) = $2,970 – Bugger!

    Cost of lures : 50 (trips) X 6 (years) / 3 (avg trips before lost lure) * $8 (price per lure) = $800.

    I shall add all other costs (licences & tackle) into the budget called Trout Fishing – so my Salmon costs are $3770.

    My fish was 19lb, I didn’t weight the fillets – I’ll assume 5KG – so that makes my Salmon $754/KG.

    Actually, I gave 1/2 of it to my (also long suffering) fishing buddies – so it really cost me $1500/KG.

    #23230

    yellowfin
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    ive often wondered how much it would cost with all the expenses thrown in. its almost enough to make a grown man cry, lucky for me its only my first season. i better hurry and get one though, that price is only going to go up.

    #23231

    burkefish
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    f&g estimate cost each returning hatchery fish at between $100 and $200.

    #23232

    burkefish
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    i worked it out once while waiting for a salmon to select my zeddie, that i do around about 250,000 casts per season over the 5 months chasing salmon. thats fishing on average 8 hours per day and includes the annual 5 weeks i take around march and fish everyday.

    #23233

    Anonymous

    $39.00 for a whole salmon@akaroa, makes you think doesnt it.

    #23234

    yellowfin
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    Go for it zedchucker. This is only my vibe – but I’m sure this March there’s a lot of fish around compared to previous years – maybe they couldn’t run in Jan & Feb and are all waiting. So the opportunity to bring the ‘effort and cost per fish’ down is there. Look on the bright side to, we’re so lucky down here in the SI of NZ that we can do this each year and at (once you know what you’re doing) low cost – eg Salmon waters in the UK are almost all private and the costs to fish there are huge.

    #23235

    yellowfin
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    Another thing zedchucker – I spent 6 years ‘doing the right thing’ chucking zeddies out and slow retrieves. In all that time I had 2 takes and lost both – 1 was definitely a Salmon – the other may have been a Kahawai. I don’t enjoy slow retrieves and it wasn’t working for me. So I swiched in the last few weeks to bigger trout lures and faster (not fast) retrieves and I lost a big 1 – so sorted my reel and line out – then landed my first fish. That’s not advice – that’s fact. Maybe I just got lucky or maybe its going to work good for me and bring that $ per fish down :)

    #23253

    yellowfin
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    Hey GrumpyGel well done. My mate has been beating himself up about not getting one all season….and he has put in a lot of hours! He got two in an hour on Friday. We are all relieved. They even cheered at the fishing shop when he walked in!!

    #23254

    yellowfin
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    I tried to upload a photo of him with his limit bag (sounds so much better than saying two) but couldnt do it. The grin was ear to ear.

    #23792

    Johnwest
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    Cyclofish

    #24802

    juststartinout
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    Hi guys … I really have no idea why I am here except for I desperately need to find somewhere that sells Wild Caught Salmon (not farmed). I thought if I couldn’t find anywhere I may just have to learn to catch them myself … but it sounds rather hit and miss! Can anyone help? :roll:

    #24803

    burkefish
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    it is illegal to sell or buy wild salmon, the fines run into thousands and wild salmon are easily identified from farmed fish. you need to go catch one find someone who has who is willing to give you one.

    #24804

    Baitboy
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    Hi burkefish
    Silly question ,but I assume canal salmon(escapees) are deemed to be wild?
    Cheers Baitboy

    #24805

    burkefish
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    yes, once they are out of the nets they are within fish & games jurisdiction and the freshwater regs apply.

    #24806

    shark slayer
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    hey burkefish…is it illegal for fish mongers to sell wild fish?I saw a fish shop in cashmere selling wild salmon the other day and was disgusted…if it is I will inform maf and go have a wee chat with the owner… :evil:

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